Minzy’s Grandmother Passed Away
As you may or may not know, Madam Gong Ok Jin, the creator of the traditional dance and Minzy’s beloved grandmother, passed away this morning at 4:49 am at the age of 81.
After fighting against the aftermath of a sudden stroke in 1998 and old age, Gong Ok Jin, 2NE1 Minzy’s great-aunt passed away on the morning of July 9.
At 4:49am (KST) of July 9, Gong Ok Jin closed her eyes, leaving behind a legacy as perhaps one of Korea’s most legendary traditional dancers. She was 81-years old.
Although more famous in present day as having 2NE1’s Gong Minzy as her great-granddaughter, Gong Ok Jin held her own fame for her pansori (traditional singing) and Korean folk dance, especially her own creation of ‘the dance of the handicapped’ and ‘animal imitation dance,’ making her one of the most famous solo folk dancers in Korea.
After being told by the KPICAA (Korean Association for Preservation of Important Intangible Cultural Properties) that her new creations of folk dancing were not traditionally passed down from history, Gong Ok Jin never trained a successor but despite not being officially acknowledged, Gong Ok Jin has laid down an important foundation for folk dance soloists, leaving behind a profound mark on the history of Korean folk culture.
According to YG Entertainment, upon hearing the sad news, Minzy is in shock and plans on going to the wake with her parents.
Park Jin Young, who was greatly influenced by Gong Ok Jin′s performances in the past, tweeted on July 9, “10 years ago, I went to see Gong Ok Jin′s performance while wearing a hat and mask to Daehangro. She was the greatest entertainer I′ve ever seen. In just one minute, she made crying people laugh, and laughing people cry. That was the first time I repeatedly cried and laughed the most in two hours. Thank you.
Her wake is currently held in Youngkwang in Jeonnam province. Her funeral will take place on July 11 in Busan.
We send our condolences to the family of Gong Ok Jin.
We would like to send a wreath to let Minji and her family know that we’re sorry for their loss and our prayers and love goes out to Minzy and her family TT
Minzy’s korean fansite, KongMinzy is organizing this immediate project.
As you all know, Madam Gong Ok Jin, the creator of the traditional dance and Minji’s grandmother, passed away this morning at 4:49 am. We are going to send the wreaths to let minji and her family know that we’re sorry for their loss. We have to get this done quickly so please send the money if wanting to participate. Thank you.
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