Source: Herald Pop
Everglow Wang Yiren‘s “Chinese style” greetings are causing an uproar in Korea.
On the 2nd, Everglow held fan signing event to commemorate release of their 3 mini album ‘Return of the Girl.’ During the fan meet, the members greeted fans with a deep bow for the new year, however, the only foreign member, Chinese Yiren, stood there and clapped, then gave a Chinese-style greeting with one hand wrapped around the other.
Korean and Chinese netizens reacted sharply to the greetings. Korean netizens poured out criticisms writing, “Why is she giving Chinese greetings while promoting in Korea? “Is she ignoring Korean culture?” “Go back to China!” “If she hates our greetings so much, why is she in Korea?!”
On the other hand, Chinese netizens praised her writing, “Chinese people only kneel to the heaven and earth and their parents, she did a good job” “we don’t kneel recklessly” “a proud Kpop singer who keeps Chinese traditions.”
On the 4th, China state run media ‘Global Times‘ reported that “Chinese members of a Kpop idol group are bing praised for their traditional Chinese greetings in Korea” causing further controversy.
In a video call to fans to commemorate their 2nd mini album in November 2020, Yiren told a Chinese fan, “I love my country more than anyone else. I want to speak in Chinese but my activities in Korea are limited. We’re trying to promote Chinese culture in Korea.”
- [+10,641, -39] No more Chinese idols!
- [+5,184, -43] They’re all a bunch of Xinjiang cotton supporters, just look at her character. This is why there’s a risk in taking in Chinese kids to train as idols. How many Chinese idols have backstabbed us after they gained some popularity? Even after seeing how successful BTS is, agencies still don’t get it and keep adding in Chinese kids into idol groups?
- [+2,152, -35] Let’s stop with these Chinese kids. Let’s take this opportunity and deport the Chinese illegals in our country!
- [+1,985, -26] I’m sick and tired of the Chinese and their communist thinking..
- [+357, -2] So why is she singing in Korean? Why bother learning Korean at all? Let’s stop taking in communist kids and training them!!! No more black-haired communists!!!
- [+244, -1] Chinese kids ruined EXO too. Don’t you see how high BTS is flying and how recognized they are all over the world because they have no Chinese kids? Say no to China!!
- [+230, -3] These cockroaches with their corona should screw off our country!
- [+128, -0] Everglow out!!!
Additional source: Maeil Economy
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