Monday, March 28, 2011

[Article] Jung Min featured on U-weekly Magainze

Much thanks to Slam for the tweet regarding goodwind94's translation of this article from U-weekly posted on SGTripleS forum.

Jung Min not only winning the heart of the fans but the media as well. Who wouldn't when he's really nice and genuine to everyone and

[Trans] Park Jung Min on U-weekly Magazine By goodwind94 @SGTripleS
Chinese to English Trans: goodwind94 @SGTripleS
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It doesn't matter if it is during fan signing or fanmeeting, Park Jung Min always gives fans the best fan service. Other than letting fans see his most handsome, most beautiful smile, he also gives zero distance intraction like putting hands on shoulders, shake hands, hi five, back hug, personally feed cake and love's hug. Knowing that Jung Min is born in the year of the rabbit, fans also gave him many presents related to rabbits. Local and international fan clubs also sent flower baskets and messages to him.

During the fanmeeting, Jung Min has also specially prepared Lee Hom's 'Forever Love'. His singing caused Green Peas to be 'electrocuted'. With the nickname of 'Sexy Charisma', he also taught fans how to dance the signature dance steps of 'Not Alone' and sexy ending of the song during a game. Fans also have a chance to write down questions on a post it note. Lucky fans whose questions were chosen had the precious chance of have a solo shot with Jung Min.

Fans also helped Jung Min to celebrate his birthday early. Other than broadcasting the MV which Singapore Triple S made, Singapore Triple S also personally made a cake with the figurine of Jung Min on it. Upon seeing the figurine of himself, his first reaction is to jokingly say very fat. Seeing, fans enthusiatic support, Jung Min responded by saying that he was very touched. The host,Ken even found tears rolling in his eyes.

Lastly, Jung Min promised fans to come back to Singapore another time and that he will work hard to make better music and shows for fans.

Before the interview, just like normal regulation for Korean stars, the reporter would need to allow organizers look through the questions asked. After vetting through, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the number of questions were reduced by half. Questions regarding SS501 were seen as sensitive and were removed. Even questions regarding about Jung Min’s visit to fellow member Kim Hyung Joon’s MV shooting site were also rejected.

Only bringing the impression which Jung Min gave during the press conference, the reporter’s expectations to the interview only increased as his performance during the press conference was what many Korean stars would not do. What the reporter did not expect was that within the short 13 mins interview, the answers that he gave were more conservative than what the reporter thought.

“This is the way which I thank my fans because everyone came personally to see me and support me. I am normally very hyper however there are also times where I feel sad but on the average I am cheerful.”

When in a group, because there were other 4 members, he would be able to relax for a bit. However, now that he is solo would he feel tired because he has to be energized every single moment?
“I normally would not think of it this way or would try my best not to think too much. Instead I would do my best to finish the work I need to finish.”

Despite using simple words and quickly bring across the matter about how he maintains his energy, he politely replied that he would go for a massage or sauna to release stress after the reporter continuous questioning.

When asked of his thoughts of being the first one to release a solo album in the group, Jung Min expressed that when he first started promoting, he did feel stressed.

“When I started promoting, I was a little nervous but the most important thing is to produce the best album that is within my limits and also to have confidence in my abilities.”

He also admitted that he cannot forever promote himself as a member of a group to develop himself in his career.
“Going solo is not just the matter of confidence; it is actually a way for me as an artiste to self-develop. I also cannot just be a group member, it is also time for me to continue to go forward and find my true self.”

Even at the last question, when asked about the biggest difference between the on-screen and off-screen of himself, he still gave the safest answer, “My on screen and off screen self is about the same…”

The reporter straight forwardly asked, “also a flower boy?” never did the reporter expect that Jung Min would misunderstand that the reporter was praising him and Jung Min immediately regain his friendly smile during the press conference and happily expressed “thank you!”, only to let the reporter shake his head.

