Han Geng, man of respect & commitment

I can’t really remember the day I totally devoted to one handsome Chinese guy who happen to be a singer with remarkable dancing talent, but I knew it was not long ago. All I can remember was the first day I heard him singing Wings of Love and totally fell for his thin soothing tenor voice. From that day, I never stopped torturing my internet connection and of course my poor eyes to search more about him. Not like the other fans, who’s been following him since his first debut in 2005 and have full of details information about him, I only got information starting from his contract termination at the end of 2009. Thanks for my OHD, Obsessive Han Geng Disorder that helping me to search deeper, seeing what on the surface was not enough to satisfied my OHD.

Through many translated articles and subtitled interviews as well as the subtitled variety shows since his period in Korea to his return to his own homeland, my admiration to Han Geng slowly increase. Like I said in my previous blogs, Han Geng was not the type of drop-dead gorgeous Chinese guy who can made your knee melts like jelly. He just one of the ordinary Chinese guy with feline handsomeness who sometimes looks ordinary among others. It was his great talents and distinctive personality that made him exceptional.

Though I have this crazy fan girl side in my heart, but my mature mind made me able to see him with different perspective. Han Geng was smart and charming, it makes his replies to all questions during inteviews were mundane but genuine and sincere. Han Geng also a self assured individual, though he said he’s introvert and shy, but in many of his appearances what exudes from him was self confident. His witty and sweet self deprecating attitude made him able to delivers delighting performance. His dancing talent, especially the traditional dance complete his charismatic personality and made his package positively captivating. As a performer, Han Geng has the personality and talent that can make him a superstar.

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As I write this blog, it’s normal if I wish someday Han Geng would read it, but if he’s not, it would be okay, at least I’ve done my part in supporting him. I am writing this blog because I am a person who can not stand to see other people treated in-equally. I will speak out my opinion to whoever gets that kind of treatment. In this case, I speak out my opinion for Han Geng. Usually I didn’t really get annoyed by bad statement about Han Geng. I used to easy going, because I have my own opinion about Han Geng, though I never met him (yet). But lately, it gets my nerves. I can’t understand the statement of ungrateful Han Geng, or he bite the hands who fed him.

To those who’s been following Han Geng since the first day he stepped his feet on the land of Korea, would knew very well, how hard Han Geng worked to reach his dream. Twenty hours of various trainings, but he never said a single complaint. Even when he already took his path of going solo, he used to answered that his training period in Korea was like his school time in Beijing. He’s not whining. Never. Let’s try to put ourselves on Han Geng’s shoes. Would we do any better than him? Alone in a foreign country, missing your family would be the most scariest thing. Not much young people can really overcome the hardship without the support of the family around. Don’t you think that it’s better to live poor in your own country rather than live like a king in other country? No matter how good the support around you, it still can’t substitute the secured feeling when you’re in your own place. I am not saying that the Korean fans, the other members, or those who worked with him don’t have the big love and support for Han Geng, but it still won’t enough to fill the big hole in his heart caused by missing his family. Did he back off? No he continued his hardship for more than 5 years.

When people said Han Geng was ungrateful, what he’s done to received that kind of statement?. It’s true that the audition held by SM Entertainment was Han Geng’s door to the Hall of Fame. But do you think he would win the audition without talent and good attitude? He won the audition because he fulfill the 4 categories determined by the company. When Han Geng finally arrived in Korea, SM Entertainment didn’t just put a silver spoon on his mouth, let him sitting on his chair waiitng for the fame to came with no efforts from his side. It was really wide spread and you can read it anywhere on how hard was the training period. So Han Geng did his part, trainings. Do you think the company will put Han Geng in a group called “Super Junior 05” if he’s not really that talented? Han Geng said he even surprised that he can debut less than 2 years of his training period, while there are trainees who’s been trained for 4 – 5 years and still not debuted. It was Han Geng’s perfecionist and strong heart that made him able to pass the training less than 2 years. He did work hard.

