All You Need to Know About Chinese Descendants Who Are Currently Active As K-Pop Idols

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Several of The Most Beautiful and Handsome Chinese Descendants Are Currently Active As K-Pop Idols

The popularity of Korean Pop music, or better known as K-Pop, now cannot be underestimated. Not only famous in their own country, but now K-Pop also has many fans outside South Korea. As if to expand and facilitate promotion outside of South Korea, many agencies are trying to create a multinational K-Pop group. Not only from South Korea, but members in the group also come from various other countries, including China.

Reported by Allkpop, the presence of former Super Junior members, Hangeng, who came from China made it easier for Super Junior to have a career in China. This then inspired other South Korean entertainment agencies to recruit young Chinese to become K-Pop idols. Not surprisingly, many agencies are now forming K-Pop groups with members from China.

In this article, Byeol Korea will introduce you with several K-Pop Idols who come from outside of South Korea, China, such as Super Junior’s Zhoumi, Seventeen’s The8 and Jun, EXO’s Lay, Fiestar’s Cao Lu, Dreamcatcher’s Handong, and many more. So, don’t skip this article!

Super Junior’s Zhoumi

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Zhou Mi was born on April 19th, 1986, in Wuhan, Hubei, China. He is a Chinese singer, actor, songwriter, presenter, MC, and radio DJ based in South Korea and China. He is a member of the boy band Super Junior’s subunit Super Junior-M and SM Entertainment’s project group SM the Ballad. In 2014, he made his solo debut with the release of his first mini-album Rewind. Aside from group activities, he also participates in various television variety shows, radio hostings, and dramas.

Zhou Mi studied Broadcasting at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus. During high school, Zhou Mi entered national singing and entertainment competitions, winning many of them. Zhou Mi made a name for himself in the Chinese entertainment scene by competing in competitions. While in contention for the final round of CCTV’s Challenging the Host, a televised national competition for aspiring MCs from all over China, he received an offer from SM Entertainment and decided to go to Korea, in late 2006. Zhou Mi won the grand prize at the SM UCC Star Audition, through an online audition, and joined Super Junior-M, Super Junior’s third official subunit

Zhou Mi debuted as the main vocalist of Super Junior-M in 2008. He also joined Super Junior-M with Henry Lau for the single “Santa U Are The One” released in December 2011.

SEVENTEEN’s THE8, Jun

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The8 was born on November 7th, 1997, in Haicheng, Liaoning, China. The8 was born with the name Xu Minghao (徐明浩). He is a Chinese singer and dancer under the auspices of Pledis Entertainment. He was a member of the famous boy group, SEVENTEEN and he entered the performance team.

He participated and won first prize at the National Children’s martial arts competition. He wanted to be a superstar since he was young. He got into an audition at school when he was in China. He said he watched a lot of variety shows when he was in China and he wanted to be a superstar, so that’s why he became a singer in Korea.

Whereas Jun, who was born with the name Wen Junhui (Hanzi: 文 俊辉), was born on June 10th, 1996, in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. He is known by his stage name Jun. He is a Chinese singer and actor based in South Korea. He is a member of the famous South Korean boy band, Seventeen and he entered the Performance team together with The8 under Pledis Entertainment.

He says many Chinese students love K-Pop and that’s how he became curious about it and moved to South Korea. Before joining Pledis Entertainment, he had auditioned for SM Entertainment, but because he was too young, he failed the audition. He dared to move to Korea by bringing his experience as an actor and advertising model.

EXO’s Lay

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Zhang Yixing (Chinese: 张艺兴) was born on October 7th, 1991, in Changsha, Hunan, China. He is known professionally as Lay Zhang or simply Lay (Korean: 레이), a Chinese singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, and actor. He debuted as a member of the K-Pop boy group EXO and its Chinese subunit EXO-M in 2012 under SM Entertainment. He first became known after participating in the Chinese TV talent show Star Academy in 2005. Apart from his musical activities, he is also known for starring in numerous dramas and movies, such as Ex-Files 2 (2015), The Mystic Nine (2016), Kung Fu Yoga (2017), and The Island (2018).

In April 2015, Lay Zhang established a personal agency for his solo activities, serving as an exclusive management and record label. In September 2015, he released his autobiography, Standing Firm at 24, which broke several online book records.

In 2008, Zhang Yixing auditioned for SM Entertainment at the company’s global casting auditions in Changsha. At the time of the auditions, he was 16 years old and studying at the High School Attached to Hunan Normal University, where he was featured as an outstanding student for his achievements. After successfully passing the auditions, Zhang moved to South Korea for his idol training. In 2011, prior to his debut with EXO, he briefly worked with Shinee during their Shinee World concert tour as Jonghyun’s dance replacement.

Zhang Yixing debuted as a K-Pop idol under the stage name Lay, which was taken from the Taiwanese television series Meteor Garden character Hua Ze Lei. He was first unveiled as one of the four Chinese members of EXO in a teaser video titled “Phoenix” in January 2012. Following the release of the singles “What Is Love” and “History” in 2012, he and the other eleven members held their pre-debut showcase in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium on March 31st and a second showcase and press conference in Beijing at the Great Hall of the Beijing University of International Business and Economics. The group debuted on April 8th, 2012, with their title song “Mama,” and EXO-M’s first performance in China was publicly televised at the 12th Yinyue Fengyun Bang Awards.

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