[BBANGYA NEWS｜Joan Park] HA:TFELT(Yeeun) recently appeared on ‘Radio Star’ and said that < Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982> was the book that triggered interest about feminism. The book deals with feminism by depicting the life of a regular Korean woman born in 1982. The movie based on the novel starring Gongyoo and Jung Yumi premiered in 2018 garnered attention from the public, acquiring over 3 million audience in just 18 days. The Canadian edition of book <Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982>, a best-seller by Cho Namjoo, honored 3 K-POP idols who mentioned the book in public by adding their names in the foreword. Who are they?
#1 Sooyoung of SNSD
In her first solo variety show, Sooyoung introduced the book as 'a book that resonated so much', saying the book changed how she thinks. She, like Irene of Red Velvet was bullied online for talking about the book’s influence on her reality show and why she related to the sexism felt by the book’s protagonist. The K-pop star, who drew inspiration for her show’s name from the book title, also said she had never talked about anything so serious on TV before and wondered if sharing her concerns about life as a woman would be relatable to other people.
#2 RM of BTS
RM who is known to be a passionate reader mentioned about the book in one of his V Lives, saying that he enjoyed reading it and "the book’s implications were unlike any other. It’s a thought-provoking book."
#3 Irene of Red Velvet
When asked what she did during vacation in a fan meeting, Irene said that she read <Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982>. She received severe backlash from male fans for reading "such a feminist book"; some fans went so far as burn her photos. According to a news, sales of the book skyrocketed 450% thanks to Irene’s association.
Other celebrities who are known to have read the book include Son Naeun of APINK, Yoo Jaesuk, Noh Hongchul, politician Noh Hwichan and president Moon Jaein.