• Tuan, who wants to use his platform to encourage others to change the world for the better, shares with the Post what he learned as a K-pop idol in Korea
  • The star has launched a personal studio in China, is working on an album, and recently released a song with Bangladeshi-American musician Sanjoy

Mark Tuan sometimes forgets he’s not a normal 27-year-old guy living in the US state of California, and is surprised by things like his fans crashing

Clubhouse when he signs up

But Tuan is one-seventh of popular K-pop boy band Got7, and he just moved home from Seoul in South Korea to be close to his family while starting a new stage of his career, and to use his platform to influence his fans to change the world in a positive way.

“It gets to me all the time,” reflects Tuan over a call about the fervour with which his fans support him. “I’m still not used to that, I’ve been doing this for like seven years now. You would think I’d get used to it, but it still surprises me that fans are still that crazy and supportive, and that we have that much power. It’s super cool.”

Joining Clubhouse, an audio streaming platform, is just one of the many things Tuan has been trying lately:

he and the rest of Got7 parted ways with their label JYP Entertainment this year

after debuting with the South Korean company in 2014. The group plan to remain together, but each member is doing his own thing.

For Tuan, that means moving home to the United States – which he left when he was a 16-year-old dreaming of superstardom – and figuring out who he is as a soloist; the star, who is of Taiwanese descent, also recently launched a personal studio in China to grow his career in Chinese entertainment.

“I think the biggest goal for me right now is to be able to find my sound. I’m not given a song now. I have to go out and make the song with people.”