10 of the most giving K-drama stars
Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it's nice to recognize some K-drama stars who show gratitude for their success by giving back to the community. Sometimes it seems like K-drama actors and actresses are always involved in relationship scandals, but this is the good kind of fame--the charitable kind that brings awareness to important causes. Fighting!
1. Won Bin
Autumn in My Heart's Won Bin has been an official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007. His recent work has included raising funds for vaccination efforts and disease treatment.
2-4. Song Joong Ki, Park Yoo Chun, and Lee Jong Suk
All three of these in-demand actors have been involved with the Good-Hearted Library Project, where they use their voice talents to create audiobooks for the visually impaired. If I actually spoke Korean, I would listen to those audiobooks all day long!
5. Yoon Eun Hye
Yoon Eun Hye has done quite a bit of charity work with children. She recently participated in the Road for Hope documentary series, working with children in Madagascar.
6. Jang Dong Gun
In 2008, the Gentleman's Dignity star was appointed an Ambassador Against Hunger for Korea by the World Food Programme. Since that time, he has donated both money and time to the fight against world hunger, heading to typhoon-stricken areas of Laos in 2010.
7. Ha Ji Won
Ha Ji Won has been involved in various charitable projects since the beginning of her career, including the Smile Again Project, which helped benefit low-income families and those with disabilities.
8. Lee Seung Gi
Maybe Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi bonded over their charitable efforts while shooting King 2 Hearts! Lee Seung Gi has been nicknamed "charity angel" for his work sponsoring the charity program The Field Report Companion, which he has been doing since 2009. His support has inspired many fans to donate to the program as well.
9. Kim Hyun Joong
Kim Hyun Joong and his fans have donated to a number of different causes, from disaster relief after the Japanese earthquakes, to scholarship funds for students in need of financial aid. In fact, when Kim Hyun Joong heard about donations his fans made in his honor to a program that helps the elderly, he responded with a donation of his own! He's not even afraid to get gown and dirty in physical labor for those in need.
In the annual "Letters from Angels" campaign, photographer Choi Sei Hyun photographs Korean celebrities with babies who have been given up for adoption. The photographs are intended to remove some of the stigma around adoption and encourage domestic adoption in South Korea. Not only is it an admirable cause, but it also creates the perfect excuse to gaze at beautiful people holding beautiful babies. This year's photographs included the members of 2PM and some members of Girls' Generation. For some galleries of the photos, look here and here.
Speaking of K-drama stars and charity, I wish this kind of charity event would happen again:
Thank you to these stars for using their fame for good! Any other Kdrama stars who give back?
Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.