Stage Name: Tzuyu (쯔위) Birth Name: Zhou Tzuyu, Zhōu Zǐyú (周子瑜)Birthday: June 14, 1999 Hometown: Tainan, Taiwan Nationality: Taiwanese Debut: October 20, 2015 Position: Maknae, vocalist Tzuyu is the youngest member of the JYP Entertainment girl group TWICE. In 2012, Tzuyu was spotted by JYP Entertainment scouts at a performing arts workshop in Tainan, and flew out to Korea shortly after to become a trainee at JYP. Prior to her debut, Tzuyu appeared in GOT7's music video for "Stop Stop It" and miss A's "Only You" music video as well. Tzuyu was a contestant on JYP Entertainment's survival audition show SIXTEEN, and was eliminated in the final episode. However, during the finale, JYP founder Park Jinyoung announced that the rules had changed to add the member with the most votes from the general public to the group. Due to her popularity amongst viewers of the show, Tzuyu received the most votes and thus debuted as a part of TWICE. Following her debut in 2015, Tzuyu was made the center of a major controversy when was shown holding a Taiwanese flag. Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, there have been two competing parties in China – the Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. The CPC rules mainland China and believes in “one China”, claiming that Taiwan is a part of their territory, while the ROC occupies the island of Taiwan and flies a different flag: the flag that Tzuyu held in her hand on TV. Thus, many saw Tzuyu’s flag as an indication of her support for the independence of Taiwan from China and the assertion that the ROC has rightful claim to all of China. As a result, the CPC banned all JYP groups from mainland China, cutting off a major source of revenue for JYP Entertainment and resulting in the release of an apology video. In turn, the apology video – which was released on election day – infuriated and inspired potentially thousands of voters to turn out to the polls on January 17, cementing the win for pro-independence candidate Tsai Ing-Wen. In the video, Tzuyu stated, "There is only one China, the two sides of the strait are one, and I have always felt proud to be Chinese. I feel extremely apologetic to my company and to Internet friends on both sides of the strait for the hurt that I have caused, and I also feel very guilty." Tzuyu's apology shocked and angered the people of Taiwan, who believed that the apology was forced upon her. All three candidates made statements of support for Tzuyu, and it is estimated by scholars that her apology video may have inspired as many as 1.34 million young voters to turn up at the polls on election day. The video also resulted in a huge drop in JYP Entertainment stock value at the time. Since the incident, Tzuyu has become one of the most popular female idols in Korea. She is currently a freshman at Hanlim Arts School in Seoul.
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