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K-pop star sentenced for not kneeling in South Korea – rt games & culture


A member of a Chinese K-pop group, Wang Yiren, has been widely condemned and even racially assaulted after choosing not to kneel in front of fans in Seoul like her Korean fellow students. Wang instead made a Chinese gesture.

Images of the performance in early January went viral and sparked outrage in South Korea. Wang, a member of the Everglow group, decided to forgo the traditional Korean kneeling welcome gesture, but instead waved a Chinese hand.

The singer gave a fist and palm wave to express her thanks and New Year’s greetings, a gesture common in her homeland. Meanwhile, his Korean colleagues knelt in front of the audience.

The act of kneeling is no longer considered appropriate in China and is considered a servile gesture. However, it remains very much alive in South Korea as a way to greet others and give thanks.

Wang’s exploits have already sparked widespread condemnation on social media. According to the South China Morning Post, many people told the K-pop star to “Return to China” and say, “Don’t make money in Korea.”

“All of this shows that the Chinese are arrogant and have no respect or consideration for other cultures,” a commentator wrote on the K-pop news site allkpop. “Stop making Korean money and go back to your country then” another added.

Chinese fans have defended the singer, with many noting that the Chinese do not kneel.

On Sunday, Yehua Entertainment, which manages Everglow, announced that Wang would take a break from the group and return to his native China until the end of February to focus on his studies.

The singer said in the statement that she wanted to return home and see her family, adding that she had not seen them since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group will continue its program with the five remaining members.

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