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If you keep with research on K-pop, you may be aware of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project. The surveys that make up the qualitative studies seek to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. K-pop fans know that the fandoms are unique. Because they have detailed knowledge of the groups they support, they provide a unique perspective on the appeal of their respective groups. Too often, commentators make assumptions about K-pop fans, while the iFans studies goes to the source: the fans.
As the chart above shows, fans of 2NE1 and BigBang have participated the most in the surveys, while fans of Shinhwa and Aziatix have participated the least. Other groups with high participation rates include SHINee and TVXQ, while other groups with low participation rates include Epik High and f(x).
These participation rates are interesting, because groups like Super Junior and Girls’ Generation have very active global fandoms, yet those numbers are not reflected in participation rates. Rates may not reflect all fans, just fans who are likely to take (and complete) a survey. Participation rates may be affected by the activity of the groups.
The iFans Case Studies survey is still active, and now, individuals can take the survey for multiple or individual groups.
Now that a good deal of data has been collected, look for new research reports on what K-pop fans say about their favorite groups!
IFANS: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a scholarly research project that examines global fan attitudes and activities through surveys, collection of information on online communities and analysis of websites. Crystal S. Anderson, PhD (Elon University) is the Principal Investigator of the studies and Curator of the iFans project site.
As you know, KPK is dedicated to collecting information about Hallyu-era K-pop. To that end, we are in the process of creating enhanced profiles of Kpop artists and groups, with even more information!
KPOPIANA is a collaborative digital humanities project that aims to collect and organize information about Korean popular music of the Hallyu era (1992-present). It is built on the Omeka platform, which” is web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.” This allows us to present information in a more interactive kind of way.
Members of KPK are in the process of migrating profiles from WordPress to Omeka, as well as creating new profiles in Omeka. Check out some of your favorite profiles:
AND, one new profile:
Don’t worry! You will always be able to find links for old and new profiles here on the KPK blog, or you can navigate straight to KPOPIANA as we migrate more profiles, so you never have to worry about where to find your K-pop info! We’ll be rolling out new enhanced profiles over the next few months, so stay tuned!
Crystal S. Anderson, PhD
Kpop is subject to a lot of criticism. A LOT. The most repeated charge against Kpop is that it is manufactured. But is that really true? Usually when critics level this charge, they make sweeping generalizations about the whole landscape of pop. In doing so, they perpetuate stereotypes about the lack of originality in Asian popular culture.
All right, time to talk about Rain and Sun Jung‘s treatment of the Almighty Godfather of Modern Kpop. I will try my best to point out both the good and the bad in this chapter, but unfortunately there is a lot more of the bad than the good. Let’s begin.
KPK, as we have said, is dedicated to the academic study of Kpop as well as the preservation of certain digital materials related to the online culture. Part of pursuing this goal is to do insightful and academically sound research on the music, the idols, the fans, the companies, and more. What we look at and how we look at it varies, so we wanted to provide an example of the quality of scholarship that we strive for.
To do that, we’ve produced the bibliography from a paper about Korean popular culture originally written by Michelle (Nabi). This paper is the base for an article that we are working on and hope to submit soon. Below you’ll find a sample list of the types of sources we are using about Korean masculinities and the Kpop idol group SHINee. Each entry will have a very brief explanation of the source.
For an informal summary of the original paper, visit the blog Em Bee Bee.
1. Barker, Chris. Cultural Studies Theory and Practice 2nd ed. London: SAGE publications Ltd., 2003.
- A general book that gives an overview of Cultural Studies, used for its entries related to Gender (and Masculinity in particular).
2. Chan, Jachinson. Chinese American Masculinities: From Fu Manchu to Bruce Lee. New York: Routledge, 2001.
- As the title says, this book is about Chinese American Masculinities, looking specifically at Bruce Lee and his masculinity as seen from both the East and the West.
3. Cho, Jae-eun. “SHINee evolving from boys to men: The band is back with a new look and edgier electronica sound.” Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 Jul 2010 <http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2923839>.
- An article from an online Korean newspaper (written in English) about SHINee.
4. DeLacy, Julieann. “Fashion Ulzzang!.” Scene Project Online Magazine, May 2010 issue <http://sceneprojectonlinemag.weebly.com/fashion-ulzzang.html>.
- An entry in an online magazine, give the definition of ulzzang/uljjang.
5. “Eye makeup for male idols becoming more popular.” Allkpop.com. 8 Oct 2010 <http://www.allkpop.com/2010/10/eye-makeup-for-male-idols-becoming-more-popular>.
