Credit by Ashley (@FortheLoveofKHJ)
” I read an article today about Kim Hyun Joong’s donation back in March 2011 when a big earthquake hit Japan. The article was written by Reporter Ga-yi Yoon of OSEN on 03/23/2012. Link: http://news.nate.com/view/20120323n12909
The reporter starts out describing the dire situation Japan was in right after the disaster. Further, the reporter recalls clearly how many Hallyu celebrities such as Bae Yong-joon, Lee Byung-hun, Chae Ji-woo among others “rolled up their sleeves” to help the victims in Japan.
The reporter were often asked by some celebrities on how to go about helping the victims in regards to the amount of donation and different methods of aid, etc. According to this reporter, these Hallyu stars (didn’t name them in the article) wanted to help but were concerned with how their support and donations would be viewed by people. Would their sincerity be received without being misconstrued? They were a bit nervous whether their big donations would cause some discomfort in both Korea and Japan or not. Witnessing this dilemma, the reporter thought that it was not easy to be a Hallyu star when doing good deeds and donating over 6 figure donations could cause such concerns.
It was around that time that the reporter had a meal with Kim Hyun Joong’s manager when he suddenly mentioned, “Hyun Joong is someone I can learn a great deal from.” This was 6 months after Kim Hyun Joong had moved to Keyeast. It was safe to say that the people in Keyeast were still learning about Kim Hyun Joong little by little.
The reporter still thought of Kim Hyun Joong as a young man, and how could there be that much to learn from someone so young? That’s when the manager talked about Kim Hyun Joong’s donation and how it had come about.
Back then, Kim Hyun Joong was spending most of his time, recording and practicing for his upcoming comeback. When the manager stopped by to check on him one late night, he was met with a very concerned and serious Kim Hyun Joong. He was preoccupied with questions such as “Is there anything I can do?” “What would be the most helpful thing for me to do?” and “What would they need the most?” Kim Hyun Joong spent the whole night pondering on the topic. In the end, Kim Hyun Joong ended up donating 1 hundred million won.
At the time, the manager couldn’t help himself but be taken aback by the fact that a young star, only in his twenties, could have made a decision on his own, in donating such a large sum of money. It wasn’t just because of his large donation but because the manager saw the sincerity in Kim Hyun Joong’s decision to donate and that Kim Hyun Joong had been able to carry out a good deed that came straight from his heart. And, that’s where the manager saw the merit of the “person” Kim Hyun Joong. No one around him had suggested donating. Knowing Kim Kyun Joong, he was not the type to be pushed into doing something just because people suggested.