Remember the Barbra Streisand /Neil Diamond classic “You don’t bring me flowers anymore” that begins and ends like this:
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
You don’t bring me flowers
You don’t sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When you come through the door
At the end of the day…..
Well, you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye
‘Cause you don’t bring me flowers
We don’t really want to talk about this, but several people asked us how come they looked in vain for the rice wreath from PSH4U at the “Neighborhood Hero” press conference on January 19. Well, there’s none. And here’s why:
PSH4U wanted to send a 500 kg rice wreath but was told (by whom? Guess^^) that only Sihoorang (Korea), JOFC (Japan), and Baidu (China) were allowed 500 kg. All other fansites could only contribute 400 kg or 100 kg. They specifically said if PSH4U wanted to take part, the maximum we’re allowed was 400 kg.
So, PSH’s international fans are to be made to feel like second-class citizens. This is DISCRIMINATION! We would not participate under such unfair restrictions.
They want the world to think PSH only has the support of fans from Korea, Japan, and China, in other words, Asian fans? We’re appalled by such myopic and parochial mentality! Such narrow-mindedness, such limited vision, such exclusivity!
PSH’s 2014 birthday
The curious thing is: PSH4U has always participated (on an equal footing) in previous PSH events which called for rice wreaths. The first time was his birthday bash in April 2014 and the last time was again his birthday in April 2015, both times donating 500 kg. The 500 kg rice wreath cost 1,750,000KRW; together with bank charges (both outgoing and incoming) total came to more than US$1800 — that’s how much we wired from the U.S.A. in April 2014. So we’re not talking exactly about peanuts.
PSH’s 2015 birthday
But of course it’s not the money which is the issue. We feel PSH is worth every cent and every ounce of our support in whatever way we can show it. We’re proud we could show people PSH’s fans are not confined to Asia but are all over the world. We always write: “With love from your international fans on PSH4U”. We’re not concerned whether anyone knows what PSH4U is (who cares?) but the emphasis is always on “international fans”.
Apart from rice wreaths, we’ve also sent flowers on several occasions, the last time being PSH’s Japan Fan Meeting in Yokohama in September 2014.
They couldn’t see that by putting us down they’re actually hurting PSH? Do they really have PSH’s best interests at heart? This is his long-awaited comeback in Korea. Surely the more support he has, the more rice wreaths there are, the more it will show the Koreans he is still very popular ALL OVER THE WORLD.
We considerd going straight to the rice wreath website and ordering the biggest rice wreath they have (1,000kg) and having that sent to the press conference venue. But we knew they could have it thrown out for being unauthorized since they’re in control. No point in pouring money down the drains.
But then we also know in this kind of game, it’s always 多你一個不多, 少你一個不少 (as the Chinese saying goes) – what’s one more or one less? We are not so big-headed as to think PSH’s comeback will in any way be dimmed by the absence of a 500 kg rice wreath from his international fans. We just feel it’s a pity those in power chose to handle things this way.
You all know the saying: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” We now realize: “A little power is also a dangerous thing.” Just because they’re official, they can set the rules, favoring some and belittling others. Instead of such petty gestures, why don’t they do more for their artist in their own country? If it hadn’t been for his overseas fans (and this include his INTERNATIONAL fans), do you think PSH would be able to make his comeback in such a record time? [ED: 3 years is a record in Korea.]
We mentioned before that there’s a current Chinese saying:
Translation: “Not afraid of Godlike opponents, only afraid of pig-like team-mates”
meaning: “Your success (or failure) does not necessarily depend on the strength of your opponents/rivals, but also on the strength (or weakness) of your own team.” We wonder if they realize what being on the same team means. We’re not sure we’re on the same wavelength.
We are proud PSH has risen from the ashes like the legendary phoenix. We just wish his fans will have an iota of his courage and wisdom. We at PSH4U are proud to be PSH fans who admire him with clarity and objectivity (our head) and all our heart.
(Credits: All photos by H.A.T.)