Lee Yoo-jin (actress)
8 January 1977|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Lee Yu-jin|
|Education||Seoul Women's University - Biology|
|Spouse(s)||Kim Wan-joo (m. 2010)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yujin|
Lee Yoo-jin (born 8 January 1977) is a South Korean actress and TV host. Lee began modeling as a teenager and made her entertainment debut in the Super Elite Model Contest in 1998. She switched quickly to acting, playing supporting roles in television dramas such as Beautiful Days, Girl's High School Days, Into the Sun, and Phoenix.
In May 2003, Lee held a press conference and tearfully acknowledged that she was of mixed race. She had previously denied the rumors that she was biracial, but fans had long suspected the truth from her 5-foot-9 stature (5 inches taller than the average Korean woman) and naturally creased eyelids. Lee told reporters that she had been afraid of being discriminated against, saying, "People ask why didn't I come out earlier and why this is such a big deal. It wouldn't be anywhere else, but Korea is still a closed society where people like to talk about the purity of the race." Lee was born to a South Korean mother and a Hispanic-American U.S. Army soldier; her parents married in 1976 while her father was stationed in Korea, but they divorced when she was 1 year old and he returned to the United States. Lee has had no contact with her birth father and she was raised solely by her single mother. South Korea uses a traditional Confucian-inspired family registry that requires children to be listed under their fathers' names and their fathers to be Korean—so that children with foreign fathers are in effect nonpersons under the law. Lee, for example, was registered under her grandfather's name, making her, under the law, her mother's sister. Lee said she considers herself to be entirely Korean in mentality.
- Beautiful Days (SBS, 2001)
- Legend (SBS, 2001)
- Girl's High School Days (KBS2, 2002-2003)
- Into the Sun (SBS, 2003)
- Phoenix (MBC, 2004)
- Choice (SBS, 2004-2005)
- Two Wives (SBS, 2009)
- Don't Tell Papa (2004)
- How To Keep My Love (2004)
- Mapado 2 : Back To The Island (2007)
- Lee Yoo-jin's High Heels (MBC Every 1, 2007)
- Man's Operating Manual (ETN, 2008)
- 과학실험 하와이 (EBS, 2008)
- Owl (MBC Drama, 2010)
- Scifun (EBS, 2010)
- 기업 열전 K1 (KBS, 2010)
- Nobel Fellowship (YTN Science, 2011)
- 나의 사무실은 당신의 술집보다 아름답다 (MBN, 2011)
- Buwoong Season 1 (MBC Every 1, 2011)
- 스타부부 한마당 (KBS2, 2011)
- Saturday Across Generations (KBS, 2012)
- This is Yoon Jung-soo and Lee Yoo-jin's Good Weekend Hurray (MBC FM, 2011)
- Yoon Jung-soo and Lee Yoo-jin's 2 PM Hurray (MBC FM, 2013)
- Demick, Barbara (6 August 2004). "In S. Korea, a Silver Lining to Being Biracial". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- Demick, Barbara (13 August 2004). "Biracial entertainers overcome prejudice in South Korea / Pre-WWII 'Hermit Kingdom' culture slowly changing". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Korean Biases Erode as Biracial Entertainers Succeed: LAT". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 August 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- Sung, So-young (9 March 2010). "A long struggle for multicultural stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "After three years of dating, Lee Yu Jin is set to get married in October to a hockey coach who is a year younger". Korea.com. 15 September 2010. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Lee Yoo-jin will has a wedding with ice hockey coach, who is one year younger than her, on 14th". Hancinema. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2013.