Once upon a time, we were regular people going about our separate lives. One day, we realized our mutual love of Kpop. When we shared our stories, we found that there really was not one place where you could find out about idols that didn’t focus on what hair color they chose that month (we’re talking about you, Heechul and G-Dragon) or who has the best chocolate abs (looking at you, 2PM). It was also hard to find someone to share your opinion of the last episode of Boys Over Flowers you saw. Some of us are academics, and we wanted to talk about Korean popular culture in a scholarly way.
Crystal S. Anderson, Michelle Brew Baxter and Kuylain Howard founded KPK: Kpop Kollective in January 2011 to study, seriously discuss, write about and collect information on Hallyu (Korean Wave) popular culture, particularly Kpop artists and Kdramas, for people around the world.
Since that time, KPK has developed into a research initiative that features a collaborative digital humanities project that organizes information on Korean popular music (KPOPIANA) as well as research projects by individual members on various aspects of Hallyu.
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You can contact KPK at: email@example.com
CeeFu is Crystal S. Anderson (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Elon University, NC (USA). She is Director of KPK: Kpop Kollective and Project Manager for KPOPIANA. She conducts research in comparative ethnic studies (African American, Asian, Asian American). In addition to her recently published book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (Univ. of Miss., 2013), she is currently at work on a second book project, Hybrid Hallyu: the Impact of R&B on K-pop (in progress, under contract with Univ. of Hawaii Press). Her individual digital humanities projects include iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom , a qualitative study and digital humanities project on global K-pop fandom, and Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of K-pop. When she’s not watching a sageuk Kdrama, she writes on Asian popular culture on her blog, High Yellow. The 4D leader of KPK, she is a Shinhwa Changjo and a SS501 girl with Shawol and E.L.F. tendencies. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Nunee/KDK is Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., Senior Fellow for Instructional Design and Information Management at KPK and faculty librarian at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. She knows her way around Internets, databases, archives, and any other places that are important to the creation, organization, and distribution of information. In short: she can find stuff! She pines for Rain, loves listening to SHINee and may be falling for U-know Yunho. She thinks she can master the “Noona Neomu Yueppo” choreography with the help of ibuprofen and a cold pack. Find out more about her scholarship here or feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica is an IT-student at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany. The first time she heard (about) K-Pop was in her friend’s car. Her friend was a Zumba instructor and used the catchy beats to perform. Although unable to understand a word (except “Wow! Fantastic Baby!” :) ), she liked the rhythm and sat down in front of her PC that evening, browsing for K-Pop – for hours. Impressed by the synchronous dances, Jessica got more and more addicted to K-Pop. But soon she realized one thing… “I don´t understand them!” And many people have that same problem, too! So she decided to learn Korean and translate the tweets and social network updates of the stars to help others to catch up with the latest news of their favorite idols.