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The Truth Is: Eatyourkimchi on Australian TV!

June 13, 2013

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So, a while ago, back in November or so, we filmed a shoot with Channel Ten in Australia, which – from what we’ve been told – is one of the biggest networks in Australia, if not THE biggest. Cool! They were shooting a documentary style video on Kpop and Korea, and they asked us to be on the show and give our input. You can see our section of the video starting at the 5:00 mark or so.

Gotta say, it was really weird when that show aired, because so many people were sending us pictures of their TVs, and tweets were rolling in of people excited to see us. It was really cool! We couldn’t actually see ourselves on TV, but we could see people’s TV’s at least:

Eatyourkimchi Channel Ten Australia

Great thing about this also was that some of our closest friends from Korea are now living in Australia, and they just happened to be watching the TV when we came on, and they had a freakout and messaged us, and we were reminded about how much we miss them. THANKS CHANNEL TEN FOR MAKING US SAD! Ha, no, that’s silly. We were really happy to hear from them :D

Anyhow, this video was shot back in November, and it just aired this past Monday. Yay! Someone was nice enough to put it on YouTube, but we weren’t sure if it was going to be taken down instantly, seeing how it’s not an official upload, but it’s still up so I think it’s safe to say that it slipped under their radar? I’m not sure! Hopefully it won’t get taken down. If it does get taken down, you can watch it here on the official channel, though it seems like it’s region blocked. We can’t see it in Korea, and we’re not savvy enough with VPNs to be able to figure it out.

Back to the video itself, it was really well done! We’re total geeks for editing, so the way they used text effects in the video was super cool, with the waving moving away our text and whatnot. The timing was really quite perfect, because we were waving to a Nasty passing by, and the text at the time was of people viewing our blog, so, to us, we had a good laugh.

There’s a lot that got cut out of our section. We went to Times Square for an Epik High fansigning, which is where you see that quick shot of us posing with a fan for a picture. They didn’t include much of what we said for the fansigning event. Understandable. They shoot a ton of footage and then try to cram it all into a 22 minute video. We shot with them for, like, six hours.

Anyhow, let us know what you think! And, on a related media side note, we were also talked about in the Wall Street Journal recently. Double shazaam! It’s a video talking about the Singapore event. Jasper, who ran the whole Music Matters event, was a super awesome guy and just lovely to work with; he talks about developing a following on YouTube and YouTube stardom and whatnot. Odd to hear us talked about in the same sentence. Point is, he talked about the Airport incident at Singapore and how many awesome Nasties were there. Yay! Thanks to all you awesome Singaporean Nasties for helping us make the news!

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  1. What a great segment! And I love how the show is shot and edited too, not to mention a great host. You guys looked and sounded great (as always). A lot of interesting stuff….can’t get over the plastic surgery wow! I’d say what Korea is doing is having a HUGE impact internationally. It’s amazing what can be done with music as the guiding beacon.

    3 years ago
  2. When I saw you guise appear on my TV screen, I had a fangirl moment… It was great!The show was pretty alright too.

    3 years ago
  3. That was quite a good documentary on it :) As with all kpop documentaries I still feel like they missed out SO much… but to be honest in order to fit everything in it would need to be hours and hours long. I felt like they picked the beginning of alot of issues so people can find out more themselves and stayed positive but truthful. :)

    3 years ago
  4. Hmm I did notice that the tone was little bit negative. I just think that the show was really subjective scratch on surface of all things that kpop is. Better research and different approaches could came up with better documentary of kpop’s all sides: music style, what people like about it, how fans in different countries see it, how is life of kpop idols (not only rookies) and how they see hallyu (I don’t understand why they didn’t interview idols who are fluent in english) and what is this hallyu wave and “world domination” about.

    And what I saw it seemed like host wasn’t really intrested about kpop: I mean he can have his own opinions but he wasn’t eager to find out about world of kpop. There is many flaws in kpop but good things dominate them since this many people love kpop even with it’s flaws.. so why don’t show why people love kpop as well :)

    3 years ago
    • You know what’s odd? When we spoke with him, he WAS very interested in Kpop. He asked us lots of questions, and we talked about it with him to great lengths. But, I guess because there was so much footage to work with, the final product resulted in a lot of that being cut out.

