Popular South Korean actor Kang Dong-won is under fire for an ancestor he has never met, about whom he talked about in passing in an interview ten years ago.
In a 2007 interview with Chosun Ilbo, Kang boasted that his maternal great-grandfather, Lee Jong-man, had been a “great person.” Kang’s interview wasn’t problematic until this year, when reports began to surface that Lee wasn’t so great after all, ironically around the Mar. 1 holiday that commemorates Korea’s anti-Japanese independence movement in 1919.
A report by Dispatch, a celebrity news outlet, brought to public attention that Lee was in fact a prosperous businessman whose activities included sending care packages to Japanese soldiers in the 1930s, when Korea was a Japanese colony. Also a politician, Lee collaborated with the occupying Japanese governing body. In 2009 Lee was listed in the Biological Dictionary of Pro-Japanese Collaborators (chinil inmyeong sajeon), as a Japanese sympathizer and collaborator.
Like I said….
Not healthy society… no no
They can not enforce the law either. Not good.
and freedom of speech and academic is limited on the issue..
oh South Korea… where are you going..