K-pop Chronicles Becomes Part of iFans Project

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K-pop Fandoms

If you are a regular reader of KPK, you might remember an announcement for a new site, House of Hallyu, which would feature content related to fan activity as well as house the kpop chronicles project, which collects fan narratives.  The House of Hallyu site will remain available (and may transform into something else in the future), but fan content and updates to the kpop chronicles project will become part of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project.  This is an effort to consolidate work on fan cultures as well as expand the kinds of material collected.  iFans already documents fan activity such as song and dance covers, and will now begin to document fan projects, including comeback, anniversary and tribute projects by fans.

To remind you, k-pop chronicles is  project with one mission: to collect fan accounts about their favorite K-pop groups and artists.  The k-pop chronicles site seeks to become the world’s only repository for fan narratives, but it needs YOU to submit your fan narratives.  The project accepts  written and video narratives of your attitudes and opinions about your favorite K-pop artists. It does not accept fan fiction. Because of ethical concerns, the project only accepts written and video narratives from individuals 16 and over.

Creating Your Fan Narrative

In order to submit your fan narrative, you first have to create it. Submissions should be in English (or subtitled in English for video submissions), and should not include profanity, mature or inappropriate content, or bashing of other K-pop artists or fandoms (this is for a general audience). Fans may submit more than one narrative, but each submission should focus on only one artist/group. You may submit a written or video submission:

Written submissions: Written submissions should be 500-750 words in length and created in Word (or with a similar word processing software, including Google Docs).

Video submissions: Video submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes.

For each submission, fans should identify ONE group or solo artist and talk about the following:

  • How did you become a fan of the chosen group/artist?
  • What is  your favorite song OR video and why?
  • How do you show your support for your favorite group/ artist? Do you participate in activities like: comeback projects, Twitter trending, concerts, writing on a blog/running a Tumblr, fanmade video, album reviews, cover dance teams, YouTube channels, lyrics translation/interpretation, etc)?
  • What are one or two of your most important memories related to your chosen group/artist? This can be a live performance, performance or appearance on a music show, variety show, fan meet, interview, etc.

You will be able to add the URL of an image of your chosen artist/group to be used with your account  at the submission site.

Submitting Your Narrative

After you complete your narrative, you can submit it two ways:

Written submissions: Visit the submission site for written narratives, where you will complete the consent form, copy and paste your narrative and submit the URL for the image of your favorite group.

Video Submissions: Visit the  submission site for video narratives, where you will complete the consent form, submit the URL for the image of your favorite group and upload your video.

Submit NOW!!! kpop chronicles is the brainchild of Crystal S. Anderson.  Send any questions to drceefu@gmail.com.   

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TVXQ Fan Narrative on House of Hallyu

L to R: Junsu, Yoochun, Jaejong, Yunho, Changmin; Credit: TVXQ Promotional Photo 3rd Asia Tour

Credit: TVXQ Promotional Photo 3rd Asia Tour

House of Hallyu has its first fan narrative! See what Belinda says about TVXQ here.

Be a part of the kpop chronicles project. To make your own narrative about your fan experience, click here!

Announcing A New Site for Fans: House of Hallyu!

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Crystal S. Anderson, Director of KPK: Kpop Kollective launches a new site:  House of Hallyu! House of Hallyu features content that reflects a greater array of fan activity than is represented on the Internet. Journalists and bloggers talk about fans rather than to fans. They tend to focus on gossip, fan wars, conflict and controversy in the K-pop fandom, and often characterize it as a negative experience.  However, Mark Duffett defines a fan as someone with a “a relatively deep, positive emotional conviction” (Understanding Fandom18).

House of Hallyu seeks to provide a space for that positive experience.  All comments are moderated and all content is curated.  Its content reflects the array of fan activities that are creative and fun, such as fanmade video, song and dance covers and fan art (sorry, no fan fiction). It also houses the kpop chronicles project, which collects and archives fan narratives by fans of all ages, around the world.  House of Hallyu values open access AND civil discourse for a general audience ( in other words, keep it clean, people!).  Read more about House of Hallyu here!