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China Bans KPop; MAMA 2016 May Not Happen Anymore

Last July, South Korea agreed to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which is the latest in America’s missile defense technology. The reason for this is because THAAD can help defend South Korea from North Korea’s military threats. In response to this, China bans KPop and all Korean-related businesses. South Korean endorsers were edited and changed into Chinese celebrities and KPop artists were not allowed to perform ever since October.

What happens now that China bans KPop?

Photo Credit: Screenshot from the video "Chinese media's criticism of THAAD, "It's all Korea's fault'" taken from the official YouTube Channel of Arirang News

Photo Credit: Screenshot from the video “Chinese media’s criticism of THAAD, “It’s all Korea’s fault'” taken from the official YouTube Channel of Arirang News

China is one of Korea’s most profitable entertainment markets. According to an infograph by MyMusicTaste and Billboard, China ranked second among the top three countries where KPop artists hold their concerts abroad. With the current crisis between China and South Korea, it looks like anything Korean will be greatly affected in the former country.

It was reported that China has banned all content that features the Korean wave content. Korean stars are not allowed to star in any Chinese television show and Korean news are not allowed to be aired in news shows. This act has caused the shares of top Korean entertainment companies to plunge drastically. Despite that, the Chinese government denies the existence of such ban. In response to that, The Korea Times reported that, “no Korean entertainer has obtained Beijing’s permission to perform in the neighboring country since October.”

In addition to that, the South China Morning Post reported:

“A Chinese entertainment corporation has been reportedly fined 17 million won (US$14,460) for pushing ahead with a Korean idol group concert that had not been approved by the Chinese government, and it was ordered to refund ticket buyers double the original ticket price. The entertainment company invited the Korean group and began selling tickets a month before the concert but the Chinese government refused to confirm the show.”

What about MAMA 2016?

This year’s 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, will take place on December 2 in Hong Kong. With China’s ban on KPop and related content, it is unsure whether the country will air the awards ceremony. However, Mnet’s head of music content business, Shin Hyung Kwan, said “We are overcoming the situation again with our partners in Hong Kong and our festival will proceed without a big problem.”




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