Whether you like it or not, K-Pop is taking over the world, and there is not a shortage of bands or music artists that are leading the charge in this takeover. Bands like BTS have conquered records and performed at venues previously thought impossible to an endless crowd who just can’t get enough of the genre. Another band making waves in the K-Pop scene is GOT7, and in its roster of pretty looking boys is Mark Tuan.
Unlike several K-Pop artists, Mark Tuan is an American-born entertainer with South Korean origins, and if you think his nonnative status would affect his popularity, then you haven’t heard the Los Angeles-born artist bellow out melodious tunes as a member of the rising band.
We cover everything you need to know about Mark Tuan below, including his journey into the world of K-Pop music. Read on to learn more.
Mark Tuan’s Bio & Personal Profile
Mark Tuan began his life on the 4th of September, 1993 in Los Angeles, California as Mark Yi-Eun Tuan, born to parents Raymond and Dorine Tuan. His parents emigrated from Taiwan and since they gave birth to him, have travelled around the world to countries like Paraguay and Brazil. His well-travelled parents and his own experiences have made him multi-lingual in languages like Korean, English, and Mandarin.
Mark Tuan began his education at Arcadia High School where he excelled academically, especially in subjects like physics and mathematics. Outside of academics, Mark is a capable swimmer, skateboarder, and volleyball player.
Since he became a recognized K-Pop star, Mark Tuan has become a social media behemoth, with over ten million followers across both Instagram (mark_tuan) and Twitter (mtuan93).
Despite exploring a plethora of interests, especially in sports, a desire to be a member of the world of entertainment never left Mark Tuan and his desire eventually came to reality when he auditioned for JYP Entertainment. Having been encouraged by his family and school teachers who were convinced of his talents as a singer, he delivered a performance that earned him a spot on the roster of the entertainment company.
He subsequently relocated to South Korea where he began to learn more about singing and after three and a half years of learning, became an official member of the band, Got7. As a member of the band, Mark Tuan is the band’s leading rapper and singer and under his leadership, the band released its first single, Girls Girls Girls in January 2014.
Since the release of the band’s first single, the band has gone on to release albums and EPs, such as Just Right, Mad, Present: You, Flight Log: Turbulence, and a couple more others, all under the direction of Mark Tuan whose singing and rapping talents have commanded the music style of Got7.
As one of the band’s leading songwriters and overall talent, Mark Tuan has been the recipient of a couple of awards and nominations, including the SBS MTV Award for Best New Artist, SEED Popular Asian Artist of the Year, China Goodwill Star and a couple more others. The band itself has earned over 60 award nominations from major award bodies like Seoul Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, and plenty more others.
Mark Tuan’s Family
Mark Tuan has become an internationally recognized music star at a young age and he has his supportive family members to thank for that, particularly his father who has been one of his biggest supporters as a cursory look through social media suggests.
We know he was born into a family of four children, with the singer being a brother to three siblings – two older sisters and a younger brother, all named Tammy, Grace, and Joey respectively. His father, Raymond Tuan, as part of the family’s close relationship, has a nickname – Papa Tuna.
One of the driving forces of the K-Pop apocalypse is the sheer handsomeness of its modern artists, boasting of ridiculous physical perfection that was globally considered the sole trait of American artists.
In this regard, Mark Tuan is not an exception. The singer has an extremely handsome face and a good-looking body to go with it at a height of 5 feet 9 inches and a bodyweight of 65 kg. Mark Tuan’s body, which can very well be described as an athletic body also has additional features such as dark brown eyes and dark hair.