Korean air­line apol­o­gizes for wrong flyer on Main­land, HK

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A South Korean air­line apol­o­gized and re­vised its pro­mo­tional flyer af­ter a Chi­nese stu­dent pointed out it made a po­lit­i­cal mis­take by giv­ing Hong Kong and Tai­wan equal sta­tus as China.

The apol­ogy and changes, how­ever, failed to quell Chi­nese net users’ out­rage on Tues­day. They said South Korea’s Jeju Air still wrongly placed the lo­cal flags of Tai­wan and Hong Kong side by side with Chi­nese na­tional flag in their new fly­ers.

The air­line apol­o­gized on Sun­day af­ter the Chi­nese stu­dent, who claimed to be study­ing in the Uni­ver­sity of Seoul, had an ar­gu­ment with staff from the ad­ver­tis­ing agency KPal, who made the flyer.

The stu­dent said the Chi­nese em­bassy and the South Korean for­eign min­istry are aware of the is­sue.

The air­line changed it from “China, Hong Kong and Tai­wan” to “Shan­dong, Hong Kong and Tai­wan” in the up­dated flyer.

The orig­i­nal poster was placed on the wall of a build­ing on the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of Seoul, the stu­dent said. The English lan­guage flyer for Jeju Air of­fers in­tern­ships for “Ja­panese, Vietnamese, Tai­wanese, Chi­nese and Hong Kong peo­ple.”

Ac­cord­ing to on­line screen grabs posted by the Chi­nese stu­dent, iden­ti­fy­ing her­self as @GLITTERIN_99 on Sina Weibo, K-Pal staff had threat­ened her, say­ing if she re­moved the poster from the cam­pus, she “will be pun­ished” by school.

Chi­nese net users sup­ported the stu­dent, say­ing “You’re not alone on the mat­ter.”

The Chi­nese em­bassy and the stu­dent have not re­sponded to a re­quest for an in­ter­view from the Global Times as of press time.

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