K-pop girl group Everglow’s Chinese singer Wang Yiren subjected to racist attacks in South Korea for not kneeling before fans
A Chinese member of K-pop group Everglow has taken racist attacks and criticism online after using traditional Chinese etiquette when greeting fans instead of kneeling down like her Korean bandmates.
Singer Wang Yiren was with other members of Everglow at an event on January 2 to greet fans in Seoul, while other members knelt down and touched the floor with their foreheads in traditional Korean style, Wang used a Chinese hand gesture — the fist and palm salute — to express thanks and New Year greetings.
In Chinese culture kneeling down is seen as a servile gesture and is no longer considered appropriate. In South Korea, it remains in use as a way to greet others and offer thanks. While Wang’s gesture was widely praised in China, South Koreans quickly attacked the move online. Comments like “Go back to China” and “Don’t earn money in Korea” were common.