REVISED Last Fans Standing: Veteran Fans of K-pop

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor of English, Longwood University

One of the things that happens when conducting qualitative surveys is that they can raise more questions than they answer. This is what happened with the preliminary data from Last Fans Standing: Longtime and Adult Fans of Korean Popular Music (K-pop). Response rates were unusually low, which was unusual given the rising number of fans who have been fans for more than five years. I speculated that respondents may think that only adult fans who had also been fans for five years or more could take the survey. So, I revised the survey to focus solely on veteran fans of K-pop, individuals who had been fans for five years or more. This means all you fans of ZE:A, CN Blue, SISTAR, Infinite, Miss A, Teen Top, Nine Muses, T-ara, f(x), BEAST/Highlight, SHINee, UKISS, 2PM, IU, Wonder Girls, KARA, FT. Island, Girls’ Generation, SS501, Super Junior, BoA, Dynamic Duo, Epik High, Lee Hyori, Kangta, Se7en, TVXQ, K. Will, Big Bang, 2NE1, 4Minute, Fly to the Sky, g.o.d, H.O.T, Jinusean, S.E.S, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa, and any other group that debuted more than 5 years ago need to get on it!

The revised survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vetfans

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KARA: Girls…Forever

KARA, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1156
KARA, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1156

KARA is a five member group signed with DSP Entertainment. In 2007, the group originally debuted with an R&B concept with four members Gyuri (Park Gyuri), Sunghee (Kim Sunghee), Seungyeon (Han Seungyeon) and Nicole (Nicole Jung), but after their first album promotion, Sunghee left the group due to parental pressures. After Sunghee’s departure, DSP Entertainment changed the group’s concept to a cute and playful one and added two new members: Hara (Goo Hara) and Jiyoung (Kang Jiyoung).

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!