During the period of SJ – M. Of course it was admitted that the other members also have talents, but do you think it would be a great success, if Han Geng as a leader didn’t give his best to lead the group? People should understand this too. “the pessimist complains about the winds, the optimist expect it to change, the leader adjust the sail” – John Maxwell. Han Geng was the leader. He never complained or only expecting things to change. He always adjust the sail to make sure that his group were safe and their purpose fulfilled.

There is a terminology called “Mutual Respect”. An important potion to any kind of relationship. Without that, both parties would suffer and the relationship will end. Both SM Entertainment and Han Geng have done their part for many years. The company provide all the necessary support while Han Geng gave his best effort s to meet the company’s expectation and to fulfill his dream. But I also believe, the company can see that Han Geng was the right choice. With his great talent, his charming personality and ability to enduring pain to fulfill the responsibility, Han Geng could be a golden boy to the company. But it was the time when mutual respect became un-equal. In my opinion, if the Company really appreciate Han Geng and not only use him as their money machine, they will give Han Geng space to doing solo. Listen to his brilliant and sophisticated ideas and give him opportunity to do more. Still keep him under their wings but give him space to spread his wings wider. Mutual respect for mutual benefit. Han Geng lost his mutual benefit position when the mutual respect became un-equal.

Han Geng bite the hand that fed him? Don’t you think that no matter how loyal your pet is, if you keep them mis-treated, someday they definetely will bite your hand. There will be no reaction without action. I tried to think back about Han Geng’s personality. One of the four points that made the company chose him was his good attitude. His Korean manager firmly said to Lu Yu at the 2007 show, that Han Geng was a kind person with good personality. He was different from all the others. He was kind and not pompous. Do you think Han Geng showed fake attitude during the audition? Is it possible that a young man kept his real personality for many years in the foreign country and suddenly shows the real of him when’s back to his homeland? I don’t think so. His personality was the result of his family background. When he grew older in Korea, his personality developed even stronger. His appearance in many Korean variety shows was proof that he has talent and personality that made him darling to hosts and TV stations.

After all the hard works, people still can say that he’s ungrateful? That he bite the hand that fed him? Han Geng never said anything against Korea. He even said many times that he didn’t want to loose his Korean fan, because they’ve been supporting him for long. His decision didn’t come in sudden. He considered his decision many months, hoping that the mutual understanding would come and they can work together again with renewed mutual respect. His statement was always about the mutual respect, which I think was easy to understand. You can’t work together with anyone or any company if you get no mutual respect. So his action was totally understandable. People must stop trying to find something that can bring Han Geng down.

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In my heart, Han Geng was someone with distinctive personality. Though his personality didn’t make him flawless, but I still believe that Han Geng was a man of respect and commitment. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind not with it” – Henry Ford. With his strong personality, Han Geng will fly against the wind, because he’s exceptional. No matter how bad the world outside him, he will always chasing the wind to see a very distant future. Even if the road was complicated, in the end he will be able to find the right way to go. He overcome the storm before, he will overcome even bigger storm in the future. Because he is Han Geng.

I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis.

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Han Geng, a simple man with charismatic strong personality

After experienced so much, to my growth next time or to my career next time, I would be a very great help, no matter good or bad, any way just having a positive attitude. Good, that’s good. Bad, it’s giving you an experience. Giving you a lesson, next time you have to take a note

These days, there is one name that becoming the most important topic throughout Asia Entertainment Industry. The name that can raise rating of TV shows. The name that can guarantee the high sales of magazines. The name that can put countless attendants to one event. The new Chinese most popular male singer, crowned as the new Asian Dancing King, the new Asian superstar, Han Geng. But this good looking Chinese guy was not someone who’s been catapulted into stardom in one single night. His journey from a naïve young boy to a very famous entertainer was heart-breaking and painful.

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Han Geng was not the only person who struggles to reach the ultimate dream, there are many other young people who try their best to reach the level where Han Geng stands now. But Han Geng experienced things that not much young people would experienced. His ability to endure every single pains and overwhelm the storm made his life story one of the phenomenal and inspirative to others.

