zhang zhehan's apology letter

Zhang ZHehan 813 resource


A guide to what happened to Chinese actor zhang zhehan during and after august 13, 2021.

GUIDES & FILES

Justice of the People Timeline Google Doc

Zhang Zhehan 813 talking points PDF

Li Xuezheng's videos & livestreams MEGA

INFORMATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES

Justice for People - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok

Catherine Orange - YouTube

OFFICIAL MEDIA ARTICLES

June 14, 2022: The China Story: China’s Extreme Cancel Culture and Increasingly Hostile Online Environment.

March 3, 2022: NPR: China erases thousands of social media accounts for vulgarity, negativity and more. Alternatively, listen to the 5-minute podcast here: PlayerFM.

January 11, 2022: Yahoo! News PH: Zhang Zhehan denies entering Yasukuni Shrine, says he's willing to be investigated

December 28, 2021: Yahoo! News PH: Zhang Zhehan successfully filed police report over defamation four months after scandal tarnished his reputation

December 17, 2021: Strait Times: #PopVultures Ep 56: Chinese producer Li Xuezheng questions the legality and transparency of the organization China Association of Performing Arts, which recently released a list of blacklisted celebrities. The list includes Word Of Honor (2021) star Zhang Zhehan. Listen to the podcast (time stamp 00:48-9:59 on Apple or Spotify).

December 16, 2021: What's On Weibo: Cyber Bullying and Fake News: What You Should Know About the Zhang Zhehan Story

BLOG POSTS

TeddyFoxFluff: Li Xuezheng's Interview with Zhang Zhehan

TeddyFoxFluff: Who Canceled Zhang Zhehan?

TeddyFoxFluff: Clarifications Part 1: The Wedding at Nogi Shrine

TeddyFoxFluff: Clarifications Part 2: The Wedding at Nogi Shrine (Part 1)

TeddyFoxFluff: Clarifications Part 3: The Wedding at Nogi Shrine (Part 2)

TeddyFoxFluff: Clarifications Part 4: The Nazi Gesture and Other Rumors

potteresque-ire: My Thoughts on Zhang’s Incident, Part B: TIMELINE OF EVENTS

jjheejz: ZH’s case: What happened, outcome, debunks, water armies, updates, further reading, food for thought

Lighthouze511: An investigation into Zhang Zhehan's case - Controlling public opinions and creating negative publicity

Chase A Beam Of Light: 张哲瀚事件时间线梳理 (Timeline of Zhang Zhehan's incident)

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Catherine Orange - Defaming Zhang ZheHan | Defamation Case Recap | Full English Version

Catherine Orange - 真假张哲瀚 | 第一期 | 上海奶茶偶遇事件 | Identifying Zhang ZheHan vol. 1 | Rumor Clarification

Catherine Orange - 真假张哲瀚 | 第二期 | 深圳湾游艇事件 | Identifying Zhang ZheHan vol.2 | Rumor Clarification

Justice for People - Zhang Zhehan (张哲瀚) Cancellation - August 12-15 2021 Timeline

Justice for People - Zhang Zhehan's (张哲瀚) Cancellation: Behind The Rumours And Misinformation | ENG/RUS/ITA/INA SUB

Justice for People - Zhang Zhehan (张哲瀚) First Interview After 813 CAPA Cancellation | Li Xuezheng | IND/ITA/ESP SUB

translators

QuelleVous - Twitter, Facebook

Bluebird - Twitter

teddyfoxfluff - Twitter, Blog

Flora - Twitter

Amber - Twitter

Karen - Twitter

timeline

A timeline of what happened during and after August 13th, including the start of the Justice of the People campaign started by Li Xuezheng on November 27th. CN-ENG translations by the listed translators, with additional information from TeddyFoxFluff's clarification blog.

August 12, 2021 (late evening) to August 13, 2021 (early morning) - Old photographs of Zhang Zhehan visiting Japan began circulating on Chinese social media platforms. The two photo sets that attracted the most attention were (1) photos of him unintentionally posing in the park compound surrounding the Yasukuni shrine on a tourist trip to Japan (these were posted to his Weibo and Instagram accounts in 2018), and (2) photos of him attending a friend's wedding in 2019 at the Nogi Shrine (乃木神社) in Japan.

zhang zhehan's apology letter
zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 12, 2021 - Zhang Zhehan's friend, whose wedding he attended in the photos above, issued a public apology for not checking the background of the wedding venue.

