Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Hyo Ri, not Koreans?

Korea prides itself of being homogeneous, although “progressive” researchers have been dismissing this claim.

Lee O-young, honorary chair professor of Ewha Academy for Advanced Studies and former culture minister, says Koreans have been a mixed people from the beginning and ethnocentrism could be dangerous to today’s multicultural society.

“We were originally a mix of marine people and equestrians because Korea is a peninsula. They coexisted and this is the power of Korea,” Lee told The Korea Times in an interview. “The perception of `ethnic’ actually didn’t exist for 19 centuries. However, under Japanese rule, we needed a strong national identity and started to stress that we are homogenous people. The division of the two Koreas has also driven us to emphasize we are analogous people.”

Source: Is Korea Homogeneous Country?

A few days ago, a reader sent me a link to an article pertaining to Korean singer Lee Hyo Ri clearing up rumors that she’s a Filipino illegal immigrant because of her darker skin. In an appearance-conscious society, having darker skin means one of two things: that of being non-Korean or coming from a provincial background. I’m pretty sure that Filipinos wouldn’t mind if Lee Hyo Ri really came from the Philippines. Having spent six years here, I wasn’t surprised at all that being different (or having a darker skin) would create such a rumor for the sexy singer.

Jeon Ji Hyun, the original “Sassy Girl”, has been rumored from time to time for the past years to be of Chinese descent. Her real family name is Wang and it’s said to be Chinese. I first heard this rumor about three years ago and it resurfaced once again a few weeks ago. Like the Filipinos, I bet the Chinese would love to adopt Jeon Ji Hyun as their own.

21 thoughts on “Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Hyo Ri, not Koreans?

  • July 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm
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    lolol this one’s funny!

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    • July 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm
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      “what’s wrong with being dark-skinned?”

      nothing wrong actually. However, in a conference at UC Berkeley last Nov 2000, Nobel laureate James Watson (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and pioneer of the Human Genome Project) suggested a link between skin color and sex drive. He stated that dark skinned people (non caucasians) have stronger libidos. Im not sure if i’ll be proud or what πŸ™‚

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  • July 25, 2009 at 12:50 am
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    Hi Mr Arvinsign! I am reading all your comments and they are very informative. However,
    Can I ask: Is there something wrong having a strong libido?
    Can you tell me if it’s an advantage or
    disadvantage for us?
    Does it really affect the nationality of an
    individual?
    I really don’t understand why they have to link the skin color to libido. It sounds unusual but somewhat true.

    Wondering,
    (*-*)

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    • July 26, 2009 at 12:41 am
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      Hi Little Bee…thanks

      to add more interest (and humor) to the topic..J Watson even said that “”That’s why you have Latin lovers. You’ve never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient.”. But it angered many of his audience that time.

      Regarding your questions;
      “Is there something wrong having a strong libido?”

      – Seriously, i dont know how to answer that question πŸ™‚ Nothing wrong i guess. The more the better….hehe

      Can you tell me if it’s an advantage or
      disadvantage for us?

      – It depends i guess. Case to case basis

      “Does it really affect the nationality of an
      individual?”

      – Do you mean if its really correlated with nationality? Nationality, certainly not. Ethnicity probably yes (probably). Genetics is a major factor that affects everything we do and everything we are capable of. The correlation about skin color and libido is just a theory, and very very controversial and highly politicized issue. Its like saying there is a genetic basis for homosexuality or stupidity or intelligence. People will not like it.

      “I really don’t understand why they have to link the skin color to libido. It sounds unusual but somewhat true”

      — The original basis for that correlation has something to do with melanin. The pigment on our skin. More melanin, means darker color and vice versa. According to some studies, melanin boost sex drive. There was even a drug called Melanotan to enhance passion for sex πŸ™‚

      and also dont forget that incessant sex drive retards decision making and logical thinking. so key here is control πŸ™‚

      cheers

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      • July 26, 2009 at 3:13 am
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        Thanks,,+_+!!! You’re genius!
        I’m a fan…

        -and also dont forget that incessant sex drive retards decision making and logical thinking. so key here is control-

        So,.. I have to control… (*_’)

        Peace!

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  • July 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm
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    i see nothing wrong in being darker skinned compared to the lighter skinned koreans. ginagawan lang siguro nila ng issue kasi wala na silang maisip i-chsimis about these ladies, ano? πŸ˜‰
    .-= marian´s last blog ..Jang Dong-gun for President? =-.

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  • July 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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    all i can say is that morenas (tan colored) are really hot…strong libido or not, it doesnt matter…theyre attractive for me..