Behind all the glamorous Diva status, Han Geng was a simple man. A guy with feline handsomeness, who likes simple colors of black, white, gray and silver for his outfits, after flying solo and in speed lighting, climbing his mountain of success, admitted that he has no ambitions. “I have no ambitions. It’s not like I want to be a big shot, be a superstar. It just like what I’ve said, do my job well, let things work out naturally. No need to force myself to do certain things, must get to certain status. I don’t feel that way will necessary get me to that place, I will only tire myself out”. To someone with no ambitions, Han Geng showed success beyond the limits.

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Han Geng has a backgrounds that made him strong as a rock. He even emphasized that suffering was good for young people. “Actually, I think it’s good to suffer a little. It’s really good. So, after you experienced all these, you would feel that this is my gain. The other may not have these experience, I am happy because I have this experience”.

Born as the only child in the family in 1984, raised in not so good environment, Han Geng grew as someone who has to responsible to himself. Detached from his family in Mudanjiang to entered school in Beijing since his very young age, formed him into a person with strong heart. The condition of his family made him a person with great consideration and responsibility, “When I just graduated, I told my mum that I definitely not take a single cent from home anymore. I told her please do not worry, if I have no more money, I’ll work, you don’t have to worry about me. That is what I did. There was only once when I had no other choice, it was already winter, I had no blanket, I asked my family for $500.

A strong commitment since a very young age. The commitment along with his strong heart were the courage that made him certain to pursue his dream in a foreign country, South Korea. “One person’s attitude towards life determines the direction of his life. 10 years ago, I was just a boy who just graduated. I didn’t think about my future and only wanted to strike out on my own. At that time, I have always felt that the world out there is so big that there would be a day that I succeed.

Since the first day he arrived in Korea in 2003, entering the tight schedule of trainings, his first debut in 2005 to his decision to terminate his contract with the Korean Company at the end of 2009 and took a step to solo career in July 2010, Han Geng faced many experiences. Bitter sweet moments that sharpen his personality. No matter how hard the difficulties, he never gave up. “Every decision, no matter right or wrong, or whatever is the result, I’ve made them myself. I need to face the consequences and be held responsible; therefore, every step I’ve taken I have never regretted. My father always said to me, no matter what decision you make, it’s all your business, but it’s up to you to see how you treat it, how you are going to deal with it mentally”. I’ve taken everything pretty lightly now, very peacefully; whatever they say in the outside world is not for me to say”.

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After the news of his contract termination emerged, many wants to know how he reacts on his case. Those who really support him or those who tried to find words that can bring him down. But Han Geng never whining. He took his period in Korea as one precious experience “To me, this is an excellent experience, and it also serves to remind me to increasingly appreciate my achievements now. If I hadn’t worked so hard in the past, I would probably be intoxicated by my status as a celebrity, and get stalled in my steps, or maybe even giving up when I meet even the smallest difficulties”. This kind of character easily pulls respects from others. Han Geng was not perfect, but about his principles, he’s almost impeccable.

The Chinese singer who exudes the aura of a king while he’s dancing also famous as the poorest Chinese celebrity. Not because he was the type of freespender celebrity, but his poor and difficult past gave him an ocean wide heart. A heart that put empathy for others who’s not as lucky as him. A mighty heart that made him crying with those who suffer. And his status as a celebrity gave him more responsibility to influence more people to hand in hand helping others. One of his dream was doing more charity, “”Last time in Korea I did not have the time to do charity. But now I have the time and chance, I hope that I can help more. I always believe that celebrities should encourage others and lead others, lead young people to help others. I have the responsibility to do that.”

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He was one of the big supporter of “I want to go to School” program. He donate big amount of his fee to Taiwan earthquake’s victims and more other charity events. He even firmly said to his fans not to spend their money to buy things for him, during variety shows or through his CY, “Everyone, please don’t waste your money on purchasing gifts for me, it’s not worth it, because you can collect the money and donate it to people who need it more.” I totally admire him for this. He can buy anything he wants these days, but his action speaks louder than words, spend your money for more important things, charities.

