Despite the fact that this happened a month or so ago, the story still does the rounds on social media. Aussie born singer has been censored, canceled and banned in China for her song “Fragile — or Glass Heart in Chinese”, which has been accused of offending the Chinese Government and metaphorically criticising China’s human rights record ( Xinjiang, Taiwan and Hong Kong) issues and Chinese nationalists.
The controversial song is a collaboration between Malaysian singer-songwriter Namewee, and it basically went viral in the world of Mandopop. Chen herself is a huge name in Asia, and even made a name in China prior to this controversy. Since she has been censored and canceled her Weibo account which amassed over 1 million followers has since been taken down as well as any remnants of her presence in albums, songs etc on Chinese platforms.
Chen, though stayed firm on her stance and stated that she has “no regrets” in releasing a song. Chen describes herself as a human rights advocate. Here are a few things she told ABC News:
“I guess that is just a sign — that’s what happens when sensitive topics are brought up or talked about,”
“Although maybe one door closes, I have so many other doors that have opened,”
“Everyone has a right to their own opinions. And if they choose to troll me online, I guess that’s their choice, too.”
“So I feel like I just tried to look on the bright side of things. As long as you know, people don’t get hurt. I feel like that’s something that I’m okay with.”
Born and raised in Melbourne to Malaysian Chinese migrants, Chen has been performing since she was young having played “Nala” in the “Lion King” Broadway production in Melbourne and sang The Australian National Anthem at the AFL Grand Final in 2007.
Where her name is not known as much in Australia ( no surprises there), she is a household name in Chinese speaking parts of Asia. She tells the ABC:
“I hate to say this, but I feel like maybe when I was growing up, there wasn’t a lot of Asian presence in the Australian industry,”
“I really hope that in the future, Australia will [provide] more opportunities for Asian actors and singers and celebrities in general.
“I feel like there’s so much talent out there. And I hope that everyone has a platform and an opportunity to express and show their talent.”
Her song has gone viral in Hong Kong and Taiwan, so regardless she is still doing very well. We will reach out to her for an interview soon.
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