A post to Twitter with the hashtag “milk tea alliance” and images of Taiwanese, Thai and Hong Kong milk teas has recently become viral in Thailand.
The popular trend started after a popular actor was accused of supporting Taiwan’s independence by Chinese netizens, which triggered the fights between Chinese and Thai internet users.
In response to the backlash, young Thais joined hands with Taiwan and Hong Kong activists to promote the hashtag #nnevvy.
How did it start? The popular actor and his girlfriend were both accused of having expressed his support for Hong Kong and Taiwan independence by sharing online comments.
Some Thai also consider their government too authoritarian and pro-China and have expressed their support for Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In the wake of the fight, the hashtag “MilkTeaAlliance” launched by Thai users took Twitter by storm on Wednesday. The other hashtag in Thai, which translates as “MilkTeaIsThickerThanBlood,” totalled nearly one million tweets.
— Nei😷 (@neiyukina) April 13, 2020
What’s more? In a post on the Facebook page “Milktealogy,” the image of Taiwanese, Hong Konger and Thai toasting with milk tea has gained more than 25,000 likes and 13,000 shares as of press time.
In response to the post, many commented, “I’m Thai. I like Taiwanese boba milk tea very much.” Another said, “How about English tea and Suutei tsai.” The other said, “We are all friends.”