Starring Bae Suzy, Jung Eun-chae, Kim Jun-han and Park Ye-young, Anna centers on a woman who lives a dual life and assumes the identity of the daughter of a chaebol family.
Showed China in a negative light
In the first episode of the Coupang Play drama, Yoo Mi (Anna) receives a luxury watch from Hyun Joo (Jung Eun-chae), who tells her, “This is a Swiss brand and I’ve only worn it once,” Experiencing financial difficulty, Yoo Mi tries to sell the watch later, but the store representative tells her, “The watch was in the counterfeit goods news which made big headlines 4 to 5 years ago, didn’t you know? It was made in China, and sent to Switzerland where a screw was fixed on and it was passed off as Swiss-made; it’s worth 100,000 KRW and was charged at 8 or even 10 million KRW,”
Additionally, in the second episode, Yoo Mi’s senior Ye Young tells her that she has been sent to Shanghai, China, and said, “Isn’t China a very popular destination recently? So they instructed an employee like me with no background (to head there)”.
Taking offense at the negative implications of the scenes, fans took to social media to express their unhappiness over the controversial details which painted China in a negative light and the hashtag “Bae Suzy’s new drama ‘Anna’ controversy” became the top trending topic Weibo searches, leading to heated discussions on the net.
Responding to the uproar, Korean netizens reacted asking if Chinese fans are going to boycott the show and mentioned that Chinese viewers might be watching the show illegally, since it was not officially distributed in China yet.
Source: Korea Star Daily