Taiwanese college student cancels Wuhan study plans after Chinese netizens call him 'Japanese traitor, Taiwan separatist'
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After being bullied online by Chinese netizens for being a "Japan lover" and "Taiwanese separatist," news has surfaced today (July 12) that a Taiwanese college student originally slated to go an exchange program at the university has canceled his plans.
On Thursday (July 11), Chinese netizens took to Weibo to claim that "Wuhan University is bringing over a Taiwanese student who is a Japan-lover and Taiwan separatist." He then included an image showing the admission letter issued to Taiwanese student Chuck Ko (柯筌耀), as well as a number of screenshots from his Facebook posts.
The Public Relations Office for National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) said today that Ko has expressed his decision not to go to Wuhan University, and that the university respects his wishes. Wuhan University announced that it will investigate the incident and deal with it in accordance with the results and regulations.
Ko had earlier announced on social media that he was participating in a graduate exchange program between his alma mater NTNU and Wuhan University. According to the admission notice released by Wuhan University, Ko was originally slated to study from Sept. 2, 2019 to Jan. 11, 2020.