Our prayers go out to the families and victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy in Korea. We sincerely hope for a miracle.
Last week, we asked you to send us your “Hallyu Story” and we were overwhelmed by the fantastic, detailed, thought provoking peeks into your K-Pop listening, K-Drama watching, K-Food making lives. Thank you so much for your submissions. This is the first story, but it certainly won’t be the last one that we share. They truly made our day so much brighter. Keep sending your stories to email@example.com and we will publish them right here.
This first “Hallyu Story” was sent by Vanessa G (What a coincidence! Internet high five, fellow Vanessa). She asks a question which I’m sure many of us have asked, “How did my Death Cab loving, X-Files raving, cooking impaired self get into all this?” Let’s jump into Vanessa’s story and find out:
On Friday’s #KCONLiveChat we revealed the winners of the Favorite K-Pop Female Artists/K-Pop Male Artists Poll. In order, your favorite female singers were Girls Generation, 2NE1, and IU. The dramatic race between the men saw Super Junior placing first, followed by EXO and BIGBANG. We loved watching all of the twists and turns in this close race. Thanks so much for voting!
Watch the #KCONLiveChat show this week on Friday, April 11th (5:30PM PT // 8:30PM ET)! We’ll be announcing the results on our recent poll on “Your Favorite K-Pop Group/Artist.”
WATCH #KCONLiveChat HERE
Make sure to tune in at the start of the show for the Hallyu Pop Quiz segment where you will have the opportunity to win a special prize!
It’s hard out there for a…fictional character.
These days, more and more people have begun using apps like Tinder to meet, date, or otherwise. But, what if our favorite leading men were thrown out of the high school K-Drama bubble and into the harsh world of social media. Would they choose the right photo? Would they reveal too much about their personal lives? Would they use too many “clichés”? Let’s jump into this writer’s imagining of the Tinder profiles of some of K-Drama’s most handsome men and take a look at the do’s and don’ts of Tinder profiles. K-Drama—a goldmine of dating lessons.
When I think of the phrase, “what’s your story,” I imagine a guy rocking some serious bravado shimmying next to women in a bar. In the same way, we as fans had this kind of “meet-cute” with hallyu—where we were seduced by the shiny world of K-Pop or K-Dramas and said to ourselves, “I’m not sure what a flower boy is, but I’m pretty sure I could get into it.” Like each new love that starts whether it be in a bar or at a school or on the internet, each of us has our own unique hallyu story.
What’s my hallyu story? Like many people my age, I graduated with a humanities degree from a super cool (and super old!) university and moved back home without what many people would call a “plan A, B or C.” When I returned to America, the culture shock of not living in a country where sheep outnumber people 3:1 (shout out to Scotland!) was…shockingly difficult. And yet, not having to ponder the possibilities of a genetically engineered sheep leading his/her massive population in a William Wallace-style rebellion was some consolation.
And then came this magical “homecoming party” where what should be playing but “Boys Over Flowers.” If I could summarize all of my friends’ expressions, it would be somewhere between “WTF” and “wut” on the confusion scale (“WTF” being a 10, “wut” being a solid 5, and “huh” being around a 2). But, if there was an omniscient narrator telling my story, he would have said, “and this is where it all began.” He would have also said, “After 25 episodes and one special, she wished the song ‘Almost Paradise’ would light on fire.”
For “research” and “curiosity’s sake,” I binge watched an entire year of “1 Night, 2 Days,” ate ramen while watching “Flower Boy Ramen Shop,” and by some twist of fate started working for a Korean company. Shakespeare says, “What’s past is prologue.” I’m sharing with you my hallyu story, “my prologue,” but I hope that intertwines our futures together as a hallyu fan community.
The special thing about hallyu fans is not just our passion, but the fact that we don’t just support a group, or a drama, or an idol, but that we are small and mighty community who support each other regardless of our friends’ “wut” looks…and then together we plan ways to convert them. *commence mustache twirling*— *commence remembering that I don’t have a mustache* Just because we don’t solely listen to St. Vincent (who I love btw) doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings. Right!
Now it’s your turn, dearest followers. What is your hallyu story? Share them with us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the most interesting ones on the blog.
[QUOTE] Why fit in when you were born to fangirl?
Hello dearest readers! Welcome to a sparkly and new hallyu-centric blog brought to you by KCON. Fear not, along with the shiny new look we did not throw out all of your KCON news. Throwing out the baby with bathwater is not our way (and it seems really unsafe for bathtubs in general, and babies in particular). So, come here (often!) to find out all of the updates about dates, performers, tickets, and all things hallyu.
So what’s new? Well, your freshly minted KCON intern thought that we should make this blog more about you. Hallyu is special because it’s just as much about worshipping your idol as it is bonding with your fellow fans. So tell us, what do you want to know about Korean culture, films, dramas, pop, indie, food? Even without all of the marketing research, the KCON team knows that we have the best and most amazing community of fans. And don’t let anyone tell you different! So, today we start anew—for you.
In the coming weeks, you may find news stories, opinion pieces, interviews, and interesting links on this blog. Feel free to send us an email about topics or questions that you want covered on the blog ideas@kconusa. Lastly, as one of those nerds you may have seen in school proudly arguing about the strategies of Poke-battles (ah, the joys of the Catholic school bubble), I love discussion. So, fellow hallyu-nerds, feel free to comment and share your opinions.
Gird your feels! #KCONLiveChat is back! Tune in this Thursday (5:30PM PT // 8:30PM ET) for some huge news! FYI - we’ve got tons of amazing giveaways for those tuning in! #kcon2014 #allthingshallyu
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