August 13, 2021 (1:39PM GMT+8) - Zhang Zhehan apologized for his ignorance through a formal letter posted to his Weibo. He stated he was not pro-Japanese and that he loved his own country.

zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 13, 2021 (4:39PM GMT+8) - The People’s Daily (人民日報), an official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, posted a statement on Weibo which chastised him for Zhang Zhehan ignorance and stressed the importance of knowing their history. Weibo linkZhang Zhehan reposted this to his own account and stated that he accepted the criticism.

zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 13, 2021 - All 27 brands that worked with Zhang Zhehan announced that they had terminated their contracts with him. The movie Formed Police Unit announced that they would terminate their working relationship with him (Weibo link), and so did variety show The Hero (Weibo link)

zhang zhehan's 27 brand endorsements all cut ties with him on August 13
zhang zhehan's apology letter
zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 13, 2021 (5:35PM GMT+8) - Zhang Zhehan responded to People’s Daily’s critique, stating he shall repent and learn his lesson, and that as a Chinese, he loves his country and the CCP.Translation
Article source

zhang zhehan's reply to People's Daily

August 14, 2021 - Weibo muted Zhang Zhehan’s account as well as his studio’s account. They were no longer able to post or comment on the platform. Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter
zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 15, 2021 - The China Association of Performing Arts (hereafter CAPA), a non-profit organization managed directly by industry volunteers, posted an announcement which called for the boycotting of Zhang Zhehan, effectively preventing him from holding live or stage performances. CAPA's August 15 statement was the first to use the term 參觀 ("visit") when referring to Zhang Zhehan. After the letter was shared, other media began to use 參觀 and even 參拜 ("pray"). Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

August 15, 2021 - Weibo closed Zhang Zhehan’s account (which had more than 18 million followers), his studio’s account, and his Super Topic, on the grounds that he had hurt the national sentiment and created a negative influence on youths. Weibo link

August 20, 2021 - The drama Demon Girl starring Zhang Zhehan was removed from the shelves on August 17. His other social media accounts like Douyin were shut down, and platforms like Douban, Station B, iQIYI, QQ Music, NetEase Cloud Music, Taobao, and JD removed his content from their servers.

October 9, 2021 - On October 11, a Weibo user wrote to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (hereafter MCT) asking about a banned entertainers list using the Chinese version of the Freedom of Information Act. The MCT responded, stating that they did not create a list of problematic artists in 2021: Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

October 22, 2021 - The National Radio and Television Administration (hereafter NRTA) stated in their NRTA Notice 122 that they did not create a list of problematic artists (no year was specified): Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

November 4, 2021 - Someone wrote to the NRTA demanding that they make an official proclamation of their instructions to ban, deplatform, and boycott Zhang Zhehan. The NRTA responded with a Government Information Disclosure Notice [NRTA Notice 124], saying no such list or set of instructions exist, and they didn't order it.Specifically, the NRTA did not create official documents or issue instructions to: (1) classify Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist, (2) ask platforms to close his accounts, (3) ask platforms to take down his works, (4) ask platforms to disallow publicity, and (5) initiate an industry boycott of Zhang Zhehan. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

November 17, 2021 - MCT did not create any official documents (1) classifying Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist, (2) asking for the Word of Honor concert to be taken down, (3) asking MCT departments to participate in an industry boycott of Zhang Zhehan. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

November 17, 2021 - A Weibo user wrote to the MCT asking about Zhang Zhehan: Weibo link1) Is he listed as a problematic actor? NO.
2) Is he banned by a government entity? NO - relevant documents do not exist.
3) Did the government request the removal of his works from platforms? NO.
The MCT the NRTA did not create official documents or issue instructions to: (1) classify Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist, (2) ask platforms to close his accounts, (3) ask platforms to take down his works, (4) ask platforms to disallow publicity, and (5) initiate an industry boycott of Zhang Zhehan. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

November 23, 2021 - CAPA released their 9th list of artists to be boycotted by the entertainment industry, and Zhang Zhehan was the 88th and last artist on this list. Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter
zhang zhehan's apology letter

