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When Cross-Strait Politics Meet Entertainment: Pop Star Controversies

Cross-strait politics seem to have taken over China’s entertainment industry. This week, two pop stars from Taiwan have become the victim of ongoing political tensions between mainland China and Taiwan.

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Cross-strait politics seem to have taken over China’s entertainment industry. This week, two pop stars from Taiwan have become the victim of ongoing political tensions between mainland China and Taiwan.

Two Taiwanese entertainers, Chou Tzuyu (  周子瑜) and Show Luo (罗志祥), have come under attack by netizens from both sides of the strait this month. The two separate incidents occurred amidst the 2016 Taiwanese presidential elections, that were won by Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), a party that has traditionally backed independence for Taiwan.

Last week, the 16-year-old Taiwanese pop star Chou Tzuyu angered many netizens from mainland China by waving a Taiwanese national flag on a Korean reality show. The netizens criticized her for supporting Taiwan’s independence by waving the flag, which prompted Chou to release a video on the eve of Taiwan’s presidential elections to apologize for her actions.

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The young singer stated: “I am Chinese, both sides of the strait are one and the same, and I will always be proud of the fact that I am Chinese.”

Chinese netizens saw the apology as a victory against Taiwan Independence while netizens from Taiwan voiced their support for Chou, saying that her apology seemed unnecessary and forced.

The incident, however, does not seem to have deterred the young pop sensation’s singing career. Instead, it has helped her gain more fame in South Korea and internationally – with the added bonus of a larger paycheck.

Taiwanese dancer, singer and actor Show Luo also stirred up cross-strait controversy this week by sharing his view on a collaboration between mainland China and Taiwan actors. At the premier of Luo’s new movie, one of the audience members asked Luo how it was to work together with actors from mainland China. “We don’t need to be so specific,” Luo answered: “because we are all Chinese.”

While the crowd in the theatre cheered and applauded Luo’s comment, Taiwanese netizens seemed less happy. They even created a Facebook page called “Anti Show Luo” with the purpose of urging his fans to “unlike” his Facebook page, after which Luo lost 40,000 Facebook fans. Many netizens from Taiwan and Hong Kong saw Luo’s comment as a way to win more fans from the mainland and to increase revenues.

Mainland China netizens, on the other hand, seemed pleased with Luo: the artist gained over 50,000 followers on his Weibo account.

Both Chou and Luo have had a tumultuous past week trying to please their fans on both sides of the Strait. Chou gained much approval from the people of Taiwan with her flag waving, but lost some of her popularity on the mainland. While Luo gained much praise and support from the mainland, he was condemned by the fans from Taiwan.

The two Taiwanese pop stars have walked away from their Cross-strait controversies with relatively little problems and some great rewards. They have also learned that pleasing everyone is simply impossible, especially in times when China-Taiwan relations are facing new tensions.

By Chi Wen

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Chi Wen is a freelance translator and writer who lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Besides translating and writing, he also teaches English as a Second Language to high school students. Chi is a self-proclaimed geek with a love for video games.

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‘First Lady of Hong Kong TV’ Lily Leung Passes Away at Age 90

Chinese netizens pay their respects to veteran actress Lily Leung Shun-Yin (1929-2019), who passed away on August 13.

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Lily in 1996, image via Sing Tao Daily.

While the Hong Kong protests are dominating the headlines, the death of Hong Kong veteran actress Lily Leung Shun-Yin (梁舜燕) has become a top trending topic on social media site Sina Weibo under the hashtag “Hong Kong Actress Liang Shunyan Dies from Illness” (#香港演员梁舜燕病逝#).

Lily Leung, image via http://www.sohu.com/a/333418087_161795.

The actress was born in Hong Kong in 1929. She starred in dozens of television series, including the first TV drama to be locally broadcasted. She became known as “the first lady of Hong Kong TV.”

Leung acted for TVB and other broadcasters. Some of her more well-known roles were those in Kindred Spirit (真情) and Heart of Greed (溏心风暴).

Leung, also nicknamed ‘Sister Lily’ (Lily姐), passed away on August 13. According to various Chinese media reports, the actress passed peacefully surrounded by family after enduring illness. She was 90 years old.

“I’ve seen so much of her work,” many Weibo netizens say, sharing the favorite roles played by Leung. “I always watched her on TVB while growing up, and will cherish her memory,” one commenter wrote.

Another well-known Hong Kong actress, Teresa Ha Ping (夏萍), also passed away this month. She was 81 years old when she died. Her passing away also attracted a lot of attention on Chinese social media (
#演员夏萍去世#).

Many people express their sadness over the fact that not one but two grand ladies from Hong Kong’s 20th-century entertainment era have passed away this month.

“Those people from our memories pass away one by one, and it represents the passing of an era,” one Weibo user wrote.

“Two familiar faces and old troupers of Hong Kong drama – I hope they rest in peace.”

By Manya Koetse

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The Mulan Makeup Challenge: Traditional Chinese Makeup Goes Trending

Recreating the Mulan make-up look was the biggest beauty challenge on Chinese social media this July.

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Will traditional Chinese make-up make a comeback because of Disney’s Mulan?

Since Disney released the official trailer for its live-action Mulan movie earlier this month, Mulan is recurringly appearing in the top trending lists on Chinese social media.

Among all the different topics relating to the upcoming Mulan movie, the Mulan make-up challenge is one that jumps out this month.

The Disney live-action trailer showed a scene in which Mulan, played by Chinese American actress Crystal Liu Fei (刘亦菲), has a full face of betrothal makeup. The original animated Disney movie also features a full makeup Mulan.

Although there was also online criticism of the ‘exaggerated’ makeup, there are many people who appreciate Mulan’s colorful makeup look.

On Weibo, many showed off their skills in copying Mulan’s makeup look this month.

By now, the hashtags “Mulan Makeup Imitation” (#花木兰仿妆#) and “Mulan Makeup Imitation Contest” (#花木兰仿妆大赛#) have attracted over 300 million views.

Makeup such as lipstick has been used in China as far back as two or three thousand years ago.

Makeup vlogger Emma Zhou explains more about Tang Dynasty (618-907) makeup customs here; the skin would be whitened with rice flower, followed by the application of ‘blush’ (pigment of strong-colored flowers) to the cheeks and eyes in a round shape, to emphasize the roundness of the face.

A floral-like decoration would be placed in between the eyebrows.

The yellow forehead, as can be seen in the live-action Mulan, is also known as “Buddha’s makeup,” and was especially popular among ladies during the Tang Dynasty. A yellow aura on the forehead was believed to be auspicious (Schafer 1956, 419).

Although contemporary Chinese makeup trends are much different than those depicted in Mulan, traditional makeup seems to make somewhat of a come-back because of the Disney movie, with hundreds of Chinese netizens imitating the look.

Beauty bloggers such as Nico (@黎千千Nico, image below) receive much praise from Weibo users for their makeup look. Nico wrote: “I even opened the door for the delivery guy this way!”

It is not just girls imitating the look; there are also some boys showing off their Mulan makeup.

Although many still find the Mulan makeup look exaggerated and even “laughable,” there are also those who think it looks really “cool” – of course, depending on whether or not the application is successful.

Want to try it out for yourself? There are various amateur tutorials available on Youtube (in Chinese), such as here, here, or here.

The Mulan make-up hype will probably continue in 2020; the Mulan movie will come out in late March.

To read more about Mulan, please see our latest feature article on Mulan here.

By Manya Koetse

References

Schafer, Edward H. 1956. “The Early History of Lead Pigments and Cosmetics in China.” T’oung Pao, Second Series, 44, no. 4/5: 413-38. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4527434.

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