December 26, 2000 19:14
Television personality Hong Seok-cheon, who announced he was "coming out" as a homosexual in September, has written a book about the story of his love for a man from the Netherlands titled "My Heart Still Throbs For Forgotten Love."
In the book, Hong retells the events of a relationship he had with a Dutch man by the name of Tony, who he met at a nightclub in 1998. Hong describes meeting Tony's wife Sarah and confessing his love for her husband, how Sarah returned to the Netherlands and attempted suicide, the process of Tony's divorce, meeting Tony's parents, and how the whole relationship came to an end when Tony fell for another man.
Hong writes of his life chronologically and in great detail, as if revealing entries in a diary. Other than the fact that he is describing love for a member of the same sex, the book is mostly the kind of tender romance most of the reading public is comfortable with.
The book does venture into other areas. Hong describes how he was raped by three "hoodlums" during his third year of middle school. He writes that for a time he worried he might have acquired AIDS. In recent years there were times of great happiness, he says, like when phrases he used on television and radio became common sayings among Korea's youth. Later he became the object of language reserved only for insulting homosexuals.
In the introduction, Hong writes "I had no money, no love, and no future before I met the man who taught me what love is." Hong has been all but officially banished from participating in television and radio broadcasting since announcing publicly his sexual orientation.
(Han Hyon-woo, email@example.com)
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