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  • Claire Ashton
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      Sunday, December 22, 2002

      Court makes it official - he's now a woman

      Request by transexual Ha Ri Su, familiar to Korean drama fans here, to
      change gender is finally granted

      SEOUL - The law in South Korea has finally caught up with what fans of
      transexual singer-actress Ha Ri Su have accepted all along: It has
      recognised her as a woman.

      The Inchon district court has granted her request for changing her gender
      and name on the family register.

      Born Lee Kyong Yop in Songnam, a town south-east of Seoul, she would be
      allowed to change her name to Lee Kyong Eun legally.

      The court said in a ruling: ''Considering that Ha has been socially
      recognised as female after her transgender operation, it is appropriate that
      we regard Ha physically as a woman.''

      The court also said the decision was made to protect her dignity as the
      Constitution guarantees the right of an individual to pursue happiness.

      The 27-year-old Ha got her name Ha Ri Su by adapting the English term ''hot
      issue''.

      She has used her 35-24-35 figure to launch a lucrative modelling and show
      business career.

      Ha is familiar to Korean drama fans here, having acted in the hit drama
      serial Winter Sonata.

      After breast-enhancing surgery in Japan in 1998 and a sex-change operation,
      she started singing in a nightclub, where she was talent-spotted.

      She cut two albums - Temptation and Liar - and became a successful model.

      A television commercial she did for a cosmetic company turned her into a
      household name.

      Her Adam's apple had came into full view in some scenes, shocking viewers
      who had thought that she was a woman.

      But her career has not been all smooth sailing. In October, US distributors
      decided not to use her as a model for their game, Warcraft 3.

      The straight-talking entertainer, who said her father has not really
      accepted that his only son has become a woman, is unfazed by the focus on
      her transsexuality.

      She has been quoted as saying: ''I dont want to face people and be dishonest
      about who I really am.

      ''I won't be able to hide it well.

      ''So, it's better to make it clear from the start.''

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