Did You Know There Is A Non-Korean K-Pop Band?

Did You Know There Is A Non-Korean K-Pop Band?

K-Pop is not just for Koreans anymore
136
views

Most artists from other countries idolize the music coming from the United States.In this case, there is a different interpretation.This is about a controversial experiment about an all-American boy band performing Korean-Pop calling themselves “EXP.”

It’s not unusual that Korean pop music, also referred as K-pop, has reached the United States.For instance, the major music artist PSY from Seoul, South Korea came out with a song in 2012 called “Gangnam Style,” regarding to the lifestyle a particular district called Gangnam.K-pop has reached across the pacific and has drawn a fan base in the U.S.

Started as a social experiment project by three female graduate students from Columbia University.Kim Bora, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Shao, each studied various courses like sociology, art administration and pop-culture; architecting this collective task.



After the phenomenon of the Korean Wave in 2012, K-pop became a commercial success from South Korea, which led the ladies to pursue this analysis.

The ladies did a Kickstarter campaign for seed money in order to recruit band memebers.They initiated I’m Making a Boy Band project and were able to gather five male members.The five members come from various music genres like opera, R&B and musical theater.

Recruiting these five boys, Bora taught them Korean and how to sing in Korean and interpret Korean boy culture.

According to an interview with Bora from Koreaboo:

“Asian masculinity as a concept has been equated to being feminine, weak, nerdy, and asexual. K-pop boy bands still have those qualities, but because of the capital and the glamorization that is inherent to the commercial pop industry, all these characteristics become attractive and desirable. We wanted to experiment and play with this idea by teaching our boys how to act and embody what it means to act like K-pop boy bands.”

The first interpretation of witnessing K-pop boy band, Americans have troublesome of interpreting the gender role and sexuality.Lots of the K-pop male groups appear to have great skin and wear make-up, even though these preferences attract the female audience; suggestively.This social experiment of getting westernize faces attempting the Korean music scene is quite strange and an unusual approach, especially towards South Korea’s social norm.


Recent news about EXP, on April 13th, EXP posted a music trailer for their very first single, posting it on Youtube.It has sparked controversy, according from an article from Popcrush.com, the feedback from the comments sections have led negative responses and confusion.

The outcome of this social experiment has open eyes to K-pop fans and Korean citizens. Since K-pop is establishing as part of Korean culture, having outsiders attempting to South Korea’s music entertainment has so far been operating from the mixture of cringe and supportive.For the three grad students, well-done and see how far this group can go.

Cover Image Credit: EXP // YOUTUBE

Popular Right Now

It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
847270
views

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

SEE ALSO: 18 Signs You're A Little Too Comfortable With Your Best Friends

The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things You Say To Your Roommates Before Going Out

The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

High School Has Taught Me To Not Forget My Hobbies Even If It Can Be Easy To Do So

Never let go of your hobbies

35
views

As a junior in high school right now, there's always something to do- homework, grades, extra curriculars, etc. If you're not doing something productive, it usually means that you're wasting time. With everything happening at the same time, it's easy to forget the things you like to do and your own hobbies that you would normally do in your free time.

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite things to do was art. As I painted and drew more pictures, I got better and better each time. I never went to any classes but I would watch YouTube videos and se my creativity to draw and paint whatever came to mind. Sometimes, I would even sell my artwork and make small profits.

Art was my stress reliever. It was my "run away" destination. But, because it's time consuming and requires a lot more effort than my daily schedule can handle, I lost my connection with art. School and other extracurriculars had overridden my passion and love for art. When I do get free time, usually during the summer, I try to paint whenever I can and feel like it.

What I learned from this distancing with one of my biggest stress relievers was that even though school can almost make it feel impossible to have free time, it's always important to incorporate your hobbies into your day/ week. It's always a good thing to save time for your interests and what you like to do.

Related Content

Facebook Comments