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KPK: Kpop Kollective will once again bring the knowledge at KPOPCON’13 February 16-17 at UC Berkeley!

BEYOND THE BIAS: WHAT K-POP FANS REALLY THINK AND DO

Crystal S. Anderson, Ph.D., KPK: Kpop Kollective

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., KPK: Kpop Kollective

Bianca Flowers, KPK: Kpop Kollective

Do you troll the Internet for pictures of your bias? Watch dance versions of videos on YouTube?  Share your opinions on a forum? Go to K-pop concerts?

This interactive session will uncover the complex world of K-pop fandom and give tips on how you can be a better fan!  We’ll talk about the different kinds of fans and ways they interact with and support each other and their favorite K-pop artists and groups. We will also share how you can enhance your own fan experience by learning how to protect your original fan production (like fan art and fancam video), organize and properly attribute your stash of pictures collected from around the web, and properly share images and video.

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

This past spring, I attended my first THATCamp at the University of Virginia.  I was nervous. Although I’ve been a humanities person practically all my life, I was unsure if the collaborative projects I manage on Hallyu (Korean wave) popular culture on the Internet qualified as a digital humanities enterprise.  After attending THATCampVA,  I realized that my projects embraced  several central elements of digital humanities.    

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KPKCON12 Flyer @ UC Berkeley; Photo Credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

January 28th was bright sunny morning, perfect for members of KPK heading over  to the campus of University of California-Berkeley to hear the keynote at KPOPCON12, the first collegiate convention designed “to bring together individuals from across the nation to foster stronger fan relationships, provide university-level educational workshops and discussions, and positively impact fan identity.”

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KPOPCON
University of California, Berkeley
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hello Hallyu!: Kpop Fictions, Facts and Fans in the Global Academy

KPK Presenters: Crystal S. Anderson, PhD, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., Mark Jaehoon Byon, Kuylain Howard

All Kpop fans are tweenage Asian girls. Idols are manufactured and have no talent. Male Kpop idols aren’t “real” men. Kpop music is unoriginal. It doesn’t matter where you get your Kpop news.

What do you really know about Kpop fans, artists and the industry? How – and why – has Kpop spread around the world? KPK: Kpop Kollective will host an interactive session that will reveal surprising details about the heart of the Korean wave: the fans. We’ll talk about the unique connection Kpop fans have to the music, take a look at issues surrounding the evolution of the Kpop image as it has migrated to the United States, and explore the roles of social media and Internet publishing in the spread of Kpop music. Cover dance your way to our session and find out how We Do Hallyu!

Find out more at KPOPCON.com!

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U.S. K-pop Fan Survey

Are you a fan of Kpop in the United States? Are you a K-pop fan of color? Make your voice heard in this brief survey for research!

U.S. K-pop Fan Survey

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