Under-fire A-Mei will soldier on
Shanghai will still host a performance by Taiwanese singer Chang Hui-mei next month despite the cancellation of a show in Hangzhou , local organisers said yesterday.
The singer is scheduled to perform in Shanghai on July 16 as part of a marketing campaign by Hong Kong-listed Tingyi Holding, the mainland's top seller of ready-to-drink teas.
Protesters had accused the pop diva of supporting independence for Taiwan, forcing cancellation of the Hangzhou performance last Saturday.
The mainland temporarily banned the singer, known as A-Mei to her fans, in 2000 after she sang Taiwan's anthem at the inauguration of President Chen Shui-bian.
Coca-Cola was forced to scrap a US$13 million advertising campaign for Sprite on the mainland after authorities banned the singer's image from the media four years ago.
An official at the Shanghai office of Dingjin Food, a Tingyi subsidiary, said the singer would come to Shanghai but tickets would be distributed internally and not sold to the public.
The performance is part of a national singing competition sponsored by the company and aimed at students.
Witnesses saw workers removing signs with the singer advertising iced tea under the company's 'Master Kong' brand from a Shanghai street yesterday. But Shanghai Media Group said advertisements using her image were still appearing on local television.
Household goods giant Unilever is also using the singer to promote its 'Lux' brand of soap and shower cream in an advertising campaign launched last month.
A company spokeswoman said Unilever would not pull the adverts.