Aspiring K-Pop Idol from Poland Worries She’s Not Asian Enough to Succeed in Korea
On the most recent episode of Mnet’s Study Abroad Girl, Luna from Poland expressed her worry that despite wanting to be a K-Pop star, she might not be well-received in Korea since she’s not Korean.
Luna is a student who has been studying by day and practicing K-Pop dances by night for the last 3 years in hopes of becoming a K-Pop idol one day.
When a producer of the show asked Luna how she would feel if she was offered a trainee position, Luna responded, “I’d be very happy, but I’d have to think about it. I don’t think Korea would respond favorably to a non-Korean becoming an idol in Korea.”
In response to Luna’s confession, the other girls on the show nodded with sympathy and Maria from America added, “Many foreigners who like K-Pop have this perception that people shouldn’t become K-Pop stars if they’re not Asian.”
When Ha Sungwoon heard this, he offered some words of comfort by sharing, “I was also rejected by many agencies, and I didn’t even have an agency at 20 years old. But I took that time to make myself better.”
He then added, “After that, I finally got an opportunity from Produce 101 which made me glad that I didn’t give up. That’s why you shouldn’t give up either.”