First reader mission- Korean Diaspora!

Attention all readers. is proud to present our first reader mission. Several missions will follow. Today’s mission is to find one prominent figure from your country who is of Korean descent, and comment on this blog about the person. If you are a Korean citizen, then feel free to choose any citizen of any country (other than Korea) who is of Korean descent. Comments should say more than just the person’s name, obviously. There will be some prizes if you have the best comment.  Keep in mind, you don’ t need to choose only actors or singers.


I’m an American, so I would like to introduce you all to:

John Cho, American Actor

John Cho

John Cho is a an American actor who’s most famous role was that of Harold, from the movie Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle.  Before that, he was known as “the milf guy” because his character in American Pie was the first person to ever use the word “milf” in the media.  The word went on to become etched in American slang.

Mr. Cho isn’t just a mere actor.  He’s also a social activist.  He often speaks on how Hollywood simply pigeonholes Asian male actors into taking one of three archetypes, the nerd, the gangster, and the martial artist.  The fact that he feels so strongly about this comes through so genuinely in the Harold and Kumar movies.

But what if there aren’t any Koreans in my country?

So, I realize that there are a lot of countries that don’t have a lot of Korean immigration, so it might be hard to find a person to write about, but thems the breaks. You can nominate anyone, even non-celebrities, just people who have somehow contributed to society in a good way. It can even be someone like a police officer or doctor, or your 3rd grade teacher. I’d like to post pictures of all nominees, so if you’re going to do someone really obscure then be sure to show me where I can get a picture.

What do I get if I win?

For the best comment, I’ll mail you a 6pack of cup ramen and some funky socks. I’ll also give that person a chance to write a guest article on this blog, along with a permanent link to your blog. Please make sure you enter your e-mail address correctly when you make your comment so I can contact you if you win.

So what say you? Get to work!!!!!!

Sandra Oh, Canadian Actor

Contest ends on Friday July 23. I reserve the right to choose the brand of ramen and the socks. Your preferences will be taken into account if you are the winner, though.

Daniel Henney, American Actor

Julien Kang, Canadian Actor

Johnny Yong Bosch, Green Ranger American Actor

Shin Kyuk-Ho (Takeo Shigemitsu) Japanese (Korean?) Businessman

Harold Koh, American, Legal Advisor to the U.S. Dept of State

Min Sang Cho, Italian, Professor and Taekwondo Teacher


38 Responses to “First reader mission- Korean Diaspora!”

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Gina, good choice, but you’re going to have to do better than that. Merely posting a wikipedia link is not enough. You have to write about him..

      • Gina Joy Says:

        OK, did some further research. Actually, may I nominate brothers: Harold Koh (고홍주) legal adviser of the US Department of State and Howard Koh (고경주) assistant secretary for health, US Department of Health and Human Services.

  1. As a Canadian, I nominate Sandra Oh – She’s a Canadian Actress famous for her role as Dr. Yang in the drama Grey’s Anatomy. With nominations from the Golden Globe, Emmy’s and Screen Actors Guild under her name, she is, I believe, the most famous Canadian Korean actress known to the world.

  2. question first: as a Half-K can i nominate another Half-K?

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Yes, provided the nominee is not a citizen of the Republic of Korea and is the same citizenship as you, unless you are a citizen of the Republic of Korea.

      • in that case, i throw Daniel Henney into the mix. pun not intended.

        he’s an american boy who had to leave the country before he could become popular (at all) in the country.

        started as a model, found success in europe/asia, made his screen debut in a korean drama (is filming one now, with Rain) and his US debut in the last X-Men movie and then was on the short lived show Three Rivers (which i actually liked).

        i would not have heard about him until much later had my mom not made me drop whatever it was i was doing so she could point him out to me in the drama she was watching. “do you see that guy? ISN’T HE CUTE???” “uh, yeah, ok….(slightly worried about the level of urgency in her voice)” “his mother is korean and his dad in american.” “oh, he’s like me!”

        i can’t decide if i think he’s a good actor, though. i mean, he’s aight, at least, but…..

        • The Seoul Searcher Says:

          Danny Henney eh? He’s alright as an actor I guess. He’s more known for being super handsome though. They obviously overinflated his role in the Wolverine movie over here.

          • noooooo doubt! haha
            and the whole super-handsome thing distracts from my ability to evaluate his abilities in an unbiased manner. it’s almost like there are two groups of people…you *want* thing think he’s a good actor because he’s super handsome, or you *don’t* want to think he’s a good actor because he’s super handsome. so if he IS talented, no one can tell.

