The 2022 Asia Artist Awards Is Criticized For Being Insensitive Towards Chinese K-Pop Idols

“I think it’s obvious that they shouldn’t attend.”

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The 2022 Asia Artist Awards (Also known as AAA), held on December 13 in Nagoya, Japan, has been hit with criticism for being insensitive to Chinese K-Pop idols.

Logo | Asia Artist Award

On December 12, a post on Korea’s largest online community went viral. In the post, the author writes how the 2022 Asia Artist Award, which is to be held this year in Japan on December 13, was insensitive to Chinese idols.

Xiaoting | Reddit

The reason for this is that December 13 is the date of the Nanjing Massacre.

The Nanjing Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanjing), which occurred on December 13, 1937, refers to the mass murder and rape of Chinese civilians who lived in Nanjing by the Japanese army.

Bronze statue depicts the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre | History

Over six weeks from December 13, 1937, the Japanese army is estimated to have killed over 300,000 and raped up to 80,000 Chinese civilians.

Wall of memory in Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum | USC

Netizens allege it is because of this that popular Chinese idols have all stated they would not be attending the award show. Kep1er‘s Xiaoting and Seventeen‘s Jun and The8 have all stated they wouldn’t be attending due to various circumstances.

Many netizens criticized the award show while stating they understood why Chinese idols chose not to attend.

  • “What I don’t understand is why Korean award shows like MAMA keep going overseas. I’m not sure how much influence these award shows have overseas… But idols are so busy during the holiday season, let’s just have the award shows in Korea.”
  • “It would be like our idols going to Japan and performing on (August 14) the day we commemorate those who were sexually assaulted by Japan. Of course, they wouldn’t go, LOL.”
  • “Isn’t a given? Would you go on that day?”
  • “I’m not a fan of the groups listed, but I think it’s obvious that they shouldn’t attend.”
  • “(They) shouldn’t attend.”

What are your thoughts?

Source: Nate Pann
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