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|Born||March 18, 1981 (1981-03-18)|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Associated acts||SM Entertainment|
|Revised Romanization||Jang Nara|
Early lifeAs a child, Jang spent most of her childhood in her birthplace, Seoul, but appeared with her father in a play, Les Misérables, in her primary school days, thus sparking her interest to become an actress. Jang also went on to become an advertisement model for some television advertisements in her high school days before entering into the Department of Theater, the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chungang University in March 2000.
SM Entertainment, however SM Entertainment had dropped Jang due to assumptions that Jang would have lesser or no popularity than other competing artists. Despite SM's opinion, Jang released her first album with the title song, "Burying My Face In Tears". The album sold 300,000 copies in the process. Her pop ballad style song, Confession and the April Story, was ranked at the top in various music charts. Thus, this resulted in Jang holding an MC job at MBC's music show, Music Camp.
Acting careerJang also has a successful acting career, in which she appears in a TV sitcom "New Nonstop" with famous South Korean young stars such as Park Kyung-lim and Yang Dong Geun. Together with Jang Hyuk, she also played the leading role in a TV drama, "Successful Story of a Bright Girl", which recorded high audience rating.
In recent years, she starred in a drama in China, called "Bratty Princess". Being the lead actress, she has attracted much affection from Chinese-speaking fans and has become quite popular in Chinese-speaking countries in Asia. She has also released a few Chinese-language CDs. Her first Chinese album was a huge success and it featured her previously released Korean songs translated into Chinese. The Chinese versions of "Sweet Dream", "It's Probably Love" and "I'm A Woman Too" have become very popular on radio throughout Asia. She has performed many concerts in China, often singing both Korean and Chinese songs. Recently she released another Chinese album called "Kung Fu". The video for the song featured her in red qipao (Chinese women traditional dress), fighting villains, and dancing with a cute panda. She is also in the 2008 Olympic song "Beijing Welcomes You", as the only non-Chinese ethnic singer.
|2009||Sky and Ocean 하늘과 바다|
|2007||Girl's Revolution 麻雀要革命|
|2003||Oh! Happy Day 오! 해피데이|
|2011||KBS: Baby-Faced Beauty 동안미녀|
|2011||Diao Man Qiao Yu Yi 刁蛮俏御医 (Unruly Qiao)|
|2010||Iron Masked Singer 铁面歌女|
|2007||Chun Bai Zhi Lian 纯白之恋 (Good Morning Shanghai)|
|2005||KBS: Wedding 웨딩|
|2005||CCTV: Diao Man Gong Zhu 刁蠻公主 (My Bratty Princess)|
|2004||MBC: Love is All Around 사랑을 할꺼야|
|2003||Hello! Balbari 헬로 발바리|
|2002||MBC: My Love Patzzi 내 사랑 팥쥐|
|2002||SBS: Bright Girl's Success Story 명랑소녀 성공기|
|2001||MBC: Nonstop 2 (sitcom)|
Charity and other activitiesJang does some charity work such as sending free powdered milk to the hungry North Korean children. She also works with the FHI Charity organization.
Recently, Jang held a fund-raising concert for child patients of leukemia in China. The Jang Foundation was established from the money raised during Jang's fan club meeting at her June 9 concert in Beijing, which was held to mark the 15th year of Korean-Chinese diplomatic relations. Twelve hundred seats at the concert venue sold out early. After the concert on stage, a leading Chinese charity organization appointed Jang as a goodwill ambassador, making her the first foreigner to receive such an honor.
In June 2010, Jang was appointed as an associate professor at the Beijing Huajia University (北京华嘉学院).
In 2011, Jang was appointed as Seoul’s Gangnam-gu’s ambassador to promote tourism in the area.
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- 2003 Singer of the Year (Korea) CCTV-MTV Music Honors
- 2002 KBS Music Awards
- 2002 MBC Singer Award
- 15th International Chunsa Film Festival: Hallyu Grand Award