Date: Jan 16, 2016
By: christopher bodeen, associated press
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese politicians came out in support Saturday of a teenage pop star who was forced to apologize for waving the island’s national flag on a South Korean television program, reigniting the complex issue of national identity on a day when voters are electing a new independence-leaning president and national legislature.
Outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou and candidates from the ruling and opposition parties united behind 16-year-old Chou Tzu-yu — whose stage name is Tzuyu. She posted an online video on Friday in which she bowed and said she had “always been proud to be Chinese.”
The apology came after her South Korean management company said it was curtailing her commercial activities on the Chinese mainland, apparently in response to online commentary in China accusing her of supporting Taiwan independence. The company worried about offending China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory and objects to all expressions of the island’s independent identity, including its flag and anthem. [FULL STORY]