His family history had become an issue lately, and matters with Japanese colonization and their treatment of Koreans are a very sensitive issue in Korea. YG Entertainment had apologized for trying to cover up his history, and Kang Dong Won himself has now issued an official apology.
Hello. This is Kang Dong Won.
First of all, let me apologize with my head bowed by creating trouble with my maternal great-grandfather.
From when I was a little child, I grew up hearing only good things about my great-grandfather. My maternal grandmother was a child of an independence patriot, so I accepted the good things about my maternal great-grand grandfather naturally. During my interview in 2007, I did not fully understand his wrongdoings. I apologize deeply once again.
This situation was chaotic, and I was shocked. It was also a matter of family history, so I had to fully understand the issue, and I had to look at the data.
I apologize to everyone for the immature way I handled things. I also apologize for the lack of a quick response.
Before I am an actor, I am a citizen of South Korea, and I believe that wrongdoings in history must be righted, and those shameful moments should not be repeated. Because of this, I really am sincerely embarassed by this.
I agree that it is all my fault for not fully understanding the past, for creating a controversy due to my immature way of handling things, and for not giving my statement quickly.
I have now learned my maternal great-grandfather's shameful past. I will study more about history through this incident and reflect. I will look for things I can do even if they are little.
I once again apologize to everyone that I concerned with this.
What do you think about the situation?