Sun-ye to go to Haiti for years

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Sun-ye to go to Haiti for years



Min Sun-ye of K-pop girl group Wonder Girls announced yesterday that she plans to head to Haiti to serve as a missionary in July. She said that she plans to spend the next five years in the Caribbean country with her husband and her young daughter.

“Throughout my seven-year journey as a pop star, I was able to experience a lot of things that helped shape who I am today,” Min noted in her goodbye message on her fan site.

“However, the week I spent in Haiti [in 2011] changed the whole view of my life. As I saw young Haitian children suffering from poverty, I was embarrassed at myself, solely immersed in achieving my own success as an entertainer,” the 24-year-old singer said.

After the catastrophic Haitian earthquake in 2010, Min went there to volunteer with other volunteers from her church. During that stay, she met the Korean-Canadian missionary James Park, who she married in 2013.

On the website, Min said she intended to establish a Christian nongovernmental organization.

But the Wonder Girls management, JYP Entertainment, still denies this is the end of the popular girl group.

“Though Sun-ye is going to Haiti, that doesn’t mean Wonder Girls is disbanding,” the agency said in a statement.

By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer
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