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Kang Dong Won criticized for trying to cover up pro-Japanese family history

By yckim124   Thursday, March 2, 2017   71,061   1,410   93



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Actor Kang Dong Won is being criticized for trying to cover up the controversy surrounding his alleged pro-Japanese family history. 

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Kang Dong Won is known to be the great-grandson of Chinilpa- a group of Koreans who were pro-Japanese and collaborated with Japan during the Japanese occupation of Korea. His great-grandfather Lee Jong Man gained immense wealth by supporting the Japanese. It is also alleged that Lee Jong Man financially supported the creation of comfort women. 

In an interview with Chosun Ilbo in 2007, Kang Dong Won spoke high of his pro-Japanese great-grandfather, stating, "My great-grandfather is amazing. His name is Lee Jong Man. He was the CEO of Daedong Industrial Company."

The interview quickly circulated around various online communities, and Kang Dong Won gained criticism for proudly speaking of his great-grandfather who actively took part in pro-Japanese actions. 

However, several netizens suggested that Kang Dong Won might not have been aware of his family history and that they shouldn't jump onto criticism too fast.

The question on rather or not Kang Dong Won knew about his family history at the time of the interview remains unanswered to this day as no official statement was given regarding the controversy.

Recently on March 1, the issue surrounding Kang Dong Won's pro-Japanese family history resurfaced. For Korea's Independence Movement Day, Korean movie portal site Max Movie wrote an article about the celebrities with Chinilpa family members. Kang Dong Won was an actor on the list. 

A netizen shared the article on their blog, and a representative of Kang Dong Won or an employee from his agency, YG Entertainment, sent an email threatening legal action. 

The netizen, frustrated and angered, shared about the email she received in an online community. S/he stated, "I've only linked the Independence Movement Day article and they're telling me its defamation of character. It didn't create false information or put the blame. It's written as history remembers it with no exaggeration. You can't change history. There will be no future for those citizens who try to conceal."

In response to her post, netizens are criticizing Kang Dong Won; not for being the great-grandson of Chinilpa but for his reaction to the controversy. His agency is also gaining criticism for trying to cover up instead of facing the issue. 

Comments stated, "Kang Dong Won is not criticized for being an offspring of Chinilpa. He's criticized for speaking high of his great-grandfather Lee Jong Man who was Chinilpa. If he didn't know then he should've apologized for his ignorance. It's a problem that he's stirring up anger by threatening legal action for defamation of character. It might be YG's specialty to just report and delete all the posts, and that's the biggest problem", "It's only going to get worse if he tries to cover this up. His label needs to stop", "I'm getting goosebumps. I'm having a second take on Kang Dong Won. Is he stupid or just ignorant..."

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Funky_Angel Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kang Dong Won needs to put out a statement. I know guilt-by-association is wrong but this is nothing for him to be staying quiet about... I know YG is pro when it comes to blocking scandals but Yang CEO needs to step back

k_kid Friday, March 3, 2017

Oh man, this is really going to damage his image.

Humanoids Friday, March 3, 2017

YG ! Let me warn you too, motherfuker, 'cause a revolution is coming in Korea, and all the chaebols ass who had earn money through corruption and other dirty buisness affair, THE PARTY IS OVER ! YG and the Big 3 can still take advantage from the mainstream media, BUT the young generation, who won't be easy to brainwash, are taking on the social media, and they'll continu to express themselves, even with the threatening ! Like the SAMSUNG heir (Lee Jae Yoon) , those bitch of Park Geun Hye and Choi Soon Shil.. all of them, let them root in jail !! It's time to Clean Korea ! FUCK YOU YG 'cause the truth will always shines brighter than your dark lies !

MrDapper Humanoids Friday, March 3, 2017

Are you Korean?

xxxibyesor MrDapper Saturday, March 4, 2017

idk think so.. in another comment this troll or fool said: YG is a shitty chaebol company... i dont think he knows what chaebol means tbh

MrDapper xxxibyesor Saturday, March 4, 2017

Yeah, don't he/she knows anything

Humanoids Friday, March 3, 2017

YG is a shitty chaebol company who think they are above everything, they think because they have money and power they can shut the light of truth by threatening the commoner who have the right to express themselves freely ! YG makes me sick recently  (TV NO Signal as their own work? are you fucking me ?) WHO THE FUCK DOES YG THINK THEY ARE ? THEY THINK THEY ARE GOD ?

Jaraiya_Ero Friday, March 3, 2017

And Korea forgets who saved their collective asses when the North stormed south....

Erisadesu Jaraiya_Ero Saturday, March 4, 2017

Do you mean the NATO forces? The crimes of Japan against humanity can't be erased because of a single good act, besides if they didn't help their country would have been next.

WonderSara Friday, March 3, 2017

Why now? it's been 10 years!

iisstf28 WonderSara Friday, March 3, 2017

Because now YG is suing people for telling the truth 🙄🙄🙄 YG and their incredible management surprising us again~

unscrewedhorses Friday, March 3, 2017

Damn, in the world of petty kpop controversies, this sounds like some actual serious shit.  Ima just sit and listen on this one.  :x

crowboy Thursday, March 2, 2017

But if he was concealing it .... why would he mentioned his great grandfather at all? Not that I wouldn't understand why he would conceal it - I mean, if he reveals it he will be attacked, if he hides it and it's found out (like it was) he will be attacked. One would mean definitely being attacked, the other means only the possibility of being attacked.

iisstf28 crowboy Friday, March 3, 2017

If he revealed it in a sensitive or apologetic way, then so many people would be defending him right now, me included. But he didn't do that. Instead he never apologized for talking highly of him and just tried to shut down people who were just telling the truth.

crowboy iisstf28 Friday, March 3, 2017

Again, people can be amazing in some areas and awful in others. Hitler was an amazing person but obviously a very, very awful person. We also have no idea if he knew of his great-grandfather's past. If he never met him, he's likely heard more positive stories about him. There are few appropriate times to say "hey son, so about your great grandfather-"

iisstf28 crowboy Friday, March 3, 2017

Still it is like telling Jews that Hitler wasn't such a bad guy. It is insensitive no matter who you see it...

crowboy Thursday, March 2, 2017

He didn't cover it up by saying "my great-grandfather is amazing". You can have achieved amazing things and awful things; obviously this was a comment in relation to being a CEO, not being pro-Japanese (although I don't see being pro-Japanese as bad, in modern times, for the Koreans it definitely used to be, but that has nothing to do with me). + the statement is old. + he mightn't have known all of the history.

iisstf28 crowboy Friday, March 3, 2017

No matter what he meant, he speaker highly of a traitor, it is like going around praising Hitler completely ignoring that he caused so much pain and death. It is insensitive and just fucking stupid. And his great-grandfather was Pro-Japanese then, and even now being a Pro-Japanese is being a traitor for Koreans. If he didn't know then he should have apologized. But what did he and YG do? Sue people who were just stating FACTS.

miyub1123 Thursday, March 2, 2017

the statement was stated 10 years ago. 10 years ago! then this issue resurface again. actually it can be settled nicely if netizen move on already. it was a mistake 10 years ago,

hulueh miyub1123 Friday, March 3, 2017

Maybe you'll understand their reaction if you think of it as Hitler's offspring saying Hitler was amazing. It would've been settled nicely if he or YG handled it with more tact. YG really needs to change their PR team, they did a bad job in containing every scandal that was reported.

iisstf28 miyub1123 Friday, March 3, 2017

10 years ago, but has there been an apology? 10 years ago, but YG still tried to sue people over this "old mistake"

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