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Posted by germainej AKP STAFF 23 days ago

Former Wanna One member Lai Kuan Lin criticized by Taiwanese netizens for celebrating Chinese National Day on TV show

AKP STAFF

Former Wanna One member Lai Kuan Lin is being criticized by Taiwanese netizens for celebrating the National Day of the People's Republic of China on television.

Lai Kuan Lin was born in Taiwan, and many Taiwanese netizens are finding it problematic that he appeared on a music show celebrating the National Day of the People's Republic of China. He's also receiving criticism for introducing himself, saying, "I'm Lai Kuan Lin. I'm waiting for you in Taiwan, China," in a promotional video.

According to media outlets on October 2, Lai Kuan Lin appeared on a special variety show broadcast by the government-run China Central Television network and sang a popular Chinese song. Due to the history surrounding the National Day of the People's Republic of China, Taiwanese celebrities are reported to avoid celebrating the holiday. It's also a controversial issue to label Taiwan as a territory of China. 

Some Taiwanese netizens are stating, "If you think you're Chinese, just go," and "Many Taiwanese celebrities working on the continent don't say, 'I'm from Taiwan, China." Meanwhile, other Chinese netizens are calling him a "patriotic youth." 

In other news, Lai Kuan Lin was previously the subject of a similar controversy when he shared a social media post, stating, "I support the Hong Kong police."

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iamanorange41 pts 23 days ago 5
23 days ago

@anjum-srabony

I am all for loving other countries. But read the article: "It's also a controversial issue to label Taiwan as a territory of China." If you watch the clip, he practically says that Taiwan is a province of China. The relationship between China and Taiwan is very fraught right now; he is born and bred Taiwanese and many Taiwanese are very proud of their nationality and do not consider themselves as being from China. So, it is understandable that people would find his comments problematic/ upsetting, etc.

To give you an example, you are from Bangladesh and you feel very strongly about your nationality. Say, Bangladesh is hypothetically in dispute with Country X, in which Country X says that Bangladesh is part of their territory. But then some celebrity from Bangladesh, in order to appease Country X, says that Bangladesh belongs to Country X. How would you feel?

I would strongly encourage you to read about the topic first before actually bashing the netizens, because clearly, you do not know anything/ a lot about the topic and ignorance doesnt do anyone good.

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Hanzpng-458 pts 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

Obviously he did it to please his china fans. We know china fans have big money after the boom economy hit hard their country. No china fans=no big money. There are mamy china fans who send luxury and big gift to kpop groups. Its not a secret.

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