The coming together of different races and cultures should be a celebrated things, but these 8 mixed race celebrities had undergone bullying and suffering just for being different.
Korea is still a very mono-racial society, where any other foreign races are just a small minority of the population. That being said, there are biracial people who suffer through hardships due to their different skin tone and facial features. Mixed race children grow up facing discrimination, bullying and finger pointing. Although the Korean society is improving their outlook on biracial children at an impressive speed, let’s look back on the K-Pop idols and celebrities that had suffered during their childhood to help make a better future.
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Here are the 8 biracial celebrities who were bullied just for their outer appearances.
1. I.O.I’s SoMi
SoMi may be used to all the flashing lights and the stares of envy today, but she says there was a time when she hated the stares that she got for being biracial. Being born under a Netherland-Canadian dad and a Korean mom, SoMi had to get used to looking non-Asian while growing up in Korea.
KangNam’s father is Japanese, while his mom is Korean. Growing up, he was bullied by his classmates. It went as far as beating him up for no reason, and even breaking his bone!
3. Kim Deanna
Kim Deanna was one of the first biracial stars to gain fame. From her frequent feature on “Animal Farm” with her dad, she became the star that biracial children aspired to meet. Since the very beginning, she boasted her heritage and struck down the hate comments like the fierce woman she is today.
4. Yoon MiRae
Yoon MiRae is one of the most famous biracial Korean stars. She had to hide the fact that her dad was African-American. However, she shed her false identity and proudly came out to say that her dad was American. Since then, she’s received the national love as the Hip Hop Queen.
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Dok2’s father is half Spanish and Philippino. Although he was often called out for his distinguishing features, he wore his heritage proud and names it one of his biggest motivations to dream big.
6. Lee YooJin
Lee YooJin’s father is Spanish and her mom is Korean. Although she’s known as one of the most beautiful actresses and model in Korea, she used to be bullied in school for her race. That compelled her to study that much more and become successful.
7. In SoonI
The word “father” always left pain to veteran singer, In SoonI. However, she overcame the struggles that society ridiculed her for, and reunited with her dad after 38 years later.
8. SEVENTEEN’s Vernon
Vernon appeared on many shows since he was young. With so much public awareness, Vernon was the victim of hateful comments and racial slurs for being half white and half Korea. But the jokes on the haters, because he’s the main visual of the daesae group, SEVENTEEN!