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2009/09/29 17:05 KST
Actress dishes out simple but intriguing thoughts in first book

By Shin Hae-in
SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- The term "four-dimensional" has become something of a recent trend here to describe in a good-natured way someone who is odd, eccentric and just slightly off beat.

   Actress Choi Kang-hee, considered to be an example of a four-dimensional celebrity in South Korea, lived up to her reputation at a press conference Tuesday, when she described her newly published book in a simple but atypical sentence.
Choi Kang-hee

"It's an easy peasy book that would be best read in toilets and buses."

   Choi's first book, "Beyond Buzz!" features pictures of the actress taken in Iceland last month, along with poems, essays and what she calls "little scribbles" she has written since 2000.

   Constant blogging led to the publication of the book, she said.

   "I love communicating with people by posting a story, a poem or whatever I feel on my blog. People answer, not jokingly, but in an earnest manner, sharing their own feelings of loss, loneliness and sadness," Choi said. "I thought I could communicate with even more people when I publish a book."

   Choi, who turned 32 this year, is a relatively "quiet" celebrity, never having made headlines with scandals or massive blockbuster smashes. Her previous film "My Scary Girl (2006)" and the current movie "Aeja" have drawn a considerable number of viewers at home, though her fame never quite managed to reach beyond the country's borders.

   But her bohemian fashion, capped by a shock of seemingly uncombed hair and dreamy eyes, ensured a steady acceptance of Choi's unique personality, slowly ranking her among one of South Korea's most popular actresses.

   The Korean title of Choi's book, "Trivial Happy Moments of an Ordinary Girl," reflects the actress's humble character, one of the main reasons behind her popularity.

   "I always consider myself an ordinary person who finds happiness in trivial things. I actually feel more comfortable being among the ordinary, although I know that a lot of people think I'm a weirdo," Choi said.

   Choi added she got the courage to publish a book after watching her colleagues do so, another trend that has spawned publications of essays and fictional works by celebrities including Korean Wave king Bae Yong-joon.

   "I don't consider myself a good writer, but I wanted to make a book that I myself would want to possess, an ordinary collection of an ordinary person's thoughts and feelings," she said. "If you remove the cover (featuring a photograph), the book will look like any ordinary person's diary."

   Choosing Iceland, a region severely threatened by global warming, for the photo shoots that fill the book, Choi plans to donate half of all sales to an environmental group and the remaining half to a single mothers' organization.

   "It's nothing big," she said. "I just felt the money coming from the book wasn't really mine. I can do well enough with the money I make from acting."

   "I still hope a lot of people buy the book though," she added. "I recommend it to women of my age."


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