- A story from a Kpop news site about male idols and makeup.
6. Han, Sang-hee. “SHINee Open to New Opportunities.” The Korea Times. 10 Nov 2008 <http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2008/11/143_34146.html>.
- A newspaper article about SHINee in general.
7. Hoon, Kyung-Joo.“Not just words: Korean social models and the use of honorifics.” Intercultural Pragmatics 1, no.2 (2004).
- An academic article about the use of honorifics (such as “hyung” or “sunbae”) and their meaning in general Korean society.
8. “Idol Maknae Rebellion,” Episodes 4 & 12. Produced by Seoul Broadcasting System. Posted on YouTube “[ENG] Maknae Rebellion EP4 (091128) [5/6],” 28 Mar 2010 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fETfnNegFE> & “[ENG] Maknae Rebellion EP12 (100123) [6/7],” 28 Mar 2010 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ftxyIOyOo0>.
- A YouTube clip from an episode of a popular Korean television show, where SHINee makes a guest appearance.
9. Jung, Eun-Young. “Playing the Race and Sexuality Cards in the Transnational Pop Game: Korean Music Videos for the US Market.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 22, no. 2 (2010): 219-236.
- An academic article talking about Kpop and the United States, particularly about BoA and Rain.
10. Jung, Sun. Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
- A book about Korean Masculinities and popular culture, used mostly for its definitions.
11. Kim, Sunny. “Idol Evolution: SHINee’s Journey from Noona’s Romeos to Fantastic Elastic Lucifers.” MTVK.com. 1 Spet 2010 <http://www.mtvk.com/2010/09/01/idol-evolution-shinees-journey-from-noonas-romeos-to-fantastic-elastic-lucifers/>.
- An entry on a Kpop news site about SHINee.
12. ———-. “K-Pop Dictionary: Aegyo.” Music Television Korea (MTVK).com. 22 Sept 2010 <http://mtvk.com/2010/09/22/k-pop-dictionary-aegyo-2/>.
- An entry on a Kpop news site, defining “aegyo.”
13. ———-. “K-Pop Dictionary: S-Lines, Chocolate Abs, and Other Weird Ways to Describe Your Body.” MTVK.com. 22 Oct 2010 <http://mtvk.com/2010/10/22/k-pop-dictionary-s-lines-chocolate-abs-and-other-weird-ways-to-describe-your-body/>.
- An entry on a Kpop news site, defining various words.
14. ———-. “SHINee says ‘Hello’ Again for Their Comeback!” MTVK.com. 29 Sept 2010 <http://www.mtvk.com/2010/09/29/shinee-says-hello-again-for-their-comeback/>.
- An entry on a Kpop news site, reviewing SHINee’s song “Hello.”
15. Lee, Jamie Shinhee. “I’m the illest fucka: An analysis of African American English in South Korean hip hop.” English Today 90, vol. 23, no. 2 (April 2007): 54-60.
- An academic article about the use of English in Korean popular music.
16. ———-. “Linguistic hybridization in K-Pop: discourse of self-assertion and resistance,” World Englishes 23, no.3 (2004): 429-450.
- An academic article exploring the use and meaning of English in Korean popular music.
17. “MTVK Exclusive SHINee interview at SM Town 2010.” MTVK. Posted 22 Nov 2010 <http://www.mtvk.com/videos/exclusive-shinee-interview-at-sm-town/>.
- A video interview with SHINee.
18. Park, Jinyoung , from Seunghyun Choi. “I will produce global star who will make it big in the US market in two years.” Chosun Ilbo. 1 July 2007 <http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2007/07/01/2007070100457.html>. Quoted in Shin, Hyunjoon. “Have you ever seen the Rain? And who’ll stop the Rain?: the globalizing project of Korean pop (K-pop).” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10, no. 4 (2009): 517.
- A quote from the founder of JYP Entertainment, Jinyoung Park.
19. Park, Se-yeon. “SHINee Change into ‘Romeos’ and sing ‘Juliette’ . . . second album Released on 21st” (Korean). Newsen. 18 May 2009 <http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?news_uid=326207>.
- An article from a Korean news site about SHINee’s song “Juliette.”
20. “Peruvian netizens choose SHINee as best K-pop band of 2010.” Koreaboo.com. 6 Jan 2011 <http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/general/peruvian-netizens-choose-shinee-as-best-k-pop-b-r2263>.
