SMTown LA 2012 – Hit or Miss?
by Cynthia Girls’ Generation at SMTOWN LA 2012 Earlier I wrote a post about SMTown Los Angeles 2012 at the Anaheim Center, and how skeptical I was of the whole affair, with its obscenely high prices and the last-minute notification of the concert. Well, despite my friends’ raving reviews of the concerts, it looks like I had a right to be skeptical. As much as I don’t want to...
Illegal access to foreign media on the rise in N.... →
North Korea has always been portrayed to me as an uncanny real-life version of Orwell’s 1984. According to this BCC documentary, each family has a state radio in the kitchen, and while the volume can be lowered, they can never be turned off. Portraits of the Kim family, the leaders glorified as deities that brought peace and freedom to the people, are also found everywhere. Regardless of...
Blackface in Korea
by Cynthia I don’t often bring up my racial identity, but let it be known that I am a black k-pop fan. And as a Korean pop fan, I’ve been exposed to some Korean media—I’ve watched a bunch of variety shows, talk shows, interviews, and even a drama or two. A few weeks ago, one of these variety shows got into a bit of a scandal due to one of its skits, which featured two...
Watch Your Back, Bieber: The Boy Band Is Making a... →
South Korean boyband Big Bang “The boys are back!” the Internet cried, reinstating the relevance of all-male pop groups. Women have had a strong run dominating the Top 40 pop charts, no doubt, but thanks to some international imports, we may be about to hear a lot more harmonizing than we have in the last few years. Korean pop and One Direction meet again! This time, in a Time...