His pullout ain’t a sadness…
However, his pullout is a new hope…
Not disfigure his new creation, because he ain’t longer a member…
But we should still support him…
Like we should support Super Junior…
Who doesn’t know Heilongjiang Boy, who is very popular among members of Super Junior? If you don’t know you must read this post well.
Heilongjiang Boy or Han Kyung is one of Super Junior’s member from China. He was born in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China on February 9th 1984. 한경 Han Kyung is his Korean name. His real name is 韓庚 Han Geng. And his English name is Joshua Tan. He is 27 years old this year (28 years old in Korea). His nicknames are Beijing Fried Rice (북경밥 Bukkyungbap; came from Han Kyung mispronouncing and Hee Chul mishearing 볶음밥 Bokkeumbap which just means fried rice in Korean during “Full House”), The Miracle of 1.3 million and Chinese F4. His bloodtype is B.
He is one of dance-lead of Super Junior. Every one will keep their eyes when seeing him dancing. Not only hip-hop dance, he can ballet too. Beside dance, he able to Chinese Martial Arts.
In December 2001, Han Kyung’s friend notified him of a talent scouting audition that was going to be held in Beijing, and his friend encouraged Han Kyung to sign up with him. Although hesitant at first, Han Kyung agreed to audition with his friend. Together they signed up for the H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting, a casting audition that was hosted by Korean talent agency and label SM Entertainment. The competition rate was 3,000 to 1, and Han Kyung had no hopes of getting selected after auditions ended.
After the audition, Han Kyung began to work briefly as a cameo actor in short low-budget Chinese films to earn a salary before entering college.
In late August 2002, Han Kyung was notified that he had been selected by SM Entertainment. After Han Kyung’s graduation from the Central University for Nationalities, he was sent to South Korea and received private lessons in singing, dancing, acting, and Korean language. By mid 2003, Han Kyung had moved into dormitories and lived with other trainees who were under the same label.
His first Career, Super Junior…
On February 6, 2005, Han Kyung was officially announced to be part of one of South Korea’s all-boy rotational musical groups, Super Junior, as a member of its first generation, Super Junior 05. Being the first group with a Chinese and foreign member to formally debut in South Korea, the media closely followed the group. Three months later after the announcement, Han Kyung made his first media appearance as a runway model in a fashion show organized by Bum Suk.
Han Kyung was one of the few members of Super Junior who actively appeared on variety shows, such as being a regular guest in Love Letter and Star Golden Bell. Being active in variety shows, his popularity within Super Junior grew and Han Kyung became popular overseas. When he is in the dorm, he is very close with Hee Chul. Since Super Junior debut, Hee Chul and Han Kyung shared room one another. Hee Chul taught Han Kyung Korean language, but not good words. Hee Chul taught Han Kyung bad words, how to scold people in Korean accent. And apparently, Han Kyung easy to absorb what is Hee Chul taught to him. (LOL!) Hee Chul always asked Han Kyung to accompany him when he wanna go for shopping. On his first debut with Super Junior, Han Kyung has many anti-fans. And know what! Hee Chul protected him from anti-fans and cheers him up. Another problems, still on his first debut. When SuperJunior appeared on one TV station and performed TWINS, Han Kyung tripped work visa problems and wasn’t allowed to perform at any event. He cried and pleaded to the manager, if he would wear a mask to cover his face as long as he is allowed on stage (Poor Han Kyung!). Finally Han Kyung was performed with a mask over his face. This is seen by Hee Chul, and without much talking, Hee Chul immediately released the masks which is used by Han Kyung. Startled, Han Kyung tried to avoid the camera, but Hee Chul held it and told him to stay on stage. Heechul didn’t want Han Kyung hid his handsome face behind a mask, apparently he seems a very loyal friend! Despite visa restrictions, Han Kyung performed with the rest of Super Junior at the 2007 M-NET/KM Music Festival and the 2007 Golden Disk Awards. Both award ceremonies aired on channels that Han Kyung was restricted to perform on. With the debut of more foreign artists in Korea, the Korean government lifted its restriction on foreign performers on August 1st 2008. In a Birthday message clip to Han Kyung, Hee Chul said, “Han Kyung is the gift that God sent to me!”
