[OPINION] Long Live, Mukbang

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If you watch South Korean TV programs regularly, you know Mukbang is everything. While it started out small with a single host and online audience on internet...

[Opinion] Keep the Singers, Give Me Actors Instead

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The outstanding success of Crazy Rich Asians highlights the power of cinema to dismantle long-held stereotypes about Asians through relatable narratives in a way that music like...

[OPINION] K-Fans are Mad NOT Because They are Dating, but Because They are Hiding

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If there existed a competition for the most sensitive and touchy subject in the history of K-Pop, the “revelation of idols’ secret relationship” would kill all. We...

[Opinion] Fans Need to Stop Asking Celebrities to Apologize for Everything

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Anyone who is at least familiar with the exciting world of Korean entertainment must have noticed that celebrities seem to get negative backlash easily. As a result,...

[OPINION] Why South Korea has the Most Established Fandom Culture

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South Korea probably has the most established fandom culture in the world. The K-pop fans are no doubt the most dedicated, loyal, supportive, and sometimes, a wee...

[Opinion] Where “Plane Bae” and K-Pop Fandoms Meet: Fanfiction

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"Plane Bae" and K-Pop fanfiction are the same: entertaining yet absolutely problematic. Earlier this month a Rosey Blair, an actress, photographer, and writer boarded a flight from New...

[OPINION] “Mr. Sunshine” Exemplifies the Risky Business of Historical Drama

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If you are a true K-drama fanatic, you know that tvN’s newest drama “Mr. Sunshine” is THE talk of the town right now. From its impressive lineup of...

[Opinion] Are K-Pop Achievements ‘Fake News’?

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The past year and a half have been good for Korean popular music. In 2017, general fans of K-pop and boy group BTS saw the group invited...

[OPINION] Just Like Fashion Trends, K-Pop Has Come Full Circle

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Just like fashion trends, K-pop has come full circle. With the growing popularity of K-pop in both domestic and international music industry, people are finally starting to...

[Opinion] What’s The Deal With K-Netizens?

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Love them, hate them, compliment them, insult them -- the relationship that the international K-pop community has with K-netizens is complicated. Translations and translators have played a significant...