18 August 2014 11:15 | By Lee Wei Lin
K-Pop scandals turned life lessons

Your country always comes before you



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Your country always comes before you

National Day may have just passed us but it’s time to reach deep inside and unearth those patriotic feelings that you have buried within you.

Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun were already superstars but their popularity skyrocketed to even greater heights after the release of drama You Who Came From The Stars.

All this came crashing down when it was revealed that the pair signed an agreement with a Chinese mineral water brand, which explicitly markets its water from Mount Changbai – a hotly contested mountain that Korea claims to be Mount Baekdu.

As you can imagine, the outrage from the Korean public was nothing short of overwhelming, with numerous calls made for the two to be boycotted entirely from the South Korean market.

While we may not be able to fully emphatise with their feelings, one thing is for sure – if the deal was inked for the monetary profits and the exposure to the Chinese market, these actors have more or less turned their backs on their own country. This is definitely not on the scale of espionage but matters of nationalistic pride are never something to take lightly.

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*Note: The life lessons mentioned in this piece are to be taken with a pinch of salt. We do not, in any way, endorse nor condemn any of the actions of the respective celebrities and all other parties involved.

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