What a sweet HanChul couple? They’re so popular and… romantic… ^^
The leader of Super Junior M…
Aside from South Korea, Han Kyung also became well-known in China, where he made guest appearances in different Chinese variety shows, being one of the first Korean Pop idols to appear in them. Han Kyung became a national celebrity in China with the debut of Super Junior’s third subgroup Super Junior-M on April 8, 2008 in China. And he is the leader of Super Junior M.
His Acting Career…
Han Kyung made a cameo appearance with another Super Junior’s members Eun Hyuk as a friend of Hee Chul in an episode of the MBC-Rainbow Romance early 2006.Han Kyung’s first big-scale film was Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, SM Pictures production that starred all Super Junior members except Kyu Hyun. In late 2008, Han Kyung filmed the CCTV mini drama called Stage of Youth in China. In the middle of 2010, Han Kyung was given a cameo role in the government funded film The Founding of a Party (建党伟业) along with many other A-list Chinese celebrities. The movie recently finished filming, and will be released in theaters in June of 2011. Han Kyung was cast alongside Barbie Hsu and Fahrenheit’s Wu Chun for the Sino-Hollywood collaboration action movie My Kingdom (大武生) (2011). Filming began in October 2010, although the actors trained in martial arts and Beijing opera for three months before this. The filming wrapped up in late January of 2011, and the movie will have an estimated release date of Fall 2011. The production team has stated that the film will be released theatrically in the United States and around the world.
Controversions and lawsuit…
On December 21, 2009, Han Kyung filed for contract termination from his former company SM Entertainment. The following day, December 22nd 2009, Han Kyung’s lawyer released the reasons for the contract termination: the contract had provisions in SM Entertainment’s favor, the 13-years contract length was unlawful, it would take an unfair sum of money to end the contract, he wasn’t allowed to request to revise his contract, he was forced to do things that weren’t in his contract, he was forced to do things against his will, he was fined if he disobeyed the company, missed any events or was late, and there was unfair profit distribution. Along with this, it was disclosed that because of SM Entertainment’s refusal to give him a day off in over two years, he had developed gastritis and kidney disease.
Han Kyung’s best friend and current manager, Sun Le, also submitted a statement to the Korean courts citing SM Entertainment’s violation of Han Kyung’s rights. This statement was later leaked to the public via the internet. Though many suspected the statement to be fan created, it was later confirmed as legitimate. Sun Le’s statement contended that Han Kyung was forced to wear a mask due to SM Entertainment’s ill handling of the visa issue, SM Entertainment purposely discriminated against Han Kyung and his family, SM Entertainment refused to cooperate or listen to any of Han Kyung’s suggestions, SM Entertainment purposely turned down individual activities for Han Kyung (including Ariel Lin’s “Fireflies” music video, which later starred two other Super Junior’s members) and SM Entertainment treated Han Kyung’s potential endorsers poorly.
On December 21st, 2010, it was announced that Han Kyung won the lawsuit against SM Entertainment. The three contracts have been officially nullified.
During the announcement of the lawsuit, Han Kyung go to Los Angeles. He practice dance with American choreographer. In another side, Han Kyung sold the ice-cream in Los Angeles. Million of Milkshakes, this is precisely the area in West Hollywood 8910 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, and is very popular among Hollywood celebrities. Noted popular names like Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Leonardo DCaprio, Paris Hilton never stop and visit this store. And on March 28th 2010, Han Kyung got fortune and opportunity to follow their trail mix milkshakes, and of course while covered by the paparazzi from HOLLYWOOD TV!
Han Kyung, the Chinese pop singer launched his milkshake at Millions of Milkshakes today! This sentence is now perched in the middle of http://twitter.com/hollywoodtv. The video was edited before the video out. So, we still don’t know what kind of milkshake-style Heilongjiang concoction. Will Han Kyung mix Vanilla Ice Cream, Cookies Doughan with Reese’s Peanut? Blueberries? Or yoghurt? Or even dimsum? So, THE HAN GENG SHAKE is Han Kyung’s milkshake concoction will be there in Million of Milkshakes and all Los Angeles’ people can enjoy it. So if you have time to Los Angeles, you must try HEILONGJIANG BOY…
On June 22, 2010, Han Kyung officially announced his solo career at a press conference held at The Great Wall Of China, revealing the release of his first solo album titled Geng Xin 庚心, which hit stores throughout Asia on July 27. The name of the album literally means “Geng’s Heart”, but it is also a play on words because it has the same pronunciation as “Start A-new” in Chinese. There is also a third meaning to it: the character “Geng 庚” in his name comes from the evening star “Hesperus/Venus” (Chang Geng Xin 长庚星), which is what he’s named after. So his album’s title can also mean “Evening Star” or “Geng’s star”, since “Xing 星 (star)” and “Xin 心 (heart)” have similar pronunciation in Chinese.
