My life as a Kpop fan started out as a lonely one. Korean fans have fan cafes and chat rooms where, on their luckiest days, they can talk to their idols. The fans know their idols’ schedules to follow them. They have the ability to understand the music better than international fans because it’s their own culture that’s on that stage. When I got started with Kpop, I didn’t have support. I didn’t have other friends I could talk to about my fandom who understood. There were a few girls at my school who did like Kpop, but not in the way I did. Nothing out, loud, and proud. It was lonely for a good while before I came to have the friends I have now, who share the same passion as me. Continue reading
It all started in the fall of 2010, my last year of high school. I was bored and browsing a pre-Facebook social media site when I came across a picture of a group of very attractive Asian men. I learned the band’s name, went onto YouTube looking for more, and got my first taste of Kpop. I really can’t say for sure why I liked it so quickly, or why I was willing to give up all the songs in my iPod and start all over again from scratch. My music tastes before Kpop were American pop acts such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Pink, as well as rock groups like Skillet, Paramore, and Linkin Park. It felt like there was a big shift in the music scene happening, at the time. There were so many pop songs on the radio and then hip hop came back. The music was good, but I just was not impressed with it anymore. I wanted something more.
When I watched my first Kpop video, “Bad Girl” by B2ST (pronounced Beast, now known as Highlight), it was an instant love connection.
So, you what to learn about Kpop? I can tell you from experience that it is not easy to describe. I can’t just tell you that Kpop stands for Korean Pop Music and have that be the end. It’s not that simple. I wrote a paper once where I compared Kpop to a video game addiction because at the time it was the easiest way to explain the type of music I like to my professor. That theory has grown a bit, but Kpop is not just a type of music. It cannot be explained in one way. There are many aspects of what Kpop really is and what it represents. Continue reading