After posting photos of her infant twins online during the national holiday in China, Christine Fan came into a hail of abuse from Chinese netizens who commented that it was “inappropriate” to be uploading images of her private life on a day commemorating the end of World War II.
As the argument over whether celebrities should remain indifferent to the national cause flowed on, many commenters defended Fan’s right to express herself online. She even apologised to Chinese netizens for causing offence and later deleted the posts, according to China Daily. Fan regularly shares her personal life via social networking and she has 47.7 million followers on Facebook.
31-year-old Xia Yuting, an executive at a Beijing state-run company, was quoted as saying: “I feel there is no need for Fan Weiqi to apologize, as it’s her freedom to share photos of her children online whenever she wants.”
Some of China’s all-remembering netizens, however, are less forgiving.
In Taiwan, World War II memorial events are quite different to those in the PRC. See the video showing Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou paying respects to WW2 martyrs at a Temple near Taoyuan.
by Daniel Cunningham