Monday, July 11, 2011

Power Korean: Park Jaemin 박재민

Let me introduce another Korean friend I'm really proud of. If you currently live in Korea, you could have probably seen him on TV through commercials and some sitcoms. I never thought he appears on TV a lot because of his very friendly character. I mean, most "stars" tend to ignore people around or project an unreachable aura but Jaemin is very different. 
         He was born in US on the 30th of July, 1983 but his family came back to Korea after 5 years. His birthday is a month after mine but of different year. So I should call him hyeong (형)*   

Career 
     B-BOY and Hosting
         B-Boy is actually Jaemin's first love. He started this career when he was a high school student. Being fluent in Korean and English, he started hosting B-Boy shows making him one of the pioneers of B-Boy in Korea.  Until now, I think Jaemin is the only pro B-Boy host. After hosting for 7 to 8 years he got an offer from Mnet, a Korean local music channel, for a hosting career on one of company's shows, which was also a B-Boy show.  That was the start of his hosting career on TV.

     Television and Hosting
          His first appearance on TV was 2007 as the host of Mnet's B-Boy Hot Battle. Then he started hosting for MBC's sitcom called Section TV from 2010 to present. I've  seen his show many times and it's really impressive because he does not only interview local stars but also Hollywood's biggest of the biggest stars, hahaha, like Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz and more. Recently, just this year, 2011, he also got casted for the the show called Dream Team. Which is a sort of reality show. He also had minor appearances on different TV shows.
     Commercials
          The first time I saw Jaemin in a commercial I was really surprised. I was with my girlfriend at that time in a movie theater. We know how huge the screens are in a theater...so it was very overwhelming, literally, because of the size. lol. He actually has a lot of commercials. You could see him in one of Lee Min Ho's Cantata Coffee commercial. He also had commercials for KT, Aronamin C and more. 
      Bodybuilding
         Just one look at him and you'll know that he's a bodybuilder. He started when he was in college and for an undergraduate student, I think he had quite an extensive career in bodybuilding. He started joining competitions for Mr.SNU in 2006 where he won first runner up then in 2007 he bagged the title. He also joined competitions outside our school. He won 6th place for Mr.Seoul and 3rd for Mr. University both in 2008. In 2009, he also got invited to join Korea's Men's Health Cool Guy Contest where he won 4th place. Try to search his name on Google and you'll see his pictures when he joined the said contest.

Sports and becoming a Professor?
         For a person active in the entertainment industry, it may be hard to imagine Jaemin becoming a professor. Actually he's currently taking MA in Public Administration right after his BA in Physical Education and Business Administration both at Seoul National University. If he's not busy, which is very rare, haha, sometimes we eat samgyeopsal or just drink coffee inside or nearby school. Anyway, he told me that Korea has always been part of top 10 in Olympics even if it's not considered as "strong" as the other top 10 countries. So he sees a very big opportunity for Korea to excel in the field of sports. He hopes that his studies, both his BA and now MA, would help him draw some policies for the benefit of the sports industry in Korea. I also think the sports industry in Korea is growing so fast. It plays an important role in the country's image. It's not only for the sort of nationalistic fervor anymore it is becoming a big business and getting in, is getting more and more competitive. He told me that he already wanted to become a professor since he was younger, maybe because of his parents who are also professors.

I wanted to write more but I guess it's better to save it for part 2. haha. I hope you'll support him. 

You can check these links for more information about him

Follow him on twitter@snipatrol
LIKE his Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/JaySnipaPark

Hyeong or hyung (형)-  could literally be translated as "older brother" in English.  However, only males can use it as opposed to Oppa (오삐) which can only be used by females.    

42 comments:

  1. Oh my God!!!! He is your friend?

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  2. I think I saw him once hosting bboy! He's kinda funny and hot!!!!!!!

