"Tell me Tell me Te Te Te Tell me" Have you heard this song? It is entitled “Tell me,” and it’s a song known to Koreans, young and old. The song was made famous by the Wonder-girls. This quintet has become the best all-girl group in Korea. They have had many hit songs, for example: “Nobody”, “So Hot” and “Tell me,” This semester, the leader of Wonder-girls entered our school. Her name is Min Sun-yae and she is now a freshman in DongGuk University(DGU). Her major is “Musicals in Theatre and Cinema” The Post interviewed her, listened as she reminisced on her time as a singer, and then quizzed her about her university expectations.
Min Sun-yae, the Singer
The fact that she has entered our school is a very big news. This is because of her star status as leader of the Wonder-girls. She was determined to be a singer from a very early age. She entered JYP entertainment when she was thirteen years old and practiced for as much as 6 years. Then why did she want to be a singer? She said that it was a born dream for her, but there was no special reason. “When I was a child, I really liked to sing in front of the TV when the Sing program was on. My grandmother and father really liked to listen to me singing. I already knew that I wanted to be a singer.” Maybe as a natural consequence of this, she entered JYP entertainment, as an elementary school student, much earlier than any other singer. She said this 6 year term was very important to her: “Of course, it was not easy for me.
However, I have always had wishes and dreams. Such ambition stimulated me and helped me to endure the difficult times. I think that if I hadn’t had that experience, Min Sun-yae, the leader of Wonder-girls wouldn’t exist. It was a very precious time for me,” As a result of this hard time, Min Sunyae is now glorified as a top girl singer by many people. She said that “Holding sincerity is very important on stage. So, I put a lot of effort into performance. Because when I am enjoying myself on stage for my effort, I can show my sincerity to the audience.” She added modestly that her ability is still far from perfect. And she was also modest about Wonder-girls’ popularity. She said that the Wondergirls’popularity is an expression of the Fans’ love. She said that their support is ever more vital due to the fact that Wonder-girls will soon attempt a crack at the American market. She added: “An American promotional campaign is still only being talked about. But if it happens, I want it to be successful. This is why I want to learn English; learning the language is necessary for a successful outcome.”
Min Sun-yae as a University Student
Sun-yae has accomplished many things as a singer but continues to work at achieving other goals. Moreover, she wants her studies to make her more successful. This is why she entered DGU this year. She has confidence and plays as a singer but looks like a hundred percent freshman. She said that she is really looking forward to studying with her classmates and added that The campus is such a delightful place (she has already visited our campus last November for a recording broadcast). “I really like our school campus.
The environment is lovely: we have beautiful Nam mountain and many cultural areas located near our school. I especially like our library. Before entering university, I imagined reading my favorite books in the university Library. The DGU library is very big and very nice,” And then, Why does she choose DGU? I asked her. She answered that from childhood she wanted to enter DGU because of its musical tradition. “I saw the musical “Rent”when I was an elementary student. It was very thrilling for me. From that time on, I dreamed of becoming a musical actor and singer. In fact, “Rent’s” theme of self-reliance is a very attractive one for a singer. As a consequence, I decided to learn the musical genre; its Korean and international forms. For this reason, DGU is the best place for me.
I think I can learn many useful things during my time as a DGU student,” I asked her if she was as interested in movies as An So-hee, another Wonder-girls’ member. She answered: “Of course, but I don’t know enough about the movie industry. On this matter, I want to take many advices from my seniors,” What, then, apart from studying, did she want to do during her time here? She answered: “I want to do a lot of things as an adult. Especially I want to be active in a club and read books alone in the Library.”
The Post asked to her what was it that she most respected in DGU’s seniors? She said that she couldn’t answer this question because there are many nice seniors in DGU. However, she said that she wants to learn from seniors and said that she thought of herself as open-minded in terms of taking on new ideas. Maybe such modesty explains why Min Sun-yae is one of best singers in Korea. I expect that she could be a succesful donggukian.
Q&A: Min Sun-yae
1. What is the most important thing in the world?
→ Love. Love is the essential power which moves the world.
2. Can you define yourself in one sentence?
→ My grandmother's lovely granddaughter.
3. What is your favorite movie?
4. What do you do in your leisure time?
→ Travel alone or watch movies.
5. What is your favorite song?
→ A Korean pop song: “I am Not Alone” - by Seo yeong-eun
6. What is your favorite song on the Wonder-girls album?
→ Nobody-rainstone version
7. Who is your favorite singer??
8. What is your most memorable moment?
→ Whenever I receive a show-business award.
9. Who is your idol?
10. What is your goal in the next 10 years?
→ It's a secret
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