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16-year-old Taiwanese Girl Victimized by China: How Chou Tzuyu’s Nationality Issue Escalated

Subtitle: Summarization of how Chou Tzuyu (周子瑜), a 16-year-old child, was mistreated by adults everywhere for doing nothing wrong

In the video: Tzuyu apologizes and says she is Chinese and proud, that she supports the One-China policy and will reflect on her wrongdoings.

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Chou Tzuyu (周子瑜), born June 14, 1999, is one of the most popular members of a 9-member South Korean girl band, Twice. Twice is multi-national and has three Japanese members, one Taiwanese member, and five Korean members.

Tzuyu is born and raised in Taiwan and holds a Taiwanese passport. She moved to South Korea at age 13 to train under JYP Entertainment, one of the top three entertainment companies in South Korea, and debuted on October 20, 2015 with Twice. With high popularity, Tzuyu becomes the endorsement model for many brands that target both Chinese and Korean markets only weeks into her debut. Tzuyu is the first Taiwanese artist to debut in K-POP and South Korea adores the girl from her debut.

On November 22, 2015, Tzuyu held up a Taiwanese flag, a prop prepared by the program producers, on a South Korean internet reality TV show, “My Little TV.”

Some Chinese netizens expressed their anger after they saw Tzuyu holding the Taiwanese flag and many wrote hateful comments cursing at the teenage girl.

On November 23, 2015, Huang An made his first Tzuyu post on Weibo, along with a screenshot of Tzuyu holding the Taiwanese flag on “My Little TV,” a picture of Taiwanese passports, and some pictures of Taiwanese Independence supporters protesting on the streets of Taiwan. This post has not been reported widely by mainstream media because Huang An deleted this post a few days later. We however, have a screenshot of this post as proof that The Tzuyu Event was instigated by Chinese netizens and Huang An long before Taiwan’s Presidential Election. This subsequently proves that Taiwan media and political groups are not the ones that started the witch hunt on Tzuyu. The Chinese residing in Mainland China started it all.

On January 8, 2016, Tzuyu appeared on a South Korean variety TV show, “A Look At Myself.” A fellow label-mate, Jackson Wang, of the South Korean boy band GOT7, stated that Tzuyu is from, “Taiwan. Taiwan China,” during the introduction. Tzuyu nodded when Jackson said “Taiwan,” but did not nod when Jackson said “Taiwan China.”

On January 8, 2016, 53-year-old Taiwanese-born former singer Huang An (黃安), who now resides in Mainland China after moving there from Taiwan, and who makes a living by accusing entertainers from Taiwan or Hong Kong of being pro-independent, claimed that Tzuyu is pro-independence by posting screenshots of Tzuyu saying she is from Taiwan on South Korean TV shows. Huang An made 7 posts on his Weibo to rally up Chinese-netizens in hopes of boycotting Tzuyu in China.

Huang An’s accusation was of course, illogical, because saying “I am from Taiwan” does not equate “I am a pro-independence supporter.” Furthermore, even if one were a pro-independence supporter, one should have the freedom to say so without being punished by the dictatorship that is Communist China.

According to the laws of People’s Republic of China (PRC), a one-party state ruled by the Communist Party of China (CPC), public media broadcasts must not employ or show any persons or content that support pro-independence.

Chinese netizens were angered by both Tzuyu’s Taiwanese-flag-waving event, and her nodding to “Taiwan” but not “Taiwan China” event, and started to abuse Tzuyu for holding a Taiwanese flag and saying that she is from Taiwan.

Tzuyu and JYPE trended in the top spots on Sina, Weibo, under hateful hashtags that call to “Boycott Chou Tzuyu, Boycott JYPE.” As the issue escalated, hate speech against Tzuyu flooded Chinese sites, social media, and the official Weibo’s of broadcasting stations media everywhere, but since no one intervened and nothing was done to stop the hate, more and more media outlets, broadcasting companies, publications, and brands in China and Korea are disassociating with Tzuyu, as the days passed. Many brands and companies are releasing official statements to blacklist Tzuyu, in fear of angering China and its netizens, who feel they are carrying out justice by bullying the 16-year-old star into unemployment.

