When CCTV announced that Taiwanese artiste Nana Ouyang (歐陽娜娜) would perform the Chinese patriotic song “My Motherland” <我的祖國> at China’s National Day performance, Taiwanese netizens and critics immediately called out Nana and Angela as betraying their country.
The Taiwan government also became involved. According to Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), their performance could violate a law involving cross-strait relations, because Nana is a Taiwan national. She could be fined between NT$100,000 to NT$500,000 for violating this law.
Despite this, many Taiwanese media critics have defended Nana. Taiwanese media personality and politician Jaw Shaw Kong (趙少康) said the Taiwanese people should be proud of Nana for representing Taiwan at an international setting. “Taiwanese artistes succeeding in China is a good thing, because it tells the mainland that, hey, there are plenty of talented people in Taiwan!”
Nana’s performance of “My Motherland”, which she co-performed with five other artistes, aired on September 30. Other artistes included Hong Kong actors Simon Yam (任達華) and Kara Wai (惠英紅). Line distribution between the six stars were about equal, however, screen time of their actual broadcasted performance was very limited. While Nana did get a brief close-up shot lasting a brief second, the majority of the performance comprised of scenery across China, or group shots. Netizens reaction toward Nana’s performance seemed overblown.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.