SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Naturalized Korean-American singer Yoo Seung-jun said Tuesday he is grateful for being offered a chance to perform on stage after he was banned from entering his home country South Korea for allegedly evading conscription.
“I’m happy to be able to sing on stage. I hope your 2016 is filled with laughter,” he wrote on the Chinese social networking site Weibo as he posted a photo taken on stage in China.
Yoo, who was highly popular in South Korea in the late 1990s, acquired U.S. citizenship in 2002 at the expense of his South Korean one.
The move triggered a firestorm of criticism, as his change of nationality exempted him from the military duty required for all able-bodied South Korean men.
In a petition filed with the Seoul Administrative Court last month, Yoo asked to have the entry ban lifted, saying it violates his human rights.