Dami Im

When Dami Im moved to Australia from her native Korea as a child, she would never have imagined that she’d become Australia’s second Eurovision Song Contest representative and achieve Australia’s highest score so far, placing second with her powerful “Sound of Silence”.

Dami’s success is, among other things, a celebration of the unique power and ingenuity of immigrants. Her DNA results reflect her east Asian heritage… with a twist!
The Im family, on Dami’s father’s side, was founded by On Im—32 generations ago! On Im was the general-in-chief in the Goryeo Kingdom of ancient Korea during the reign of King Chung-ryeol, who ruled from 1236 CE to 1308 CE.

MyHeritage was were able to dig that far back thanks to Korean naming customs.





Korean families have a fascinating way of preserving family legacy. They traditionally have a table that designates one syllable of male given names as a generation marker. The Im family followed this tradition. The chart below is included in family genealogies that were passed down from father to son and written in ancient HanJa (Chinese) characters.



First 7 generations of the Im family, published in 1916
Dami’s paternal grandmother (father’s mother, Gi-suk Hong) is from the Hong family, which was founded in Pung-san. Her ancestor, Ji-Gyeong Hong, started the Hong family and founded Pung-san City, a picturesque town in southern South Korea along the Nakdong River, in about 1242 CE. He was known for his mastery of Korean classical verse.
Pung-san village

Dami is 44.1% Japanese and Korean, 29.1% Mongolian, 23.1% Chinese and Vietnamese, 1.6% Nepali, and 2.1% Finnish!

Dami is 44.1% Japanese and Korean, 29.1% Mongolian, 23.1% Chinese and Vietnamese, 1.6% Nepali, and 2.1% Finnish!

44.1%
Japanese and Korean
29.1%
Mongolian
23.1%
Chinese and Vietnamese
2.1
Finnish
1.6%
Nepali

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