January 6th, 2022

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Teaser roundup featuring Yuju, Hyolyn, Moon Byul, Astro JinRock & Kim Yo Han

Yuju "[REC.]" album tracklist

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source: konnect_YUJU, officialhyolyn_, RBW_MAMAMOO, MAMAMOO, fantagiomusic_ 1 2, WEi
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AleXa: K-pop fan from Oklahoma now living dream as K-pop star

Maybe Alexandra Christine Schneiderman was destined to be a K-pop star.

Born to a Russian American father and Korean American mother, the young girl from a tiny village in Tulsa, Oklahoma, became enamored with K-pop in 2008, when she was 11. Back then, K-pop was not a hot commodity in the U.S., but Schneiderman immediately fell under its spell after coming across "Replay" (2008) ― a debut track by K-pop boy band SHINee ― by chance.

"I have always loved performing since I was young, so after being mesmerized by K-pop, I naturally began dreaming of becoming a K-pop singer," Schneiderman, who is better known by her stage name AleXa, said in Korean during a recent interview with The Korea Times at a studio in Seoul's Mapo District.

"My parents expected me to be a doctor, so they did not approve of my career choice at first. But they gradually changed their mind as they saw a lot of people giving me support on my social media accounts, where I shared my K-pop dance covers… In fact, another reason that I decided to become a K-pop singer was to help my mom find her family who live in Korea. At the age of 5, she bid farewell to her brother at an orphanage in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, and was adopted by a family in the U.S."

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source: POPKORN & The Korea Times
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Koreans spend 4 hours daily watching or listening to digital content

The average Korean national spends four hours per day consuming digital content, according to the report by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).

The state-run agency released a digital content consumption trend report, Wednesday, which included the survey of 3,000 digital content users, from age 15 to 59.

The survey gathered their consumption patterns for over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform services, online performances, metaverse services and audio content in the past year.

According to the report, the number of paid subscriptions was the highest for music streaming platforms at 3.45 on average, followed by 2.69 for online video platforms in the past year.

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source: The Korea Times
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Eric Nam answers questions with WIRED & Seventeen

WIRED Autocomplete Interview

Eric Nam takes the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answers the internet's most searched questions about himself. Where does Eric Nam shop? Does Eric have tattoos? What's his kimchi recipe? When did he start making music? Eric answers all these questions and much more!

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Eric's new album drops tomorrow

source: WIRED & Seventeen

Nationalistic content takes new form in YouTube era

This parady image compiles all things that Koreans are supposedly proud of, including Psy’s face, Ryu Hyun-jin‘s jersey, Choo Shin-soo’s helmet, Dokdo, singer Rain and kimchi.

Toxic nationalism manifests online via ‘gukppong’ YouTube channels

In 2015, when Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League acquired forward Son Heung-min -- arguably the best soccer player Korea has ever produced -- a curious fad emerged among Korean soccer fans.

Whenever Son pulled off a remarkable performance, they would flood online comment sections with the word “Jumo!”

It was meant as a compliment. The Korean word refers to the now-defunct profession of a female barkeep. By saying jumo, the fans were saying they wanted more drinks, because they were “drunk” with the pride that Son had given them.

It was a cute and seemingly-innocent fad at that time, but the nationalism that has manifested online recently often takes on a much uglier form.

On YouTube, exaggerated headlines and thumbnail images designed to incite blind nationalism have flourished, giving rise to a new genre of content called “gukppong.”
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Source (including image): Yoon Min-Sik for The Korea Herald

Thought this was an interesting read! Have you seen Youtubers (Korean or not) glorifying Korea in their videos? And which ones do you think offer a more realistic, nuanced portrayal of the country?

Is Korean media silencing LGBT voices?

The Lachica performance referenced in the article

From Lady Gaga’s LGBT anthem “Born This Way” to a Freddie Mercury biopic, LGBT voices are being ‘filtered out of media,’ experts say.

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Source: Yim Hyun-Su for the Korea Herald, Youtube video via Carolyn Tang

Let's share some examples of good representation of the LGBT community you've seen in Korean media (or anywhere)! The article references Schoolgirl Detectives which I remember really liking when I saw it back in the day.

Yukika on the revival of city pop: “People that are into that niche genre will follow”

Yukika. Credit: Ubuntu Entertainment

Few things inspire the kind of glee that finding a piece of the past in the present brings. Finding an old diary buried in a corner of a ratted box in the attic, happening upon a small establishment so old that even the neighbours wonder whether it has always been there, or the crackle on a vinyl before the music kicks in – the past inspires something visceral, yet comforting in us, as if a thread stretches across time to provide silent reassurance in the present.

Seeped in dreamy pastels, sparkling lights and flares, twinkling synths, jazz and horns, the city pop sound and vibe of Yukika’s music imparts a similar warmth – more accurately “timeless”, as the singer describes: “I think of city pop as an almost timeless piece,” she says during our conversation, dressed in soft white and slipping between Korean and her native Japanese with ease.

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sources: NME, 1theK, ESTIMATE YUKIKA

"All Of Us Are Dead" official teaser

School turns into an actual nightmare when a group of high school students finds themselves the only survivors in a sea of hungry zombies. With their undead classmates hot on their heels and help nowhere to be found, they’ll have only themselves to count on if they want to stay alive.

The new Netflix series ALL OF US ARE DEAD stars Park Ji-hu (HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD), Yoon Chan-young (EVERYTHING AND NOTHING), Cho Yi-hyun (HOSPITAL PLAYLIST), Lomon (SWEET REVENGE), Yoo In-su (STRANGER 2), and Lee You-mi (SQUID GAME).

Coming to Netflix January 28.

Source: The Swoon

Jung Ho Yeon Makes History As 1st Asian Independent Cover Model For U.S. Vogue Magazine


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Source: voguemagazine instagram 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vogue | IMBC via Soompi

She is apparently the most followed Korean actress in the world (aside from BP's Jisoo as some stans in the ig comments point out). I still haven't finished Squid Game so please no spoilers! What kind of project would you like to see Hoyeon challenge next?