- An article from a Kpop news site about SHINee’s popularity in Latin America.
21. Shin, Hyunjoon. “Have you ever seen the Rain? And who’ll stop the Rain?: the globalizing project of Korean pop (K-pop).” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10, no. 4 (2009): 507-523.
- An academic article about Kpop and the US Music Industry.
22. “SHINee releases Ring Ding Dong MV.” Allkpop.com. 16 Oct 2009 <http://www.allkpop.com/2009/10/shinee_ring_ding_dong_mv_is_released>.
- A review on a Kpop news site for SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong” music video.
23. “SHINee’s Hello Baby,” Episode 2. Produced by Korea Broadcasting System. Posted on YouTube “(Eng) 100127 Hi Bb Ep2 1/5,” 27 Jan 2010 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvl_Ag4lLaY>.
- A YouTube video from a television series that starred SHINee.
24. “SHINee’s Onew for Easy Magazine: The Chocolate Abs are Melting.” Kpoplive.com. 27 Aug 2010 <http://www.kpoplive.com/2010/08/27/shinee’s-onew-for-easy-magazine-the-chocolate-abs-are-melting/>.
- A translation of a magazine interview, posted on a Kpop news site.
25. “SHINee’s ‘Hello’ Tops the Charts.” Hellokpop.com. 1 Oct 2010 <http://www.hellokpop.com/2010/10/01/shinees-hello-tops-the-charts/>.
- An article on a Kpop news site about SHINee’s “Hello.”
26. “SHINee – ‘Hello.’” MTVK.com. 11 Oct 2010 <http://www.mtvk.com/videos/mv-shinee-hello/>.
- A post on a Kpop news site about SHINee’s “Hello.”
27. “SHINee to Debut in Japan with ‘Replay.’” Gokpop.com. 26 Apr 2011 <http://www.gokpop.com/news/shinee-to-debut-in-japan-with-replay::7230.html>.
- An article on a kpop news site about SHINee’s Japanese debut.
28. Walsh, Bryan.“Rain,” Time, 30 Apr 2006 <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1187264,00.html>, quoted in Shin, Hyunjoon. “Have you ever seen the Rain? And who’ll stop the Rain?: the globalizing project of Korean pop (K-pop).” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10, no. 4 (2009): 509.
- A quote from a review of Rain’s concert in New York.
29. “Who is in charge of ‘aegyo’ in SHINee?” Allkpop.com. 27 Sept 2010 <http://www.allkpop.com/2010/09/who-is-in-charge-of-aegyo-in-shinee>.
- An article on a Kpop news site about SHINee.
30. Woo, Jaeyeon. “Fitness Mom Jung Da-Yeon on Wii.” Korea Real Time. The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. 4 Jan 2011 <http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2011/01/04/fitness-mom-jung-da-yeon-on-wii/>.
- An article from an online Korean newspaper (in English) about fitness instructor Jung Da-Yeon.
31. Woo, Kim Hyeong. “SM’s new 5-member group – Shinee.” Newsen. 19 May 2008 <http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=200805190845361002>.
- An article from a Korean news site about SHINee’s debut.
32. Yang, Fang-chih Irene. In East Asian Pop Culture: Analysing the Korean Wave. Edited by Chua Beng Huat and Koichi Iwabuchi. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008.
- A chapter from a collectively written academic book about Hallyu.
33. Yu, Jae-Dong. “Keywords reveal Korea’s most-searched Topics in 2004.” The Dong-A Ilbo. 22 Dec 2004 <http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=040000&biid=2004122363848>.
- An article from an online Korean news paper (in English) about popular culture in Korea.
34. “#1 SHINee (샤이니) LUCIFER (루시퍼) At the Filming Set of Album Cover and MV [ShowBiz Extra].” Arirang: Korea’s Global TV on YouTube. 6 Aug 2010 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2eBDa_jZ5c>.
- A YouTube video of behind-the-scenes footage from SHINee’s “Lucifer” album.
35. “[Official Photo] SHINee Lucifer Album Concept Photos.” .::We aRe Shining::. Bringing You the Shiniest Side of SHINee. 19 Jul 2010 <http://weareshining.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/photo-shinee-lucifer-album/>.
- Scans of concept photographs from SHINee’s “Lucifer” album.
