(110214) Behind the ‘Han Geng Phenomenon’
T/N: This article was written by a 40 years old mother. And, Geng-Bao’s <Wings of Love> video was mentioned as well.
Recently, Han Geng appeared on the Spring Festival Gala for the first time which made his popularity skyrocketed even more. Voted by the public, the opening dance performance received second prize in the singing/dance category. It also brought a fresh breeze to the entertainment industry in the year 2011. His character-fitted performance was just like his soothing vocal, did not involve much fancy technical singing, but it embraced a feeling of simplicity and true love that deeply touched people’s heart. His dancing melted into life with harmony and passion co-existed.
I have started to pay attention to him since a few months back although my child had talked about him before. The Chinese entertainment industry is so huge that new faces appear every day. As a forty plus “old aged” person, I long passed the age of following fandom. But it is him who I inadvertently fall for. Similar to many mother fans, the inspirational life journey of this big boy greatly draws out the mother-instinct in me. First it was in “Very Quiet Distance”, and then watched the “A Date with Lu Yu”. After watching these programs, I especially went to purchase his album “Geng Xin” largely to take action in supporting him which surprised my high school son. “Mum, you are also into a fandom?” I said, “No, I am not”. I am just grateful to him for maintaining this kind of life attitude of “start from the heart; as long as there is still one audience, I will perform whole-heartedly for him/her” amongst the publicity-above-all life atmosphere.
Sincere and kind hearted. Not many people would reveal their true selves in front of the media, including some people who purposely cover up something to package themselves. Instead, this 27-years-old big boy, expresses his sincerity and kindness. After making a tough decision to go solo, he has expressed his thanks to his former Korean management agency in many of the interviews and did not harbor any sense of grievance against the agency for the unfair treatment and hardships he had endured. In the “walk out of recording” case, he rather be misunderstood than to have his family being disturbed (due to his work) in order to protect his family. That is the instinct of his kindness. In an interview, a host asked him whether he had wanted to give up because of hardships. He frankly admitted that he had, but after crying, he insisted in doing his work. He genuinely said to the audience: “I am born for the stage, born for you.” This is his sincere belief, not mixed with anything else.
Modest and humble. The 7 years in Korea, he experienced all sorts of hardships that ordinary people could not overcome. In order to perform on stage, he had to wear a mask. But he just thanks for the experience. He thanks everyone who has appeared in his life, those who hurt or help him. He said, “As long as you work hard for it, if it’s good, that’s good. If it’s not good, then life gives you a lesson.” Everything sounds so simple to him. He sees the complicated life as that simple! This young man uses his biggest heart to accept everything. When facing challenges and difficulties, he chooses to “born for the stage”, and not entangle himself in these things to waste time. This is really a wonderful philosophy of life.
Persistent and strong. For the stage he love and for dancing, he chose to travel to a foreign land to work. With sweat and tears, with his fractured arm that fortunately healed itself, he chose not to inform his parents. He did not want his parents to be worried. Despite crying for more than 10 minutes on the phone with his mother in a faraway land, he never gives up on his dreams. In the middle of the quiet night, the pain from being homesick was deeply etched in his heart, but he chose to persist and still persist. Once, he was participating in an event as a guest, the host requested for him to sing for his fans and he sang <I do>. The voice filled with passion and the feelings of being homesick, it touched many hearts that it almost became a sing-a-long session. He is willing to do anything for his beloved stage. In regards to personal relationships, he said frankly: ‘Since I am unable to give what she wants, in order not to hurt and hold back the girl, I(he) will choose to stay away from relationships.’ He put in all his passion and energy into the career he liked, this is being persistent.
Patriotism. You will be able to see him at various charity events. Often, he would call out to his fans, not to be wasteful and to help the less fortunate with the money they saved because this is what he wanted to see. Now, his fans from all over the world would hold charity events from time to time to fulfill the expectations of Han Geng. The massive influential power of an idol made Han Geng said that he wanted to be a person of values and he kept his promise. In 2008, just when the hail in the southern side of China happened, because he was in Korea, he asked his good friend, He Jiong to help him donate 20K RMB anonymously and his life were also rather difficult then. When he came back to China, he saw the red flag with 5 stars in the airport and he took a picture of it. He spoke from his heart and said: ‘The flag is beautiful!’ During Asian Concert Tours and at various award ceremonies in Korea, he would always use Chinese for his speech if he gets an award. He would introduce the Chinese culture to his fellow colleagues, performed Chinese traditional dances and uses magnificent body movements to interpret the 5000 years worth of culture. There are no boundaries for arts; he uses his superb dancing skills and voice to conquer the fans of many countries. Even the choreographer of Michael Jackson decided to work with him and the reason is ‘because you’re Han Geng’. He is the big boy who touched the world.
Recently, I saw many different groups of fans in Han Geng Baidu Bar. It was his 27th birthday on the 9th February 2011. An international fan group made a MV in a span of a few months. In the MV, 19 different languages were used to sing the song that was specially made for him by his fans, <Wings of Love>. After listening to these special voices, I was excited, just like a teenager. I downloaded this video and shared with the others. I support his persistence towards arts which influenced many.
I have described the admirable traits of Han Geng above. Thinking back quietly, it was awesome. Behind the back of many supporters, it also reflected the different types of criticism that can be seen in the country’s entertainment industry. It also showed how much the audiences want an idol who is worthy of their support. If he did not go to Korea, if he had stayed in China to develop his career with his skills, what would be the outcome? A good environment is needed for a good artiste. What many people expect is just how the artiste pursues arts. Han Geng’s request of himself is to be an artiste of values. From being the 240th torchbearer in 2008, from starting all over again at the Great Wall of China as a solo artiste, from his persistent attitude for being responsible for his family, the spirit of being a man can be seen thoroughly on him. He made it! He deserved to be called as an artiste of values. He is a real and pure artiste.
Shared by: hannie @ geng-bao.net
Translated by: huiwensg & hannie @ geng-bao.net
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