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  3. You have a celebrity friend and a girlfriend now? Mr. Park Jaemin seems nice and smart, I'll save money to visit you soon so you can introduce me-.^

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  4. I will visit Korea soon! How can I meet you? You have to introduce me to your friends haha

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  5. Oh my God! six pack ^^

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  6. He certainly is 엄친아! -YeSeul

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  7. Thanks for the comments. I will tell Jaemin everything. hehe
    Tiny: hurry up!
    YeSeul: 재민이가 엄친아? ㅋㅋ 그래 알았다 ㅋㅋ

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  8. Jaemin is hot! I hope I can see him more on TV!

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  9. I am going to visit Korea, next year in June. I hope I can meet you and you could me around. (:

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  10. I watch Let's Go Dream Team every week via KBS World and he's awesome! Please tell him that a Filipino fan said that his back muscles are hot! HAHA!

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  11. me too I watch Dream Team! I like him so much. so sexy! lol

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  12. Oh, wow. Is it weird seeing your friend on TV? I'd imagine it'd be bizarre since you'd be so used to your friend just being himself, but then he's shown on tv all throughout the nation.
    I've only seen him on Dream Team and decided to search about him when I heard him speaking english fluently with no accent. I was like "wow, he speaks english really well." Well, now I know why. Haha.

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  13. Thanks for reading. You can directly follow him on Twitter and his FB page too. hehe.Yeah kinda weird but got used to it. And he's still the same. Very down to Earth and everybody's friend ^^

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  14. Help send my love and regards to him all the way from Malaysia! ^^

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  15. wow..he's a very talented person..smart, active, healthy, educated and blah blah blah..so many good things about him!

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  16. jaemin will start to ace in dream team...tell him that

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  17. thank for your article on oppa jaemin...very well written..did follow jaemin tweet... and he had reply mine twice..so happy... and i think jaemin is winning in the next dream team show...what did i say...he will start to ace... i channeled the good energy so he won...send my regard to him when you next see him

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  18. hi im from bolivia and i always watch dream team , and i love jaemin he's my favorite one,please tell him that he has 1 proud and cheerfull fan from bolivia and that i'm support him from my house every time oh and that he can't leave dream team c'ause no one will reeplace him never LET'S GO!!!! JAEMIN!!!!!!

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    1. i forgot to say that he's an ace for me because he is always giving hos best in every competition and the effort is what makes an ace, and we have to admit that losing or winnin, he always look really hadsome!!!!

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    2. Wow Bolivia ^^ He'll be happy to know. Thanks for the support.

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  19. annyong..oppa miguel...saranghae.. when are u going to write the second part of jaemin article..been waiting .. and i considered your article on Jae is the best one ..so far..he..he..

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    1. Thanks. Probably soon. Just busy with many things lately. Thanks for supporting my friend ^^

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  20. just wanna let u know that majority of park jaemin's international fans read this post of yours.. there are not many info about him online that are written in English.. and this post is just amazing... it tells me a lot about him! that's why it is still a popular post even after more than 1 year!~thank you so much~ will wait for the 2nd part! and send my regards to him all the way from malaysia~

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  29. He was a fine slave in "The Princess' Man"!

    Do you happen to know where to get a larger version of the last pic him? And perhaps, one without a watermark? Thanks!

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  30. I am from the philippines and I watched some of Let's Go Dream Team's episodes. He is so hot and so down to earth. So athletic, he almost excel in most of the sport events and obstacle challenges in Dream Team. I adore him so much. So hot and sexy.

    I even like the way he smile. So adorable. want to see him in person.

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  31. Miguel,
    I've watched/followed Jaemin oppa for quite some time.This beautiful korean american is an MC,DJ,
    prof.athlete,and professor..daebak! I enjoyed him on Lets Go Dream Team (May 2016 ended), Catch The Wave (Arrirang radio)& vaious Kdramas. His contagious dazzling smile,friendliness,healthy competetive attitude(Win/Lose),unconditionally loving heart,and will to succeed makes him unforgettable.Hope to cross paths with him someday soon. Jja jjang oppa�� #FloridaNoonaLove #PieceOfParadiseTravelsLLC

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