GOT7 Tuan Yi En, true nature that is not flashy, like sunshine [CHICTEEN March 18] (Mark)

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GOT7 Tuan Yi En
True nature that is not flashy
Like Sunshine

As someone who got invited often by renowned magazines, and constantly participating in fashion magazine shoots, Tuan Yi En himself could not really answer what special charms he had when asked. He was humbly and patiently thanking everyone, “My special charm… I’m not so sure of anything concrete, but I received a lot of care from the media, they invited me, I feel very thankful.”

 

 

Coming this far

Tuan Yi En always expressed his gratitude, and was afraid that he was not able to take care of everyone. He would stop along a short walkway of less than 10m, and earnestly bow to thank everyone for their support.

 

The 2nd last live stage for GOT7’s 7th mini album “7 for 7”, all the idols had to go on stage. Due to the rules set in advance, fans that night did not bring along the light sticks that they always had by their side. Looking across, it was pitch black. Suddenly, a voice from somewhere in the dark shouted, “Tuan Yi En! —”. The patch of rose colour under the spotlight did not hesitate and looked towards the direction of the voice, waved his hands, and made many gestures of thanks.

“I flew from New Zealand to Japan through China to see him. My legs are almost gone and my back hurts after standing for 3 days. But on the last day, I confessed to him and shouted, “I like Mark the most!” Do you know, he actually replied me on stage, and said, “I like you the most too”. It was an experience like a dream. I was not hurting anywhere immediately, really not hurting anymore.”

“During concerts, he really enjoys himself on stage. I remember that day when he finished the first few opening songs, he touched his knee after doing MAT, and looked as though he was not feeling too well. But after that he did not show any signs of discomfort, probably because no matter how tired and painful, he endured it for the sake of a perfect performance. Regardless of whether he was standing at the sides or in the centre, he was always dancing diligently, and he would wave to the fans. From the first row to the second and third level, he looked at all the fans.”

Tuan Yi En was always showing his gratitude, and was afraid that he was not able to take care of everyone. He would stop along a short walkway of less than 10m, and earnestly bow to thank everyone for their support. He felt that, “7 for 7” is GOT7’s 7th mini album and it was very meaningful to every single member. In order to let the album have a greater special meaning, all the members participated in the production of the songs, making it extra special.

It was already the new year when the shoot took place. When talking about the new target for 2018, he thought for a while before answering sincerely, “Being a member of GOT7, I’m willing to work hard when it comes to doing anything, I hope to let more people this group called GOT7.”

At the beginning, he was in charge of MAT in the group and had to do many difficult and challenging moves. But as a “senior” who had debuted for a few years, as time and the positioning for the group changed, he had not done MAT for a while. But he still kept the resolute mindset of a rookie – to make the fans happy despite injury, wanting to present a more exciting performance, and working hard to let more people remember GOT7.

That performance during the Japan Tour, Tuan Yi En shouted, “Where are the Chinese fans?” which made the fans felt that, “Worth it, it has to be him.”

 

 

The Journey

He admitted that he was a quiet and shy person, but when he was with his fans or people he knew very well, and when he was doing the things he liked, he would become very cheerful and would have a lot of things to say.

 

Exactly how popular is Tuan Yi En in China?

During GOT7’s first concert tour, many people went to the first two shows in Seoul. It was end April, and the weather that day was especially good. Before the start of the concert, there was the sale of fan goods in the open area. The sale started at 10 in the morning, and even if you arrived on time there was already a long queue. Everyone queued orderly under the sun for four whole hours. Unfortunately when they reached the front of the queue, Mark’s goods were almost all sold out and they could only get Mark’s USB. After that everyone realised, at every concert, his goods were almost always the first to get sold out.

As someone who got invited often by renowned magazines, and constantly participating in fashion magazine shoots, Tuan Yi En himself could not really answer what special charms he had when asked. He was humbly and patiently thanking everyone, “My special charm… I’m not so sure of anything concrete, but I received a lot of care from the media, they invited me, I feel very thankful.”

If we were to say that Tuan Yi En’s sensitivity and passion attracted a huge group of people, then his other side of being meticulous and sincere made everyone decide to stay.

During the Houston show of the US concert tour, he walked down the stage to give the fans in the special and wheelchair area a hug. “In my heart, I’m always thankful for the fans who take the time to come and watch our performance. Especially for the fans who have certain conditions, it may be even more tiring, so I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I’m just repaying them in the ways that we can in order to express my gratitude.”

 

 

At a fan sign for “7 for 7”, a fan was not able to attend as she needed to prepare for exams, and wanted to get a friend’s help to get the “To” autograph from Tuan Yi En on her behalf. Usually, fans were not able to get the autograph on behalf of someone else, but Tuan Yi En looked at the staff, and said, “Ah, exams…” Then he went on to ask how to write the name of the fan and reminded the fan to take the exam well and granted the fan’s wish.

