Although the foundation of Kpop is Korea, this music industry still opens the door to welcome many idols who are foreign, biracial or born in different countries. Although not possessing the standards that Knetz often require but over time, these idols gradually prove themselves thanks to their talents and visuals.
Recently, voting site Ranker opened a poll to determine the Kpop idols who were not born in Korea but are still very popular both domestically and globally. Let’s take a look at the Top 20!
NO.20: CHENLE (NCT)
NO.19: AMBER (Former F(X) member)
NO.18: BANG CHAN (STRAY KIDS)
NO.17: HUENING KAI (TXT)
NO.16: WINWIN (NCT)
NO.15: YUTA (NCT)
NO.14: LAY (EXO)
NO.13: TEN (NCT)
NO.12: MARK (NCT)
NO.11: ROSÉ (BLACKPINK)
NO.10: LUCAS (NCT)
Lucas (Wong Yukhei) was born on January 25, 1999 in Hong Kong. The male idol is mixed because his father is Chinese and his mother is Thai. Lucas is currently a member of NCT, NCT U and WayV.
NO.9: SANA (TWICE)
Sana’s real name is Minatozaki Sana, born on December 29, 1996 in Osaka, Japan. Sana is currently a member of Twice.
NO.8: MOMO (TWICE)
Momo’s real name is Hirai Momo, born on November 9, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. The female idol is currently a member of Twice.
NO.7: FELIX (STRAY KIDS)
Felix’s real name is Lee Felix, born September 15, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The male idol have parents who are both Korean but he was born in Australia, he is an Australian citizen, of Korean descent.
NO.6: MINA (TWICE)
Mina’s real name is Myoui Mina, born on March 24, 1997. The female idol was born in Texas, USA but her parents are Japanese. Therefore, the gorgeous member of Twice has both US and Japanese nationalities.
NO.5: TZUYU (TWICE)
Tzuyu (Chou Tzuyu) was born on June 14, 1999 in Tainan, Taiwan. The female idol is Twice’s maknae.
NO.4: MARK (GOT7)
His full name Mark is Mark Yi En Tuan, born on September 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, USA. The male idol is Taiwanese-American and is currently a member of GOT7.
NO.3: BAMBAM (GOT7)
Bambam’s real name is Kunpimook Bhuwakul, born on May 2, 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand. The male idol is currently a member of GOT7.
NO.2: JACKSON (GOT7)
Jackson Wang was born on March 28, 1994 in Hong Kong. The male idol is currently a member of GOT7.
NO.1: LISA (BLACKPINK)
Lisa’s birth name is Pranpriya Manoban, later Lisa’s family changed her name to Lalisa Manoban. The female idol was born on March 27, 1997 in Buriram, Thailand. She is currently the maknae of BLACKPINK