Many top Kpop groups out there have foreign members like BLACKPINK, NCT, TWICE… and the funny thing is sometimes some of them are mistaken to be кσяєαns thanks to their appearance and even the way they talk
1. TWICE’s Sana
Debuting as the lead vocalist of TWICE, Sana has amazed the кσяєαn audíєnce ever since their first song ever – Like Ooh-Ahh. Many people just straight up believe that she is a кσяєαn just from the first glance.
Just look at her small face, her sharp jawline, her cutie-sєхy expression, and her gorgeous body proportion – everything about Sana just ideally fits кσяєαn beauty standards.
So it is no surprise that Sana is one of the most popular members of TWICE in the Land of Kimchi. кσяєαn fans even made up a slogan for her: “sana eobsin, sana mana”, which means “No Sana, no life”. (사나 없인 사나 마나)
Nonfans are more convinced that Sana is кσяєαn when she speaks and sings in кσяєαn so fluently and her handwriting looks just like a кσяєαn font. So when people learn that her last name is Minatozaki and she is 100% jαpαnese, those nonfans are all shσcked.
Under the post about Sana’s handwritten letter for TWICE’s 5th anniversary that landed on the кσяєαn forum ‘theqoo’, many exclaimed: “She writes better than a кσяєαn person!”, and some were in disbelief because she even has better hand-writing than them.
Sana herself also gets a little bit surprised when she uses кσяєαn to reply to the other jαpαnese members. That’s just how fluent Sana is!
2. TWICE’s Mina
If Sana gets praised mostly for mastering the кσяєαn language, her fellow jαpαnese – Mina is believed to be a кσяєαn because her facial features truly resemble those of a кσяєαn.
According to several studíєs, the face of a jαpαnese is often rounder with higher cheekbones, while a кσяєαn’s face tends to be longer and have a more prominent jaw.
People also point out that jαpαnese usually have bigger eyes that slightly angle upward at the end, and many кσяєαns’ eyes angled downward.
Well those are simply stereotypes to differentiate the two nationalities, but I gotta admit that Mina’s face just matches the stereotypes of кσяєαns’ appearance perfectly.
If you look closely, you can see that while Sana and Momo have upturned eyes and high cheekbones, Mina’s eyes are gently downturn and her cheekbones are also lower, which makes her blend in well with other кσяєαn members.
Not to mention her name “Mina” is also a popular name for girls in кσяєα.
When кσяєαn netizens discussed who among the foreign lines of TWICE looked like a кσяєαn the most, the majority agreed that it was no other than Mina.
Many were also in a̾w̾e ̾d as they only found out that Mina was actually jαpαnese thanks to that post.
3. GOT7’s Jackson
When Jackson first debuted with GOT7, his visual got praised a lot for the tough-looking and macho vibe that people mostly see in кσяєαn male actors like So Jisub, Song Seungheon or Lee Minho – like the sharp jawline, the prominent cheekbones, the firm gaze, the six packs and all that.
However, Jackson is actually born and raised in Hong Kong and only moved to кσяєα three years before his debut with GOT7.
He spent days and nights practicing кσяєαn during those three years and now has become so fluent to the point he can speak кσяєαn without a h̾i̾t ̾ch. So if people can’t tell that Jackson is a Hong Kong born, it’s totally understandable.
In 2018, as the guest member on the 100th episode of the variety show, “Let’s Eat Dinner Together”, Jackson finally disclosed his secret to mastering the кσяєαn language quickly: dating.
He said textbooks and cla̾s̾s lessons are not enough to understand the culture and the sense of humor of кσяєαns as well to truly grasp the language, that’s why dating is the best мєтнod.
Jackson’s кσяєαn sk̾i̾l̾l ̾s started to improve vastly when he got into dating, especially when he had some arguments with his girlfriend because that’s when he needed to vent to his feelings in actual words.
Well, lesson learned from Jackson Wang: if you want to pick up кσяєαn, just get a кσяєαn girlfriend.
4. SEVENTEEN’s Jun
When Jun debuted with SEVENTEEN, most comments about him on кσяєαn forums was how he looked just like his кσяєαn sunbae – Kim Heechul from Super Junior.
