Liu Wen, an ambassador for Coach, said she would cut ties with the US brand after it “hurt the national feelings of the Chinese people” with a T-shirt that implied Hong Kong was a country. Photo: Simon Song

Stars, luxury brands and China’s perilous patriotic tightrope

  • A few words on a T-shirt or misjudged meme in heightened political times can be enough to stir up the outrage of internet users and attract unwanted official attention
  • Celebrities and brands are increasingly nailing their one-China colours to the mast to guard against a backlash
Topic |   China Society

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Liu Wen, an ambassador for Coach, said she would cut ties with the US brand after it “hurt the national feelings of the Chinese people” with a T-shirt that implied Hong Kong was a country. Photo: Simon Song
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Defiant university students, school pupils and citizens from all walks of life went on a citywide strike on Monday, giving the embattled government an ultimatum to meet their demands or face escalated protest action. Photo: Felix Wong

Zara denies supporting Hong Kong protests after claim by Chinese state media over citywide Monday’s strike

  • Spanish fashion retail chain accused by ‘Global Times’ after it closed some of its stores in the city during Monday’s strike
  • Incident latest example of the mounting pressure facing businesses, with Versace, Coach and Taipan Bread and Cake having already fallen foul
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Defiant university students, school pupils and citizens from all walks of life went on a citywide strike on Monday, giving the embattled government an ultimatum to meet their demands or face escalated protest action. Photo: Felix Wong
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