Chinese in S. Korean entertainment industry face backlash

Some Chinese K-pop stars deemed insensitive amid growing wave of anti-Beijing sentiment

South Korean fans protested in March when Chinese K-pop stars including Victoria (above) from the disbanded girl group f(x) publicly expressed support for buying cotton from China's Xinjiang region. Earlier this month, some South Korean fans were ups
South Korean fans protested in March when Chinese K-pop stars including Victoria (above) from the disbanded girl group f(x) publicly expressed support for buying cotton from China's Xinjiang region. Earlier this month, some South Korean fans were upset when the Chinese members of idol groups including NCT Dream (above) posted celebratory messages on social media to mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.PHOTO: VICTORIA SONG/INSTAGRAM PHOTO: NCT DREAM/TWITTER
South Korean fans protested in March when Chinese K-pop stars including Victoria (above) from the disbanded girl group f(x) publicly expressed support for buying cotton from China's Xinjiang region. Earlier this month, some South Korean fans were ups
South Korean fans protested in March when Chinese K-pop stars including Victoria (above) from the disbanded girl group f(x) publicly expressed support for buying cotton from China's Xinjiang region. Earlier this month, some South Korean fans were upset when the Chinese members of idol groups including NCT Dream (above) posted celebratory messages on social media to mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.PHOTO: VICTORIA SONG/INSTAGRAM PHOTO: NCT DREAM/TWITTER

They are not Koreans but have found fame as K-pop stars - products of a trend as it went global.

South Korean entertainment agencies had roped in talent from neighbouring countries like China, Japan and Thailand to appeal to the wider international market.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 18, 2021, with the headline 'Chinese in S. Korean entertainment industry face backlash'. Subscribe