One of the most common projects for K-pop fans is the anniversary fan project. It is usually the result of a call for fans to participate in a project by sending a photo or making a video, then some enterprising K-pop fans combine them together for an anniversary video Because the iFans project seeks to document and curate K-pop fan culture, it has opened a new collection: Anniversary Fan Projects. This week’s videos range from a debut anniversary project by fans of UKISS to a 12th anniversary project by international fans of BoA. Click here to see more!
If you are a regular reader of KPK, you might remember an announcement for a new site, House of Hallyu, which would feature content related to fan activity as well as house the kpop chronicles project, which collects fan narratives. The House of Hallyu site will remain available (and may transform into something else in the future), but fan content and updates to the kpop chronicles project will become part of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandomproject. This is an effort to consolidate work on fan cultures as well as expand the kinds of material collected. iFans already documents fan activity such as song and dance covers, and will now begin to document fan projects, including comeback, anniversary and tribute projects by fans.
To remind you, k-pop chronicles is project with one mission: to collect fan accounts about their favorite K-pop groups and artists. The k-pop chronicles site seeks to become the world’s only repository for fan narratives, but it needs YOU to submit your fan narratives. The project accepts written and video narratives of your attitudes and opinions about your favorite K-pop artists. It does not accept fan fiction. Because of ethical concerns, the project only accepts written and video narratives from individuals 16 and over.
Creating Your Fan Narrative
In order to submit your fan narrative, you first have to create it. Submissions should be in English (or subtitled in English for video submissions), and should not include profanity, mature or inappropriate content, or bashing of other K-pop artists or fandoms (this is for a general audience). Fans may submit more than one narrative, but each submission should focus on only one artist/group. You may submit a written or video submission:
Written submissions: Written submissions should be 500-750 words in length and created in Word (or with a similar word processing software, including Google Docs).
Video submissions: Video submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes.
For each submission, fans should identify ONE group or solo artist and talk about the following:
How did you become a fan of the chosen group/artist?
What is your favorite song OR video and why?
How do you show your support for your favorite group/ artist? Do you participate in activities like: comeback projects, Twitter trending, concerts, writing on a blog/running a Tumblr, fanmade video, album reviews, cover dance teams, YouTube channels, lyrics translation/interpretation, etc)?
What are one or two of your most important memories related to your chosen group/artist? This can be a live performance, performance or appearance on a music show, variety show, fan meet, interview, etc.
You will be able to add the URL of an image of your chosen artist/group to be used with your account at the submission site.
Submitting Your Narrative
After you complete your narrative, you can submit it two ways:
Written submissions: Visit the submission site for written narratives, where you will complete the consent form, copy and paste your narrative and submit the URL for the image of your favorite group.
Video Submissions: Visit the submission site for video narratives, where you will complete the consent form, submit the URL for the image of your favorite group and upload your video.
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