      3 years ago
    • I think that Simon and Martina _were_ the side of the people that they interviewed that loved kpop. I agree that it’s a scratch on the surface but based on the premise of this tv show, I think that they were interested in kpop as a subject at all because it does have a harsh truth behind it that is rarely seen. As Harayama (sp?) from Evol said, she didn’t even want to think about what it would mean for her if the group didn’t succeed….I think her life would be pretty horrible. I remember a documentary on Chinese Olympic athletes about how these children are trained for years, live in a dormitory with other kids trying to beat them every day, far away from their parents or any kind of comfort and if they fail, they cannot provide a life for their family, they didn’t go to school so they have no education to get a job, they have sacrificed their entire youth for a dream that failed, it won’t seem worth it in hindsight when they find out how it could have been, not that their family or society will ever let them forget about that failure. They have no idea how to react to people in the real world and they often end up killing themselves. Kpop training is maybe not quite as bad in some aspects but as older kids/young adults I can imagine trying to live a monk’s abstention, while working long days and nights trying to be sexy for years would just drive anyone crazy, even if you made it.

      I think they talked to Evol because they are a rookie group and a) looking for exposure so not necessarily as picky about what kind of show it was and b) less experienced and more likely to let something slip.

      3 years ago
      • I kind of like how documentary talks about negative sides of kpop but is it for audience who don’t know anything about kpop? Mostly the impression that people is going to get from kpop is: it’s weird and people are almost killing themselves for it. They should have let S&M talk more since they bring of someone who loves kpop but isn’t blinded about it’s glory either.

        For Evol.. I’m going to be little mean but they were probaply what channel could get ^^; They were great in the video although they didn’t look prepared at all but I think they should have picked someone else to represent kpop; someone who is more experienced and known worldwide.

        So I kind of think that this was wrong kind of documentary for people who don’t know anything about kpop. It wasn’t informative enough and it was really: “Lets take a look at this weird thing but lets not to try understand it.” -kind.

        3 years ago
        • Maybe Australian journalism is different from Canadian and British journalism but to me, this seemed like a balanced news item which relied on facts, some humour, and gave you enough information to interest you into finding out more, whether for positive or negative. That approach is textbook Canadian journalism. I don’t think/know that Hamish is delving only into negative items but his pieces seem aimed at peeking behind the curtains – sort of trying to reveal if what you see on the surface is what is real. It’s not necessarily trying to be negative or sensationalistic, it’s more trying to get you info that is not available to the casual observer. While I can see it looking negative to people who don’t know kpop because the negative aspect ARE scary, I think it was a balanced piece. I also think that to ignore this negative aspect of kpop does a horrible disservice to the kpop idol groups themselves. Not every show can be “rah rah rah all is wonderful rah rah rah!” about kpop and there are already tons of those out there. If you didn’t already know kpop, now you have seen some good aspects of it, and some bad. Go find out more on your own ^_^ – mission accomplished.

          I am glad that Simon and Martina were portrayed positively here but it’s hard to find negative aspect to them, they are so nice and friendly….but I am sure that they know far more about behind the scenes than they let on in their videos. Or should. Not that they’re hiding anything either…..erg……you know what I mean?

          3 years ago
  5. OMG I saw the preview on TV but forgot to watch it! ARGHHH I could’ve seen you guys on TV :((((((( Lunafly <3

    3 years ago
  6. that’s a really cool tv show! thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago
  7. Didn’t particularly like this show but I loved your appearance in it! Never thought I’d see you guise on Australian TV! ahaha

    3 years ago
  8. Hm… well I didn’t expect something too insightful, but I did learn a few things, it was done ok. Its a shame there wasn’t more S&M D: The dude was making it seem like some sort of Asian world dominance thing, and I’m not saying money isn’t an important factor, but in the end it is for music and is about music which he seems to leave out (and not the technical double heartbeat thing either) The other stuff is more of a downside. I’m really happy EvoL was in this!! <3 Hayana should have said she was from Australia though – -;; lol

