Author: KPopKollective

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!).

2016 KPK Global Recruitment


Are you a motivated, committed, detail-oriented person who can work independently? Want to use your love of Korean popular music for something important? Then it’s your lucky day! The 2016 KPK Global Recruitment is open!

Fostering a fun and engaging environment, KPK is the oldest aca-fansite and only community of scholars who work together to curate information about modern Korean popular music (K-pop) and offers the opportunity for student research assistants to learn how to do the same.

As research assistants, students create discographies and videographies for mini-profiles on K-pop artists using Google Slides and YouTube playlists. Using these digital tools, they develop information literacy skills, particularly the ability to locate and verify information. As members of a community of practice, they also receive valuable e-mentorship from experienced scholars and get to participate in scholarly discussions about K-pop in a supportive environment.

Applicants must have some knowledge of K-pop and should be able to write well in English. All positions are voluntary (non-paid).   All successful applicants undergo a one-month training and probationary period. Subsequent appointments are three months and may be renewed.

Interested? Complete the  2016 Application:

Upon receipt, we will contact you with a sample assignment to complete and return. Members of KPK senior staff will review your completed assignment and make a decision within one week (seven days).

KPK now recruits once a year, so this will be your ONLY opportunity to submit an application this year. 2016 RECRUITMENT ENDS JULY 15, 2016.

Want to know more about KPK? Click to find out more about KPK’s mission and its members.

Questions about the application process? Email Crystal S. Anderson, Director, KPK: Kpop Kollective (



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.

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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