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KCON 2014: The convention we got, and the convention we could have

KCON 2014: The convention we got, and the convention we could have

As a resident of the rural American Midwest, I’ve logged some experience as one of thousands of people attending a festive gathering that puts culture on display. No, I’ve never been to ComicCon – but I have been to the state fair. I commented to my friend as we…

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The Maternal Role in Korean Dramas: Motherhood and Womanhood in South Korea's Popular Culture Media Read More
Behind the Scenes in K-pop: YG Music Video Director Dee Shin Interview pt. 3 Read More
Behind the Scenes in K-pop: YG Music Video Director Dee Shin Interview pt. 2 Read More
Behind the Scenes in K-pop: YG Music Video Director Dee Shin Interview pt. 1 Read More
BH Playlist - The 10 best idol compositions of 2014 so far

BH Playlist - The 10 best idol compositions of 2014 so far

After much speculation, Ye-eun of the Wonder Girls finally made her long-awaited solo debut this week with self composed track ‘Ain’t Nobody’. The song has been garnering praise for solid composition and meaningful lyrics and much has been made of the fact that Ye-eun has now…

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The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture - Book Review

The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture - Book Review

Finding decent academic books about Korean pop culture until recently could be very difficult. Luckily, in the past few of months there are been a number of new releases which have really added to the breadth and depth of Hallyu analysis in English. One such book is The Korean Wave…

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"'Cause you're in my city": Examining Seoul through K-pop

"'Cause you're in my city": Examining Seoul through K-pop

I was walking down the streets of histories
I was weaving all the wasteful energies
I see a million different faces in my dreams
Can’t tell if it’s fake or reality

-Love X Stereo, Soul City

 The enterprise of K-pop music is a highly geographical one: performers…

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Thou Shalt Not: Christianity and Personal Freedom in Sunny Hill's "Pray"

Thou Shalt Not: Christianity and Personal Freedom in Sunny Hill's "Pray"

In an industry mostly fuelled by toothache-inducing sugary melodies and sweet visuals, the music video of Sunny Hill’s “Pray” takes the road much less travelled by introducing the haunting and ‘creepy’ story of a physically deformed man. In all its morbidity and dark message that markedly different individuals…

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