Child of Empire (ZE:A)

Summary: Child of Empire (from here on referred to as ZE:A) debuted on January 15, 2010.  There are nine members, and are: Kevin, KwangHee, SiWan, JunYoung, TaeHeon, HeeChul, MinWoo, HyungSik, and DongJun.  Originally, they were being marketed as a “male Girl’s Generation,” mostly because they have the same amount of members as SNSD.  Within 24 hours after their debut, they reached number one on music charts, and even before debut received a lot of attention.  In September of 2010, they made their Japanese debut.

ZE:A holds a special place in my heart as one of the bands that debuted during our time in Korea.  Even though they technically debuted while Velexa and I were visiting home for winter break, we still got to see them at the Spring 2010 Dream Concert and since we were sitting in ZE:A’s fan club section, we got waved at by either DongJun or JunYoung (the fan club, not us specifically).  We love KwangHee for his honesty (not like he could lie and say he didn’t get plastic surgery), and Kevin stuck out to us simply because he shared his name with U-KISS’ Kevin.  While Velexa knows and can identify all the members pretty well, I’m still working on it.

Member Profiles


Birth Name: Kim Ji Yeop
Birth Date: February 23, 1988
Birth Place: Born in South Korea but raised in Australia
Family: Younger sister, Parents

  • Fluent in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese
  • Starts speaking English when things gets unreasonable
  • Loves to shop on the internet
  • Considered the mom of the group


Birth Name: Hwang KwangHee
Birth Date: August 25, 1988
Birth Place: South Korea
Family: Younger sister, parents

  • Likes impersonating Jo Kwon; is a Jo Kwon fanboy
  • Admitted to having plastic surgery
  • Likes tennis and scuba diving
  • Good at cooking
  • Fluent in English


Birth Name: Im WoongJae
Birth Date: December 1, 1988
Birth Place: Busan, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents

  • Can play violin
  • Likes snowboarding and skiing
  • KwangHee is his best friend
  • Is a self-proclaimed fashionista
  • One of his hobbies is shopping for food


Birth Name: Moon JunYoung
Birth Date: February 9, 1989
Birth Place: Hongdae, South Korea
Family: Parents

  • Enjoys soccer, bowling, and running
  • Fell after a shower in 2010 and had to get surgery on a fractured cheekbone
  • Often compared to DBSK’s YooChun
  • Made an appearance on Mnet’s show “Pretty Boy”
  • Likes to imitate their boss
  • Enjoys watching movies
  • Considered the father of the group


Birth Name: Kim TaeHeon
Birth Date: June 18, 1989
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Older sister (parents deceased)

  • Both his parents passed away from cancer when he was younger. His only close family member is his sister.
  • Can beatbox
  • Enjoys watching movies and dramas
  • Talks to HeeChul while sleeping
  • Does a lot of aegyo
  • One of his hobbies is exercising
  • Main rapper
  • Has said his ideal girl is SNSD’s SeoHyun


Birth Name: Jung HeeCheol
Birth Date: December 9, 1989
Birth Place: Jeju, South Korea
Family: Two younger brother, parents

  • He was worried about burdening his parents, so he once stayed in Seoul alone and worked part time
  • His idol is DBSK
  • Loves to read
  • Like TaeHeon, he talks in his sleep.
  • Ran away from home more than once when he was younger
  • Has temper issues
  • Used to smoke, but Star Empire made him quit. He used to cry for days because Star Empire would scold him for smoking.


Birth Name: Ha MinWoo
Birth Date: September 6, 1990
Birth Place: Yangsan, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents

  • Considered the “dancing machine” of the group
  • He was formerly a JYP trainee, but decided to stay with Star Empire Entertainment because his friends were there.
  • Used to be a back up dancer for VOS
  • Loves photography
  • Wants to visit Jeju
  • If he wasn’t a singer, he’d want to be a dance instructor
  • One of the skinniest in the group; he envies Kevin and DongJun’s muscular appearance.


Birth Name: Park HyungSik
Birth Date: November 16, 1991
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Older brother, parents

  • Likes playing tricks on the older members and getting away with it using an innocent face.
  • Tallest in the group
  • JunYoung calls him a spoiled kid, his parents used to do everything for him
  • Dubbed the member who eats the most
  • Favorite artist is Park HyoShin
  • Enjoys drawing


Birth Name: Kim DongJun
Birth Date: February 11, 1992
Birth Place: Busan, South Korea
Family: Older brother, parents

  • Called “Number 1 Scary maknae (youngest)”
  • Known as the “male Han GaIn”
  • Shortest in the group, along with SiWan
  • He thinks even though he’s still young, he’s stopped growing
  • He’ll mimic a story as he’s telling it
  • Is afraid of dogs
  • Good at football