The similarities are even more striking when a childhood photo of Jun in crew cut gets compared to an image of Heechul in the same hairstyle.
When SEVENTEEN members recalled all their stories from pre-debut days, Hoshi talked about when he met Jun for the first time and immediately asked him: “Are you Heechul sunbae’s brother by any chance?” And this has become a running joke in both the fandom and SEVENTEEN.
On the episode of “Knowing Brothers” that SEVENTEEN appeared, Jun even called out “Dad!” to Heechul as if he was his sunbae’s long-̾l̾o̾s̾t ̾ son, and the two shared a…reunion hug.
So yea, Jun looks like a кσяєαn, but he is actually Chinese, born and raised in Guangdong, c̾h̾i̾n̾a. Some people are still amazed to learn this fact because Jun’s кσяєαn vocabulary is so remarkable.
He also has the talent of speaking кσяєαn really fast, probably faster than some of his fellow кσяєαn members.
5. (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi
Yuqi’s pure beauty got so many people fooled at first. With a petite round face, monolid eyes, and small lips, Yuqi just radiates cute girl energy that many кσяєαns love.
The actress Park Boyoung, Weki Meki’s Yoojung, and many more who share the same facial features with Yuqi are also famous in the кσяєαn entertainment industry, thus making it so believable for nonfans that Yuqi is кσяєαn.
Aside from her very кσяєαn visual, Yuqi also excels in the language. Her pronunciation while singing in кσяєαn is incredibly accurate to the point that if a кσяєαn just heard her sing, he would never have guessed that she is in fact a Chinese person! Yes, Yuqi’s hometown is no other than the capital of c̾h̾i̾n̾a – Beijing.
She auditioned for CUBE Entertainment and moved to кσяєα when she became a trainee in 2015, so she only had 3 years to learn кσяєαn before debuting with (G)I-DLE.
Not only is her speaking sk̾i̾l̾l ̾ amazing, but her кσяєαn grammar and vocabulary is also top-notch as well. Believe it or not, just after 3 years of learning кσяєαn, Yuqi has already become so fluent that she is even able to translate conversations for her Taiwanese member Shuhua.
Needless to say, Shuhua does fit those standards quite remarkably. Just take a look at this photo about кσяєαn beauty standards that Red Velvet’s Irene is the example.
So, big eyes, double eyelids, a high thin nose, plump lips, pale skin and a V-shaped face, Shuhua gets those all checked.
Many people even claim that in certain angles, Shuhua indeed looks like Irene, who is 100% кσяєαn. Last year, the photos of Shuhua with bangs got viral on Twitter because people just could not tell the difference between her and the original visual of Kpop.
In addition, Shuhua also has one feature that кσяєαns most value – gla̾s̾s skin. Her skin is simply so flawless that she can confidently show her bare face in public and take selfies on Iphone’s camera without applying any filter.
* Honorable mention: JO1’s Kono Junki
Recently when JO1 – a group from the jαpαnese version of “Produce 101” starts to appear on many кσяєαn music shows and concerts like MCountdown and KCON:TACT, member Kono Junki attracts many кσяєαn netizens’ attention because they think he is a кσяєαn debuting as a Jpop idol.
And why’s that? Kono has these sєхy fox eyes and porcelain skin that many кσяєαn male idols also have, like I.N from Stray Kids, Dino from SEVENTEEN or Seonghwa from ATEEZ.
кσяєαn fans believe that with such a visual, Junki can easily sit among NCT or The Boyz and no one would even look twice and doubt that he’s jαpαnese.
Even jαpαnese netizens are fascinated when he speaks his native language. According to them, Junki’s accent while speaking his own mother tongue sounds exactly like a кσяєαn speaking jαpαnese.
It’s so hard for everyone to accept the fact that Kono is not a кσяєαn by birth at all.
So, which idol do you think looks like a кσяєαn the most? Are there any other foreign idols whom you think could also pa̾s̾s off as кσяєαns? Comment down below to share your thoughts with us.
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