    3 years ago
    • I think that if Hayana had said that she was from Australia, that would have biased the entire piece, like she’s an outsider so she finds it hard and doesn’t get it – and I don’t think that that is the case. Maybe she just has a harder time holding it in because she didn’t grow up in a culture that does…..I think that I somewhat disagree with you on the “it’s about the music” part though. It’s a fact that the kpop industry is a music making MACHINE, and while I love dancing to it, I don’t think that more than 20% of those kpop idols do it for the music’s sake, even if it gives them a pseudo-expression-outlet. I’m not sure of your background but it’s well documented that Asian cultures are all about supressing your individual needs for the good of the group. Korean culture in particular takes it to the next level with wanting people to look the same as well. I don’t think this Korean Wave is going anywhere Germanic, but it is kinda creepy at times.

      3 years ago
  9. I had no idea that the patient was awake during the double eye-lid surgery! It made me so squemish :S

    3 years ago
    • I didn’t either. I saw another video on it suggested to me by youtube (VICE: kpop) and the girl was crying during the surgery and the surgeon said that it didn’t matter because she wouldn’t remember it -ERG!!!!! So much ick! I guess they have some kind of sedation but the kind where you feel it and hurt but can’t remember seems oh so much more creepier to me than when you are totally out.

      3 years ago
  10. Woah i totally didn’t expect to see someone doing plastic surgery ;~;

    3 years ago
  11. It’s weird that the success of Psy leads to more plastic surgery… Psy isn’t exactly your typical Korean flower boy…

    3 years ago
    • I wondered same. Psy is like complete opposite from korean beaty standard XD Which is really refreshing in my opinion… and I hoped he being successful his own looks would make people appreaciate their own looks too, but I guess I was wrong and people just want to look like him now XD

      3 years ago
  12. YES I AM ADDICTED TO K-POP AND IF THERE’S A CURE I DON’T WANNA HEAR ABOUT IT!!!!

    3 years ago
  13. Hahaha I noticed how your description on facebook called the show ‘The Harsh Truth’. Much more appropriate!! xD

    3 years ago
    • Hahaha. Why did I write that? I gotta fix it…

      3 years ago
      • On another side note, I downloaded the video just in case it gets deleted. I’ll upload it if ever so that you guys don’t get a strike or whatever ^^ Unless you downloaded it already too xpp Hehe

        3 years ago
        • We didn’t upload it ourselves. Someone else did ;)

          3 years ago
        • *slight fangirling since you guys finally replied to one of my comments (^,^)
          *regaining composure…..
          lol Yea, I know. You even said in the blog that someone uploaded it xp I’m just saying that if it gets taken down, since I downloaded it, I can upload it to YouTube and you can embed it on the blog. Unless of course, you already downloaded it, then you guys could upload it yourself XD Heh

          3 years ago
  14. Wah really? :O I kinda expected hardcore kpop fans to be upset, because it isn’t praising their oppas and unnies to the sky, but just within Australia, I saw a lot of praise for the show. :3 It’s really well made, and for a documentary, it’s very gripping and engaging.
    And Hamish himself keeps getting nominated for journalism awards. He’s travelled a fair bit and has worked with a lot of international news channels, which is pretty impressive. I was won over when he made a report a while back how Australian jails were mistreating foreign minors. It takes a lot of guts to criticise your own country, and I respect him for that. Because every country has its issues, and who’s going to point them out if not an insider? If some foreigner did it, that would mean warrrrr ok maybe not but you get the point
    Maybe it’s just because I’ve travelled a lot myself, but I really appreciate seeing a show on mainstream TV that focuses on introducing unknown aspects of foreign cultures – although everything should be taken with a grain of salt, of course. I usually only watch SBS, because I’m tired of the ethnocentric crap that mainstream TV usually feeds us (and not just in Australia – every country, really).
    I haven’t seen the anti-documentary….can you link it? Or an article about it?

