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Home is Where You Serve: Globalization and Nationalism in Korean Popular Music
Unformatted Document Text:  10 network, KBS, but the network decided to replace him with another personality after his decision with American citizenship. Hanaro Telecom, which had featured Yoo as its top model and spokeperson, had to abandon its ads after being stormed with protests from the public and demands that the company replace its model. Even the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which had featured Yoo as the goodwill ambassador in public service advertisements against smoking among minors, had to consider taking the position back from him. After several weeks the debate over Yoo’s decision to become a U.S. citizen reached its zenith when he was denied entry into Korea. The Justice Ministry did not allow Yoo to enter his motherland, forcing him to turn back to his newly adopted country. This was based on the request of Military Manpower Administration to ban the singer from entering Korea, citing “as a public personality, his irresponsible and inappropriate behavior might have a bad influence on society, especially youngsters.” The Justice Ministry defined him as a person “capable of action that may harm the public’s interests or safety.” The singer claimed that he did not renounce Korean citizenship deliberately in order to avoid the military duty, and said that he thought it would be better to have U.S. citizenship to achieve his goal of advancing to the international music market. In spite of public anger and disappointment, and even a legal action, he expressed his intention to continue his activities in Korea after a period of hiatus. But his wish to perform in Korea has not yet happened since then. From a surface, this controversy about Yoo is no more than a typical gossip in entertainment business. But the impact of this incident was not limited in music business, but reached to the extent that new law has passed to ensure the celebrities fulfill their military duties, and the political and legal debates on whether or not Korea should allow dual citizenship

Authors: Lee, Hee-Eun.
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network, KBS, but the network decided to replace him with another personality after his
decision with American citizenship. Hanaro Telecom, which had featured Yoo as its top
model and spokeperson, had to abandon its ads after being stormed with protests from the
public and demands that the company replace its model. Even the Ministry of Health and
Welfare, which had featured Yoo as the goodwill ambassador in public service
advertisements against smoking among minors, had to consider taking the position back
from him. After several weeks the debate over Yoo’s decision to become a U.S. citizen
reached its zenith when he was denied entry into Korea. The Justice Ministry did not
allow Yoo to enter his motherland, forcing him to turn back to his newly adopted
country. This was based on the request of Military Manpower Administration to ban the
singer from entering Korea, citing “as a public personality, his irresponsible and
inappropriate behavior might have a bad influence on society, especially youngsters.”
The Justice Ministry defined him as a person “capable of action that may harm the
public’s interests or safety.” The singer claimed that he did not renounce Korean
citizenship deliberately in order to avoid the military duty, and said that he thought it
would be better to have U.S. citizenship to achieve his goal of advancing to the
international music market. In spite of public anger and disappointment, and even a legal
action, he expressed his intention to continue his activities in Korea after a period of
hiatus. But his wish to perform in Korea has not yet happened since then. From a surface,
this controversy about Yoo is no more than a typical gossip in entertainment business.
But the impact of this incident was not limited in music business, but reached to the
extent that new law has passed to ensure the celebrities fulfill their military duties, and
the political and legal debates on whether or not Korea should allow dual citizenship


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