It seems like Chinese K-pop idols have crossed the line after they publically commemorated China’s involvement in the Korean War.
EXO’s Lay, f(x) ‘s Victoria, PRISTIN’s Kyulkyung, WJSN’s Cheng Xiao, Mei Qi and Xuan Yi celebrated the 70th anniversary of China’s military involvement in the Korean War, generating massive responses. In the post, they wrote, “Let’s remember history, cherish peace and pay our respect to the heroes.”
This is analyzed as a result of the wrong historical awareness of most Chinese people. In Chinese textbooks, the Korean War is described as a war they participated to “fight against the United States and help Joseon (North Korea then).” They also left out many historical facts, including the surprise invasion of North Korea with the help of the Chinese military and the massive killings of South Koreans.
However, the Korean War is defined as “war that started on 25 June 1950 when North Korea (with the support of China and the Soviet Union) invaded South Korea following clashes along the border and insurrections.” For South Koreans, the Chinese military is equivalent to an enemy who allied with the North Korean military and devastated our land.
These Chinese K-pop idols who received much love from K-netizens are causing confusion by posting posts based on Chinese people’s distorted view of history. Some are stating that they are using the influence they gained as K-pop singers to distort history and force people to recall the painful history.