Pure Love f(x): Feminisms and K-pop Girl Groups

K-pop girl groups tend to be described as sexy, fierce or cute.  Some suggest that images of fierceness encourage girls to be empowered, while images of cuteness take away their agency.  However, responses by fans of f(x), a K-pop female group, suggest that fans prefer unique and diverse images of women. Male groups outnumber female groups…

K-pop Fandom 101

Many know that K-pop fans play an active role in K-pop, but few may know just how complex K-pop fandoms are. What is a Fandom? The Oxford English Dictionary defines fandom as “the world of enthusiasts for some amusement or for some artist.”  Fandom refers to a collection of fans of the general pursuit or to a…

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: Cross-cultural Visual Aesthetics in K-pop @ AAS 2015

Glamour Girls: Cross-cultural Visual Aesthetics in K-pop March 26-29, 2015 ♦ Association for Asian Studies ♦ Chicago, IL One of the reasons for the global resonance of K-pop comes from its visuality, which crosses language barriers to reach a diverse and global audience. While governments and corporate agencies use this visuality to promote soft power, the global audiences…

iFans Update: What Fans Think About SNSD

As you know, iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom is a study seeking to understand the attitudes of global fans of K-pop’s most successful groups. You can now view the results of the analysis of the survey data and an email interview with a fan of SNSD!  Click here to view the What Fans Think section of the digital exhibit.  Sad…

Hallyu Harmony Update: APeace

Originally published on KPK: Kpop Kollective on February 14, 2014 Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of Kpop is a digital humanities project that traces connections among the artists and groups across genres, generations and geographies through visuals, music and choreography.  The first exhibit, Seo Taiji: President of Culture, explores the reasons why Seo Taiji is considered the pioneer of contemporary…

iFans Update: What Fans Think. . . . about 2NE1!

Originally published on KPK: Kpop Kollective May 20, 2014 As part of the ongoing project that is iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom, I have been working on the fan responses to Case Studies surveys. Click here to read about what 2NE1 fans think about the group’s significance in K-pop as well as an in-depth interview with a BlackJack!