JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Authority wants scene mislabeling Vietnam's Hoi An as Chinese district removed from American series

Authority wants scene mislabeling Vietnam's Hoi An as Chinese district removed from American series

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 09:52 GMT+7
Authority wants scene mislabeling Vietnam's Hoi An as Chinese district removed from American series
This file photo taken at night shows Chua Cau (Japanese Covered Bridge), a landmark in Hoi An Ancient Town in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre

Authority in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, home to world-famous Hoi An Ancient Town, is seeking the removal of a scene from American series ‘Madam Secretary’ as it features a shot of Hoi An that is controversially mislabeled as ‘Fuling, China.’

The six-season political drama series, which explores the life of an American female secretary of state, ran on American television channel CBS between 2014 and 2019.

The shot in question, which appears at the 17th minute of the fourth episode of Season 1, features the iconic Thu Bon River and yellow-walled old houses in Hoi An Ancient Town while being incorrectly annotated as ‘Fuling, China.’

Fuling is a district in the Chongquing municipality in southwest China.

The mistake has caused an uproar on social media in Vietnam after the series was streamed on Netflix, a popular video streaming service available to users in the Southeast Asian country for a monthly subscription.

‘Madam Secretary’ was no longer searchable on Netflix from Vietnam at the time of writing.

Many Vietnamese viewers consider the erroneous annotation an offense to the locals’ pride in the historical and cultural values of Hoi An, Quang Nam’s Department of Information and Communications said in a document submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The department, therefore, proposed that the two ministries should order the series’ producer to remove the controversial scene as well as the related incorrect annotation.

According to the authority, the misleading label can “seriously affect” Vietnam’s tourism promotion.

The provincial department also proposed pulling ‘Madam Secretary’ from distribution channels in Vietnam until the issue is resolved.

Hoi An Ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site notable for being a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th century.

The bigger Hoi An City welcomed 5.35 million tourists, three-quarters of whom were foreigners, in 2019.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Kim Thoa / Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news