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[Essay] Is Asia a Barrier for the Hallyu and K-pop?

The incident, also known as the 'sock incident' (a conflict over laundry), occurred during their time living together in the U.S. The meticulous Bang and the easygoing Park are both studying abroad in the U.S. and starting their lives as novice producers, but their paths diverge after the incident.

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[Essay]How do Female Fans Interpret K-pop Girl Groups?

Most of the participants indicated that they had ceased being fans of male idols and had instead become fans of female idols. This shift was primarily due to their disappointment with male idols involved in misogynistic incidents...

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[Column] The Meaning of 'K' in K-pop: What is K-ness?

Despite the global universality that K-pop possesses as a type of pop music, the fact that K-pop is referred to not only as pop but as a genre that combines the adjective "K," which reveals national/regional identity, is due to the inherent characteristics of K-pop that originated from Korean music.

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[Essay] Idol SB19, and The Rise of 'P-pop'

These examples of SB19 and fandom represent a turning point in the globalization of K-pop. In the case of SB19, the issue is not 'localization' but 'indigenization' of K-pop. Glocalization, a portmanteau of ....

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[Column] Song 'CUPID' of FiftyFifty...Exploits a Vulnerability in the K-pop industry,

What is clear, however, is that the huge success of "Cupid" is likely to encourage more venture-type K-pop companies to aim for such a "big hit" in the future. Although this phenomenon has been going on for two decades, the success of "Cupid" is more likely to be seen as a

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[Kpop] What Bundang's Warm Breeze and Sunshine Brought Forth..."Jannabi(์ž”๋‚˜๋น„)"

The musicians are shaped by their "hometown" and "era". In particular, the music listened to and enjoyed the near environments during the emotionally explosive second year of junior high school(16 years old) is almost essential in defining a young artist's identity.

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[Column] Right-Wing Government and Superficial "K"-Politics

A 34-second video concluded the presentation and left a lasting impression. The video began with a satellite image showing "North Korea in darkness and South Korea in shining light," and then featured cultural icons such as Jung Myung-hoon and

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[Essay] The Globalization of the Korean Wave: Understanding and Misunderstanding

The unprecedented success of Hallyu naturally raises curiosity about its causes. As a result of the growing popularity of Korean pop culture, there have been a number of misconceptions about the hallyu phenomenon that are rooted in pre-existing ideological biases. In the following sections..

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[Essay] Tanaka-san's Popularity and the Hallyu Universe

My attention was drawn to Tanaka when I saw him sing on Mnet's music program 'M Countdown' in late 2022 after he released his rock ballad 'Wasurenai (ๅฟ˜ใ‚Œใชใ„, Don't forget me)'. The female audience, captured by the broadcast cameras, shouted and cheered for Tanaka..

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[Essay] The Complex Relationship between the Creative Industry and Sarcasm: the โ€œFifty Fifty" Scandal

The "Fifty-Fifty Incident" stands out as one of the most talked-about issues in the Korean entertainment industry this year. However, rather than capturing widespread public attention, it has generated more discussion among industry insiders.

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[Kpop] Eve, Psyche and Bluebeard's Wife, by Le Sserafim : The best K-pop song of the first half of 2023

Essentially, the success of the performance is credited to Huh Yoon-jin, without whom the show might not have achieved its impact. A particularly notable part of the choreography is during the background chorus of "mess, mess, mess~", where Huh almost stumbles, creating a sense of ...