Sunday, 23 March 2008
Han Geng and Kola Beldy
Han Geng (Chinese: 韩庚; Korean: 한경; born February 9 1984), a.k.a Han Kyung, is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior. He is a citizen of the People's Republic of China, and he is an ethnic Nanai.
As a member of Super Junior, he contributes his knowledge of Chinese martial arts and traditional dances from not less than 56 minority ethnic groups, according to Wikipedia.
Han Geng's puppy is a Siberian Husky, and is called Rider!
Below, a collection of clips from different Korean and Chinese TV shows. Han Geng performs different dancing styles from various regions in China.
The Nanai inhabit an area that is divided between China and Russia at present. They speak a Manchu-Tungusic language. (The connection to Mongolian and Turkic languages by way of a larger Altaic family is not always agreed on.) The Nanai suffered from persecution in Japanese Manchuria. In earlier days, they were known under the alternative ethnonym "Gold" in Russia. Kola Beldy (1929-1993) was a famous Soviet era singer of Nanai heritage. Below, a video clip of his song "Naryan-Mar", courtesy of YouTube user Pustinnik, who has an amazing collection of film clips from Soviet movies and performances - worth a visit!