A detailed timeline and summary of The Tzuyu Event can be found in our article: The Tzuyu Event is now The China Problem.

The victimization of Tzuyu may also lead to the fear of debuting other Taiwanese artists in K-POP, and may cut future opportunities for Taiwanese children who are training in Korea to debut. Since the employment of Taiwanese people may cause problems with China or anger the Communist country, Asian countries may choose to stop employing Taiwanese people. Discrimination against Taiwanese people, employees, or potential employees may worsen in many parts of Asia where China has great influence as an aftermath of this bullying event.

Below are the truths behind the Tzuyu Event. Don’t blame Taiwan. Don’t blame Korea. Don’t blame JYPE. The real problem is China.

Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of identifying with Taiwan and saying one’s nationality is Taiwanese without being punished by China.

After Tzuyu’s apology, China started to blame Taiwan or Korea. Stop blaming Taiwanese media, they didn’t write about politics with Tzuyu, Chinese media is the one that did. Points below reveal the lies China tells its citizens and the meaning behind China’s political agenda.

 

1. Many Taiwanese consider themselves Han Chinese ethnically, but they don’t consider themselves Chinese when asked about their nationality. Ethnicity does not equal nationality.

2. Taiwan did not use Tzuyu as an “Independence Fighter” because Taiwan is already independent. They just didn’t officially declare it. “Taiwan, under its existing constitutional framework, exists as an independent, sovereign state. The absence of official diplomatic relations does not negate this objective reality.” (Quoted from thediplomat.com)

3. China has been lying to Chinese citizens about the reality of Taiwan. To keep their lies, China wanted to make an example of Tzuyu and comfort their citizens so they can continue living in an alternate reality where Taiwan belongs to China. Long story short, China wants to keep its citizens under a lie. If the government keeps brainwashing the citizens, maybe the citizens will never rise up to end the communist regime.

4. The 2 major political parties in Taiwan are pro-China and pro-independence. They both do not want to be ruled by China. The pro-China party does not literally mean they like China, they just want a more peaceful approach in keeping Taiwan free from China and keeping Taiwanese autonomy. Because China threatens to invade Taiwan if an official Declaration of Independence were made, the pro-China stance is to keep the status quo and continue being a country without declaring independence officially. The pro-independence stance is that, since Taiwan is already a country, they should issue an official Declaration of Independence.

5. Most Taiwanese, no matter what political views they have, do not want other nations to confuse them with the Chinese in international affairs. When Taiwanese athletes win medals, they want their nationality to be recognized as Taiwanese, not Chinese.

6. The Communist Party of China discriminates against Taiwanese people for being Taiwanese and frequently pressures governments around the world to do the same. Their goal is to strip Taiwanese people of their identity, and to coerce Taiwanese people to identify themselves as Chinese when it comes to nationality. They successfully bullied Tzuyu into submission.

7. The reason the political figures in Taiwan spoke up after Tzuyu was bullied is that no one else in Taiwan felt safe to speak up. If they do, they will be punished by China like Tzuyu. This leaves only the political figures to make public statements. China doesn’t allow freedom of speech or freedom of expression as can be seen by this bullying event.

8. Tzuyu is not affiliated with any political groups and has never publicly expressed her political stance.

9. Taiwanese people are deeply saddened by China’s mistreatment of Tzuyu. But there’s nothing they can do to help her.

10. We would like to apologize to Tzuyu for not being able to protect her from China’s discrimination.

Moral of the story is, even if it were a more powerful entertainment company or if JYPE had handled the situation better, Tzuyu would still have been abused and discriminated against for simply being Taiwanese.

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Bully: (n.) a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. (v.) use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

How could the world let China bully a 16-year-old-girl like this. Please stand up for the weak. More and more media outlets, broadcasting companies, publications, and brands are disassociating with Tzuyu and blacklisting her in fear of angering China or its netizens. Tzuyu did nothing wrong. #StandByYu