During a career that has spanned over 30 years, Insooni has made special contributions to promoting K-pop and advocating interests of multicultural families. / Korea Times file
By Do Je-hae
Pop diva Insooni will receive an award for her impact as an entertainer and an advocate for multicultural children, the Culture Ministry said Friday.
The ministry, in cooperation with the "Network for Women and Culture," has selected her as the winner of the "Woman of the Year in Culture Award."
She will receive a medal from Culture Minister Ryu Jin-ryong, in addition to a cash reward, during a ceremony on Oct. 31 in Seoul. The award was established in 2008 to recognize women of outstanding cultural achievements.
"Insooni has established herself as a leader in her field by advancing Korean pop music and sharing the fruits of her success through outreach projects," a ministry statement said.
The veteran singer is among the most respected Korean female singers of her generation. Since her debut in 1978, the 57-year-old has released 18 albums and has held numerous concerts here and abroad.
She is known for her explosive voice, a versatile technique that enables her to cross genres from "minyo" (traditional songs) to R&B, and a charismatic stage presence.
In recent years, her initiatives to promote the interests of multicultural families have been gaining attention as well. A daughter of a Korean mother and an African-American father, Insooni founded the Hae Mil School, an educational facility for multicultural children in Gangwon Province, earlier this year.