nicolejb
2 years ago1,000+ Views
This week some controversial news on a K-Pop star, has been circulating in some pretty high-brow news sources. Usually I don't keep up with Kpop, but this story was so enraging I had to comment.
Here's the gist of it: Taiwan-native singer Chou Tzuyu, a 16 year old K-pop star was filmed waving a Taiwanese flag. What's so wrong with this? Well, China REALLY doesn't like Taiwan. In fact, it does not acknowledge that is actually a sovereign state.
With the close relationship of China and Korean pop culture, the Chinese government stepped in. The singer was forces to give a humiliating apology for waving the flag of a country that's she's from.

Now there are two things about this that make me REALLY angry:

1. She had to apologize for showing national pride.
2. Big money and the government were probably behind this.
The entertainment company that the pop star is a part of controlled a lot of this apology. And who were they probably controlled by? The Chinese government. Entertainment was then controlled by money, power, and control.
I watch this and think:

Wow how luck am I to live in a country where I'm allowed to be proud of where I'm from AND be able to trust that my media isn't controlled.

But then I think-- well, wait a second! How can I say that when...
1. Nationalities are often attacked in my country (think, Middle Eastern nationalities and Muslim-Americans). They can't be "proud" of where they are from without being attacked or checked as a terrorist threat. They are told to apologize for their identity too.
AND 2. Our media and government are also controlled by money.
6 Corporations own 90% or media in the U.S. and many of them are linked to big money on Wall Street and the like.
Sure, this example of a girl having to apologize is NOT ok. And can point and say "Shame on them" all we want for this controversy, but we also need to recognize this problem exists where we are from too.
We need to recognize that we can't just say: "look at how awful these countries are."

But we need to use this example for why all of us need to get a whole lot better.

Tagging some Kpop fans talking about this to get their opinion: @FalseLove @Luphy @itsirene @MikoDamico @DaMemez
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I think you brought up some great points- often when something like this happens abroad Americans are quick to point fingers, but it's much harder to do so at home. Maybe we're in denial, maybe we're just not seeing it, but censorship is a HUGE problem here, despite the rights enumerated in our Constitution. And that's really what this is about- she wasn't able to stand by her own identity because of the financial pressure being placed on her.
Yes Taiwan has a female prez!! 🙂 Wow thank you so much for your insightful comment @LizaNightshade I think you are so right about being able to express our own nationality and excitement is need. I'm trying to actively support people in sharing their own nationality and excitement. Though I think the U.S. has a lot to do too! Like you said! Ugh I know it makes me upset @Animaniafreak :(
Me and my friend were talking about it earlier this week, the sticky situation between Taiwan and China has always been one of the political taboo in Asia. It's quite complicated, short version: Taiwan has its own government, healthcare system, it's a fully functional and developed country any way you look at it. But China claims Taiwan was never a country, only a "province" which is a part of China.
Totally @shannonl5 I feel we need to support more smaller media corps, but even those are being bought out. Ugh it just makes me frustrated because of lot of what we consume is coming from them. It SEEMS a lot less sketchy in the U.S. so we are ok with it. But when this happens in other countries we freak out.
such a shame..she just 16. come on😐 what a world today. when our ego is to high and full of hateress..
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