TWICE’s Tzuyu’s Fanclub Forced to Change Its Name Due to the Chinese Government’s Clampdown

Credit: JYP Entertainment
Credit: JYP Entertainment

Is Tzuyu the next target of the Chinese government’s clampdown on the entertainment industry?

According to Taiwanese media outlets on August 31st, Tzuyu’s Weibo Fanclub received a notice to change the name of the fanclub. According to the notice, the word “bar (used to mead meeting)” has to be removed from the name of the fanclub. Tzuyu’s fanclub posted then deleted a post saying they have to choose a new name within two weeks.

Taiwanese media interpret this as a part of CAC’s (Cyberspace Administration of China) 10 measures to “clean up” what it called the “chaos” of celebrity fan clubs. This includes banning any attempt to rank celebrities based on popularity, dismissing fanclubs that raise money for celebrities, and more.

Alongside the news about Tzuyu, one Tawiwness media analyzed that the Chinese government’s crackdown will expand to Hong Kong and Taiwan entertainment business.

Earlier in 2016, Tzuyu came heavily under fire for waving the Taiwan flag on MBC’s My Little Television. Many viewed this as the artist’s attempt to “support Taiwan independence,” causing an uproar. In the end, Tzuyu had to post an apology video, saying, “China is one”. JYP, the head of Tzuyu’s agency JYP Entertainment, also apologized through the official website.


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