I am grateful that coco, a longtime loving Bae fan from Canada permitted me to post her letter to People magazine and let me translate her work. Here is the original letter.
I am writing to you today to introduce you to the Sexiest Man Alive. His name is Bae Yong Joon, and he is one of the most talented actors on the planet today.
Bae Yong Joon (BYJ) is from Seoul, South Korea, and he has been the most popular actor in all of Asia for several years. He has performed in a number of wonderful South Korean dramas, most notably "Winter Love Song" (2002). He has also starred in two Korean movies, the latest of which, "April Snow," was shown to sell-out crowds at both the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) last Fall, 2005. A complete list of his credits to date can be found on his official website at www.byj.co.kr. This website can be accessed in both English and Korean.
Bae Yong Joon is not the Sexiest Man Alive solely because of his amazingly handsome physical features. He is also a very gentle and compassionate man, who cares deeply for his fans (whom he calls his "Family") as well as for those who are less fortunate and in need. His charitable contributions to many causes in Asia are a matter of public record. His integrity and dedication to his craft are also well-known and documented. He is an exceptionally hard-working perfectionist who strives to give only his best work to his public, while at the same time remaining humble and unfailingly kind to the people around him. His generosity toward his fans, his family, and his colleagues is both legendary and astonishing.
As you can see, I have included a number of photos of Bae Yong Joon in a variety of poses and settings, to give you an idea of the scope of his incredible versatility and talent. I am hoping that you will see what thousands of his Family all over the world see!
I am a Caucasian woman living in Canada, and I never expected to be writing to you about a Korean actor! That I even know of Bae Yong Joon is amazing to me -- it is due to the Multicultural Channel (Shaw) in our city that shows Korean dramas as part of its regular programming. BYJ now has fans and admirers from virtually every country in the world that has shown his dramas on their television networks; some of these countries include Canada, US, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Egypt, France, and South Africa, to name but a few. Men and women alike are attracted to his unique combination of gentility and manliness. He is truly one-of-a-kind, and I believe him to be the Sexiest Man Alive! Please feel free to do more research, to find this out for yourself -- it is only a matter of time before the entire world will know the name "Bae Yong Joon."
coco in Vancouver, Canada