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Stars turn to Southeast Asia under China’s “Korean restriction order”
中國「限韓令」發威 韓星轉戰東南亞

Members of South Korean boy group “EXO” perform at the Taipei Arena on Nov. 26 last year.

Photo courtesy of Super Dome Enterprise Co.

Beijing has issued a “Korean restriction order” to retaliate against South Korea over its deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system. Many South Korean stars are now embracing the Southeast Asian region after losing the huge Chinese market, hoping to mitigate the impact of this move.

Despite efforts to expand in China in recent years, the South Korean show business industry has been hit badly. China no longer airs Korean TV programs, and has canceled most Korean artists’ commercial events. The ban has also made the South Korean entertainment industry think more about market diversification.

South Korea’s pop cultural exports — known as the “Korean Wave” (or “Hallyu”) — have already swept Southeast Asian countries, China previously being the focus. Now, K-pop stars are targeting the Southeast Asian market. Boy group “EXO” held three concerts in Malaysia last month, and finished another show in Singapore this month, for example.

(CNA, translated by Eddy Chang)






1. restriction order phr.


(xian4 zhi4 ling4; jin4 zhi3 ling4)

2. retaliate v.


(bao4 fu4)

3. deployment n.


(bu4 shu3)

4. Southeast Asia phr.


(dong1 nan2 ya3)

5. diversification n.


(duo1 yang4 hua4)

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