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The most unique of Han Geng was his relationship with his full of support fans. The charismatic Han Geng highly gratitude his fans, “When I step out of the airport, I can see them everywhere, and sometimes they even forgo their sleep and wait overnight at the airport. The amount love that they give is not something that can be repaid with one song or a dance”. On the other hand, though he appreciate his fans in high level, he’s not afraid to state his words about respect, “I hope that everyone would respect each other in work. My concert, my album, my hard work is all for those who have been supporting me. Even if that there is only just one audience left at the stand, I will still give my all on the stage. I am very sincere towards every one, I respect every show I attended. So, I hope that I will receive the same degree of respect”. And not like other celebrity who can’t not avoid that their fame would effect their family, Han Geng really protect his family and he firmly said that many times, “I’ve always been very protective to my family. Really very protective of my family. I don’t want their life to be added into my work or to let a lot of fans go find my mother everyday, finding her to take pictures or something like that. Because it’s really their life, but my work is my work”.

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Since the first day I started my fandom, I positively believe that it was Han Geng who took the first step in building the mutual understanding and respect with his fans. His full of respect attitude was the starter to formed the unique relationship. It would be easy to understand if Han Geng might satisfied with his unexpected fame after going solo that made him the most famous Asian super star these days, but his humble and down to earth attitude made him didn’t posses the Diva – like attitude, because Han Geng was a simple man with charismatic and strong personality.

Han Geng,Asian Superstar,Dancing King

I never met Han Geng, not yet 😀 All of his statements above came from those who interviewed him or articles posted in Geng-Bao.net. I wrote this blog because I want to share how my heart sees Han Geng.
To my heart, Han Geng is someone with rare personality. To him, I give my humble and full support.

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Han Geng, from humid continent of Mudanjiang to the Hall of Fame

Over so many years, I still can remember my admiration period to Chinese Actors & Actresses. From Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Gong Li to the older generation before them. But I can’t remember that I ever had an admiration period to Chinese singer, male or female. Only when my Kpop friend introduced me few months before the year of 2010 ended, I started to listen to a Chinese male singer, Han Geng and easily fall to his soft and soothing tenor voice.

Before 2010, Han Geng was known as the only Chinese member of the famous Korean boy band, Super Junior. It was my curios heart that pushed me to find more about him. His journey to where he is now was something that really captured my heart. I can say that through my entire life, I never met a young man, who struggled as hard as Han Geng to reach his own dream. What he has now was not an overnight success.

Han Geng, an ethnic Nanai from Northeast China was born as the only child in the family, in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China on 9 February 1984. From many of his interviews, he said that he loves to dance since he was six years old. Every time his mom put on a music, he would start to dance. Because of this great interest to dancing, at the age of 12, he was accepted into Central University for Nationalities and left Mudanjiang for Beijing to perfect his craft in dance. Han Geng was one of the prime dancing student, who also learned ballet and martial arts. His forte in dancing, especially the traditional, brought him to many places to performed along with other talented dancer from his school. He was also a representative of the young people of Nanai, to participate in the parade in honor of China’s 50 year anniversary in 1999.

18 years old Han Geng was ready to take his path as a dancing teacher after he graduated from Central University, when one of the most important moment of his life arrived. H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting in December 2001. During his interview with Lu Yu back in 2007, the story of him entering the audition was very common. Accompany a friend, join the audition, forget about it and after more than a year, he got the “call”. He won the audition. 3000 :1 opportunity. It was his moment. One of the most important decision that changed his entire life. Though his father was hesitate about the contract, but Han Geng, a cute and naïve Chinese boy with a strong will, decided to leave his hometown, his family, his convenient shell, barely understanding the Korean language, has no friends, flew to South Korea in March 2003.

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His road to fame was not easy, but Han Geng never complained. Many hours of trainings and fractured arm were not enough to stop him from chasing his dream. Because he was a strong-heart person. “I train myself continuously everyday and also lacking in sleep for a long time. Not because of work but when (I do) not do a good job while working out, choreographing dances, practicing singing (then) I will not be able to sleep” His efforts would give him a great result. He passed less than 2 years of training, before he got his opportunity to debut.

