Super Junior’s Choi Siwon has made a return to social media following his discharge from the military earlier this week.
On August 20, the idol and actor shared photos from his time serving in the military on his personal Instagram account and added the caption, “I have been discharged amidst so much warm support. I will continue to do my best. I hope to greet you again soon. Thank you.”
Super Junior’s Choi Siwon To Volunteer For UNICEF Campaign In Vietnam
August 18, 2017
Just days after his discharge from the military, SM Entertainment announced that Super Junior’s Choi Siwon would be volunteering for a UNICEF campaign in Vietnam.
The program, called “SMile for U,” is a music education program for disabled children done in partnership with SM Entertainment. For the campaign, Choi Siwon will be setting off to various cities in Vietnam, including Da Nang and Tu Mo Rong, from August 21 to 25.
Choi Siwon has consistently participated in various UNICEF campaigns since 2010 and was even named a special UNICEF representative in November of 2015, making this his first official activity as a special representative.
Super Junior’s Choi Siwon relayed his own feelings about his participation in the program and said, “I am honored and happy to be able to be a part of the program as a special representative for UNICEF. Through this trip, I look forward to interacting with the children as a volunteer and hope that this will become an opportunity for them to have happy dreams through music.”
There’s something that new k-pop fans might not understand about the older generations of idols. Many people like to criticize Super Junior for their past actions, seeing them only as variety idols without any musical value. Some might wonder how they have lasted for so long, thinking that they aren’t even popular anymore, that they are overrated, etc. It’s a well known fact that one of the secrets to Suju’s successful career is because they treat everyone around them with respect. Numerous hoobaes and sunbaes have said the same thing over & over again : you might not see them as popular or relevant now, but their popularity and impact were grandiose, more than you could ever imagine. SJ has so many connections in the industry, going from actors/singers, to MCs/producers. They spent a decade trying to tie countless of relations here and there, finding many opportunities to spread their talents. What they do might not interest you, but they are really what you call a well-rounded group. There is not one single member who is useless or isn’t talented.
You want a good producer? You have Shindong. Great MCs? Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun are doing well. Radio DJs? Ryeowook and Shindong are comfortable doing that. One of the best vocal line, if not the best in kpop? Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Yesung are here to please your ears. Zhou Mi is super great as well. Kangin & Shindong went on Masked Singers (Still waiting for Heechul to make an appearance). Actors? Yesung, Siwon and Heechul are pretty confident in this field. Dancers and choreographers? Of course we can’t not mention Eunhyuk, Donghae and Shindong. Composers? Not only Donghae is a genius, but a few of them have proven to be talented as well (Did you listen to Don’t Leave Me? If not, you should, and thank Siwon later; also can we talk about Henry? That guy never cease to impress me). Musical actors? Sungmin, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun excel in musicals. And those are just a small part of what each member can do. On top of that, members can play instruments, have a great variety sense, are hilarious, are a genuine and caring group of people, are hard workers, and most importantly : all of them can actually sing, contrary to popular belief. Their voices mixed together blend perfectly and they have a unique sound. Even their sub-units will impress you. Give their discography a listen, because they have proven themselves so many times already. You will not be disappointed.
The thing is that it seems like everyone who’s working in this industry knows how talented Super Junior is and how difficult it was for them to be where they are today, yet the public chooses to ignore this side of the group. They’re veterans in the industry that should be respected. I mean, their name was supposed to be SM Junior when they debuted, but they changed it to “Super” because the members themselves said : “We have to become first at what we do best, so that when members gather, we’ll be the top of the top. That’s why we are Super Junior.”