Singer to assist comfort womenVeteran singer-songwriter Lee Moon-sae has published a special series of Christmas cards, joining hands with young illustrators, to help the elderly women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during the World War II.
Fortune Entertainment, which promotes the 56-year-old singer, said on Saturday that all the proceeds from the card sales will go to comfort women, a euphemistic term for military sex slaves, and the profits will be used to improve their welfare and sponsor trips overseas to give testimony about their slavery.
Lee reportedly wrote greetings for the cards, while four illustrators drew the images.
Fortune said, “Lee has been writing greeting cards to concert staff members and his friends every Christmas, and he wanted to expand it further this time. And all the young illustrators were willing to be part of the project by donating their talent.”
Cards are available at Naver Happy Bean (happybean.naver.com) and Heim, a store located inside Kyobo Tower in Seocho District, southern Seoul.
Having debuted in 1978, Lee has been much loved by music fans with his lyrical ballad songs. He has hits like “Old Love” and “Gwanghwamun Sonata.”
Based on his hit songs, a musical version of “Gwanghwamun Sonata” was made a few years ago.
The signer was recently honored by the president for his contributions to the Korean music scene during the 2015 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards on Oct. 29.
BY SUNG SO-YOUNG