Foreign Idols

or idols who are born/ lived in another country/ speak English etc

Born in USA:

Born in China:

Born in Canada:

Born in Macao:

  • Alexander Eusebio (U-Kiss), born in Macao (Portugese/ Chinese/ Korean)

Born in South Korea, lived in USA:

  • Kim KiBum (Super Junior), born in South Korea, lived in California, USA
  • L. Joe (Teen Top), born in South Korea, lived in California, USA
  • Micky YooChun (JYJ), born in South Korea, lived in Virginia, USA
  • Min (miss A), born in South Korea, lived in USA
  • Ok TaecYeon (2PM), born in South Korea, lived in Massachusetts, USA
  • Park Bom (2NE1), born in South Korea, lived in USA
  • Teddy Park (1TYM), born in South Korea, lived in USA
  • Tony Ahn (H.O.T.), born in South Korea, lived in USA

Born in South Korea, lived in Hong Kong:

Born in South Korea, lived in Philippines:

Born in South Korea, lived in Australia:

Born in South Korea, lived in Canada:



65 thoughts on “Foreign Idols

  1. I’m pretty sure wasn’t born in Canada he justlived there ^^

    Posted by Mishi | February 3, 2013, 2:46 am
  2. Kris was not born in Canada, he attend HS here only =)

    Posted by LadyMinHee | February 13, 2013, 6:42 pm
  3. OMG im fucking love to canada idol

    Posted by Hyun Jae | February 22, 2013, 3:57 am
  4. kris was born in guangzhou china

    Posted by Anna | March 26, 2013, 3:31 am
  5. Barom Yu (Rome) from c-clown lived in australia

    Posted by Rose | June 29, 2013, 9:26 pm
  6. You forgot Rome from C-Clown
    And Hanbyul.

    There both Aussies! XD

    Posted by Guraewolfnaegawolf | July 8, 2013, 6:09 am

    Posted by BOYELF(no im not gay lol) | August 9, 2013, 7:17 pm
  8. Tasty twins are from NY, USA

    Posted by Aireti | September 23, 2013, 11:42 pm
  9. There seems to few missing for instance Danny Im Taebin of 1TYM and Danny From LA (DFLA) was born in and living back in California. Sunny from Girl’s Generation though now holds a Republic of Korea (South) citizenship she was born in California. NS Yoon-G (Christine Kim Yoon Ji) was born in South Korea, but lived in California from 4th grade up until she graduated from UCLA with Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Communication.
    There are plenty more if you started counting those that just debuted in the last couple of years, for instance Francesca “Cheska” Ahn with Fiestar was born in the US and is Korean-American and Cao Lu is Chinese and is also in Fiestar.

    Posted by Daryl | December 4, 2013, 7:57 pm
  10. Most of SM Entertainment produced groups have always featured some members who were born in South Korea and lived outside of South Korea for awhile, were/are Koreans born abroad, or are from different Asian groups.

    Shinhwa Eric Mun, Shin Hye Sung, Andy Lee have at least lived in the US.

    S.E.S. Kim Yoo Jin (Eugene) born in South Korea but lived in Guam before joining SM Entertainment, Yoo Soo Young (Shoo) was born in South Korea, but lived most her life before live Japan, prior to joining SME.

    TVXQ the original line-up of five members included Park Yoo Chun (Micky Yoochun) who was born in South Korea and has lived in the US for about 7 years prior to joining SME.

    Super Junior originallin-up included Hankyung (Han Geng) who is Chinese.
    Super Junior-M includes Zhou Mi (Chinese) and Henry Lau (Chinese-Canadian)

    Girl’s Generation Jessica Jung Soo Yeon and Stephanie “Tiffany” Hwang are Korean-Americans and Sunny (Lee Soon Kyu) is an American-Korean (born in the US but now holds a South Korean citizenship).

    f(x) consist of two Asian-Americans (Krystal Jung Soo Jung (Korean-American) and Amber Liu (Taiwanese-American)) and Victoria Song Qian is Chinese. The other two members are South Korean Choi Jin Ri “Sulli” and Park Sun Young “Luna”.

