As the public is eagerly discussing Vicki Zhao Wei‘s (趙薇) whereabouts after her mysterious disappearance, they are also wondering which celebrities would become blacklisted and “erased” by the Chinese government next.
With nationalism on the rise, there is a list circulating on Weibo of seven artistes who have foreign citizenship, yet earn sizeable income from the Chinese market. As their foreign passports may be considered unpatriotic by some, these celebrities are reportedly closely watched by the government for where their loyalty stands.
The list includes celebrities who were born in China, but chose to pursue foreign citizenship. Although born in China, Jet Li (李連杰) possesses Singaporean citizenship and Zhang Tielin (張鐵林) has British citizenship. Crystal Liu Yifei (劉亦菲), Will Pan (潘瑋柏), and Wang Lee Hom (王力宏) have American citizenship, while Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) and Mark Chao (趙又廷) have Canadian citizenship.
Director Zhou Guogang (周國剛), who frequently shares gossip about the entertainment industry, stated that Jet Li should dodge as quickly as possible. Before gaining Singaporean citizenship in 2009, Jet had also received American citizenship in 1997. Netizens feel that he will become the Chinese government’s next blacklist target.
Perhaps sensing his American citizenship would sooner or later become an issue, son of famed director Chen Kaige (陳凱歌), 21-year-old actor Arthur Chen Feiyu (陳飛宇) gave up his American citizenship and became a Chinese citizen in July.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.