K-Pop group, EVERGLOW, held a fan meeting on January 2. Wang Yiren (王怡人) was trending on Korean and Chinese sites recently when a clip was circulating of her being the only member who didn’t do the traditional Korean bow. The other five members knelt down and bowed, while Wang Yiren stayed standing and did more of a Chinese style new year’s greeting by waving her fists.
Wang Yiren is the only Chinese member while everyone else is Korean in EVERGLOW. On January 4, many Chinese netizens praised Wang Yiren saying she didn’t forget she was Chinese. They left comments on Weibo saying, “Kneel to heaven, kneel to the earth, kneel to your parents.”, Gave Chinese people face in this event”, “Chinese people will do Chinese ceremonies, Korean people will do Korean ceremonies. There is no conflict. How is it disrespectful?”, “Being Chinese carved in her soul. Too awesome, Wang Yiren!”.
However, on January 7, the topic was reported by the Korean media and gained traction. Korean netizens left comments saying, “Why promote in Korea? Get the hell out.”, “Chinese people come to our countries and steal our things and return to China…Entertainment companies don’t choose Chinese people anymore.”, “Don’t earn Korean people’s money. Go back to your country.”, and more.”