Originally published on High Yellow February 9, 2011, Written by Nabi
SUCH a good episode! I noticed that they played SHINee’s musical contribution to the soundtrack a lot during this one (which I thoroughly approve of!), so much so that I may have to go and get it. “Whether I’m making you smile…”
Alright, let’s get to business. There’s a LOT in this episode that I liked, and believe it or not I think that this was a very “good” episode for Jun Pyo! Here’s why: the first thing that needs to be addressed is the issue of whether or not he told the “Locker Room Punks” to rape Jan Di, because that’s definitely what they were going for. To me, and my interpretation of his reprimand to them, he did NOT tell them to rape her specifically, but he absolutely wanted them to scare her very, very badly. Um, so since I’ve called them the Locker Room Punks….which locker room are they in, exactly? If it’s a women’s locker room, then what the heck is Ji Hoo doing in there? If it’s a men’s locker room, what’s Jan Di doing there? And I definitely don’t think that “co-ed” locker rooms exist in this high school (or any high school, for that matter).
Second thing to address is Jan Di’s Super Totally Awesome Roundhouse Kick TO THE FACE! Yes, I LOVED this part, both because it’s a definite wake-up call to Jun Pyo but it also means that Jan Di has some fire in her blood! I love that she PHYSICALLY fought back this time! Of course, this is in the beginning stages with the whole discourse of Jun Pyo thinking that, since women say the opposite of what they mean, she is totally in love with him. What that means, in Jun Pyo-speak, is that he’s finally realized that he likes her in some way, shape, or form, but since he can’t consciously realize this he’s letting his “affections” out in other ways. Like kidnapping her and dressing her up. Honestly, that’d really freak me out, too, as soon as I was awake from my chloroform-sleep I’d be running, fancy house be damned!
At first, I was unsure about the “bee attack” that followed Jan Di leaving his house, but I think I have it figured out: I think that little scene is showing what his actions and speech are like after he’s been embarrassed – he both hides his embarrassment behind arrogance and takes it out on the people around him who have “embarrassed” him. I think this is supposed to explain his more violent tendencies, and it’s echoed by Min (I can’t remember the rest of her name!!) at the end of this episode when she says it’s also because he’s lonely. Moving on, another moment of his that I loved was just before the bee attack, when he’s upset and throwing the clothes and shoes on the ground. As Almighty Key has shown us in SHINee’s Hello Baby, bribing people for love with gifts does. not. work. But Jun Pyo is SO UPSET that it didn’t work, that he decides to take his anger out on Jan Di’s shoes. It’s such a beautiful, awkward love moment – you show that shirt who’s boss! The last moment that really caught me for him was his attempt to comfort Jan Di after she gets smacked in the face with the volleyball. Really, I loved that entire scene, but specifically when he says “Don’t cry, it doesn’t suit you.” He LIKES her fiery attitude! He wants her to keep being feisty and spirited! Then she says “I would rather die in blood than be indebted to you” and the look on his face just about killed me. That’s really all I could hear in my thoughts during that moment: “Awwww, BUT LOOK AT THAT FACE! Jan Di, why are you so mean?!” I know why she’s so “mean” at this point, but, as you can tell, Jun Pyo is my man in this show.
Which brings us to Ji Hoo. Of course Ji Hoo would ride around on a cool motorbike and give Jan Di his HUMONGOUS sports shoes to wear, which she would then thoroughly scrub down. Of course. Um, remember back in episode 1 how I was saying that I couldn’t forget what Ji Hoo is like in the manga? I would like to quote, since it happens in this episode, emphasis added: “THEN HE RETREATED INTO AUTISM.” Yes, Ji Hoo is autistic. Or, since he’s so high functioning, has Asperger’s Sydrome. Which I think he still exhibits. Which is why he drives me CRAZY. But apparently he went even deeper into a more extreme autism when his parents died, and somehow Min was able to pull him out of it. Which I don’t think works, because autism definitely is NOT temporary, but then again who’s really taking the time to look into the medical details of Ji Hoo’s past? “She’s his first love, girlfriend, and mother.” Weird.
The last thing I’ll put on here is my Random Question/Observation of the Day: Why……..why is there a mirror directly beneath the showerhead while Jun Pyo is taking a shower after Rugby Practice (a.k.a. Anger Releasing Time)? It’s so weird, I think that’s the third time I’ve seen some show have a mirror in the shower, underneath the showerhead. Is this common in East Asia? Note that I’m totally not mad that it showed him showering. I can appreciate that.
Okay CeeFu, how’s that for my first official post?
Showing someone affection in a touchy feely way. Examples: Hugging, hand holding, Bbobbo, etc…