    EXO-M which is the Chinese sub-unit of the twelve member EXO group which include Kris (Chinese-Canadian), Xiumin is Korean, Lu Han is Chinese, Lay is Chinese, Chen is Korean, Tao is Chinese.

    Posted by Daryl | December 4, 2013, 10:09 pm
  11. There’s a lot of others from Australia; like, Rome(C-Clown), Hayana(Evol), Young Sky and Peter(One Way) – all from Sydney, NSW(New South Wales) CRAZYNO – from Melbourne,VIC(Victoria) and Hanbyul(LED Apple) – from Brisbane,QLD(Queensland).

    Posted by Jentitalia | December 9, 2013, 12:22 pm
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  14. oh mygod,
    that is foreign idols?
    so weird

    Posted by Halra | April 5, 2014, 7:40 am
  15. Forgot Sunny… born in LA

    Posted by Jolly Roger | April 26, 2014, 10:44 pm
  16. M.I.B, Kangnam born in Japan..he’s Japanese-korean..

    Posted by Miwako Yuki | May 5, 2014, 2:05 pm
  17. you forgot Sunny of SNSD. She’s Korean-American, born in Los Angeles, California.
    And by the way, most of Chinese, Chn-Canadian, Korean-Americam, Taiwanese-American, and Korean/Chinese that grew up in the US are from SM ENT.
    YG Ent also picks Korean from US, Phil and, sometimes, Thai.
    JYP also have lots of Idols from US, Chn,Taiwan, Canada, Thai, and Jpn.
    I noticed that all Big Three Entertainmemt picks foreign Idols or Half. Mostly American-Korean or Chinese.

    Posted by seo_jo_ram.kp | May 14, 2014, 12:19 pm
  18. Kris is from China..he lived in Canada because one of his family members had to work there..

    Posted by galaxy_exo_12 | May 26, 2014, 11:27 pm
  19. How funny, the he(Kris)-living-in-Canada reason– by family member meaning a parent?! LOL
    Fans sure do some reaching & give hilarious irrelevant facts (no offense)

    Posted by Anon_ky | June 2, 2014, 12:03 am
  20. Hey how bout jackson of got7? Born in hongkong

    Posted by Derby derp | July 21, 2014, 4:27 pm
  21. And also Mark from GOT7, I heard he is American-Taiwanese.

    Posted by Lilian | August 7, 2014, 3:44 pm
  22. What about Clowns Rom? Isn’t he Korean Australian or something, he even host his own show on an Australian digital radio program. He Awesome…..

    Posted by K_Wizz | August 11, 2014, 1:00 am
  23. I just noticed that Tiny-G Mint is not korean. She’s from Thailand. No other idol from Thailand?

    Posted by Andicilin | August 24, 2014, 11:27 pm
  24. Wendy Son from Red Velvet was born in Canada

    Posted by Rita Tran | September 23, 2014, 3:10 am
  25. What about Mark Tuan, Jackson Wang, and Kunpimook Bhuwaku (BamBam)? (all from Got7)
    Mark= Taiwanese-American from L.A, California, Jackson= Chinese from Hong Kong, BamBam= Thai from Thailand

    Posted by Anne | October 9, 2014, 11:00 am
  26. What about Peniel Shin? He’s from the US, born in Chicago.

    Posted by Rebecca | October 9, 2014, 11:03 am
  27. Clara Lee and Shannon Williams are British citizen although Clara Lee was born in Switzerland.

    Posted by James Rheza Cohen Smith | December 5, 2014, 3:08 am
  28. L.Joe lived in Beaverton, Oregon, not california.

    Posted by Kai | January 20, 2015, 12:13 pm
  29. Hi, I am from Hawaii. I was just wondering if anyone knew how Bekah became a kpop star. Did she do an online audition or…

    Posted by Brandi | January 27, 2015, 8:14 pm
  30. You forgot about cross gene’s Takuya >< He's from Japan

    Posted by psycho1004 | February 15, 2015, 1:43 am
  31. you forgot Danny Im, also from 1TYM, he’s from Cali too >_>

    Posted by MsThugbear | March 8, 2015, 3:51 am
  32. Mark Tuan (GOT7)

    Posted by jaewon park | March 18, 2015, 4:31 pm
  33. Sanchez from Phantom is from New Zealand, born in S-Korea

    Posted by Helen | July 23, 2015, 3:01 am
  34. CL?

