When it comes to constructions of femininity in K-Pop, it’s quite a different world than masculinity. Again, the influence of Confucian philosophy is apparent. “Traditionally, the husband was metaphorically referred to as ‘heaven,’ to signify his superiority, and his wife … Continue reading
Rain (비), whose real name is Jung Ji Hoon, is by far the most sexualized K-Pop idol that there is today. If you’ve ever seen the American movie “Ninja Assassin,” you’ll recognize him; he played the main character. He was … Continue reading
What is aegyo? Simply put, aegyo means acting cute on purpose. It’s generally regarded as a feminine thing, though males can do aegyo as well. Sometimes, it can be used to get something, or to make someone do something for … Continue reading
In her book, Korean Masculinities and Transnational Consumption, Sun Jung brings a discussion of hybridity into her examination of K-Pop. She argues that hybridizations of Korean traditional masculinities and global masculinities allow various sets of “regional viewers” to embrace such … Continue reading
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“When a concept for the group is decided, the songs, dance, and languages that are fitting for the group are also selected and the members go into training immediately… Training periods vary, but they last anywhere from 3-5 years. In … Continue reading
“…Even though we might be from different countries I feel connected…” -Anonymous The Influence of K-Pop Survey, March 2012 While K-Pop is more often associated with music artists and groups, it is important to realize that K-Pop not only refers … Continue reading
Before I start analyzing any video, song, or idol group, I would like to present a disclaimer. I am an avid consumer of Korean popular music. I was introduced to Korean culture, Korean popular culture more specifically, a little over … Continue reading