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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.

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Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

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!

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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.

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Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

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.

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Don’t have time to scroll through the survey results? Here are the results for our favorite question: What are your favorite Kpop groups?

18 and over (Top 9)

16 and over (Top 9)

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

So, Nabi has given you a pretty good overview of the book and our general observations of it. Chapter 2 includes Sun Jung’s reading of the masculinity represented by Bae Yong Joon. We here at KPK have pretty strong opinions because most of the time, we are fairly confident in what we’re talking about.  This is the reason why I’m not going to talk about Sun Jung’s analysis of Bae Yong Joon. I haven’t seen Winter Sonata, so I can’t tell say anything about her reading of the way “middle-aged Japanese women” (her phrase) read Bae Yong Joon’s masculinity.

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Don’t get too excited: this book may have a very, very sexy picture of Rain on the cover, but it’s a trap. Published in 2011 by the Hong Kong University Press, Sun Jung‘s Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols has been talked about quite a lot in the academic field of Cultural Studies. People have claimed that it’s the most informative book on Hallyu out there at the moment.

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

Name TVXQ!/DBSK/Tohoshinki
Meaning of Name TVXQ!: Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese)
DBSK: Dong Bang Shin Ki (Korean)
Tohoshinki: Japanese name
All: “Rising Gods of the East”
Members Jung Yunho (U-Know, leader)

Kim Jaejoong (Hero)*

Park Yoochun (Micky)*

Kim Junsu (Xiah)*

Shim Changmin (Max, maknae)

*left to form JYJ

Debut December 26, 2003
Status Active
Label SM Entertainment (2003-present)
Fan Name Cassiopeia“Cassies”
Origin of Fan Name Named for the constellation, made of 5 stars symbolizing the 5 members
Fan Club Website(s) unavailable
Related Websites http://www.dbsknights.net
http://dbskkingdom.blogspot.com/
http://www.onetvxq.com/forums/

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