    3 years ago
    • I have been trying to find it but sadly I cannot. I agree Australia has it’s own faults and what not but this docu was being criticised for the fact that the people involved (on the aussie side) thought it was in a positive light but soon found out that only the company producing the show knew about how the documentary would be highlighting some ‘issues’ in australian culture. I quite like the documentary episode here, and his style but I didn’t think the way he goes about this appeals to everyone

      3 years ago
      • Ah right, I get what you’re saying now. Isn’t all media like that though? Presenting footage with their own little tinting. I guess we just need to learn to read between the lines :D

        3 years ago
        • I just think it’s a little rude and unprofessional not to let everyone know your doing. The production team behind it had no idea that the documentary was highlighting issues…they thought it was a generic docu like…lets look at white sandy beaches and tell everyone how wonderful it is to be outdoors…ect. This episode though wasn’t at all like that so that’s all I have to say on the matter lol. So glad EYK is getting further recognition though, they deserve it for all the hard work they do for their fans :)

          3 years ago
        • I really need to see that docu :p
          And yes I was glad that EYK was promoted quite nicely hahaha!! It’s an episode that I was quite happy to brag about to my friends~ *handshake* :D

          3 years ago
  15. Prof Bae is genius haha! Great vid :)

    3 years ago
  16. I use them to remember the coagulation factors affected by Warfarin :3 (Factor II, VII, IX, and X)

    3 years ago
  17. He made me feel like we’re all being brainwashed! XD

    3 years ago
    • well in someway, we are. but the fact is, it does not ONLY happen in kpop/korea. it happens everywhere with advertising and marketing. if you see how asia countries develops and modernize, its basically the same. asia was “brainwashed” by the western world since the 1800s.

      3 years ago
    • I know right :) I mean everything he said is kinda true about how Korea is trying to export themselves to the wider world but he left out a whole tone of stuff about why I love Kpop…and it’s a total bummer he didn’t talk to Luna Fly :(

      3 years ago
    • i know right? especially with all the “kpop will lead to an increase in buying korean goods” and “korea and asia are taking over the world” parts

      3 years ago
      • yeah they had the whole conspiracy theory going on but its over bored

        3 years ago
      • That’s kind of how US music works too though. We stick it out there and push it hard, and it ‘encourages’ people to buy American goods. So I don’t see this as brainwashing, though Korean music is definitely an addiction.

        3 years ago
  18. Yea~~ Simon & Martina are definitely right~~ Kpop is just like a black hole that suck us deep inside~
    Let us meet inside the black hole!! XD

    3 years ago
  19. I was watching this with my mum and sister, and we did not expect you guys to appear. So when you did, I think we gave mum a little heart attack because we started screaming and taking pictures of the tv. haha!

    But your input on kpop was really cool and accurate to why kpop has done so well recently. You guys sounded so professional-like when you were talking, and gave a positive light on kpop. Awesome!

    Also, you guys looked amazing as always! Hope to see you soon, maybe in Australia one day :)
    I promise to give you some Vegemite, since I know how much you love it :)

    ~Nasty signing off! ~

    <3 Jenica

    3 years ago
  20. Oh my golly goodness. Martina, your “A whole new world!” fit so well! xD
    I was thinking Lunafly was going to be interviewed, but apparently it was just one of their street performances. OTL I’ll take what I can get. xD

    3 years ago
  21. It’s so cool that you guys are getting bigger and bigger! I’m so proud to be a Nasty!! <3
    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

    3 years ago
  22. Was I the only one who fan girled so much when LunaFly ,Simon & Martina and etc came on?
    I had the crazies!

    3 years ago
  23. That so cool :D I have lived in Sydney all my life and I have never seen myself on Australian TV before and yet you guys got on it :D

    Hope you guys come to Sydney in the near future :D

    3 years ago
  24. It was funny the other night when this came on cuz my parents were shouting at me saying “there’s some weird people in asia making waves with their arms!” and i came out and you guys were on!!!

