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Hope, tragedy, and han in Akdong Musician's Melted

Hope, tragedy, and han in Akdong Musician's Melted

Han is an expression of the complex feeling which embraces both sadness and hope. The sadness stems from the effort by which we accept the original contradiction facing all living things, and hope comes from the will to overcome the contradiction. In the present, we accept it; in the future…

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Is this the end for Girls' Generation?

Is this the end for Girls' Generation?

While the rest of the K-pop world seems to be going about business as usual, it’s been a trying few months for the SONE fandom. Dating scandals, a bungled comeback and a loss to rivals 2NE1 on the charts have cracked the usually impenetrable exterior of the group…

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12 K-pop Producers and Composers You Should Know

12 K-pop Producers and Composers You Should Know

Ever wondered who wrote your favourite K-pop song? Usually when people talk about K-pop, they focus on the idols – the people on stage and in front of the camera. The ones overlooked are often the creative folk working behind the scenes to create the song and performance that…

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Do Min-joon as The Alien Messiah in My Love from the Star

Do Min-joon as The Alien Messiah in My Love from the Star

The alien messiah has not ceased to be a spectre of popular consciousness since the late 20th century. As a character archetype in science fiction films like Superman, the alien messiah is often depicted as one who comes from a place that is both distant from and technologically superior to…

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More than just a music video: Lee Michelle's Without You

More than just a music video: Lee Michelle's Without You

Though she has yet to perform live on a music show, there’s no doubt among many international K-pop fans that Lee Michelle’s debut in the K-pop industry is a momentous one. The soloist released her first music video on March 21, igniting heartfelt conversations around issues…

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Korean Music Interview: PosT PANiC

Korean Music Interview: PosT PANiC

As a fan of the more ‘alternative’ genres of music I always feel overly excited when I find a group that sticks out to me, and I definitely felt that way the first time I came across The United93. With their high energy and straight to the point punk-rock…

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Korean Film Resources - The Best of The Best

Korean Film Resources - The Best of The Best

If you don’t speak Korean, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s happening now in Korean film and even harder to learn about films made before the first Korean wave. This list of resources will give you a fuller picture of Korean film and its place…

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Essential guide to Korean radio for Korean language learners

Essential guide to Korean radio for Korean language learners

Image above: Younha’s Starry Night, an MBC radio show

When you are learning a language, one of the most important things to do to improve your skills is to surround yourself with as much of that language as possible. If you live in a country where it is spoken…

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BH Playlist: Best New Releases 24/03/2014

BH Playlist: Best New Releases 24/03/2014

A fortnight ago we brought you a playlist with what we perceived to be some of the best new releases from indie artists, rappers and idols and today we are doing exactly the same! This week we feature the likes of AOMG artist Loco, TWO songs from Rem and Moro…

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