Jonghyun performs during a SHINee concert in Hong Kong in 2012. In a note revealed after his death, the singer said that the depression he had battled for many years had “finally engulfed me entirely”. Photo: AP

Death of SHINee singer Jonghyun shows the extreme pressures of South Korea’s celebrities

Anson Au says that following the suicide of the K-pop singer, we need to take seriously celebrities’ need for privacy and their mental health concerns

Topic |   Fame and celebrity

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Jonghyun performs during a SHINee concert in Hong Kong in 2012. In a note revealed after his death, the singer said that the depression he had battled for many years had “finally engulfed me entirely”. Photo: AP
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Anson Au

Anson Au

Anson Au is currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law at Harbin Institute of Technology and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto.