A few weeks ago some friends and I headed to downtown Los Angeles to catch the highly anticipated CN Blue and FT Island joint concert.
While the show itself blew me away, it was the absolutely electrifying energy coming from the crowd that made the experience so much more memorable. I was struck speechless by the sheer amount of people who attended the show and even more astounded by the diversity. Men, women, blacks, whites, Indians, Latinos, Asians—everyone was there representing for K-pop and singing along to lyrics in a language that was mostly foreign to them. At the risk of sounding terribly corny with a side of cheesy, I was proud to be a K-pop fan that day because I truly felt that it represented a global community united through the love of a specific kind of music.
Some weeks later, CN Blue released the MV for “Hey You.” And the pride that I felt that day dissipated. Yeah, it was that dramatic.
I’d like to assume that “Hey You” was supposed to be set somewhere in the West. And why do I assume that? Not gonna lieIt might have something to do with the exclusive all-white cast they used in the video. It was almost as if CN Blue was shouting to viewers, Look at us! Theres white people in our video! Were in America! If there is one thing I learned about watching Korean music videos and Bollywood films, it’s that Caucasian people always signify the Western world. And all jokes aside, what about the huge melting pot of folks that bought tickets and attended CN Blue’s show in Los Angeles? Why were they not represented in that Western-set video? And why do they continue to be left out of music videos that seem to be trying to appeal to a global audience? Needless to say, I am broaching upon a sensitive topic so believe me, I’m treading lightly.
It’s not uncommon for K-pop artists to use foreigners in their videos. After all, the very essence of the Hallyu wave is to share Korean culture with people abroad. K-pop has continued to expand throughout Asia while gaining more and more popularity in the United States and Europe. JYJ recently performed in South America to huge fanfare. Music Banks trek to Paris saw a full house. K-pop has been around the world more frequently than Kim Kardashian has been around the block. So why is there such a limited view of the Western diaspora? And why do K-pop music videos equate “white” with “the West”?
To some, it seems almost frivolous to cast foreigners in music videos. Why go out of your way to cast foreigners when theres hundreds of Korean actors and actresses just itching to be in a K-pop video? But I disagree. I think there are legitimate reasons for non-Asians to be featured in K-pop music videos. Notice I wrote legitimate reasons, not good reasons. First off, the idea of foreigners is trendy, cool, and allows music videos to stick out from the pack. Within a saturated music industry, record companies want their videos to have some element of jarring. Secondly, K-pop uses non-Asians to behave in ways that are considered out of the norm. More on that later. And thirdly, they appeal to a broad global audience.
But I don’t buy the idea that K-pop’s casting of foreigners actually increases “global appeal.” For one, the videos don’t represent global diversity. Sorry, CN Blue, but an all-white cast in your video doesn’t make you global or diverse. And remember when Se7en introduced his song “Girls” on 106th and Park with Lil Kim? African American viewers didn’t rush to go out and buy Se7en’s albums just because a black woman was featured in the video (in fact, I’m 100% positive that Lil Kim only scared most black people away from the song, but that’s neither here nor there). So the idea of using foreigners to appeal to foreigners doesn’t seem plausible. Personally, I started listening to K-pop despite the fact that the artists looked nothing like me. The appeal was there even without the familiarity.
Although I dont fundamentally yearn to see more African Americans like myself (or any other ethnicity) in K-pop videos, it still grinds my gears when those videos portray the Western world as a homogenous society thats home to only one kind of person. And when it comes to this particularly sensitive topic, no one quite pushes my buttons more than the Hip Hop kings themselves, G-Dragon and T.O.P.
Ah, G-Dragon and T.O.P. The men who, ironically, made me fall back in love with Hip Hop. The guys whose swags are, as Kanye West would say, on a hundred thousand trillion. When K-pop fans offer up groups they think have crossover appeal for success in the U.S., these boys (and their Big Bang bretheren) usually top that list. But while they have such broad appeal overseas, it’s almost as if only a certain kind of Westerner appeals to them. And I think that’s the key: what are the perceptions that Korean artists (like GD and T.O.P.) have about the West and what are the perceptions they have about Caucasian people, particularly women?
When I used to watch a ton of Indian films, I noticed that many white women were used in scenes that were overtly sexual. They were portrayed as the antithesis to the virginal, traditional Indian woman. Its a trend that Ive also seen in K-pop. The guys in the music videos touch foreign girls more intimately. Theyre quicker to go in for the kiss (and no, not the K-drama pseudo-kiss). The girls are expected to do things that are perceived to be normal behavior for a girl from the West.
This same hypersexualized behavior is considered inappropriate for Korean girls. Western women are sought after in music videos, but usually end up representing heartbreak, infidelity, and an overall dysfunctional relationship. Its an awkward double-edged sword where Caucasian women are obsessed over and glorified, but are also demeaned and a lot of times disrespected in several forms. Check out U-Kiss Shut Up MV if you think Im kidding. I mean, honestly, the song is called Shut Up. SMH.
In regards to the lack of diversity in K-pop videos, Im not asking that K-pop take on the daunting and noble task of bringing together all people of different creeds and representing them all in their videos. Lord knows American and European entertainment have diversity issues of their own. But as a person of color who loves K-pop and knows a myriad of fans who love it as much as I do, I do ask that K-pop acknowledge that fans in the Westthe same ones who buy their concert tickets, albums, and merchandiserepresent more than just one demographic. And that when they do start showing more diversity, I hope they realize that the stereotype of foreign women as overly sexual is not a flattering one.
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In "I Have a Lover" Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hyun Joo began their legit romance.
On the 24th episode of SBS "I have a Lover" (script Bae Yoo Mi, director Choi Moon Suk) broadcast on October 17th, Hye Kang (played through Kim Hyun Joo) went forward and attemptedto discover her official memory.
On this day, Jin Un and Hye Kang started an official romance. Jin Un did notprevent her love affair confession of love in opposition to Hye Kang. With that, Hye Kang stated to him as well, "I would like to beloved you" and created an overly loveable vibe.
Third position on the male list synchronized with the feminine category, as participants voted for the on-screen boyfriend of Park Shin Hye, Lee Jong Suk. He got 11.8 percent of votes, followed by his real-life friend and fellow model-turned-actor, Kim Woo Bin, who turned intochose by 10.8 percent of respondents.
Organizers of the survey were no longershocked by the results. In keeping with the report published by jTBC, a spokesperson for the corporate cited the recognition of Yoo Seung Ho and the picture of Suzy as Korea's sweetheart, as attributing points for their ends up in the study.
Yoo, whose post-military projects come with "Imaginary Cat" and "Remember," is continuously referred to by Korean media by the nickname, Little So Ji Sub, for his resemblance to the "Oh My Venus" star.
Shinhwas Kim Dong Wan Makes Solo Comeback With Im Fine MVan0ya October 20, 2015 0 Finishing his seven-year solo hiatus, Kim Dong Wan has returned with his first mini album.
His mini album D was released on October 21 in the dead of night KST in conjunction with the song video for his emotional title track Im Fine. As in the past revealed, the five-track album functions guest verses by g.o.ds Danny An and Show Me the cashbig name Cjamm.
Im Fine is a medium-tempo ballad track with lyrics about getting over your ex-girlfriend. Kim Dong Wans mild yet transparent vocals are an excellent match for the airy melody, making Im Fine an ideal easy-to-listen track for fall.
(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)Veteranactress Kim Hyun Joo rocked bright runway ensembles for the November factor of InStyle. The good looks wore a Dior tweed suit, Gucci ruffled jacket, Fendi pencil skirt and Prada brooches, to calla couple of items. The colour of everyglancein reality stood out because Kim posed in front of a grey backdrop. Consistent with the magazine, "After her maximumfresh I Have A Lover drama comeback, Kim Hyun Joo is receiving more attention than ever before."
Kim's accessories incorporated the "Majorelle" bi-color suede pumps by way of Pierre Hardy. The most original feature of the shoes is the black tassels hooked up to the ankle strap. The design will also be yours HERE and will almost definitely beobserved below.
