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Speaker’s Corner: Thoughts on Kpop

November 23, 2014

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Welcome to our third episode of Speaker’s Corner, where visitors of our coffee shop, You Are Here Cafe, step into a video booth and for two minutes talk about what’s on their mind. This week we got a lot of people talking about Jessica leaving Girl’s Generation and other people leaving Kpop bands as well.

I know people have asked us to talk about it ourselves, and we have our thoughts on the matter, many of which we’re not really comfortable saying out loud because, well let’s not go down that path. But we posted the question in the video booth so other people can put in their opinions as well. We know some people step in the booth and are a bit camera shy and don’t know what to say, so we feel like giving them a springboard will open up the conversation more.

One thing some viewers might not be all too happy about are the couple of foreigners who were into Kpop before they came to Korea, but once they got here, their interest in Kpop kinda died out. We actually know many more people who are like this as well. Kpop and Korea are very different, and Kpop is a really small part of Korea. I remember we were once doing a show for some foreign TV channel a long time ago, and they said to us “show us a Kpop club where everyone does Kpop dances!” and we told them how that’s not really a big part of Korea. I actually don’t know of any. That’s like asking “show me a Justin Bieber and One Direction club where everyone dances to teenager pop!” Weird, right? The only Kpop clubs we know actually just play OLDER kpop, kinda like a throwback club. Anyhow, I’m getting a bit off topic. My point is: once you come to Korea and live here for a bit, you might find that your interests in Kpop will change :D

If there’s anything you think would be a cool topic to talk about, let us know! We’ll post your question in the booth and hopefully get people talking about that as well. Hmm…we might even do it like a TL;DR, in which we’ll just take a picture of your comment and post it in the booth and video. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A COOL IDEA! Well, that is, if you’d like to partake in it!

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  1. I really enjoy these and I am so jealous that they get to go to Korea and I don’t. T.T

    5 years ago
  2. aww, the little returnee girl who said she was so happy to meet you was so cute! XD

    5 years ago
  3. so like when that girl said i used to be into kpop last year…then i came to korea…well i can see that happening. I am a huge fan of kpop but then i came to korea this past summer and i just never paid attention to it anymore. my friend in the states would ask if i heard about so and so. Most of the time i didnt know what she was talking about because “life” happen. So i can see how kpop is not popular to koreans in korea whereas its more popular overseas.

    5 years ago
  4. I was kinda the opposite. My love of kpop grew when I moved to Korea. Perhaps it was because it was more accessible, and it was easier to find other people (foreigners included) who were into it, so I didn’t feel so lonely all the time, like I did in the US. I’ve moved back since then, but I’ve brought my love of kpop with me. It’s accurate to say that it will probably never go away.

    5 years ago
  5. Love the Speakers corner its very real

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    5 years ago
  6. Barberettes!!! You guys should interview them, too. They seem super cool.

    5 years ago
  7. I’ve never had an interest in kpop, but I come here because I have an interest in cultures. To me it’s almost like a puzzle to try to get to the bottom of why certain people see things in a certain way or respond in a particular way. It’s fun to figure out how we’re the same and how and WHY we’re different. You guys have expressed discomfort with the ethics (or lack) of the kpop industry and I can see that reflected in the way you’ve stepped back a lot from promoting it. Having said that, I do miss the K-Indie segments!

    5 years ago
  8. The BARBERETTES?!?! Maybe this is my fault for only being into Kpop through my wife but a kpop doo-wop band?!?! <3<3<3<3<3<3!!!! Please please please I hope they have a Christmas album.

    5 years ago
  9. I see you can login with Facebook now? Awesome!! Can you do the same with the app?

    This is fast becoming my favourite EYK segment ev- wait, does it count as EYK? It’s YAH right? No wait it’s on your blog so it must be EYK. Ok. Nvm.

    I think this was the first serious topic at the Speaker’s Corner? It was interesting to see people’s thoughts….although I would have liked to hear what the locals, or the general public, think as well. My bet is that they have no idea what was going on :p That kind of stuff wouldn’t be announced on mainstream news, would it? I watched TV the whole time I was in Korea and the only times I’d see any kpop-related stuff is 1) TV Commercials 2) Music Shows 3)….I dunno, I think there were some kpop stars on variety shows or dramas but I’m not sure who they were.

