If you see the appearance of K-Pop idols who are fluent in English in front of the camera, the curiosity of their fans arises, whether they take language lessons or not? Even though they are not half-bloods, there are many K-Pop idols who lived outside of Korea as a child, you know. This is a list of K-Pop idol who have lived in America.
RED VELVET’s Wendy was Lived in North America
Son Seung Wan, the real name of Red Velvet’s Wendy, was born on February 21, 1994, in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Wendy was born in Cheongju, South Korea, and spent most of her childhood there.
Ever since she was six years old, Wendy’s dream has been to become a singer, and she is now working hard to make that dream come true. With her family, Wendy relocated to the United States at the age of 12 and later relocated with her family to Ontario, Canada at the age of 18.
Red Velvet’s Wendy Son began using the name Wendy Son while living in North America, and she also learned to speak English, French, and Spanish, in addition to Korean, while there. Wendy went to Shattuck St Mary’s School and Richmond Hill High School in these countries for her education.
The following year, she moved to South Korea to pursue a professional singing career, after graduating from high school in 2012. For the first time in her life, she was accepted into the SM Global Audition in Canada in 2012.
Even Wendy was subjected to taunts because of her inability to maintain a healthy weight. In the Dumb-dumb era comeback, Wendy’s weight went up significantly, causing her to be stressed. She finally lost weight after a lot of effort.
SEVENTEEN Vernon’s mother is an American citizen.
Vernon, whose real name is Hansol Vernon Chwe, hails from New York City. And his visuals are stunning. When he was five years old, he moved to Korea from the United States because of his mother’s American blood. Finally, when he was just 14 years old and appeared at a gas station, the Pledis Entertainment agency hired him as a trainee. Then Seventeen, a boy band with whom he debuted.
As an idol who lived in America for a long time, he is not fluent in Korean. Vernon, on the other hand, frequently communicates in English because he does not speak Korean. This is what keeps his English so good despite the fact that he has lived in Korea for a long time.
Joshua from SEVENTEEN lived in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Joshua has spent his entire life in Los Angeles with his extended family. He graduated from Downton Magnets High School on time. He continued to return to his hometown, which was to return to Korea, after attending school in L.A.
That’s where Joshua discovered Pledis Entertainment as his official agency, which also propelled him to the pinnacle of his current fame at the age of seventeen. He trained at Pledis Entertainment for two years and two months before making his debut with Seventeen.
Despite living in Los Angeles for 19 years, Joshua is still fluent in Korean. He speaks Korean in his daily life and English at church and school.
Joshua is well-known for his gentle demeanor and deep affection for his family. On his Instagram account, he also apologized to his parents. With a caption that includes an apology for rarely contacting his mother and a promise to send messages more frequently. Joshua wrote, “I adore you, ma’am.”
Lia, ITZY’s idol, lived three years in Canada, North America.
Choi Jisu, or Lia, was born in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The name Lia is derived from Julia’s given name in English. When Lia was in elementary school, she spent three years in Canada.
She also attended one of South Korea’s most prestigious schools, North London Collegiate School Jeju, which is one of the highest-paid schools in the country. Uncombined, school fees and housing are estimated to cost 60 million Korean won (approximately USD 50,782.94) per year.
It’s no surprise that she speaks English so well.
Lia previously auditioned for SM Entertainment when she was 12 years old and was accepted. Her parents, however, did not permit her to become a trainee at the time.
So Lia returned to JYP Entertainment at 17 and was declared a graduate again.
Lia admits that her time as a newcomer was difficult for her. “Thinking about how time passes, no matter what, always makes me feel better. Time is reliable in that sense. Even though I’m struggling right now, I know it will pass. overcome adversity because I have been through it,” she stated.
Ailee is an Idol Who was born in Colorado, The United States of America
Ailee, real name Lee Ye Jin, is a soloist and actress who was born on May 30, 1989, in Denver, Colorado, United States. Ailee’s name is a combination of two American names, Amy and Lee, as well as her family surname.
Ailee’s career started with her passion for singing. She even decided to leave Pace University in order to pursue a better musical career. Ailee’s name became known as a result of the YouTube cover.
Her appearance in the videos she uploaded piqued the interest of the Korean public. With the assistance of his uncle, she was able to secure an audition.
Muzo Entertainment was Ailee’s first management company. The management, based in New York and New Jersey, allowed her to work with Johnyphlo and Decipher.
Despite this, Ailee decided to relocate to South Korea in 2010 and work as a YMC Entertainment trainee for no apparent reason. She won MBC’s ‘Singer and Trinee’ competition and made his debut in 2012 with his debut single “Heaven.”
Ailee had a difficult time. Ailee, like Red Velvet’s Wendy, became perplexed by the weight standard as a result of netizen demands. “I became overly concerned with things that I normally don’t care about. I began to be concerned about a variety of issues and wondered aloud, ‘Is this embarrassing?’ “She stated it once more.
NCT’s Johny Born in Chicago
Next, we have an idol who was born and lived in America. Seo Youngho, better known by the name Johny NCT, was born in Chicago on February 9, 1995. His father and mother are from South Korea. Spent his childhood in Chicago, and dreamed of becoming a star. Until finally, in 2007, he was given an opportunity when SM Entertainment held a Global audition in the United States.
Johnny’s own parents are still in Chicago. For almost 9 years Johnny had to undergo a trainee period at SM Entertainment. It was even reported that Johny almost debuted as an EXO member, but he had to finish his education first, so he debuted at NCT in 2017. In addition to positive thinking, Johnny also has a very optimistic attitude where he will do things very seriously so that the results will not disappoint. Johnny even has a life motto which is “it’s better to do something and regret it than regret not doing something”.
NCT’s Mark is Canadian
Mark was born on August 2, 1999, in Toronto, Canada, and goes by the Korean names Mark Lee or Lee Min Hyung. When he was a child, he and his family relocated to Vancouver.
Mark inherited his musical talent from his parents; his father is a music graduate with a major in vocals, and his mother is a jazz singer and pianist.
Mark the watermelon lover, like Wendy, passed the SM Global Audition in Canada.
After growing up and living in America for a long time, he moved to Korea in 2012 to join SM Entertainment. He also participated in a variety of activities as an SM Rookie before making his NCT debut in 2016.
Mark admitted to Teen Vogue that he still wants to be a book writer, whether it’s a novel, an autobiography, or something philosophical. Mark also frequently posts his short poems on his personal Instagram page.
His first poem, loosely titled “Late Night Scribbling,” put into words his musings about sleep, thoughts, feelings, and writing.
It meanders from topic to topic, hovering between feelings of hope and hopelessness, before ending with a comically awkward “haha.” “I actually wrote that by imagining how I wanted my Instagram page to be organized,” he explains.
“I was thinking about starting an Instagram, but then I realized that, well, I’m not really a picture person, and I’m not really a travel person… at first, I studied who I am, and then I asked myself, ‘What is something that I can truly portray in an intimate way?’ It turned out to be writing.”
“I started brainstorming what kinds of topics I could write about, and then from there, I started writing a little every night, and that turned into Late Night Scribbling,” he continues. “That piece of writing gave me the courage to start Instagram in the first place.”