Share on FacebookShare on TwitterArtists and athletes, from just abouteach and every corner of the world, are paying for their loose expression with the currency of comfortable power. In other words, countries are an expanding number ofdepending on its cultural export (artists and athletes) to extra advance its own certain narrative—a approach to make the rustic more horny and upload leverage for their trade interests and overseas appeal.
In the case between China and Taiwan, Chou Tzuyu, a 16-year-old K-Pop singer, used to be used as a pawn to instigate a contentious debate about sovereignty, independence, and international appeal.
South Korea arguably uses K-pop, to a few extent, as soft power, just like hip-hop is the United States’s secret soft power. China is eager to create a good international image, yet it’s failing in its dire strive because “its repressive political machine and mercantilist industrial practices tarnish its reputation.” Their unluckymovements undermine the quest to modify the negative belief of China.
Chou Tzuyu is ethnic Chinese of Taiwanese nationality and member of the multi-national K-Pop band TWICE (트와이스); she turned into forced to make a humiliating apology to China for waving a Taiwanese flag on Korean television. China regards Taiwan, without reference to the Taiwanese people, as its sovereign territory, so Chou’s act brought Taiwan’s national identity and its ancient contentious dating alongside China back to the international debate stage. Here is a relationship marred by way of China’s utter refusal to recognize Taiwan as an autonomous country.
Taiwan’s first feminine president Tsai Ing-wen (pro-independence) and outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou lent enhance to the 16-year-old singer, but what does all of this say about our industries of escapism which are so ceaselessly undergirded by national pride and unwarranted strain of sociopolitical responsibility?
Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Photography (Guardian)
Artists and athletes are pressured with the assignment to constitutea complete country, race, or ethnicity. Some explicitly take at the mantle, others justwish todo just their jobs. And when that burden is forced upon them in a given situation, strictly for political gain, it morphs the person into a disposable pawn– their freedom to just exist and explicit themselves freely is stripped away. International relations and concrete solutions for systemic and institutional problems is set aside for the sole reason of measuring the loyalty of one individual– this is exploitation, and that's wrong.
Chou Tzuyu is onlythe maximum recent Taiwanese superstar to be victim of selective outrage and faulty attacks from the Chinese public, an indignation allowed by the Chinese government.
This story, in some aspects, rings a bell in my memory of the misguided social media debate in the U.S. about LeBron James’ silence about the death of Tamir Rice. It also reminds me of the glaring social differences between Muhammad Ali, the black revolt verses Michael Jordan, the capitalist brand. There's aforged connection to be made about the consumers’ behavioral expectancies of public figures. Regardless of the relevancy and importance of micro and macro political battles, the overall public, too often, over rely upon symbolic statements and perceptions, in position ofstriking the most emphasis on concrete resolutions for social complications and political disputes.
The total public and govtshould realize, at some point, that artists and athletes are no doubtready to serve a selected purpose, but it would have to be at their discretion; dragging them into a quagmire is counterproductive and unfair.
They’re multifaceted humans, first and foremost, with pain thresholds, now not disposable pawns used for measuring loyalty. Ms. Chou, unfortunately, is stuck between two sides of the strait.
Ms. Chou’s apology video, issued by her South Korean control company, JYP Entertainment, gave the affect of a damn propaganda video or hostage plea:
“I’m sorry, I must havepop outprevious to apologize. I didn’t come out till now because I didn’t know the wayto standthe location and the public. There is just one China. I'm proud, I am Chinese. As a Chinese person, whilstcollaborating in activities abroad, my mistakenhabitharm my corporate and netizens on all sides of the Strait. I think deeply sorry and guilty. I determinedto mirror on myself seriously and suspend all my activities in China.”
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