By The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese pop singer and entertainer Show Lo sparked controversy online after he declared openly in China that “we are all Chinese.” Lo’s publicist responded yesterday that Lo is “both Taiwanese and Chinese.” The video, which appeared late Sunday, showed Lo answering questions from Chinese fans. At one point he declared, “We don’t have to be so precise because we are all Chinese” drawing applause and shouts of approval from fans. The response from netizens on the island was swift, showing losses in Facebook “likes” in the 10,000 range. Lo reportedly gained 50,000 likes on China’s social media service Weibo. Another netizen altered Lo’s nationality to show that he was a citizen of the “People’s Republic of China.” Lo was born in Taiwan and holds R.O.C. citizenship.
Lo’s publicist stated that “Show is a Taiwanese, born and bred. But he is Chinese through an education under Chinese culture. Isn’t that the case for his peers or those older than him?” Hsu Chiao-hsin, a KMT communications official said that netizens had the right to remove their likes of Lo on Facebook, but that the entertainer did not need to apologize for his remarks. “No one needs to apologize for what they identify with,” Hsu added in remarks published on Facebook. Lo’s remarks have drawn criticism following a popular uproar after a Taiwanese teenage singer was coerced into declaring that she was “proud to be Chinese.” The release of that video, on the eve of Taiwanese elections, drew widespread rebuke as local politicians voiced a rare unanimous consensus in their support for Chou.