    In short, I suspect that the general public wouldn’t realise that any of those groups had lost a member. Or be up to date on any kpop news, for that matter.

    Which reminds me, a Nasty that I met in Seoul bumped into a member of Dalmation/DMTN while on the subway, and when she said hi, he was very surprised that anyone recognised him. I found it funny that he was more likely to be recognised by a foreigner than his own countrymen :p

    5 years ago
  10. I really love Speaker’s Corner! Quite interesting to get this wide range of opinions.
    I think SM (and other companies) definitely over work their entertainers and have a very set idea of what they have to look like and act like, so I understand why that would be incredibly stressful for the performers. Also I’ve heard that for groups like EXO with Chinese employees those members are looked kind of down upon by companies so that’s another reasonable incentive to leave.
    Plus if somebody wants to leave a group or company, yes it can be sad, but we are also never getting the full and accurate story and thus cannot fully form a concise opinion. If people want to leave and pursue solos I think that’s completely fine because being in entertainment means that you should be able to project to audiences what you want so if the company or group isn’t suiting them then they definitely should move on to something/somewhere that’ll be satisfactory.

    5 years ago
  11. Oh, Barberettes showed up? You must have done a full interview, right? They are good, showed up in “Gayo mudae” recently.

    5 years ago
    • No, it wasn’t us that did an interview. The guy in the back, Johnny, did the interview. He just used our cafe while he was at it :D

      5 years ago
  12. Can you change the yellow curtain? It’s a very unflattering color on film.

    5 years ago
    • I like it, Yellow is the colour for knowledge, wisdom, joy, happiness and warmth. It represents Speakers Corner well, as you want to welcome people to the cafe and are asking them to impart their feelings and knowledge.

      5 years ago
  13. How interesting! I wondered if I was the only one. I transitioned that same way. Used to be a K-Pop fanatic, but when I went to Korea for a little more than 2 months last year (and am trying my best to get back), it died out. I still like to listen to it, but I care more about Korea as a country now than I care about breaking K-pop news and knowing about every song that comes out every minute of the day. :)

    5 years ago
  14. Seriously? THE BARBARETTES? I just saw them on freaking SKETCHBOOK. <3 Nice customers you have here. :P Btw, never got to thank you to make me discover The Solutions and Thornapple. So, ahem, thank you. ;)

    Concerning the K-Pop industry, the whole system is too greedy & crowded. I think that's why k-hip-hop did great this year, it sounded fresh. Dunno, just a thought. And I'm biased, love Dynamic Duo, Phantom, Tablo / Epik High, Swings…

    And some good surprises did happen, at least for me: Mamamoo / AKMU / Eddy Kim to name a few. I think Mamamoo & SPICA are above the rest and it's sad to see SPICA so underrated. So many things to say about this industry anyway… But it's 6:30 AM here in Paris, time to sleep I guess…

    (PS: yeah I shamelessly pasted my comment from YT. Made an account here and never used it. IT WAS TIME!)

    5 years ago
  15. Heres a Kpop question… What is everyone take on singers like CL and PSY recording songs in english? Do you think it will change Kpop for the better?

    5 years ago
  16. LOL No one in EXO got pushed down a flight of stairs?? Haha I mean he like got pushed off a raised walk way and hurt his leg but…it wasn’t broken was it??? And is Jessica really doing that well on her own? If you can say “on her own”…cuz she’s still working for SM, who apparently technically still have her listed as a member of SNSD, just on “hiatus”..is what I heard through the grapevine. I could be wrong though.
    Its interesting that some foreigners came to Korea and lost their love for Kpop.. I loved Kpop when I got to Korea, and my friend and I were super gung-ho about it. One of our friends asked “Do you think you’ll get burnt out on it??” we were like “LOL noooo” back then. But…we were right lol. If anything, we’ve only gotten MORE crazy about Kpop since being in Korea! And we’ve been here for nearly two years. Hahaha. We both love Korean culture for the culture, and we love Kpop as a form of entertainment, and its just super fun and thrilling to us!

    5 years ago
  17. I reaally like this segments!! A question, do you have any plans on going to japan any time soon?

    5 years ago