Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse has revealed he has applied to renounce his Canadian citizenship amid growing concerns over China’s crackdown on celebrity culture.
The 41-year-old actor shared China Central Television: “I was browsing the reviews of my recent film raging fire when I saw that some questioned my nationality, saying that I am Canadian.
the prepare a storm The actor also clarified that he had always been a Chinese national.
“Whether it’s food, music or action movies, regardless of the type of content or identity, I’ve always wanted to spread Chinese culture and spirit to the world,” he said. he declared.
The move follows a crackdown by Chinese authorities on the entertainment industry, with rumors that celebrities who hold dual nationality would be banned.
At the moment, there is no official law prohibiting Chinese stars from holding dual passports on the mainland.
Earlier this year, Chinese actor Arthur Chen Feiyu came under fire for changing his US nationality to Chinese.
Nor were Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao’s wins celebrated in her native China. The 39-year-old Chinese-American director is the first woman of color to win the Best Director Oscar – for her 2020 film nomadland.
When the cinema magazine To watch movies announced Zhao’s victory on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the post was censored hours later.
Other actors like Liu Yifei, who starred in Disney’s Mulanehas also been criticized for renouncing her Chinese nationality in the past.
The Independent has contacted Tse representatives for comment.