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.

It’s a K-pop Thing(Link)….

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

You’ve finally convinced a friend/co-worker/parent/spouse/transit-seat partner/random stranger that your favorite group is worth taking a closer look at, and *gasp* they’ve asked a K-pop Fan Gateway Question (while feigning nonchalance): “which one is [member]”?

As a K-pop fan, you already know this game: such a question is already an indication that the questioner would like to know more…way more. But you don’t want to overwhelm them with information – rather, just give them a comprehensive overview of the group or member. You know…to “satisfy” (read: further ignite) their “casual” curiosity. To prepare for this moment – and help emerging K-pop fans everywhere – what can you do? Where can you send them?

Try ThingLink.

Make K-pop artist overviews featuring websites, videos, and more using ThingLink.

ThingLink is a web and mobile application that allows its users to create interactive images and videos for use in social media, on websites, and more. Users can augment photos with links to websites, videos, audio, and more.   After images/videos are posted to ThingLink, community users can search for images and “Touch” (like) other interactive images and videos, too.

If you make ThingLinks for several groups from different entertainment companies, consider organizing them by Channels – a feature in ThingLink. You can also decide what you want everyone to see by choosing if your TLs will be public or private. One drawback: if you want browsing users to locate your work, you’ll need to make a title that has the search term(s) you think people will use since ThingLink doesn’t really make use of traditional hashtags as a finding aid.

ThingLink is free and also offers expanded options for different fees. It is available on Google Play and the App Store!

Here’s a ThingLink I made for …well, you know…(drag your mouse over the image to interact with it):


P.S. Taemin is on second left. You know, in case you were wondering…casually.🙂

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“I don’t know what they’re saying!”: Resolved with Flitto

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

OK, so you’re a Kpop fan who:

1. “Sings along” with Kpop songs (“sing along” = mostly hums, singing all of the English words and the occasional saranghae/su itge/mumcheo obso words or phrases that stand out…

2. Follows Kpop idols on social media even though you can barely read Hangul

3. Want to know what your Kpop idols are saying when they post to social media sites…

Well, KPK has discovered THE app/website for you:


Try Flitto to access translations of what your favorite Kpop artists are posting or saying on popular social media sites.
Try Flitto to access translations of what your favorite Kpop artists are posting on popular social media sites.

Flitto is a global language translation social media site. Users can join (for free!), pick their native language, and then follow people who post messages. Other users who can translate will transcribe any messages. And get this: sometimes the messages are not just in print! Super Junior-M’s Henry has posted recordings of his conversations with SHINee’s Taemin and EXO’s Xiumin. Below the recordings you’ll see the transcribed conversation in English (along with the Flitto user who transcribed the exchange).

Other Kpop Idols appearing on this awesome site include:

  • G-Dragon
  • Lee Minho
  • Kim Heechul
  • SHINee’s Onew, Jonghyun, and Key
  • Jay Park
  • Tablo

Is your idol there? Check out Flitto to finally understand all those messages they left for you!

Flitto is also available on Google Play and iTunes (cost: free!)