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KOREAN POPULAR CULTURE AND HISTORICAL SENSIBILITIES IN EAST ASIA pathize with her. The KMT presidential candidate, Eric Chu, criticized Huang and JYP Entertainment, stating that the situation was too cruel for a 16-year-old (Horwitz 2016). He added that the hearts of Taiwanese people were united to support Chou (Chin and Chung 2016). The presidential candidate of the People’s First Party (PFP), James Soong, commended Chou Tzuyu for holding the ROC flag, endorsing the idea that Taiwanese people should support the continued existence of the nation (Chung 2016). Tsai Ing- wen, candidate from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), stated that the incident deeply damaged the feelings of Taiwanese, calling on people to come together in solidarity (Chin and Chung 2016). 13 Tsai won a landslide victory as Taiwan’s first female president. She received 56% of the vote, while the KMT candidate, Eric Chu, secured only 31%. This was a significant jump from Tsai’s 2012 performance, when she garnered approximately 45% of the vote (Gib- son 2016). Once elected, Tsai referred to the Tzuyu Incident as a reminder of the impor- tance of Taiwan’s status and unity to those outside the nation. It will serve as one of the most vital responsibilities for her, she announced, as the next president of the Republic of China (Gibson 2016). The Tzuyu Incident served as a significant factor that triggered debates on Taiwanese identity during the election, bringing people to confirm and buttress Taiwa W6RFVFGखf7BFR6FVB&V6RVWV7FVB&ǖrBf"G67W'FW'2Fvࢄ$$2#bG6W6VB( Fv( 2f'7BfVR&W6FVN( 2W"6vGW&rW &W6FVF6v#"6VvrFRN( 2R6FFFRr֦VR'WBvVfFW'2FVvW&R7F&RƖVǒFVFfFRf"rBVP#cCcRCBƒ֖6&bFR6FV( 26w&W72vF6FVBFBFR#bVV7FF6RvFBBF67B&B֖vB6rWF7W'@G6B7V'6WVVFǒ6g&VFǒ6FFFW2vVB7VffW"'vG#bVЧR6FVBVV7FF( vR&RFvW6RvR&RFvW6RvR&RFvW6R( ХFW6R6G26F&vWFVB&W6FVB( 26&VFVBƖ6W2B6( 2&6GB`GW^( 2W&f&6RWB#bFvW6RFVFG27&V6vǒ&VV6ƖFЦfVB&V6VBV'2FR6B'F7V&ǒrFRVvW"vVW&F2F6FV@FR&V6VB7W'fWbFv( 2FFVFGƖ#c3"7W'fW&W7FVG0gFVF( Bf6ǒW&W72FV"v2FVFG&6WGFw2FRGWP6FVBvVW&FVB6ƖVBBWG7Vff&FbFvW6RFVFGGW&rFP0FRWfWFbƗF6'FW2Fv2&VVFFVǒ6V7FVBFG2FV7&FF&6W72B7G'VvvW2bFVFGvRFRB2Gf6FVB66VFW&VBFVFGFRE2&FVBFvW6RFVFGg&FRV&ǒS2FRBVf&6VB'6r&Vf&6pFW'>( 6G&fW"ƗF7266WGB6W6RFVFGFREv2fVFVB`'V&W'2bFRw&W6VBFwvWG6FRFR'G2VG2bFRBVvW0s3'6rv2ƖgFVBrFRvRbFV7&FFFR֖BFFR2BBF֖FVBR'G77FVG&6FVBFVF'G77FV6R#3C6V#3#3.( 3#32ƒ#BFW2FBFV7&FFFv66ƖFFVBFvW6RFVFGआR&wVW2FBFV7&7FvBFR6FVVBR'G'VR6fRf7FW&VBGvF7F7FfR66WW&V6W2f&֖rGvFffW&VBFVFFW2c0