Chae in 2018
Emma Eun-Chae Min
September 18, 1992
|Revised Romanization||Min Eun-chae|
|Revised Romanization||Emma Min|
|Revised Romanization||Emma Chae|
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Emma is a native from Orange, and was born and raised in a middle-class Asian neighborhood in Sarangnha. When she was fourteen, Emma was discovered by O.P. Entertainment at a local recruiting event, and subsequently spent parts of the years in Korea where she trained. Shortly after her seventeenth birthday, Emma and three other girls debuted as 4OUR, which later became one of the most popular and highest-grossing artists in Korea and in Sierra. Like most Sierran-based K-pop artists, they practiced and performed in both Korea and Sierra. After the band disbanded in 2014, Emma began pursuing music projects outside Korean music, and joined hip hop group Skid Row Productions. After her breakout role as a producer for Sierran rapper Q-Lo's 2014 hit album, Saudade, the two stars dated for three years until March 2017.
As an actress, Emma has played a number of roles in Hollywood television and film, including The Styx 100 (Chloe Kim), Me in Real Life (Susan Sue), and Singing All-Stars (as herself as judge in Season 12). She also played voice acting roles in Sierran animation, and made frequent appearances in other projects. Outside her musical and acting career, she has helped manage Skid Row Productions, and runs a clothing fashion-line.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Emma was born on September 18, 1992 in Sarangnha, Orange, to Min Jung-hoon and Min Ji-Eun (neé Song). Her parents were both first-generation immigrants from Korea, who arrived to Sierra when they were only 17 and 14 respectively. Her father, Min Jung-hoon (who went by as Henry Min), and served as a financial adviser while her mother, Min Ji-Eun (who went by as Jenny Min), worked as as a banking accountant. Emma's parents met each other in high school in Los Coyotes de Cerritos, Gold Coast, and eventually married, settling in nearby Sarangnha where they raised Min's older siblings, Hannah and Jason before Emma was born. She is second cousins with MP Isabelle Huynh through her mother's side.
She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Orange Montessori Academy before transferring to Ernest O. Lawrence Elementary School with her siblings. At the age of eight, Emma joined the local girl's soccer club and remained on the team until she was 11. When she was sixteen years old, her parents were involved in an automobile-related accident, which resulted in her father losing sensory and control over both of his legs. The Min family fell into financial trouble soon after as they struggled to pay for medical bills. To support her family, Emma and her siblings had to work in retail, while they were still attending school.
Despite cycling between two jobs during her senior year, Emma graduated from Richard O'Neill High School within the top 5% of her class, and was accepted to the University of Sierra, Porciúncula on a full-ride scholarship with an undeclared major. After only a year in attendance, she transferred and continued her studies in Korea at Dongguk University as a music major and theater studies minor after she was recruited by O.P. Entertainment.