1:27 pm - 03/03/2018

Han Hyun Min Opens Up To Sam Okyere About Feeling Like A Stranger In His Own Country

Model Han Hyun Min recently opened up about the struggles he faced growing up in Korea because of his appearance.

Han Hyun Min currently appears on JTBC’s “Stranger,” and in the episode that aired on March 3, he met up with Sam Okyere. The two talked about a variety of topics, and their conversation turned to the topic of the struggles of living in Korea. Sam Okyere began by saying, “As someone from Ghana, I had some bad experiences when I first arrived in Korea. I think it must have been harder for you as someone with parents from different races.” Han Hyun Min is a Korean national whose mother is Korean and father is Nigerian.

Han Hyun Min confessed, “It would be a lie to say that I wasn’t teased and discriminated as a kid.” He went on to say, “The first time I experienced it was in kindergarten. Before kindergarten, you don’t really go outside so I never felt like I was different. But once I started going to school, I realized that no one had the same skin color as me, and it made me start to wonder why I was different from everyone else.” He also revealed that the mother of one of his friends had said she didn’t want them playing together.

Confessing that growing up, he sometimes felt like a stranger in his own country, Han Hyun Min said, “The older I got, the more I felt it. My friends would say things like, ‘You can’t be seen at night,’ and ‘What color is your blood?’ I used to get teased on school trips, and I hated that.”

However, Han Hyun Min also shared that his mother had always helped him feel better with the words, “You’re special. Good things will happen to you some day.” Sam Okyere chimed in by talking about the positive response he had received for his speech on racial discrimination in Korea on JTBC’s “Talking Street” and also brought up the experience of seeing a billboard of himself on the side of a shopping mall as he said, “Korea has gotten much better.”

Though Han Hyun Min faced many hardships growing up, he has risen to fame in recent years. Not only is he a highly sought-after model, but he was also chosen as one of the most influential teens of 2017 by TIME magazine.

JTBC’s “Stranger” airs every Saturday at 4:40 p.m. KST.

Sources: Naver (1, 2) via Soompi
jasmineakaiumi 3rd-Mar-2018 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they're having these conversations!! so important.
amyho 3rd-Mar-2018 11:36 pm (UTC)

I didn’t know if him before but he’s really been getting a lot of attention. He seems like a good kid, I’m glad he can talk about this.

Did anyone watch him on Knowing Brothers? I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to attempt to watch bc I don’t trust the hosts

petecarl 4th-Mar-2018 02:34 am (UTC)
I watched it (Knowing Bros). They were actually pretty good. He had a good report with Heechul. I think there were one or two comments that half threw me off, but for the most part, they kept being shocked and having to remind themselves that he's a teen b/c he was so innocent compared to the adult guests they usually get on the show. Bonus, the second half of the show was pretty good too.
hibaalhadid 4th-Mar-2018 09:57 pm (UTC)
they were really nice to him, they kept reminding them selves of how young he is, and how innocent, while they're you know, too old for him LOL, it was a funny episode

watch it

edit: plus if there was something problematic, there would've been a post about it here

Edited at 2018-03-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
pikapika217 4th-Mar-2018 02:02 am (UTC)
Glad they have each other ♥
topismine 4th-Mar-2018 04:19 am (UTC)
Honestly, in retrospect, I'm glad I couldn't understand anything when I lived in Korea (I mean I still can't lol). But being that I was a military kid I felt detached anyway. While I may have gotten weird stares and whispers from the locals the moment I stepped on base or was out with my family or friends I didn't notice/ care about it. I can't even imagine what it's like being a half-black Korean citizen and growing up in that sort of environment.
mikachi613 5th-Mar-2018 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hyunmin is such a sweet and humble kid considering the adversity he's faced at such a young age. We don't deserve him.
adamoocculo 6th-Mar-2018 02:50 pm (UTC)
Totally off topic but the restaurant they are at, Braai Republic, used to be soo good but now that it's gotten super popular from being on TV shows and stuff, the food is not as good. :'(
krissasaur 9th-Mar-2018 10:52 pm (UTC)
what the plot of this show? and is anyone subbing? seems interesting.
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