On July 6, Han Kyung published a complete demo version of his album’s title song “My Logo”. The song was produced by American producers, Craig Williams and Rene Van Verseveld. “My Logo” was written by Craig Williams and his team of award-winning United States music producers: Craig Williams, Rene Van Verseveld, Tearce Keazand Francesca Richard on July 6th 2010. Remarkably, Han Kyung and Craig Williams invited Travis Payne and Stacey Walker (best known as Michael Jackson’s choreographers) along with Michael Jackson’s This Is It dancers – Dres Reid, Shannon Holtzapffel, Tyne Stecklein, and Daniel Celebre to join the choreography for the MV of this song.
Han Kyung also held his first two solo concerts in Beijing on July 17th and 18th 2010. Tickets for the 2 days concert were sold out in a record time of 37 minutes. His first solo album has topped various major music charts in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. It has sold more than 350,000 copies within only 2 months after its release, and to celebrate such remarkable results, a special celebratory version of the album was released on October 1 with a limited number of 20,000 copies. In addition of the 10 songs in the album, the special version contains 7 MVs and a karaoke disc. As of December 2010, the album has sold more than 530,000 copies.
Han Kyung was invited to perform in the in the 2011 CCTV Spring Festival, where he sang the opening and performed a short dance.
His new solo:
Controversy and defend…
On the morning of November 19th, Kim Jang Hoon, the singer left a long message on his personal mini-homepage titled, “Han Kyung is not manly enough to own up to his actions, how disgusting.”
Kim Jang Hoon’s post stated:
“What I’m about to say is not nationalistic or anything of the sort. I’m about to talk about one of the most basic morals a person needs in life.
There once was a very graceful young man by the name of Han Kyung. He was a young Chinese man that came over to Korea and seemed genuinely happy, which is why I once encouraged and supported him. At least, I thought he was happy, until he moved back to China on his own and I heard news of him doing well. One day, I began hearing that he was speaking ill of Korea, and finally I came across a CF where those suspicions seemed to be confirmed. As opposed to feeling angry, I pitied him.
Even though he left Korea without a word, Korea was the country that gave him love and made him into the person he is today. He earned fame in his own country through the power of the Hallyu Wave, how can he not know that?
Even if he was going through a difficult time here, the least he could have done was give respect to his team members. He might be able to attract a few fans from his mother country by acting the way he is now, but soon, they will see the deeper side to the issue and turn their backs on him. I’m not mad that he’s manipulating the popularity that arises every time he speaks ill of Korea. I just pity him.
He’s not worthy of being a man. I hope that he will be the bigger person and live life with a bigger heart. I hope that he will soon realize that his actions are only in turn, smearing his own country. As a senior that once walked the same path as him, this is my honest suggestion:
Should he genuinely apologize in the future, I would like to tell him that the people of Korea will open their hearts and accept it. We’re soft-hearted citizens with a lot of attachment, but once scorned, we are stronger than anyone out there. I am advising him as his senior to stop smearing his past. We’re all human, thus, we can all be bad people, but let’s not be pathetic.
Please be happy.”
The controversy first arose when news of Han Kyung’s acting in a particular Chinese CF surfaced. Netizens immediately felt that the CF was degrading to Koreans, as a woman depicted to be a Korean shouts in Korean at Han Kyung, “Hey, hey, wake up. Do you think this is your concert? Are you going to move aside or not? Screw off if you’re not.” Han Kyung then transforms into a game character and attacks the woman, leading many to feel that the CF is a reflection on Han Kyung’s personal feelings.
The production company of the CF stated, “The CF was not intended to speak ill of Korea, it was simply just an advertisement. We had no idea that the Korean used in the CF was wrong. The language used is just a form of expression and has nothing to do with the feelings he has towards SM Entertainment.”
