NOTE: I translated the following information from a Chinese version, so there must be inaccuracy in terms of language, and the language I am using is not legal language, so please just try to understand the content.
Since debut, even one day-off per week cannot be ensured. Due to frequent oversea activities, there is almost no appropriate break time for him due to the intense schedule of activities within recent two years. Because the compensation rules regarding inability to participate in activities have been stated in the contract, even if he was in poor health condition, he had to participate in a variety of activities.
Due to the unreasonable activity arrangements, besides chronic neurological gastritis and renal disease, Han Geng is also bearing lumbar pain and significant fatigue symptom.
Han Geng has requested for rest due to above health reasons to SME, but all have been rejected. Since 2006, he was required to stay in Korea except for participating in performance abroad, so his requests for taking a short break back in China through manager have rarely been approved.
I have no comment…my heart kept feeling ache when I translated this…and we can tell that this is only a tiny part of unfairness Han Geng has been facing for a long time. Please repost it to other places if you would like to. I think there has been Korean version and Chinese version now, I don’t know if there is a English version yet, but hopefully this may help people understand Han Geng’s action better.
A story posted by a CCTV staff at Gengbar in Early 2009
Title: Just listen to wind singing…There is always love making us walk forward in bearing heavy burden
“After have grown up, I finally know, there were many times, paying and rewarding are not in the direct ratio. I don’t care too much about gain and loss, but experiencing the process, can be only known by myself.”
When I wrote down these words, I had complex feelings. What kind of position and mood I should hold when I am writing this article? I knew Han Geng since 2005, to now, we can call each other friend, during this period of time, friendship has been accumulated, which is prosaic, warm, steady and sincere. I just want to share a couple of tiny things with you, those all long passed, please just read it with a peaceful mind.
We had a pleasant cooperation with Super Junior in early 2008. I talked about performance matters to them at the backstage, everyone was listening carefully, but suddenly Han Geng fell backward straightly down, none of us was able to make immediate reaction. In my blurred memory, it was Siwon first noticing what happened, ran over and held him. From where I stood, I couldn’t see his face. what I could only remember is he huddled himself up like a baby, as well as his tightly gripped, slightly shaking right fist. During a few seconds, it was so quiet, extremely quiet, you could even hear everyone’s heartbeat, as well as his whisper: “I’m okay, I’m okay…”
Eventually, he still went on the stage and finished the performance. He seemed like another person on the stage, full of energy, each dance move was well accomplished with sufficient power…just left us staying at backstage getting cold sweat.
After that time, every time I met Han Geng, the image of his smile and that huddled shaking and thin body were overlapped in front of my eyes.
Now, I occasionally talked about it to tease him, “how come you are that weak as a Northeast guy (supposed to be strong^^)” He goggled at me and said “so what, who says Northeast guys don’t get sick?”
Okay, okay, I know you have big eyes, stop goggling at me~
Actually, it was a bit funny at the scene, I almost dialed 120 to call ambulance, but Mr.Kim (Han Geng’s manager) told me that Han Geng said he was fine, he could continue performing. Considering my duty, this was the best. Then I finally noticed why I was so stupid to call out 120, because Han Geng spoke in Korean at that time, I didn’t understand…when I asked him, he smiled and said “I was talking to Siwon.” Looking over the outside from his side, it was dark night.
All right, let’s stop here…I know, tonight’s wind, is a bit cold..
This is the pic from that activity, CCTV China Olympic Year
No one could imagine what kind of pain behind such resplendent smile…we didn’t know until a year later…
and we know from then to now, it has been almost 2 years, his health condition is getting worse and worse.
Super Junior was there because Han Geng was Olympic Torch bearer…
the song they were singing on that day is A Man in Love,
in which Han Geng sings no single line…