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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!).

KPK 2.0: The Next Generation of K-pop Profiles

As you know, KPK is dedicated to collecting information about Hallyu-era K-pop. To that end, we are in the process of creating enhanced profiles of Kpop artists and groups, with even more information!

KPOPIANA is a collaborative digital humanities project that aims to collect and organize information about Korean popular music of the Hallyu era (1992-present).  It is built on the Omeka platform, which” is web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.”  This allows us to present information in a more interactive kind of way.

Members of KPK are in the process of migrating profiles from WordPress to Omeka, as well as creating new profiles in Omeka.  Check out some of your favorite profiles:

2NE1: Music for Anyone

2PM: They’re Your Men

B2UTY and the BEAST

Boyfriend: Can They Be Yours?


Epik High: Epic Music

f(x): The Perfect Formula

SHINee: It’s Another World

SS501: Five Men United As One

AND, one new profile:


Don’t worry! You will always be able to find links for old and new profiles here on the KPK blog, or you can navigate straight to KPOPIANA as we migrate more profiles, so you never have to worry about where to find your K-pop info!  We’ll be rolling out new enhanced profiles over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Changes at KPK!!!

People of the World!

KPK has recently undergone a change!  Are you looking for all those thought-provoking yet entertaining pieces by KPK members? Where did they go?

They are not far! Members of KPK are now writing those same kinds of pieces over on a new site, House of Hallyu. You can also find all your old favorites there, including:

CeeFu’s posts can be found on her blog, High Yellow, including classics like:

Why the change? KPK does so much, we wanted you to be able to see all the stuff we do, so we moved our popular writing to other sites, leaving the KPK blog for our publicly accessible research. That’s what happens when you do Hallyu!

Make a note of the change and subscribe to the other sites as well!

Korean Popular Culture in Digital Humanities

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

This past spring, I attended my first THATCamp at the University of Virginia.  I was nervous. Although I’ve been a humanities person practically all my life, I was unsure if the collaborative projects I manage on Hallyu (Korean wave) popular culture on the Internet qualified as a digital humanities enterprise.  After attending THATCampVA,  I realized that my projects embraced  several central elements of digital humanities.    


KPK Goes To KPOPCON on January 28, 2012!!!

University of California, Berkeley
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hello Hallyu!: Kpop Fictions, Facts and Fans in the Global Academy

KPK Presenters: Crystal S. Anderson, PhD, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., Mark Jaehoon Byon, Kuylain Howard

All Kpop fans are tweenage Asian girls. Idols are manufactured and have no talent. Male Kpop idols aren’t “real” men. Kpop music is unoriginal. It doesn’t matter where you get your Kpop news.

What do you really know about Kpop fans, artists and the industry? How – and why – has Kpop spread around the world? KPK: Kpop Kollective will host an interactive session that will reveal surprising details about the heart of the Korean wave: the fans. We’ll talk about the unique connection Kpop fans have to the music, take a look at issues surrounding the evolution of the Kpop image as it has migrated to the United States, and explore the roles of social media and Internet publishing in the spread of Kpop music. Cover dance your way to our session and find out how We Do Hallyu!

Find out more at KPOPCON.com!

Why Is KPK on YouTube?

As you probably know, KPK does Hallyu. Most international fans of Kpop and Kdrama access their Korean popular through the Internet in general, and YouTube in particular. We know that’s where you are watching Hello Baby and Happy Together! We go where fans go, so we’re now on YouTube! Check out the KPK Channel! Like us! Tell your friends! And watch our channel because we will be bringing our insights to YouTube too!

The Ever-changing Site

As we sit here and tweak our website layout, we realized that there may be people who get confused with the constant changes.

And we also realize that there may be people who are coming to the site and asking, “Where’s all your stuff for N-Train? Boyfriend? 4minute? A-Peace? Aren’t you supposed to be an archive?”

Yes, we are an archive, but we’ve only JUST STARTED to build this. It’s hard to get everything done on everyone with just 4 people working on it! On top of all that, I (Michelle) love messing with the layout of the site, and since technology is NOT my friend this often means tweak after tweak after tweak and long hours of saying “I’ve wiped the file? I’ve wiped ALL the files? I’VE WIPED THE INTERNET?!” (Eddie Izzard, anyone?)

Plus, Kpop is an ever-changing world. New groups are coming out all the time, current groups are coming back or doing lots of new work, and we can’t forget to include out Kpop legends. So, our goal is to get EVERYONE. But it’s going to take us a while.

We’re going to do our best for you! Please be patient, and come back to the site often, because you never know how many new and exciting things will have happened here!

Oh, and TAKE THE SURVEY!!!!!!!!!! DO IT! Please?