BH Discuss: Is cultural appropriation a problem in K-pop?

It seems that every few months or so ‘cultural appropriation’ becomes a hot topic among K-pop blogs. So far we have strayed away from this topic largely because no one seems to be able to come up with a clear definition of what it actually is and, more importantly…

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Saturday Playlist: Get Up And Go!!

We all have those days. Waking up and just not wanting to get out of bed. Rolling around in bed and turning the pillow over to the cold side. Switching off that annoying alarm for just 2 more minutes in bed! But do we all have a playlist? Songs that…

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BH Discuss: Would Hallyu ever be possible without piracy?

Have you ever watched a K-Drama with fanmade subtitles online? Have you ever streamed a K-pop album uploaded to YouTube by a fan? Have you ever watched a clip of a live music show performances online which wasn’t uploaded by the broadcaster? You probably answered yes to…

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Culture Wars: Can “Cool Japan” compete with the Korean Wave?

15 years in the making and after billions of dollars of government spending (or a hell of a lot more in won) I think we can safely say now that investing in soft power has paid off for the South Korean government. For the first time ever, the Bank of…

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BH Discuss: Are Korean reality talent shows unethical?

Brad Moore, the American drummer of Korean band Busker Busker, stirred up a lot of controversy and discussion this week when a tell-all interview about his time as a contestant of MNET’s music talent show Superstar K was released by VICE.
The portrayal of the show in the…

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24 Hours I Think of You: JYP, Sunmi, 2PM and Desire in K-pop

When 2PM’s ‘ADTOY’ (All Day I Think Of You) came out in May, it made me think about the highly gendered nature of portrayals of desire in K-pop. Given that it was released just three days after Nine Muses’ controversial 19+ rated ‘Wild’ video to absolutely no controversy…

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BH Discuss: What is a healthy fan/idol relationship?

We’re launching a new weekly feature. Each week will highlight an interesting issue or debate and then we will ask you discuss it with us and each other in the comments. We hope this will start some interesting discussions. So please join in the debate!

When news broke this…

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