  3. cleminou Says:

    Julien Kang is half Korean and French (Canadian?) and he has double nationality.
    He is a model (Buckaroo…) and actor (Dream, Hick Kick through the roof…) and guest for many Tv shows (Dream Team…)
    He is famous in Korea for his occidental looks and very well knowledge of korean language.
    He is not famous in France, as Ida Daussy who is well known in South Korea.

    Oh, I’m french and I will come to Seoul next september for a year, so impatient^^

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Clem.. yeah, Julian is Canadian.. and.. you said you’re French.. and Julian’s not really famous in Canada…

      Aren’t there any Korean-French at all?

  4. mexico good to my knowledge there are no celebrities Korean or of Korean descent and sorry mind I think that I may not participate

  5. In mexico its Korean immigrants but there are not celebrities

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Don’t have to be celebrities. Just people who have contributed to society in a significant way.

      • Yay! I was kinda worried I was the only one who couldn’t find a Mexican/Korean “celebrity” but I already know who am I going to do it about 😉

        btw. I just posted something new on my blog XD

  6. Must it be a korean descent from my country?

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Preferably yes.

      It can be even someone you know personally if you want. Just has to be someone who’s contributed to society in a good way.

  7. I would like to comment about Johnny Yong Bosch. He was an American actor who has a Korean descent; his mother was Korean. He acted as Adam Park in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. He was also the voice actor of numerous animations and games such as Final Fantasy. He is the lead singer for the band Eyeshine.

    haha I guess he wasn’t influential as other famous Americans with Korean descent, but he was one of the character in the most famous show that we all watched when we were young. I’m not sure how famous this guy was though since I was too young to remember his name XD

  8. Off-topic, and I’m certainly not entering the competition, but… what the heck is Daniel Henney wearing?! He looks like he’s going to an anime convention…

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      It’s a shot I found on the net, he must have been doing some themed modeling or something.

  9. Jun Takayama Says:

    I introduce the Takeo Shigemitsu, who is the man of begin the LOTTE. LOTTE is the very famous and big Japanese company, but Shigemitsu was started after the war sell the gums to Japanese kids. Later Japan is stronger the economy and he’s company growing up. He was born in Urusan and his Korean name is Shin Kyukuho. Now many Japanese think LOTTE is Japanese company, and many Koreans think LOTTE is a Korean company, but it is having office in all over the world, so not easy to say which country’s company.

    • Nice! I was wondering if Lotte was a Korean company or Japanese company just a couple of days ago XD

      • The Seoul Searcher Says:

        It was 100% Japanese until 1967 when they expanded into Korea. Lotte currently has most of its assets in Korea, so it would be more correct to say that it is a Korean company, but still, huge influence in Japan.

  10. Hahaha I like how you crossed out Green Ranger and said American actor hahahahaha

  11. Anyway… 😐
    In Italy there aren’t a lot of Korean people and the only one who really contributed to society is Min Sang CHO.

    Cho Min-Sang is my Korean teacher at university and he is also president and founder of CRICCI (Centro RIcerche Culturali Corea Italia) Here is the website but unfortunately it is under graphic changements:
    CRICCI has been found by Cho Min-Sang in order to spread the Korean culture and language in Italy.
    A lot of books (grammars, novels, poems…) have been translated and written mostly by Cho Min-Sang and his colleagues. CRICCI also provide Korean courses for Italians and Italian courses for Koreans.
    There is also a monthly magazine “Noi, Cricci” ( in korean it is: 밀라노 한이문화연구원 발행 월간 문화신문). This magazine is having success in Milan and lot of young people are approaching the “Korean world” through it and it is also a way to stay updated.
    This association also organizes Korean events in Italy (music, art, literature, technology and so on).
    Cho Min-Sang is also a taekwondo teacher since 1985 and he has taught taekwondo to 480 young people.
    His wife is a microbiologist and runs the most famous Korean restaurant & pub in Milan always with the aim to let people know Korea ( ) .
    Cho Min-Sang and his wife really operate in the italian society with kindness and artful hearts ( I personally can say it 😉 ) .

  12. Oh, this contest already ended? T_T

  13. Oh noooo! it’s already ended?!?! I was preparing a big article about this! 😦 😦 😦

  14. Kwon Yul is a lawyer, management consultant, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

    He won the CBS reality show, Survivor: Cook Islands, during 2006’s controversial, racially-segregated season. Throughout this game, he applied effective leadership and team-building skills to guide a multi-ethnic team to victory against overwhelming odds. In doing so, he earned a reputation as one of the show’s most strategic and honest players and broke stereotypes about Asian American men in the media.

    On October 22, 2009, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

  15. Shin Kyuk-Ho!!! He is great person!! Great Korea Businessman
    Go!!! Korea!!!

  16. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  17. Hello guys I am new!:D

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