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PATRIOTISM

Deric Wan Siu-lun provokes fury amongst fellow Hongkongers with Chinese patriotism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 November, 2013, 2:35pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 November, 2013, 2:35pm
 

Hong Kong pop star Deric Wan Siu-lun took the perhaps unwise step to express his fierce allegiance to China on social media site Sina Weibo, provoking a furious backlash from Hongkongers.

“I am very glad that Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. I, as a Hongkonger, didn’t belong to any country before 1997, but now I am proud to say that my country is China,” said Wan, 48, on his Weibo.

“I am Chinese! No matter how you criticise me, you can’t change my patriotic heart.”

Since October 26, Wan has posted a series of nationalist comments on his social media account. According to his agent Wu Yutong, the recent clashes between Japan and China over disputed islands known as the Diaoyu islands in China, or the Senkaku islands in Japan, awakened Wan’s patriotism.

I am Chinese! No matter how you criticise me, you can’t change my patriotic heart
Deric Wan Siu-lun

The latest posting caused a heated discussion online, many comments criticising Wan. The singer responded by branding the commentators “anti-patriotic people”.

He further stoked tensions by reporting negative comments about his postings that had been retweeted more that 500 times, together with their IP addresses, to departments concerned.

Hong Kong Commercial Radio host Siu To Poon derided Wan’s actions on his Facebook page, while actor Chapman To Man-chak also weighed in saying Wan should “polish shoes for the Communist Party,” with accompanying coarse language.

To told the Oriental Daily News that he felt sorry “but not about what [I] said, but rather about appearing in the same news [reports] with Wan.”

“You asked whether I am patriotic or not, but this is private. I don’t need to say it out loud everyday,” To added.

Before the incident, Wan had posted a photo on his Weibo account showing similarities in appearance between his father and To. When Hong Kong local media mentioned this to To, he replied: “I hope you stop saying we look alike. If I was his father, I’d slap him.

“I am not interested in responding to news about some celebrity who can’t survive in Hong Kong.”

After the 1990s, Wan gradually disappeared from the Hong Kong entertainment industry, but his acting career since picked up in mainland China. Many netizens condemned his postings as insincere and as a way to cosy up to the Chinese government and therefore improve his career prospects on the mainland.

“We are furious. We don’t want to respond or start anything. We understand that not everyone’s thoughts are on the same level,” said Wu, Wan’s agent.

To’s comments also enraged Wan’s wife. She fought back on Wan’s weibo account last night saying: “You can refuse to accept that Hong Kong has returned to China, but as a wife, I absolutely won’t stand your nonsense in insulting my husband.

“I and my husband feel ashamed to be called Chinese with someone like you.”

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Giwaffe
@clk2828: Back approximately 2500 years during the Warring States period, there were distinct countries and no such thing as China. This was before the rise of Qin the Big Bully, who bullied/conquered/subjugated/annxed everyone else who had the same hair, eye, and skin color into submission. Thus, it is more important for our future generations to learn the importance of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

Unification or reunification, unless voluntary, is just a euphemism for what is often brutal conquest/subjugation or forced annexation.
shouken
I kind of agree with you. I think the United States had no right not to accede to the secession of the Southern 11 states from the Union and to regard their Confederate government as a rebel government. Lincoln was, of course, a big bully in using brutal force to subjugate the South and achieve Unification (or Reunification). Canada was luckier than the South in 1812 and escaped US annexation, narrowly.

Yes. You are right. There was no China 2500 years ago. But I guess Americanising continental north America is not all that different from Sinofication (Chinanization). Now that the US climbed to the top of the international food chain in the 20th-century, I guess the independence movement has gradually become unnecessary.
clk2828
People who promote differentiation should really spend some time and study back the Chinese History. Back more than a 100 years ago we (ppl of chinese origin) are all under the same roof of the Qing Dynasty. It is important our future generations learn and preserve the idea of unity.
tennisboy
Chapman's had a little success so is running his mouth and insulting others with his rhetoric. We'll see when it comes back to bite him.
aplucky1
another sell out, pimping himself out to his new masters
what a weak little girl he is
siulun2050
Feels like he is being verbally mob-lynched.
xiaoblueleaf
A Jackie Chan 2nd.
sipsip1238
Difference is that Jackie made a fair bit of money doing it.
fuminchu
Despite of its much touted freedom of speech, Hong Kong sure has a low tolerance for different opinions.
sudo rm -f cy
So sad that Deric has betrayed his home town simply to make a few extra bucks up north. Like Jackie Chan before him. (Also, what kind of name is Deric? It's either Derek or Derick.)
As a Hongkonger, I feel the exact opposite of Deric: I felt we Hongkongers had a unique identity pre-1997, but it was taken from us. The Chinese call it a reunification, outsiders call it a handover, I call it an annexation.

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