Personally, I think so!
What would the fans think?
I think its safe to say that the majority of Bi’s fans are Asian, and the lot of them are not too keen on him dating period, whether she was black, green, or even Korean for that matter! They think they have control over Bi and his personal life, and to a considerable extent, they do. He’s not considered to be just some random guy. He’s the pride of South Korea. He’s a possession, something to be owned. He’s a natural resource, and has been placed in an invisible trust bound by the media, fans and entertainment industry. For Bi, it must be a blessing and a curse. He can come and go as he pleases. He gets the best of everything that South Korea/Asia has to offer. He’s treated like royalty. But on the other hand, he’s a prisoner of his fame. He can’t openly admit when he’s dating, and he certainly can’t take that poor woman out in public. He knows there will be a backlash if he does, a backlash that may affect his appeal and status. So its not say that Bi doesn’t date. Its just that, he can’t date like a normal guy. Needless to say, most of the fans wouldn’t be happy for him. They’d hate on the woman and denounce Bi. He may lost alot of fans. Personally I think its ridiculous. As much as I love his man, I am a realist. I know he dates and if ever he does go public with a woman, I will feel a twinge of jealousy, but on the whole, I will be happy for him in that he was able to break free from the chains the fans have bound him with and find a love that he is proud of.
Yeah yeah, great, but what if the girl he was proud of was black?
If the woman Bi was dating openly was black, yikes… I really do feel sorry for both of them. Although the perception of black/African people is changing for the better in South Korea, I can guarantee that it likely hasn’t changed to the extent that they would approve of their dear, precious Bi being romantically linked to one. Highly doubt it!
Has Bi ever been in love with/liked a black woman?
Highly probable! He’s been to the States often and lived there months at a time. Sistas are everywhere, and I’m sure he’s come across a good number of them. Not only that, being that he is in the entertainment industry, he’s probably rubbed shoulders with beautiful black women i.e. models, dancers, actresses, etc. Alot of men from Asia can only check us out from looking us up on the internet, but Bi has seen us firsthand, and he knows we’re sexy, intelligent and desirable. No doubt about it. It is possible that while he was in the States he has had some sort of relationship with a black woman, whether it be friends or possibly even girlfriend or steady. At least, I would like to think so.
Would such a relationship survive?
Bi and the black woman he is dating would likely be from completely different worlds. In order for a relationship to work or survive, there must be a compromise between those two worlds. Just think of all of the ways they would have to be compatible: language (this is a big one), culture, religion, approval from friends and family (another big one), etc. Its hard enough for two people who speak the same language and worship the same to be compatible, now just factor in jealous fans and country loyalty, and such a relationship is doomed to fail. One thing I’ve learned about Bi is that he is Korean. Yeah, I know I am stating the obvious, but what I mean is that he was born Korean and he will die Korean. He’s a proud Korean man, and thinks its the best country in the world, and would do anything for it (i.e. go into mandatory military service at the pinnacle of his career) in order to stay loyal. That said, he’s not about to disappoint his country through his own actions and desires. In the States, its “me-ism”. In Asia, its “we-ism”. Bi’s the type that would clench his teeth, and do what he had to do in the end—which is, to break up with his black (or non-Korean) girlfriend. If the woman went into the relationship with a level head, this would not come as a surprise to her, and she would bow out gracefully. But if she had on rose-colored glasses from the beginning, her heart would be broken, and she might think Bi to be cruel or unable to make his own decisions. But…that is the way it is, it is his culture, and trust, he won’t forsake it. She should be happy that she was able to hit that and move on with her life.
So sure, Bi would date a black woman. He could fall in love with a woman of any color, under the right circumstances, while he’s in the States and not under the watchful eye of his Asian fans. I will also add that he would probably date any beautiful woman that wasn’t Korean, but the outcome would be the same.