After his first debut in 2005 along with the new formed boy band, Super Junior, Han Geng started to steal the heart of his fans. His charming and witty personality made him a darling to many Korean Variety Shows. His unique pronunciation to Korean words and his ability to do Chinese traditional dance were another strong points that made him outshine. Throughout many years, Han Geng strengthen his path. Chosen as a torch bearer for 2008 Beijing Olympic was another important moment. His fame was skyrocketing. Another monumental period was being a leader to the sub-group of Super Junior, SJ-M. Leading the group of 7 young men to enter the Chinese music Industry and harvesting another level of popularity. With a sense of genuineness and frankness, charismatic Han Geng showed his other strong personality.

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In fact, not many knew that behind the cheers and heart-warming smile, real life was not always as beautiful as you think. Han Geng was enduring pains and heartache. As he grew older, he knows that all he needs in work was mutual respect. “I will respect you, why won’t you respect me. I need respect too. But when I gave your respect but you didn’t give me respect, then I won’t be happy with you”. After a long consideration, at the end of 2009, gave shock to many who know him, he placed the law suit to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment. It was not an easy decision. He knew the risk. His dream was to sing and dance, to be on stage for the entire of his life. Leaving a super famous group through contract termination would impact his future career. And starting a career in Chinese music industry was hard. One need to be a real talent to stand strong in that field .

But Han Geng was someone who’s been through many difficult times. He’s not afraid of challenge and ready to endure more pains. His mature and strong mind can give firm statement, “Our lives are not surrounded by fame and fortune, even if you make me into what I was before, to start all over again from zero, I will be OK

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He proved his statement. After a long contemplating hiatus period, with his strong heart completed with excellent dancing skill and improved singing ability, he was able to emerged with full force. Releasing his first solo album, which sold out more than 350,000 copies in 2 months period, holding his first solo concert in Beijing, which resulting a phenomenal strike to Asia ticketing sales. Thousands of his first day concert’s ticket sold out only in 37 minutes. Proof to his popularity.

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His engine was starting to move forward. After his successful solo concert, he was everywhere. From the commercial performances to the prestigious events. Han Geng gave his best performance for the opening ceremony of Shanghai World Expo, singing “The World is Watching China”. He was the image spoke person for Guangzhou Asian Games “Colourful Volunteers” and the member of Asian Games Volunteer Hall of Fame. He was taken to duet with the senior female singer, Tanjing, singing a theme song “Unforgettable Memories” for the Commemoration of 150 years destruction of Summer Palace”. Many song writers and producers are ready to work with him. His performance before and after he won the prestigious award from CCTV – MTV “The most popular Chinese male singer”, only few months after his decision of flying solo, almost countless. The famous director, Gao Xiao Song decided to have as one of the lead actor for his latest movie, Da Wu Sheng, made another dream of his came true. Han Geng is paving his path perfectly. Nothing can stop his popularity. He was the phenomenal Asian Super Star.

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Chen Lu Yu, one of the famous host in China, who became a very good friend of Han Geng, back in 2007, when Han Geng first appearance in her show delivered a message from another successful senior Chinese actor, Jackie Chen “Maybe there isn’t many people paying attention to you now. But if you make great effort, put all your hearts and mind into it, you will catch everyone’s eyes someday”. That time, Han Geng was tremendously appreciated the wise statement of Jackie Chen. Over the 3 years after that, he was under the spotlight. He caught everyone’s eyes on him. His great effort, his full heart and mind brought him to the higher level of his career.

Han Geng was exceptional and special. From the humid continent of Mundanjiang, he’s entering the Hall of Fame. Through his song, My Logo, he firmly stated that he’s going international with his new logo, Han Geng. As his fans, I truly believe that he would reach that goal. My only wish, he keeps his hard-working, his down to earth personality and his charming attitude. Those will strengthen his career and keep him long lasting in the entertainment industry.

These writings are what I had in mind and what I see through my heart. My writings is just my point of view, my own analysis.

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