Even though the impression he gave in the interview was not as well as that during the press conference, but just before the reporter left, Jung Min noticed that the reporter left behind recorder, he immediately picked it up and politely asked in Chinese, “Yours? Is this not yours?” This once again let the reporter’s impression of him increased points and at least confirm that he is sensitive and caring.

Just that it would be better if there were more details, examples and thought in his replies and not just slightly touching the question answers, it would let the reporter have a better impression of him.


A.L.I.C.I.A said...

i have always known how "strict" the SS members are regarding their 'private' lives but this just..pinched me a bit more.
i dont know if JM is seriously disturbed over the situation or he just wants to promote himself (cus after all, he came to SG to promote his album?)
it seems weird though. i dont know. please anyone, make me feel better?

Anonymous said...

i don't know but apparently it seems like the reporter isn't pleased about the outcome of the interview, citing it too brief and inpersonal? so whose fault is it?

Poshdrive said...

I really don't understand what's so sensitive abt talking abt the grp... Is the organizer tt the reporter is referring to Sony Music?

That was the same as Hyung Jun's case during the Arab interview.. a fan wanted to ask abt SS501 comeback but the host asked her to ask another question 'cos the q was sensitive.
Idk, I really wish to know what exactly happened...

As far as I know, for Japan and Taiwan interviews, there ain't these issues... The media in these countries love him very much and JM is well-known for his friendliness unless someone get on his nerves first!

And the reporter is also very weird, Jung Min did say he is the same on and off screen on other interviews, so what do he mean by "the safest answer"? He shld do his homework first.. And what answer does the reporter want to hear?

I'm sorry and I'm not trying to be over protective but I'm really mad!!

tetsu girl said...

thanks for translating, goodwind94! and sharing, cllslam10 & liezle!
i'm glad JM's fanservice left a good impression, but what's up with the reporter expressing disappointment with the interview? =/ they probably cut the questions for time constraints, not because he doesn't want to talk about SS501, which he did anyway. and just because his answers were obvious and to-the-point (probably because he's answered them so many times before and possibly from the translator summarizing), doesn't mean they're "safe" answers without much thought. >< they don't sound too general; it still sounds like JM, just showing he's serious about the interview, not joking. (i believe him when he says he's about the same on- and off-screen.)
anyway, i just hope readers aren't left with a bad impression. >_>;

Anonymous said...

looks as if the reporter wasn't satisfied to just hear that jungmin is the same both onscreen and off but i hate this report because this is not something you would publicize on national media. if there's anything the reporter is not happy about, why not clarify on the spot or with the organizers, in this case sony music? why must he be so petty to publish every single thing, such as jungmin misintepreting his question and he shook his head when jungmin said thank you to the flower boy thingy. he could have asked a second time if he wanted. no professional reporter writes trashy stuff like that. is u-weekly affiliated with ufm1003? from what i know ufm1003's ah ken did a fantastic job hosting all the 3-day events and it was a big hit with all the fans. jungmin and ah ken also left a good impression of each other.

Anonymous said...

He probably didn't want to answer questions about the group because it always leads to when will they be making a comeback. The members don't have a definite answer for us right now and each time they are asked this question they can only give a estimated timeframe. Unfortunately this doesn't stop a portion of fans from complaining that the timeframe keeps getting pushed back. These fans always fail to realize that with album delays and some of the members having not even started their solo activities yet, a better answer can't be given. Jung Min probably just doesn't want to have to deal with this.

poshdrive said...

I find the answers JM gave were quite serious... JM is always friendly to everyone he sees...
And the qns he asked are the same old ones tt other media has asked, since his qns are not creative enough, how do he expect JM to give creative answers?

The title really make my blood boil, "Park Jung Min, overwhelming friendliness?" This is implying tt JM is fake...

Anonymous said...

I find this totally laughable. Let the reporter have a better impression? Who does the the reporter think he himself is? President or God? Why should Jungmin do or say things to please the reporter? Sheesh. Stupid article!