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KOREAN POPULAR CULTURE AND HISTORICAL SENSIBILITIES IN EAST ASIA posted a message on Sina Weibo, accusing Tzuyu of waving the Taiwanese flag, argu- ing that Chou is a pro-Taiwanese independence activist. While Huang is Taiwanese by birth, he developed his career in the late 1990s in China and opposes Taiwanese inde- pendence. He has often informed the Chinese government and netizens about individu- als who support Taiwan’s independence and their activities (Chung 2016). Huang’s post about Tzuyu quickly spread on the Chinese Internet (Horwitz 2016). Chinese netizens demanded that Chou and her group be banned from performing in China (Buckley and Ramzy 2016). To mainland China (People’s Republic of China), Taiwan is a “renegade” province. 6 Its flag signals activism for an independent Taiwan (Horwitz 2016). Huang’s claim that Chou Tzuyu is a “pro-Taiwanese independence” activist subsequently prompted the Chi- nese Huawei Technology Company to demand that LG Uplus 7 drop Chou from endors- ing Huawei’s Y6 chain of cellphones (Chung 2016). Huawei happened to partner with LG to promote sales in South Korea. A boycott campaign spread quickly in China and the stock value of the girl-band’s owner, JYP Entertainment, plunged 5%. To contain the controversy, JYP announced on 13 January that Tzuyu would stop performing in China. JYP China posted on Weibo, emphasizing that neither JYP nor 16-year-old Tzuyu had any political motive or position (Gibson 2016). Still, the storm did not subside. On 15 January, JYP Entertainment posted a video on YouTube. In it, Tzuyu appears in a black turtleneck standing against a gray wall. She bows then reads from a prepared text in Chinese: “There is only one China. The two sides of the Strait are one. I have been proud of being Chinese. I, as a Chinese person, made a mistake when promoting my activities in Korea. This has caused some damage to my company and hurt the feelings of people in Taiwan an $ٕͽ䁅ե䁙ȁѡ̸$ٔѼѽɕ)ѥ٥ѥ́ Ѽᅵ䁽ݸѥ̸$ɔѼ锁Ѽٕ役)$ͽ今tAɬ)չ)e@ѕхаͼՕ䁽ѡ)é!ͥ镐ѡЁ́Ѽ ͔́ݡ)ݕɔахѥѡЁɹѡхɕѥͽٕɕ䰁ձɔ̴)ѽ䰁é́ɕЁչɥ́ݽɭݥѠ Ս䁅I(ؤQ׊é٥ݕЁ٥Ʌѥɔѡȸ؁٥́ݥѡ䁽)́ɕ͔]ؤ]ѡѡɕ̰ѡ٥݅эɔѡԸ)ѥ̀ ؤQ٥Ѽɕͽٔѡɽٕ䰁Ё)ɅѕѡȁхєѡЁݕЁQ݅MѠ-ɕ($ Q݅ٔɅٕ́ɹ́ͥ丁Q ͔ չЁA( @ѕ -͡é9ѥЁA䁽ȁ-սхɕѕȰ-5PЁѡ)QյɅѥݕѡ-5PѼ͕ɕ՝ѡͱQ݅ -͡)ݥѡɕ܁ѼQ݅ݥѠݼ ̸͔QULѠЁ̃qЁѡtٕ)ͥ($Q́́MѠ-ɕѕչѥ䁽ݹ1 ɅѥѡչéѠ)ɝЁɅє($eQՉqQ]% Qԁ9t輽ܹՉ݅э)eIYi$͕܁)Յظ(