In his heart, the fans were a very important existence. Regardless of whether they were fans of his, he would always wave and greet the fans with a smile every single time as he passed by each section. He tried his best to hi-five the fans in the front row one by one. Sometimes fans could get too excited and threw handphones and soft toys on to the stage, even though he got hit on the head by accident, he still said thank you non-stop in response.

In everyone’s eyes, Tuan Yi En had always been one who treasured the kind feelings he received. At the end of the concert, he would take with him the paper airplanes folded by the fans. He would get down the car in the cold winter night and hi-five fans who were waiting outside one-by-one, reminding them gently not to push. He would cry because he was touched by the surprise prepared by the fans. He would upload selfies and videos. He would have the utmost gratitude for every little love he received, treasured them and would return the love to other people.

At the 2017 MAMA in Hong Kong, there were fans who queued to enter and stood for 10 hours from start till end without food or drinks. They held light boards for him and stood in the first row in the pits. He saw and waved at the light boards in the audience as soon as he entered. He also turned around and responded to the fans during the show. In the end, even the fans of other idols in the audience also commented, “Tuan Yi En is such a nice person!”

Even the students who did not have much money, would secretly write his name on their tables and chair with chalk.

He admitted that he was a quiet and shy person, but when he was with his fans or people he knew very well, and when he was doing the things he liked, he would become very cheerful and would have a lot of things to say.

 

 

Slowly Becoming Better

It was not without reason that Tuan Yi En was discovered by JYP Entertainment by chance in high school. When he was very young, he would have his earphone plugged in while walking. He had to have music on the way to school or while exercising. Through these, he slowly nurtured his feelings towards music.

When he really became a trainee, he could not wait to start practising writing lyrics and composing, and devised his own method for making music. “Rather than saying that it’s my own unique way for writing lyrics, actually up until now, I have been using English to come up with a meaningful verse, and this way it’s more familiar to me. So I write the lyrics in English first, and translate them into Korean.”

During concerts, the fans in the front row could get very excited at times, and would shout the names of the members they liked very loudly, so loud that sometimes it got picked up by the microphone, and break the train of thoughts of the member who was speaking. At the 2016 Hong Kong concert, someone shouted “Tuan Yi En” while another member was speaking. He pursed his lips and motioned to the fan to “Shh!” but he could not hide his smile thereafter.

Even while preparing backstage, he always thought twice before he spoke each time – whether it was appropriate to say this, would it cause any misunderstanding. Also recalled that Yugyeom said, Mark did not speak much, but every sentence he said was impossible to refute as they were with reasons and evidence. From the past till now, looking at their variety shows, he had not change a bit. Spoke little, never interrupted when someone else was speaking, and if he had something to say he would raise his hand most of the time.

These “normal reactions” in his eyes, became the light that never dimmed in the eyes of the fans.

Being in Korea, although he was far away from home, Tuan Yi En never forgot the old friends that were once by his side. “At that time, I would go swimming, play ball and even surf with friends at the beach. When I was in the states, I really liked summer. After school, I would invite friends to my place to swim. I drove around with friends and would eat till we were very full at a steakhouse… had fun like that.”

In the fans’ hearts, staying with him was the way to show their unchanging love. Maybe the Mark in everyone’s heart, was still the the young boy running on the beach. 

 

 

Tuan Yi En’s Private Interview

 

You are very far away from your family, you must feel lonely at times. Do you contact your family often? What do you talk about with them?
I do keep in touch with my family often when I’m in Korea! My parents often told me to eat more, haha.

Participating in writing lyrics for the album with persistent efforts, do you have your own way of writing lyrics, or a place you can get inspiration?
Rather than saying that it’s my own unique way for writing lyrics, actually up until now, I have been using English to come up with a meaningful verse, and this way it’s more familiar to me. So I write the lyrics in English first, and translate them into Korean.

In the cold weather like in the winter, what are some items that you must have?
It feels like this year is even colder compared to the past. Because it’s really very cold, a long down coat should be a must-have in Korea.

Actually during winter, in order to stay warm one would usually wear very thick clothes. Then do you have any tips for still staying stylish?
Usually I will use the layering technique, wearing it this way will look cooler. For example, wearing a hoodie over a long T-shirt, and then wear a jacket or a down coat. I think this way of wearing may be better.

For you personally, is there a new goal you want to accomplish?
As GOT7’s Mark, I will work hard when it comes to doing anything. I hope to be able to let more people know this group called GOT7!

In the new year, who do you hope to spend the important days with?
I always hope to be able to spend them with our GOT7 members and our ahgases! I feel that the 7 of us has come this far because of the support of so many ahgases. We will become better in the future. If I can spend the important moments with the people I treasure, it will give me more power.