Key East and Kim Hyun Joong; Will there be an Official Break? Will Fans be left Wondering? Or is Their Silence an Expression of Cultural Expectation?
Shaky evidence presented by his Accuser caught on like viral wild fire on the Internet and people had already tied that symbolic rock around his neck and tossed him into the water to drown before he could open his mouth to say anything. When he was finally able to give a statement, his transparent honesty unfortunately damned him even further, and he has now been burned at the stake over semantics. Hyun Joong admitted to a Physical Confrontation and an accidental rib injury that happened while the couple were horsing around. By the time he was able to make this statement, it did not really matter what he said happened. The people had already made up their minds and the Media did nothing to retract their hasty words. An entry was even placed on his Wikipedia page stating he had been accused of Assault and the administrator refused to remove it even after the Police and the Victim dropped the charges. The one count of Bodily Harm he was indicted on was enough ‘factual evidence’ for them to keep the entry. Assault is an ugly word, and it will be stuck to him forever now. So tragic and heartbreaking for such a kind, honest and beautiful soul. My heart breaks to think of him wearing it like a Scarlet Letter on his sleeve for the rest of his life. So unjust.
If we stop and reflect, we realize that Modern S. Korea is a baby Society going through extreme growing pains. S. Korea has only been Industrialized as a Nation for a little over 50 years. At the Conclusion of the Korean War in the 1950’s, Korea was split into two Territories. Before that time, they were one Society and had very Ancient and Strong Traditions. These Traditions are based in Confucianism and are Extremely Conservative. North Korea has not progressed at all as a Society since the end of the war, and if you take a look at them, you will see where the S. Koreans came from in a little over 50 years. Modern S. Korea has grown up from the ashes in this short amount of time. It is the fastest modernization of a country in World History. As a result, they have embraced the Western and European Capitalistic Democracy as their new form of Government. On the surface, the daily lives of S. Koreans may look the same as yours and mine. However, just below the surface, we find those deep seated Conservative Confucian Traditions still in full force. Traditional Korean Values are in riotous conflict with the rapid growth of Modernism. And so, social practices that were effective at keeping them Civilized and Governed in the recent past are still in place. Koreans come from a Finial Societal Structure that worships and upholds the Sanctity of Family. Family is EVERYTHING, and being Korean makes you a part of the FAMILY of the SOCIETY as WHOLE.
During this time of exile, the person’s family is expected to sustain him with food and support in order to keep him alive. No other interaction is allowed. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, the person is allowed back into the Community, and all is supposed to be forgiven. Unfortunately, human nature does not easily forgive, and some will continue to make life very difficult for a person who has received this Shunning Treatment as well as his immediate family and children. This leads to ostracizing, hate crimes and often suicide for the Accused and members of his family that fold under the emotional devastation of being treated as an Evil person who poses a danger to society. It is not a perfect system, in fact, it is a horrible system that is completely unacceptable in Western and European Cultures, however it is still very much in place even though S. Koreans have embraced Western Modernization in an economic sense. Although I do not agree with their methods, in order to understand my beloved, Kim Hyun Joong, I must understand this on an intellectual level. It does not make it right, or any easier to bear as I love him so much his pain is my pain and the hateful treatment he is receiving wounds me deeply. I have no choice but to wait while he suffers through it because he chose to be honest and own up to his part in what happened with his ex.
Key East is being perceived as soulless and heartless in their abandonment, and criticism of his Hyung Bae Yong Joon have even made it’s way into our hearts and minds. It seems his Hyung and close friend has abandoned him as well as a representative of his Agency. If that were true, it would be dispicable, however, I now know the opposite is probably true. They haven’t abandoned him, and in private they are still very much on his side. Unfortunately, they are not able to have his back Publicly to Prove this. As we understand what is REALLY going on, it becomes clear that they have little or no choice. It is not an Abandonment, it is a forced exile. If they lift so much as a finger in the public forum to defend or protect him, their company will receive the same punishment. They will be shunned by a whole Society, and in a business sense, that would be suicide. Kim Hyun Joong understands this, and now so must we. As I begin to comprehend what is being required of them, it becomes even more painful and I am aching with sorrow for Hyun Joong even more. I am sure that he misses us just as much, but he is Korean, so he is helpless to make any Public Appearances during this time or even send us a simple message to let us know how he is faring. Some of his friends in the Entertainment Industry have taken great risks to get simple messages to us letting us know he is healthy and doing well.
He would have been there thanking us with all his heart if it had been allowed. Since it was not, we felt deeply disappointed. I was even a bit angry with Hyun Joong over it, but now that I understand, I must apologize for that. I will never stop loving him, and I want to understand him. I have a new light shed on this situation now, and I understand. Hyun Joong, My Angel, I am sorry for being impatient and resentful. I understand now why you had to stay hidden, and I am waiting patiently once again for you to be released from your debt and back in the arms of those who love you most. Your Friends, Family, and Alien Family. We, your loyal fans are waiting. I hope you can come back to us soon. I hope that before you are hidden away for two long years, it will be acceptable for you to give us one last gift of love. I hope you are able to express all your joy and sorrow in that project and enter the Military Service with a clean conscience and a full heart to sustain you. During this time, I pray you are able to receive the Sustaining Love we are offering from our Sincere Hearts. I pray this will be food for your soul until you are able to greet us again with bright smiles. Your Korean family is taking care of you the best they can during this time and we join them with our vigilant prayers and support. We love you, Kim Hyun Joong. We truly and deeply love you, and in that love we understand you. We are waiting patiently to see you again.
Just a quick note to my readers. I have been without my computer for a couple of weeks and have not been able to update the Support KHJ page now that some of the polls and Award Voting is closed. I will be working on that soon and have new polls for you to vote in. Thank you to all the fans who have been busy voting and posting new polls as they became available on Twitter and Facebook. I will update the page soon. Thank You! More #1 Standings for Hyun Joong will give us all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I know he is thankful as well. We will hear from him as soon as it is appropriate for him to break his silence. Thank you for continuing to support and love him Unconditionally. And thank you for your love and patience with me as I work out some of my emotional lows and highs in my blog. I am so blessed to have this Alien Family!