During the interview, the famous personmentioned her 20th anniversary since her debut. She stated, "It appears likeit is only been ten years. Suddenly, there is alargeobligation to be good. Yet my desires have replaced now that i am older and I am going to pursue more specific roles. With age, I havelearnedthe foremost thing is herbal relationships. I am less enterprising than I used to be back when I started, I'm wantingto find a passion."
For the Black Friday event, YG Items is providing five other t-shirt designs for the subsequent YG artists—2NE1, G-DRAGON, iKON, EPIK HIGH and WINNER in addition a BIGBANG snapback! Those are all re-productions of best-selling designs which are out of inventory and now notreadily available so once youin the pastignored your likelihood now is your opportunity to swoop one (or all five!). One of the vital designs is the vintage WINNER logo T-shirt this islately sold out on either YG e-shop and YG Presents.
For 2NE1, it is the 'MISSING YOU' MV clip T that has been sold-out on YG e-shop for a while now, and it ispromoting for best $20. Head over to ygpresents.com to snatch the ones you want to haveearlier than they sell out and to get your Christmas buying groceries done early!For the ones interested, practice @ygpresents on Instagram and on Twitter to stick up-to-date and to view more cool images and exclusive offerings.
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BTS Speak about Sold Out Concerts and Reflect on InternationalExcursion an0ya November 27, 2015 0 The lads of BTS have shared their mind on sold out concerts and passionate overseas fans.
Ahead of maintaining their solo concert 2015 BTS Reside in Seoul on November 27, the participants sat down for a press conventionto speak about their contemporary activities.
When asked about their concert promoting out instantly after the tickets went on sale, Rap Monster replied, I used to be very surprised. Our old concert used to be sold out as well, and Im glad that we keep having sold out concerts, especially as we gradually go on to greater venues.
Updated: BTS Drops Amazing Track Video Teaser for Runilmare42 November 22, 2015 0 Updated 11/26 KST:
BTS just released the primary music video teaser for Run!
BTS has now shared some more thoughtfootage for their comeback, and are keeping up the butterfly theme weve been seeing in their outdated teasers! The caption at theimages reads Papillon, which is French for butterfly. Take a glance at them out below!
Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun DisplayLovely Chemistry in Front and In the back of the Camerack525 November 25, 2015 0 Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun were the very best pair as they filmed a advertisement together.
On November 26, sidusHQ’s reputable Twitter posted images of the 2 with the caption, “Behold, the behind-the-scenes for the pizza commercial that may be giving fanaticscenter attacks for days as a result of the two’s cute chemistry! Kim Woo bin and Kim So Hyun are the maximum productive pizza traders of the day! Pass the be aware that we’re ordering pizza today~”
In the pictures revealed, Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun can also benoticed close together. Kim Woo Bin is dressed in a red sweater and blue jeans, the best boyfriend look. Kim So Hyun is wearing a bushy white angora sweater and wearing wavy hair that provides her a mature look.
Song Triplets Get a Lesson on Stranger Risk in The Go back of Superman Previewilmare42 November 26, 2015 0 In a preview for the following episode of The Return of Superman, Song Il Gook tries to coach his triplets to watch out of strangers!
While at a theme park, Song Il Gook tells Daehan, Minguk, and Manse that hes going to get them all a snack. He says that while hes gone, they shouldnt apply any stranger who suggests that they go somewhere together.
Once he leaves, he puts their working out of his lesson to the examineby way of asking a girl at the park to head up to the triplets and ask them to go somewhere with her.
(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)F(x)'s Victoria explored a secluded waterfront belongings in Hong Kong for the December factor of Cosmopolitan.
The star's cloth wardrobeincorporated Coach's newest arrivals from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The line had a quirky strategy to details; for instance, baseball sewing is provideround the collar of fur coats and rain boots are given a makeover with the assistance of leather, pretend straps and golden clasps.
One of Victoria's best possible coats was once the "Fuzzy" teddy undergo coat in bright persimmon. The coat has rounded shoulders, flap wallet and a slouchy fit. It can also be yours HERE and will beobserved below.