Tag Archive | girl groups

Whose Generation? GIRLS’ GENERATION!: Gender, Audience and K-pop

Whose Generation? GIRLS’ GENERATION!: Gender, Audience and K-pop

by Crystal S. Anderson, PhD As the number of female groups increase in number in K-pop, commentators and scholars continue to focus on the meaning of the representations produced by these groups. While some argue that such representations are geared towards men, this ignores the way the majority female fanbases of these groups construct meaning of […]

Ethnicity, Glamour and Image in Korean Popular Music

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Elon University The 1960s girl group concept makes regular appearances in K-pop.  While some think that this kind of image represents a lack of ethnic identity in a quest for mainstream acceptance, I suggest that the 1960s girl group image promoted by women of color represents an ethnic glamour aesthetic. Contemporary […]

Pure Love f(x): Feminisms and K-pop Girl Groups

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Associate Professor, Elon University (U.S.) K-pop girl groups tend to be described as sexy, fierce or cute.  Some suggest that images of fierceness encourage girls to be empowered, while images of cuteness take away their agency.  However, responses by fans of f(x), a K-pop female group, suggest that fans prefer unique […]