    Posted by as | August 20, 2015, 10:03 am
  35. Kris was born in China he said so himself.

    He lived most of his life in. China and only lived in Canada for a couple years before being a trainee in Korea.

    Posted by destiny | October 20, 2015, 7:54 am
  36. Kris was born in Guangzhou he said in one of his interviews ” I really miss my hometown Guangzhou”

    Posted by 라리 | November 5, 2015, 6:57 am
  37. What about Bobby from IKon he is from Virginia,USA

    Posted by Chassity Smith | January 4, 2016, 6:46 am
  38. Kris was born in guangzhou and move to vancouver when he was 10 before coming to korea at 17. He hold Canadian citizenship. End of story

    Posted by Krystine | February 13, 2016, 4:30 pm
  39. How about Sunny from SNSD? She was born on US

    Posted by eunice | February 18, 2016, 8:57 am
  40. If I joined the kpop industry, Ill be in the catagory of Canadian/Canada and my race is western cree native american not korean at all. I do look like one, maybe. I want to participate next two years or three and audition. Just thinking about it makes me super nervous. I do want to leave my normal life since it it boring and live a life where I can be busy all the time and not worry of dying as a nobody. Just reading some webites about Kpop Idols inspires me more to realize some idols aren’t korean but are allowed to join despite they aren’t..korean. I wonder they will accept me even if I am a Cree,Native American and born in Canada. I think I will be the first Cree person to join the Kpop industry lmao…My mother will be proud. If they don’t accept me…There goes my confidence.

    Posted by Someone Ordinary | March 20, 2016, 2:37 am
  41. You forgot Shannon Williams. She was born in London, UK and is Korean-English.

    Posted by MoonSun | April 12, 2016, 1:31 am
  42. L.Joe studied in Oregon not California

    Posted by Jane | July 3, 2016, 7:20 am
  43. Ok the list for born in the US you didn’t put Mark Tuan from Got7 on there and you didn’t put Jackson Wang from Got7 into the list for born in China. Mark is from California and Jackson is from Hong Kong.

    Posted by Brie Esperanza | July 4, 2016, 7:41 am
  44. Seventeen’s Joshua , Vernon , The8 and Jun are also foreign idols .

    Joshua Hong / Hong Jisoo is from California . He’s Korean . Hansol Vernon Choi is from New York . He’s half American half Korean The8 / Xu Minghao and Jun / Wen Junhui is fron China (idk where)

    and Samuel from 1punch is half Hispanic half Korean .

    Posted by carrots | July 9, 2016, 7:21 am
  45. DAY6 Jae is from Argentina (the one and only latin american Idol)

    Posted by Sofi | July 11, 2016, 9:56 pm
  46. Guys just wait for the kpop encyclopedia to update

    Posted by mark adeva | August 13, 2016, 1:44 pm
  47. There’s Prince Mak (JJCC) were born in Australia. He’s Chinese – Australian

    Posted by njxaemsjyo | March 26, 2017, 2:13 pm
  48. NCT have a lot foreign member.

    Ten Chittapon Leechaiyapornkul (Thai)
    Mark Lee (Korean-Cannadian, born in Cannada)
    Johnny Seo (Korean-American, born in America)
    Nakamoto Yuta (Japanese)

    There’s a Korean member who have live in america for 4 years, Jung Jae-hyun.

    Posted by njxaemsjyo | March 26, 2017, 2:17 pm
  49. Im english-
    Is it possible for me to become a kpop idol?
    Lmao. Im not korean in any way

    Posted by Coco | November 4, 2017, 7:45 pm
  50. Blackpink Rose is korean, but she was born in Auckland New Zealand and live in Australia. She is New Zealand citizen.

    Posted by Nit1997 | December 20, 2017, 9:16 am
  51. The Boyz has three foreign members. Jacob Bae is from Toronto, Canada. Kevin Moon is from Vancouver, Canada. Eric (Son Youngjae) was born in Korea but grew up in LA.

    Posted by MishMeesh | July 15, 2018, 5:53 am


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