iFans Update: What Fans Think….about 2NE1!

2NE1, Falling in Love Concept

2NE1, Falling in Love Concept

As part of the ongoing project that is iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom, I have been working on the fan responses to Case Studies surveys. Click here to read about what 2NE1 fans think about the group’s significance in K-pop as well as an in-depth interview with a BlackJack!

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!

Who Does Speak on K-pop?: A Survey for U.S. Fans of K-pop

Audience at KPK's presentation at KPOPCON 2013; Photo credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Audience at KPK’s presentation at KPOPCON 2013; Photo credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

Last week, I wrote a piece, Who Can Speak For K-pop, for my public blog, High Yellow and received a huge response.  As I suspected, there are a variety of fans in the United States whose voices are not being heard in the larger discussions of K-pop. In order to capture those opinions, my iFans project has added a new survey!  U.S. K-pop Fan Study seeks to understand the attitudes and opinions of all K-pop fans in the United States, but especially African American, Asian American and U.S. Latino fans. In other words, it is the first academic survey that wants to understand the K-pop experience of U.S. fans of color.  To take the survey, click here. Tell your friends!