it’s not just their vocal techniques, or how they sound exactly like a recording - immaculate. it’s about them, telling a story to the fans on stage with a melody. it’s about the emotion. and sometimes…i wish i could hear them sing like that again. once more, with feeling.
“When I was young I thought, ‘If I should succeed when I grow up, I’m going to help others and return as much as I receive’.”
A lot of people may not know about Yunho’s childhood, but one of the many hardships he went through during his pre-debut days was one in his home. His father lost his business during a recession period in Korea, and in order to pay for his sister’s tuition fees, Yunho dropped out of high school in order to move to Seoul. Once there, he took on many odd jobs in order to help provide for his family such as sprinkling sand when it would snow, collecting bottles to recycle and doing heavy manual labor for construction sites. He would sleep in or under train stations, and at one point, during training for SM, he was taken in by Junsu’s family because he couldn’t afford anything else.
When I see things like this, even knowing how accomplished he is, it makes me realize how much money must be a big deal to Yunho. Not to mention, it hurts my heart how gratuitous he is. Yunho is always thinking about the future. Save, save, save. Its practically programmed into his brain that every little cent counts, even when he does have a fairly steady income by being employed by SM. You see how he steps in front of the bank as if to protect it. There is a vast difference between greedy and humble; Yunho is the latter of the two. Always the practical one, careful to spend or splurge in case he should need it for something more important, should he find someone else who needs it more.
And it shows not only in his saving habits, but also in his charitable contributions. Yunho, maybe the most of them all, knows what its like to come from nothing. He knows what its like to worry about money, or to worry about not having enough money to get something done. He’s received so much in his life and all he wants to do is give back. Yunho sponsored scholarships for 6 children (₩6,000,000), continuing to donate to that school for about 6 years, as well as visiting an orphanage to donate household appliances and sign autographs. Yunho, always admirable~