November 23, 2021 - Li Xuezheng, the Vice Chairman of the China TV Artists Association and Director of the Golden Shield Television Center, first posted in Weibo questioning: (1) CAPA’s authority to create a boycott list, especially of artists who are not a member of their association, (2) the members on CAPA’s ethic committee, and (3) the appeal process with CAPA. (Weibo link)He shared an additional post specifically questioning Zhang Zhehan's inclusion in the boycott list. (Weibo link)

December 3, 2021 - Li Xuezheng shares a long letter written by Zhang Xia, Zhang Zhehan's mother and a Party member. (Weibo link) Read the full translation here.

zhang zhehan's apology letter

December 14, 2021 - MCT did not create any official documents asking platforms to: (1) take down Zhang Zhehan's works, (2) close his accounts, (3) erase positive content and only preserve slander, (4) disallow publicity, (5) take down his fans' works or Weibo posts. They also did not ask CAPA to initiate an industry boycott. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

December 14, 2021 - CAPA is an industry organization under the jurisdiction of the MCT; the MCT has not issued any written or verbal instructions to: link(1) request CAPA to classify Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist,(2) initiate an industry boycott, including asking platforms to:
(a) close his accounts
(b) take down his works
(c) disallow publicity
(d) censor his name, film content, music, voice, or media from content creators
(3) disallow posting of any positive content about Zhang Zhehan or his family,(4) disallow Zhang Zhehan's family's legally-established business to promote content online,(5) only allow slander and rumors against Zhang Zhehan and family,(6) disallow clarifications against rumors.

zhang zhehan's apology letter

December 22, 2021 - The NRTA responded with NRTA Notice 134. They did not create official documents that: (1) classify Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist, (2) ask platforms to take down his works, (3) ask platforms to disallow publicity or Zhang Zhehan's ability to speak for himself. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

December 22, 2021 - Li Xuezheng shared a Government Information Disclosure Notice from the NRTA [NRTA Notice 137] regarding an inquiry from a citizen asking if they: Weibo link
- Added him [Zhang Zhehan] into immoral entertainers list
- Deplatformed him
- Took down his works
- Took down his products/terminated his sponsorships
- Initiated an industry-wide boycott
- Asked CAPA to release a statement against him
The NRTA stated they did not create official documents (1) classifying Zhang Zhehan as a problematic artist, (2) asking platforms to take down his works, (3) initiating an industry boycott of Zhang Zhehan, (4) asking CAPA to initiate an industry boycott. link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

December 24, 2021 - Li Xuezheng posted a photo of a letter from Beijing Chaoyang Municipal Police Department accepting Zhang Zhehan’s report of defamation. Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

January 1, 2022 - Li Xuezheng posted on Weibo a video of an audio-only interview with Zhang Zhehan. Weibo link

zhang zhehan's apology letter

January 13, 2022 - Zhang Zhehan’s Instagram account was reactivated, but still remains private.

January 20, 2022 - The NRTA responded with a new reply in regards to Zhang Zhehan. [NRTA Notice 178] Weibo link1. Did NRTA grant CAPA the responsibility to release the "Online Streamers Warning List"?
2. Did CAPA submit the list to NRTA for approval before publication?
3. Can CAPA, in association with other corporations, to ban an artist? By not consulting the NRTA and relevant laws?
5. Did NRTA instruct Zhu Kening [president of CAPA] to put Zhang Zhehan on a ban list?
6. Did NRTA produce any list with Zhang Zhehan included in it that would cause his works be taken down and banned?
The above questions are not relevant and NRTA would like to remind people that CAPA belongs to the MCT and is not under the purview of the NRTA.4. Did NRTA produce any details document stating that Zhang Zhehan is an immoral artist?7. Did NRTA instruct platforms to prevent Zhang Zhehan's family from operating online stores? Or to ban and delete clarification posts about him?NRTA responded that no relevant documents exists.

