LE SSERAFIM‘s Yunjin recently guested on Leemujin Service, where she sang along to “ANTIFRAGILE,” “Slow,” “NAPPA,” “Our Summer,” and many more. In between songs, she and host Lee Mujin talked about her preferred musical style, how she started singing opera, and her experience living in the United States.
While on that topic, she opened up about the hardships she went through growing up in a foreign country. Before going in-depth, she apologized “for killing the vibe.” She then explained that as an Asian living in the West, she used to question her identity. It reached the point where she couldn’t get along with anybody.
Although I am Korean, I used to live in the U.S. back then, so I questioned my identity. I often felt like a nobody who couldn’t get along with anyone, anywhere.
Her sole consolation was music. When she immersed herself in music, she felt like she understood herself better. But there was one problem. There were few Korean singers in the American music industry, so she wondered if it were really possible to find herself.
That’s why I liked music. Through music, I was able to find myself and understand who I am. But it was hard for me to find Koreans in the American music industry. So although I thought that music is the only way for me to find myself, it made me wonder if I can really find myself.
It was as she pondered that thought when BTS won an award at the AMAs.
She felt proud that fellow Koreans won such a prestigious award. Furthermore, they inspired her to be the same type of artist as them—someone who helps and encourages others. And as a member of LE SSERAFIM, she’s already achieving her goal!
In the middle of that thought, I saw BTS sunbaenim winning an award in the American Music Awards, which is very famous. Watching that made me have great pride as a Korean and encouraged me a lot. So it made me want to be a singer who can also help and encourage others.
This isn’t the first time Yunjin shared what it was like growing up in America. She previously talked about it in an episode of LE SSERAFIM’s documentary. Check it out here: