[JYJ3 Note] Readers, the article says that Kang introduced JYJ to OKTA. Kang is a member of OKTA but he is not a decision-maker of OKTA– Kang has no power to decide whether JYJ becomes the ambassador to OKTA, he merely has the power to suggest JYJ as one of the many potential candidates–the decision will be made then by the board members or by some other decision-making means and not Kang.
Furthermore, the article talks about Kang and Junsu’s personal friendship but does not say that Kang chose to introduce JYJ because of that friendship– rather, it says that he introduced them because he believed that JYJ was a good candidate for the decision-making body to consider among many other candidates. The original article does not raise any questions about whether this is appropriate– the article does no more than explain how Kang and Junsu came to know each other. Again, Kang is just a regular member (and likely a junior one) among thousands and is not the decision-making body of OKTA.
“I pushed for JYJ in order to promote OKTA to Korea as well as to give them a helping hand on making their entrance into overseas markets.”
At the World-OKTA 30th anniversary event that was held on the 18th at the Walker Hill Sheraton Hotel, popular group JYJ appeared. This was because JYJ have been chosen to be goodwill ambassadors of World-OKTA.
This is the first time that Hallyu stars have been chosen to be goodwill ambassadors for OKTA. When we asked who had suggested them to World-OKTA [JYJ3 Note: <– Imprecise translation. It should read “introduced”], we found that it was none other than We#Plus director Kang Han Seung.
Since graduating from the World-OKTA school in 2007, he has been constantly working between China and Korea.
“I went to Beijing in 1999 when I was 16 to study abroad. That’s when I got to know TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu through an online game.”
At the time, Mr. Kang was a famous Starcraft gamer. An expert at the game, he was able to become friends with many celebrities as he met them through Shinhwa’s Hae Seong and played Starcraft with them.
“When I began my cosmetics business in China after I graduated from college, I started it up with Xiah Junsu. At the time, SM’s CEO Kim Young Min gave us permission to work together. But when things started to flow smoothly, problems arose for us.”
The event caused Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong, and Micky Yoochun to leave SM and create a new group JYJ. But they are walking on tumultuous roads right now.
“When JYJ were producing their album, OKTA member Hong Mi Yeon introduced them to the famous composer Kim Hyung Seok, and through this connection, JYJ were able to receive pieces from other famous composers such as Rodney Jerkins and Kanye West for their first English album.”
Mr. Kang stated that he received much help from members of OKTA while he was building up his cosmetics company. Representatives in Korea who do not know this, usually look down on him because of his young age.
“I began helping JYJ because I want them to do well.” Loyalty between friends has blossomed into a new helpful connection for JYJ.
Source: [dongpo news]
Translated & Shared by: dongbangdata
T/N from Dongbangdata: This article about Mr. Kang Han Seung was deleted for unknown reasons. However, we felt that the information in the article held some importance on JYJ’s lawsuit, especially SME’s stance about the cosmetics company, so we decided that we should translate it.