zhang zhehan's apology letter
zhang zhehan's apology letter

March 10, 2022 - China Youth Online, the online edition of China Youth Daily, published an article called 精准打击网暴要祭出法律武器拳拳到肉 (Youth Editorial: Precisely combating online violence requires the use of legal weapons).It's the first time an official news outlet defined ZZH as a victim of cyberviolence.Underlined section (various translations):
- "a male actor surnamed Zhang framed with cyberviolence planned by a malicious competitor"
- "an actor whose surname is Zhang has suffered from cyberviolence orchestrated by malicious competitor(s)"
- “male actor Zhang who was subjected to cyberviolence and framed by malicious competitors”
- “…actor Zhang was framed by cyberviolence planned by malicious competitors”
Full article translation available here.Note: China Youth Daily also published their article in their Toutiao account. Sina Finance also reposted the article, and so did Xiaoxiang Morning News on the Baidu app. However, XMN deleted the paragraph mentioning cyber violence victims by name, including “actor surnamed Zhang”.

zhang zhehan's apology letter

March 18, 2022 - There was a leaked 11-second audio clip of ZZH’s voice, from the content it's suspected to have been recorded at around the same time as his January 1, 2022 audio interview with Li Xuezheng. In another leaked 26-second audio clip, ZZH mentions standing strong and his willingness to fight. Full translation here.

Names, Acronyms, and Important Terms

LXZ: Li Xuezheng, 李学政
Wang Gaofei: CEO of Weibo, 王高飞, Weibo handle @来去之间, also known as Boss Lai 来总
Wang Like: Former secretary of the Political and Legal Committee arrested and charged with corruption, 王立科
Zhu Kening: President of CAPA, 朱克宁
ZZH: Zhang Zhehan, 张哲瀚
-------CAC: Cyberspace Administration of China, 网信办
CAPA: China Association of Performing Arts, 中国演出行业协会
CCDI: Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, 中纪委
CCP: Chinese Communist Party
CCTV: China Central Television (state-owned broadcaster controlled by CCP)
CMC: Central Military Commission, 军委
CPPCC: Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, 政协
jgss: the Chinese name for Yasukuni shrine (pinyin of 靖国神社)
MCA: Ministry of Civil Affairs, 民政部
MCT: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 文旅部
MSS: Ministry of State Security, 国安部
NPC: National People’s Congress, 全国人民代表大会 (http://www.npc.gov.cn/englishnpc/)
NRTA: National Radio and Television Administration, 广电总局
pph: people pretending to be fans (pi pi hei, 披皮黑)
XXQG: Xuexi Qiangguo, patriotic app primarily designed to teach Xi Jinping Thought, 学习强国
yxh: water army, blogger, marketing account (yingxiaohao, 营销号)
zb: capital (ziben, 资本)
-------Bilibili: User-generated videos and livestreaming platform, B站
Blue V: Verified organization accounts on Weibo, including government, schools, media, companies, etc.
Douban: Ratings and review social media site/app, contains “melon” forums from which many rumors originate, 豆瓣
Douyin: TikTok in China (parent company Bytedance), 抖音
Weibo: Largest social media platform in China, similar to Twitter, 微博
Hot search: Weibo’s list of top trending topics/tags, including main and sublists for entertainment, news, and local
Liujianfang: Livestreaming platform 六间房/6Rooms, parent company Huafang Technologies 花房科技
Red V: Weibo personal verified accounts that satisfy certain traffic requirements, also called Gold V.
Two Sessions: The annual plenary sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, 两会

Official Government and Media Accounts on Weibo

CAPA - 中国演出行业协会
Weibo link
MCT [Ministry of Culture and Tourism] - 文旅之声
Weibo link
Big 3
CCTV News - 央视新闻
Weibo link
People's Daily - 人民日报
Weibo link
Xinhua News Agency - 新华社
Weibo link
Other media/news agenciesBeijing NRTA - 首都广播电视
Weibo link
Central Committee of the Communist Youth League - 共青团中央
Weibo link
China Youth Online (the online edition of China Youth Daily) - 中国青年报
Weibo link
CPPCC Web - 人民政协网
Weibo link
NRTA - 视听中国
Weibo link
People's Daily Online/Renmin Web - 人民网
Weibo link
People's Net - 人民网评
Weibo link
Sina News - 新浪新闻
Weibo link
Xinhua Net - 新华网 (not government)
Note: xinhua网 (xinhuanet) is the website hosted by xinhua agency. So 网 is kind of like a subsidiary.
Weibo link
Important official accountsChaoyang Internet Police Law Enforcement - 朝阳网警巡查执法
Weibo link
Golden Shield Film and Television - 金盾影视中心
Weibo link
Roving Inspection Team - 电视剧巡回检察组
Weibo link