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  • August 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm
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    How the heck does Hyori look like a illegal Filipino immigrant because her skin’s darker? That’s ridiculous. There are pictures of her when she was a child, and clearly she doesn’t have a typical Filipino look or coloring. Ahem, let’s not forget plastic surgery and tanning. And, honestly, it almost seems like Filipino bashing. What image comes to mind when you think illegal Filipino immigrant? Dark and foreign. Grr. Sorry I’m venting, but this is so annoying how we as Filipinos are regarded by others.

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  • December 3, 2009 at 8:27 am
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    who cares guy’s im korean and i could care less if shes Filipino

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  • April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm
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    Hi I am a Filipina but I am not tan, I am whiter than lee hyori and For your information not all Filipino has a darker skin, because Filipina (pertaining to Filipino women) Is one of the beautiful faces in the world, the people in actress and actors in the country like korea, japan, and china is look like a natural person here and The actor and actresses here don’t spent their money to plastic surgery because we Filipino are natural beauty, If Lee hyori is a filipino I am glad because she is pretty.If I am in that country I could be an actress there. (sorry for saying this word but I did not say that koreans are ugly but they go to plastic surgery to become beautiful, Philippines is not a rich country but all people their don’t spend their money going to a cosmetic surgery we spend for what we want to have like laptops, cars and others)

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  • April 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm
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    HI..IF lee hyori filipino i’m so glad she’s really welcome…sometimes i also thought that yuri of snsd has a filipino blood because of her skin ….and her beauty…but no she’s a korean…

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  • April 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm
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    HI..IF lee hyori is a filipino i’m so glad she’s really welcome…sometimes i also thought that yuri of snsd has a filipino blood because of her skin ….and her beauty…but no she’s a korean…

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  • April 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm
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    HI..IF lee hyori is a filipino i’m so glad ,she’s really welcome…sometimes i also thought that yuri of snsd has a filipino blood because of her skin ….and her beauty…but no she’s a korean…

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  • June 23, 2010 at 7:58 am
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    Filipinos are one of the most beautiful people in the world. We don’t NEED PLASTIC surgery JUST to be beautiful or sexy..we are beautiful NATURALLY.

    Yes..Lee Hyo Ri looks fantastic..and she really looks like a Filipina..not because she is dark-skinned but because she’s talented and very beautiful. I like her so much!

    Not all Filipinos are dark-skinned. I am a Filipina but I have a whiter skin…compared to some Korean actresses. The truth is I never met a beautiful Korean among my students…

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  • June 23, 2010 at 8:00 am
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    Filipinos are one of the most beautiful people in the world. We don’t NEED PLASTIC surgery JUST to be beautiful or sexy..we are beautiful NATURALLY.

    Yes..Lee Hyo Ri looks fantastic..and she really looks like a Filipina..not because she is dark-skinned but because she’s talented and very beautiful. I like her so much!

    Not all Filipinos are dark-skinned. I am a Filipina but I have a whiter skin…compared to some Korean actresses. The truth is I never met a beautiful Korean among my students…

    Yeah right!

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  • January 7, 2011 at 4:46 am
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    I don’t mean to be rude to my fellow Filipinos… but don’t say that “WE” or a particular race does not need plastic surgery because we/they have natural beauty. That’s ridiculous! I know that we are proud of who we are but let’s be realistic. People have this surgeries because they want to feel better for not everyone was born perfect. I haven’t had surgeries but I have looked after/ interviewed for my thesis these people. So I sort of know what they are going through.

    OK back to the topic… I am outraged on how these people degrade Filipinos. As if being a Filipino is something to be ashamed of. I am happy and proud to be a Filipino, hard working and enduring. I would prefer to be called a Filipino illegal immigrant than to be grouped together with bigots. Such disgrace.

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  • September 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm
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    I am Korean. So is Lee Hyori. I’m also pretty tanned, because I don’t live in Korea, but in Scandinavia, where tanned skin is considered beautiful. I don’t see why you think Lee Hyori looks Filipino. Not even without the tan. Her face features says clearly that she is Korean. For example, she has a “small” nose, and her eyes aren’t set that deep as on many Filipinos.
    I must say that I do think of Filipinos as more tanned, but that doesn’t make them bad-looking or anything? And I hate that you have to defend yourself in that way you say that Koreans are ugly. That’s just mean, and very untrue.

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    • November 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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      we dont say koreans are ugly…
      we just defend ourselves bcoz it seems like the rumors degrading us filipinos..
      some comments here just defends their selves,
      but comparing between filipinos and koreans,well see the difference..of course..you might have similar face with you lee hyori coz i think most koreans have the same faces..
      dont u think so?

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      • July 15, 2017 at 8:57 am
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        Quite the contrary. I don’t think all Koreans look the same any more than all Phillipinos looking the same as with each and every ethnicities. All groups of different nationalities or race of course will be similar, so to say that “all” Koreans look a like is not only an ignorant comment, but simply is not true.

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