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!).