as kpop continues to grow and different and more people become interested in it, i’m beginning to see a growing trend where interational fans are equating a lot of their idols sucess with the achievements that they’ve accomplished in western media and it’s really fucking annoying and wrong.
why are you equating western acknowledgment as being the most defining moment of any kpop act(s) career? Honestly, i feel like (well actually, i know) that recieving a major Korean award in a major Korean award show like Daesang at the Golden Disk Awards is worth much more than some youtube/mtv/billboard award. Yes, it’s amazing that a group that exists in a totally different entertainment world and in the opposite side of the globe can get recognized by their counterpart, but the way that i see some of you react to news of this ___ group winning ____ American award is alarming and frusterating. Kpop does not exist to try to get the attention of western media or western peoples. it exists because it’s an actual form of entertainment in another country where they have their own set of standards and ideals. trying to frame them into yours doesn’t make any sense. when YOU got into kpop, you also got yourself into learning to accept another country’s ideas, culture, and standards. which means that them achieving something that you might think is great, doesn’t mean that it’s as great as you may think it is.
i keep seeing these gifset and posts about how defining and momumental _____ moment is in kpop history and such but kpop history isn’t suddenly transformed and elevated after recieving western attention. it’s just recieved different attention. kpop history is transformed when artists that work within the korean entertainment do influential things and release influential works. the wonder girls shouldn’t be remember for debuting in america. how can you say something like that when the Wonder girls, an ICONIC group, has released so many iconic songs like “nobody” and “tell me”? gg shouldn’t be remembered for winning some youtube award. gg is the group that competely took control of hallyu with songs like “gee” and “genie.” and big bang that came out with songs like “haru” and “fantastic baby.” when lee hyori released “you go girl”. and mr. for kara. super junior with “sorry”. exo with “growl”. 2ne1′s “i am the best.” t-ara and “bo peep bo peep.” tvxq's “mirotic.” 2pm’s “heartbeat.” h.o.t’s “candy” and finkl “forever love.” (and sooo much more). songs like these make for iconic moments in kpop history. they are the things that will always be remembered by koreans and will continue to be known as THE songs of their era. songs like these change kpop history. these are the kinds of things that really affect and matter in kpop.
I think some of you forget that kpop is its own thing and does its own thing. it’s very different from the american entertainment system in so many ways. and whilst i wish there was more asian representation in american media (i am an asian-american female, too), kpop doesn’t have to move into america and I honestly don’t want it to. i love kpop for what it is. it’s independet from everything that i’m kind of forced to consume in the country that i live in. also, in my opinion, as time progresses and generations of different people changes, there will be (there HAS TO BE) more asians and ethinic people in the American entertainment industry but that’s not to say that kpop has to be the thing that breaks the barrier. i COULD be. i don’t know, but honestly it’s very unlikely. i’ve always imagined that asian people would enter into the american entertainment industry through a mix of asian-ameican artists and asian artists influencing each other and working together. but nobody knows that for sure.
either way, if you’re planning on being a kpop fan, you’re going to have to accept that there may always be some differences between the ways in which the korean entertainment industry and american entertainment industry work. these differences may be way too big for kpop artists to be widely accepted by the american audience and media. and these differences are great. they are some of the reasons why to why kpop has enamoured so many types of people from around the world. kpop is such an interesting entertainment form because fans find kpop on their own. this is different from the entertainment that you grow up with, which is something that is integrated into your life without really your choice. remember that the ways in which kpop is different makes it special. you guys are always screaming about individualism. when it presents itself, recognize it.
i haven’t been very active lately but i’ll probably come back in june or july (finals are killing me) and i’d like to have an active dashbord by then (bc its dead rn) so if your blog is at least 90% SHINee like this post and i’ll follow!
seeing as the weekend is quickly coming upon us, i figured that it would be a good time to make a post in regards to airport etiquette and expected fandom behavior for all three of the events occuring. (2016 hallyu north, 14th korea times music festival + 2016 shinee fanmeet in chicago.) in regards to airport etiquette: people are always going to have varying opinions on it but, ultimately, fans are always going to try and greet their idols when they fly in to their home countries. in the grand scheme of things, it is alright to do this but it’s important to follow certain rules. all things considered, there above listed as not as much “rules” as they should be linked to common decency. i was originally planning on writing out my own post, but after i saw that the wonder admins at @shineecanada had whipped up their own last night, i figured that it would just be best to help spread their around their hard work. though it was written specifically for fans attending 2016 hallyu north, it applies to fans from anywhere. a link to the original tweet (which you should retweet if you can!) can be found here, along with a link to a .pdf document with a slight bit more information.
all in all: though it’s most likely that shinee are not going to have a lot of free time when in north america, we still want them to feel comfortable both at the airport and at the events they’re attending. it’s not just about leaving a good impression on them, but about making sure that they have a happy time in the short few days that they are here.