Introducing the KPK ’16 Line!


Meet KPK’s newest Research Assistants!!!!

Annalyn Constantine is a junior at the University of San Francisco, majoring in International Studies (focusing on Peace and Conflict) and minoring in Asian Studies and Philosophy. All throughout my life I’ve been keenly interested in Asian pop culture and traditions, from anime to K-pop and Japanese and Korean dramas; and now more recently, Asian philosophy, political philosophy and racial formation. It’s both my guilty pleasure and passion but I want to blend those two together and examine my biases (and all that crazy fan/fandom logic from an academic lens…hence I’m here at KPK!) There’s so much to explore about Korea and K-pop and its connection with ethics politics, sociology, and race, just from the Hallyu wave that you’d be pretty surprised! My ultimate favorite group is BTS (Suga stan if you need to know) and I also love SHINee, Monsta X and Oh My Girl. I’m a cynical and sarcastic fan, but I hope you’ll find my edits and profiles interesting despite my weird taste in humor.

Ashley Lin studies Advertising & Asian Pacific American Studies at University of San Francisco.  She is interested in the role of branding for groups, specifically how essential it has become to build a strong marketable image that allows them to build connections with their fans. She discovered K-pop in 2008 and likes to reminisce about “the good ol’ days when this-or-that group were just rookies.” After a 3 year break, she realized that it was impossible to leave K-pop. Now she’s returned as a fully devoted Starlight, and spends her free time blogging and following her biases on SNS. Her current bias groups include VIXX(!!), Seventeen, B1A4, BTOB, and BTS.

Damon Young is a graduate student in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), a TA for the Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Asia Pacific Studies course, and a Peer Mentor/Tutor for the MAPS program.  I am spending this summer as an intern working on the Camp Digital Archive Project for the National Japanese American Historical Society and as a Research Assistant at USF exploring assimilation theory and the Korean immigrant experience in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.  My personal history with music from Korea began with waking up on the weekends to my parents playing songs by such artists as Yun Sooil, Cho Yongpil, or Lee Sunhee from our big home stereo system.  These days I’m either grooving to Zion.T or Crush or bouncing to Keith Ape and the whole Cohort gang.  But when I want to get down and get my “girl crush concept” on, I turn it up to Red Velvet (as I wait for Black Pink to debut!).

Kpop Kollective: Saving Kpop, One Profile at a Time


KPK: Kpop Kollective is the oldest and only aca-fansite for modern Korean popular music (K-pop). Established in 2010, it has developed into a community of practice  and a thematic research collection centered on K-pop.  Kpop Kollective promotes the public’s understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture, creates resources and provides analysis and context on K-pop from a global perspective.

4MEN: First Love



L-R: Kim Jon Woo, Shin Yong Jae, and Young Jae

4MEN is a Korean male vocal group known for its R&B-inflected songs, along with other K-pop groups that debuted in the late 1990s, including Fly to the Sky, g.o.d and Shinhwa.  The group began with four members, but its latest releases feature only two members. Despite personnel changes, the group has produced a rich discography grounded in group harmony. 4MEN positions themselves within K-Soul:  “We want our fans to know that Korean singers also understand R&B and soul music well and Korean traditional ballad music and K-Soul of R&B sentiment have been popular in Korea before the start of the K-pop heat” (Nini).

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Name: 4MEN, named for the number of original four members of the group

Members: Young Jae, Shin Yong Jae, Kim Won Joo, J1*, Yoon Min Soo*^, Jeong Se Young *^m Kee Jeong Ho*^ (*former member; ^original member)

Debut: February 1, 1998

Label:  YWHO Golden Bridge/Sony Music; Happy Face Entertainment (YWHO merges with Happy Face Entetainment in 2011)

Fan name and origin: N/A

Website: N/A


Love Tonight • Once While Living • I Love You • 사랑 • I Can’t’ 못해 • Everything • Confession 고백 • Knock Knock Knock • First Kiss

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First Album (1998) • 집 이렇게 천일동안 모으면 이별이 사라진다고 했다 (2002) • Andante (2006) • 선물 (Digital Single) (2007) • 멜로디 (Digital Single) (2008) • First Kiss (2008) • Voice of Autumn (2009) • Special album – The 3rd Generation (2010) • Baby Baby + 4men (2010) • 4men + E-Tribe – YOU (2010) • 4men + Sorry (2010) • 4men + Individuality (2010) • YWHO 2010 Winter Serenade  (2010) • Secret Garden OST (2011) • The Artist (2011)

(Click on slideshow to view tracklists)


Dal Shabet


Fly to the Sky • Brown Eyed Soul


Nini. “[Inside the Music] VIBE and 4MEN Talk About ‘K-Soul’ and US Tour.” hellokpop. 1 Feb 2015. Evernote..


Original Profile: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick • Revised Profile: Crystal S. Anderson

Top 10 K-Pop Boy Bands You Need To Know – Billboard

With all due respect to the ladies, K-pop probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the boys.

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it’s hard to win with these types of top ten articles. What criteria was used? Sales? Popularity? 

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Americans Finally Get to Stream (Almost) All the K-Pop They Want With Apple … – Billboard

With the launch of Apple Music, K-pop fans finally got their wish to stream all their favorite artists on one platform… well, almost all of them. 

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This story raises questions about music listening habits of K-pop fans, many of whom come to K-pop through the Internet.

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K-Pop Crossover: Berklee College Of Music Nurtures Another K-Pop Act With … – KpopStarz

Berklee College of Music has seen several K-pop talents pass through its doors, and the latest sensation could be the duo Highbrow.

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K-pop continues to promote collaboration with artists outside of Korea.

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Choices in K-pop raise serious questions – Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily Choices in K-pop raise serious questions Korea JoongAng Daily “Koreans don’t really raise or see racial issues in K-pop videos [because they are so used to seeing Hollywood-style videos of the same nature], so [it’s…

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This story takes up the issue of representation of other ethnicities in K-pop, which is significant given that K-pop is itself a hybridized musical form directed towards global audiences. At the same time, it suffers from presentism, pointing to very recent music videos to make its point.  In doing so, it overlooks older music videos by artists such as Seo Taiji and Boys and Baby VOX, which features other ethnicities in their videos, as well as other visual venues where other ethnicities may be present, such as concerts. 

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From BTS To EXO, Weibo Accounts Become Popular Among K-Pop Stars … – KpopStarz

The recent trend of K-pop idols opening up Chinese social media accounts shows the importance of the Chinese market to the success of Hallyu stars.

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As K-pop continues to make inroads into China through social media, it will be interesting to see how that works in light of China’s record on media control.

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Nick Cannon’s ‘Make It Pop’: How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit … – Billboard

Nearly everything about Nickelodeon’s new show Make It Pop sounds similar to what TV fans have already seen — including the platform (musical-comedy, just in time for Glee’s finale) and the setting (a boarding school a la Zoey 101) — but its main…

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Nick Cannon mentions that he used social media to reach out to fans who were critical of the show’s promotion as a K-pop show with little reflection of actual K-pop culture. It is still not clear if the show or its showrunners really understand the global nature of K-pop culture or the importance of Korean culture for global bans.

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