    3 years ago
  25. That’s so exciting! I live in Tasmania, Australia, but sadly I don’t watch T.V so I missed you guys! Thank goodness for YouTube haha :D You should definitely come to Australia!! There are HEAPS of K-pop/Korea loving Nasties here! ^^~

    3 years ago
  26. Ten’s one of the biggest, we’ve got 5 main channels: ABC, SBS, 7, 9, and 10, the first two are fully and partially funded by the government, respectively. It was interesting watching you guys on mainstream TV, seeing as this is the first instance of K-pop on mainstream since PSY’s ‘Gangman Style’. Hopefully this is a sign of you guys coming over soon ^.^

    3 years ago
  27. I’m happy for Simon & Martina but also
    EvoL!!!!!!!
    Poor Hayana though. “I’m not okay.” It’s a really harsh reminder of how hard they work while simultaneously not being able to be anything other that super cheerful for the cameras 24/7.

    3 years ago
  28. Or Melbourne! ^.^

    3 years ago
  29. I really like that show actually – it’s about the only good thing on Australian TV at the moment (better stick to kdramas and Running Man ^_^) but I felt like they didn’t even touch the surface of kpop – I guess 22 mins is just too short… But maybe you’ll have a couple more people coming to take a look now that they know about Eat Your Kimchi!!

    3 years ago
  30. Yes omg that would be so cool!

    3 years ago
  31. Whilst I missed watching it on tv (I was instead watching the GoT finale, CANNOT WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!), I watched the video on the Ten website. I thought it was all really well done and really interesting, aaaand of course tried to get all my friends to watch it. Nasty pride!
    Nice work, guise! ^_^

    3 years ago
  32. I remember how I saw you guys onthe mnet channel in america………….Its actually how I got into you guys

    3 years ago
    • You know, I’m not actually sure if our show’s still on there or not…

      3 years ago
      • The show that aired Music Mondays, Hello Pop, has been pulled from airing on MNet America. It was a sad day for this Nasty heart… (Not just because EYK was being pulled, but because I like Chrissa Sparkles and the show that replaced it isn’t as good, imo)

        3 years ago
  33. OMG Thats such a good documentary I Love documentaries that doesn’t bore you to death. This one was filled with interesting footage and wonderful editing skills.

    3 years ago
  34. What a fascinating documentary, I love the production, editing and narrative style. It’s nice to see you guys getting more mainstream coverage. Very proud of EYK!

    3 years ago
  35. I screamed when I saw a k-pop related story on TV, I was like huh? Really? Let alone seeing you guys! It was strange but nice. The article/doco itself seemed to skim the surface. I felt sad when Hayana talked about her experience. K-pop is quite prevalent on TV these days in Australia. I heard Fantastic Baby used as background music on a breakfast program once. And the other day I heard SISTAR’s So Cool on a different channel. It was clearly Bora because no one would ever use a line like ‘cool like ice tea’ haha. It’s tripping me out, I thought Australia was not that big on k-pop yet.

    3 years ago
  36. This video was so interesting! Im such a KPOP fan

    3 years ago
  37. yes, we’re waiting!!

    3 years ago
  38. I am so very very proud to be a Nasty when I see you guys getting the popularity you deserve :D I would love to see you guys do more stuff like this, I guess it’s not really up to you, we should be pushing TV networks to chase you down for stuff haha.

    3 years ago
  39. I don’t think it will affect you guys in anyway negatively so I apologise if I made you worry about it lol. It’s just that his version of ‘real’ journalism can be borderline insulting lol

    3 years ago
  40. Well not first but second is also good :D

    3 years ago
    • You guys replied to me :D. LOL and I was talking about being the second person to comment XD

      3 years ago
    • channel 10 is a MAJOR mainstream tv channel along with a couple of other channels (seven and nine)

      3 years ago
    • 10 is bigger than 7 in terms of revenue, but people have their biases and tbh…it doesn’t mean anthing lol

      3 years ago
      • omg!!!!!!!! simon and martina replied to me /fangirls. bwahahahahaha I wasnt talking about which channel was biggerxD. I was the second to comment lol xD

        3 years ago
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