In addition, the Tian Xia 2 marketing campaign had purposely pitted Han Kyung against a Korean character because months before its release, the game beat the Korean game Aion for best visuals in a research conducted by IPSOS Group. The win was unprecedented since the Korean game developer was considered to be light years away in terms of graphics technology.
Netizens responded, “He has been in Korea for how many years and still doesn’t know that this is unacceptable Korean?” and “Kim Jang Hoon accurately reflects our feelings.”
And a while after the CF controversial, Han Kyung recently did a photo-shoot for Marie Claire China, and while the photos were indeed gorgeous, fans were more interested in what he had to say about the general state of the entertainment business in Korea.
Many were under the impression that Korean entertainment companies are strict and rigid with their artists, but the former Super Junior star came to the defense of SM Entertainment and denied that his former agency would ever utilize such a system.
The following is an excerpt from his interview:
“The day of the interview was also the day he won his lawsuit against SM Entertainment, which had been going on for a year prior to its close. A year ago today, he had filed to terminate his contract and thus angered his agency. Although a portion of his Super Junior members expressed their dissatisfaction with his decision, such things could not hold him back.
Throughout the year, he’s appeared in many TV programs, as well as released one solo album. While holding his first solo concert, he became closer with the media, and stimulated public interest.
His brimming schedule was probably to blame for such abnormal sentiments. It was only until a year ago today that he reminisced of the time he signed his contract. If there was one thing he was hesitant or scared of at the time, it was probably fundamental change. “If I hadn’t gone to Korea and remained in Beijing, I would’ve probably lived a normal life teaching students.”
The reporter asked, “Have you ever resented your father? Although it was your own decision, he never blocked you from signing the contract.”
Han Kyung replied, “No, even if he was against it, I would’ve still signed the contract. It was an opportunity.”
He grabbed the opportunity, and took a flight to Korea.
There are reports that trainees endure strict training, are prohibited from dating, have their personal feelings ignored, are taught a sense of group consciousness, and sometimes are even charged by their companies to ‘entertain’ outside of their normal schedules with liquor.
When the reporter mentioned the report, Han Kyung denied the statement and explained, “SM is never like that. I’m not sure how other companies work, but SM would never do that.”
I wonder if this, too, was a trace left inside of him by his company, as he never says anything impulsively.”
Take out from Allkpop
Han Kyung’s Facts…
- Han Kyung had always told his fans that he doesn’t like eating snack/junk food. Once, a few fans watched Super Junior practice from outside a window, Lee Teuk or Eun Hyuk was lying on the sofa playing a game, and next to him was someone watching cartoons. At first, everyone thought that it was Dong Hae, after a long time, he turned around. It turned out to be Han Kyung. Not only was he eating a lollypop, he was eating it very happily. From then on, no one believed that Han Kyung didn’t like to eat snack foods.
- Every time he hears something bad about him, or he makes a mistake, Han Kyung would say: “I don’t know, I’m not very good at Korean.”
- Han Kyung once said that his Cyworld belonged to everyone, and even gave his passwords to his fans. After causing a riot, a fan asked him “Han Kyung oppa, does the Cyworld still belong to everyone?” With a serious face, Han Kyung said “No, it belongs to Han Kyung.” (LOL! He’s true!)
- Super Junior’s new song went onto the music charts, Han Kyung was very excited and asked the manager “Hyeong, what was the title of our song?” (OMG! He doesn’t know the title of the song? Gege, stay aware…~)
- In July, he had an interview at the KBS building with Cool. Although Cool was late, Han Kyung wasn’t there. They called him and he replied that he was still sleeping and asked if it was Wednesday (which it wasn’t). Because Han Kyung was not wearing makeup, SM did not allow pictures to be taken. Cool asked why he had not worn makeup, and he replied “I was just sleeping, who knew that you would come…”
At last, I just told you…
Don’t distinguish between Han Kyung and Super Junior’s other members. They are still the same. Although he’s no longer a member of Super Junior, Han Kyung he still we know at first.
Support him, comfort him if there is a problem. And do not make it more difficult because of hatred and revenge from us.
Han Kyung is Han Geng. And Han Geng is Han Kyung. He’s still our Chinese oppa in Super Junior, okay?
So, zhu ni sheng ri kuai le for Han Geng…
Hopefully the problem doesn’t make the distance between the ELF and yourself. We still love you, as we love Super Junior.
Jia you, gege!