Chou Tzu-yu(born June 14, 1999), professionally known by the mononymTzuyu, is a Taiwanese singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Twice , under JYP Entertainment .In 2015, a televised appearance in South Korea in which she was shown holding the flag of the Republic of China sparked a controversy in China.A video of Tzuyu apologising for the incident, subsequently released by JYP Entertainment on January 15, 2016, sparked further outrage in Taiwan.

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 Tzuyu TWICE's Life and career

Chou Tzu-yu performing at Seoul Arts College in February 2016

After more than two years of training, she appeared on the South Korean reality showSixteenin 2015, during which she was chosen as one of the nine members of the new girl band Twice . The group made its debut in October 2015. According to a Gallup Korea survey, she was the third most popular idol among young South Koreans in 2016, behind Taeyeon and IU .

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 Tzuyu TWICE's Flag incident

. She introduced herself as Taiwanese and held the ROC flag alongside that of South Korea. The Japanese flag was also shown, representing the nationality of some of the band's other members.

Just days before calling attention to Tzuyu, Huang had accused Hong Kong actor Wong He of making insulting comments about mainland China on Facebook. Wong's face was subsequently blurred out on China's state run China Central Television , and Wong issued an apology.

On January 15, 2016, the day before the Taiwanese general election , JYP Entertainment's founder Park Jin-young apologised to the Chinese media through his Weibo account. Meanwhile, the agency also released a video showing Tzuyu reading an apology, which said in part:


The three candidates running for Taiwan's presidency all released statements to support her. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen stated that "a citizen of the Republic of China should not be punished for waving her flag and expressing support for her country. [Chou Tzuyu] has been forced to say the exact opposite of what she originally meant, so this is a serious matter and it has hurt the feelings of the Taiwanese people." Meanwhile, the ruling party Kuomintang 's candidate Eric Chu disapproved of the hate directed at Chou, stating that he was saddened by the video, and condemned the actions of Huang An and JYP Entertainment. Taiwan's outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou stated on the morning of election day that she had no need to apologise.

, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China , published an article on its social media account saying that it was unfair to label Chou a "Taiwanese separatist" for waving a flag of the Republic of China, adding that "The expression of the Republic of China contains the ' one China ' principle".

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Korean media outlets contend that a certain Taiwanese hacking group implemented the attack after the group claimed credit on social media.

, a JYP representative stated that the training would include issues pertaining to political conflicts between countries.

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 Tzuyu TWICE's Filmography

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2015 Sixteen ContestantMnet Survival show that determined Twice members

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 Tzuyu TWICE's References

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