A K-Culture Lover’s Bookshelf

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As both a book lover and a lover of Korean culture, I have collected my share of books about South Korea on my shelf. Here are my top 3 that I recommend to anyone looking to learn a little more about Korea’s history and culture:

A Geek in Korea by Daniel Tudor

61Z-2zl163L._SX375_BO1,204,203,200_Summary:A Geek in Korea is a book packed full of colourful images and tidbits about everything ranging from Korean slang to Kpop, to Korean history and politics. The book also includes interviews with YouTubers Simon and Martina of “Eat Your Kimchi” as well as with Jaurim vocalist Kim Yoon-ah.

A Geek in Korea is a good basic for every K-Culture lover’s bookshelf. It’s an easy read packed full of useful information.

Daniel Tudor is a writer and journalist who lives in South Korea. He is originally from the States, making his book a good view of South…

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BTS & Youth Empowerment

BTS has long been a symbol of hope and ability to accomplish dreams for fans around the world but their advocacy for youth I feel is sometimes overlooked by their music, talents and amazing success. LYRICS BTS has always put political lyrics in their meaning. Starting with their first single “No More Dream” and continuing... Continue Reading →

Kpop – a Path to International Success

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South Korea’s soft-power approach through Hallyu has shown some amazing success in these recent past years. With international recognition of artists like Psy, BIGBANG and BTS, Kpop has become a powerhouse industry in South Korea.

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So how did Kpop become so influential today? To understand the emergence of Kpop we have to go back to 1997 Asian financial crisis. The crisis started in Thailand after the collapse of their currency. The crisis spread hitting Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea the hardest. The debt emergency in Korea stopped the export of many goods. With no natural resources and a economy that was overly dependent on chaebols (South Korean mega conglomerates) South Korea was forced to rethink their economy.

Then President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Kim Daejung, made the decision to push information technology and (surprise!) pop culture to gain revenue. Using the United States and the UK…

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More Than KPop – Korean Indie Bands

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When you think Korean music, most of our minds turn to “Psy’s Gangnam Style” or to the many KPop girl groups and boy groups the Korean Pop music industry has churned out. While I personally enjoy KPop music, it isn’t for everyone and it isn’t the only thing that the Korean music scene has to offer.

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More Than Kpop will be a mini blog series introducing different types of Korean music out there, excluding the already well-known KPop. The first ‘genre’ I would like to introduce are Korean Indie bands.

While Indie music is really an umbrella term originally meaning independent from major labels or records, for the sake of this blog I will be using the term to refer to Korean bands outside of the KPop world.

Today’s Korean Indie band sound is characterized by Stephen Epstein, Associate Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Institute…

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