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NYT: Singer Rain is Pan-Asian Heartthrob

2006/01/30 | 152 views | Permalink | Source

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The New York Times on Sunday carried a feature on the "pan-Asian heartthrob" singer Rain ahead of his concerts there this week.

Calling the singer the Justin Timberlake and Usher of South Korea, the report said Rain is a "serious and driven performer" who wants to become the first Asian pop star to succeed in America.

Rain will hold concerts at Madison Square Garden Thursday and Friday, and the Times said many non-Asians will see him as well given growing American interest in Asian culture.

The feature said an English tutor follows Rain through Seoul to help him practice conversational phrases while he practices his singing, his martial arts dancing and his chest baring.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio

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