WHO ARE WE?
We are Yeonizens living in YeoNiverse.
We are a gathering of fans from all across the globe, united in our love and admiration for the actor/photographer/genuine all-round nice guy Yoo Yeon Seok. We are from various cultures, lifestyles and age ranges, and yet we speak the same language – the language of YeoNiverse.
HOW DID WE BEGIN?
For most of us, it all started with the drama <Reply 1994>. Even before the show ended in Korea on December 28th 2013, we had all already fallen in love with ChilBong, the character played by Yoo Yeon Seok. We have all spent countless hours scouring the internet for all news regarding the drama and Yoo Yeon Seok, and when the drama ended, we found collective solace on the Cider thread on soompi.com. That was where we began. But we found that through our love for the character of Chilbong, we found someone who was eminently more lovable and admirable, as we found out more about him.
We started as a group of seven members, the Chilbongie International Fan Project Team. We organized for the sole purpose of making a birthday project dedicated to ChilBong, our favourite pitcher, and also Yoo Yeon Seok, the man who gave him depth and life. We asked the members of the thread to contribute, and we received an outpouring of not only submissions, but also donations and never-ending support. By the time the project had been completed in April 2014, what was once a project team had expanded to YeoNiverse – Yoo Yeon Seok’s International Fan Club, replete with graphic design, proofreading, social media and fundraising teams.
Concurrently at that time, another group had formed to keep others informed and up to date on everything related to Yoo Yeon Seok. This was a gathering of members who maintained Tumblr, two Twitter accounts, a Facebook account, a YouTube account and a Dailymotion account. Through those channels of social media, we were able share with the world our joy at discovering more about this amazing man. Some of the members worked double duty in both the Chilbongie International Fan Project, as well as being an active YYS-IFC staff member. We created fan artworks and gif-sets; translated and subtitled videos and a movie of his; translated articles and interviews that he had done; we created fan fiction involving his most recent and beloved character of ChilBong; and so, we kept the rest of the Yeonizens informed and replete with Yoo Yeon Seok goodness.
By the time <Reply 1994> had finished, we all swallowed our tears and found solace in each other, and an organic union had formed between the YYS-IFC admins and the Chilbongie Fan Project team members, and we become one. United in everything Yoo Yeon Seok, a man just as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside.
WHAT ARE OUR FUTURE PLANS?
We are increasing our fan base steadily and gaining recognition for our group. We hope to spread the love of Yoo Yeon Seok in every corner of the world and convert them all to Yeonizen’s 😛
We want to support the talent Yoo Yeon Seok in all of his future endeavours, not just through our wishes but through gifts and supportive events to let him know that he is loved and appreciated.
We hope to be recognised as an official International Fan Club, and we will continue to work diligently and joyfully towards this goal.
For information about short term projects, please head to the section titled “IFC projects”
We love to hear from you. Contact us.