It has been seven years since Rainie Yang’s careless words drew the ire of numerous mainland Chinese netizens, but after years of trying to placate her numerous dissenters across the shore, mainland Chinese broadcasters have finally agreed to air last year’s Taiwanese idol drama hit “Hi My Sweetheart”. The television serial, which starred Rainie alongside fellow Taiwanese singer/actor Show Luo, fared surprisingly well despite competing against mega-hit Taiwanese idol drama “Autumn’s Concerto” starring Van Ness Wu and Ady An.
The thawing between Rainie and mainland China in general has highlighted the interesting relationship both have maintained the past several years. Despite the fact that Rainie’s previous idol drama was filmed in Shanghai with major star power presence, the program did not get the greenlight for airing in mainland Chinese shores until the higher-ups at the country’s major broadcasting corporations had a change of heart.
The catalyst that motivated the Rainie ban by mainland Chinese broadcasters stemmed from comments the pop star made in her 2003 appearance on heavily-watched Taiwanese variety program “I Guess x 3”, where a particular segment showcased Rainie’s obsession with Japanese culture and her lack of understanding of Japan’s dark past against China during the first half of the previous century.
A sample of the comments that destroyed Rainie’s reputation in mainland China included how she thought that she was Japanese in a previous life and that she was not aware of the brutalities committed by Japanese forces during their occupation in mainland China. Since the Taiwanese at the time received better treatment by Japanese occupation forces in comparison, some Taiwanese such as Rainie Yang do not share the negative attitudes held by their mainland Chinese counterparts.
Rainie hopes that her reputation will improve even further later this year, as she is not only filming in Shanghai for a new idol drama titled “Sunshine Angel” with Taiwanese singer/actor Wu Chun, but was also invited to endorse products such as drinks, sneakers, and clothing from mainland Chinese
Original Source: UDN