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Multicultural Celebrities Take Active Part in Entertainment World

15:10 July 25, 2016 replay time01:46

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Having reached 280,000 households last year, the number of multicultural families are increasing in our society.

As prejudice and repulsion toward multicultural families are subsiding, there are more and more multicultural celebrities making their marks in the entertainment world.

Lim Eun-jin has more.

[Reporter]

"Produce 101" is a cable program where 101 girl group trainees competed in singing and dancing.

Jeon So-mi, who received the largest number of votes by viewers, gained attention not only because of her skills and the fame of the entertainment agency she belongs to, but also because she had a different family background from others, her father being a Canadian.

Recently, celebrities who were raised in multicultural families are taking an active role in TV and various kinds of stages.

Dok2, a hip-hop star whose father is half Spanish and half Filipino, and KangNam, an idol group singer whose father is Japanese, appeared on talk shows and various TV programs and presented honest views and a unique way of talking to gain empathy from viewers. Ricky Kim and Lee Hyun-jae, having an American father and American grandfather, respectively, are also gaining ground as actors, having appeared in dramas and movies. There multicultural celebrities likely experienced difficulties due to society's pure-blood prejudices.

The wall that once seemed high is falling little by little, and these celebrities are establishing themselves in our society.

Insooni, who was one of the first, established an alternative school for children from multicultural families in 2013 in Gangwon Province and has been contributing to tearing down society's prejudices.

<Insooni / Singer> "I started helping out so that children can let go of their fears and find their paths and dreams quickly."

However, the fact that celebrities from families with Caucasian members are being treated better than those from families with different ethnicities is another problem we have to overcome.

Lim Eun-jin reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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