Actors Lee Min Ho, Kim Soo Hyun, and Park Hae Jin are giving back to the communities that have shown continuous support. As the three actors have experienced immense popularity in China, they have decided to give back through donations to local charities and foundations.
Recently, Lee Min Ho started a community welfare project called PROMIZ. The name, which is derived from the term ‘promise’ and the actor’s fanclub ‘MINOZ,’ hopes to use the donations received from his fanmeetings to help the local communities. As the actor had received much love through his recent drama, “The Heirs,” he plans to repay the support through his welfare project.
Furthermore, Kim Soo Hyun also showed his support towards his Chinese fans by recently donating 1.2 million yuan (~ 192,957 USD) to the China Children and Teenagers Fund (CCTF). The “Man From the Stars” actor has received significant amounts of attention and fame in China through the drama’s great success in China and all throughout Asia. The actor’s donations will contribute in the creation of a treatment center for local children and teenagers who are experiencing difficulties.
Park Hae Jin also displayed his gratitude and support for his Chinese fans. As the actor was the first Korean to win the daesang in last month’s “4th Annual Actor Public Interest Awards,”which was held in China, Park Hae Jin repaid such recognition through his good deeds. Opening the “Park Hae Jin Theater” in Tianjin’s Lotte Cinema, the actor claimed that all proceeds would be used to help local children. Moreover, with another theater opening in July at Shenyang, Park Hae Jin plans to also donate all proceeds from that theater to surgery operations for sick children who in the past were unable to receive the needed operations.
The generous donations and charity works of these three celebrities contrast the negative image hallyu stars had carried in China. As the image of hallyu stars earning money in China and then simply returning back to Korea created negative feelings towards Korean celebrities, the contribution of hallyu stars towards the Chinese communities is a great way to break that image. Hopefully, many more Korean celebrities will be able to return the support that they have received from their international fans back to the local communities.