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Will BTS Join the Real Army?
May 03, 2022

Will BTS Join the Real Army?

By Brandon Valeriano and Aleydis Nissen
BTS joining the Korean military is a compulsory obligation, one with increased meaning as tension builds on the Korean Peninsula and around the world.

It’s Time for K-pop Stars to Speak Out on Human Rights
April 18, 2022

It’s Time for K-pop Stars to Speak Out on Human Rights

By Gi-Wook Shin, Haley M. Gordon, and Maleah Webster
With few exceptions, South Korea’s K-pop idols have been conspicuously silent on controversial subjects – including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This Is South Korea’s K-pop Soft Power Moment
February 16, 2022

This Is South Korea’s K-pop Soft Power Moment

By Brandon Valeriano and Aleydis Nissen
K-pop offers something different to the nationalism projected by China and the territorial politics of exclusion. 

K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion
December 27, 2021

K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion

By Mai Anna Pressley
Socially conscious K-pop fans are demanding more from South Korean entertainment companies. Can this lead to meaningful adoption of environmental policies in the industry?

Is South Korean Culture a Threat to North Korea?
December 18, 2021

Is South Korean Culture a Threat to North Korea?

By Seohee Kwak
The North Korean regime’s repression of South Korean culture reflects a logic that equates foreign culture with a threat to the regime’s stability. 

Parsing China’s ‘Cancel Culture’
January 26, 2021

Parsing China’s ‘Cancel Culture’

By Gabriel Fung and Gabriel Fung
How does China use nationalism in international brand controversies? And where are its limits?

At War Online: South Korea and China
December 24, 2020

At War Online: South Korea and China

By Troy Stangarone
On the battlefields of social media, conflicts between citizens of China and South Korea are increasingly common.
Korean Super Group BTS Faces Uproar in China Over War Comments
October 14, 2020

Korean Super Group BTS Faces Uproar in China Over War Comments

By Associated Press
China’s nationalists bristled at a mention of U.S.-South Korea cooperation in Korean War, fought against China and North Korea.

Who Is Behind K-pop’s Viral Choreography?
January 23, 2020

Who Is Behind K-pop’s Viral Choreography?

By Layne Vandenberg
The minds behind K-pop dance choreography, one of K-pop’s most iconic features, deserve formal recognition. 

K-Pop Phenomenon BTS Takes a Break
August 29, 2019

K-Pop Phenomenon BTS Takes a Break

By Layne Vandenberg
Who can replace the K-pop group that experienced six years of nonstop success?

BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power
March 01, 2019

BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power

By Wantanee Suntikul
People-to-people cultural diplomacy fuels the band’s burgeoning global fame and influence.
K-Pop Group BTS Caught in Latest Tensions Between South Korea and Japan
November 15, 2018

K-Pop Group BTS Caught in Latest Tensions Between South Korea and Japan

By Jenna Gibson
Amid a rising wave of tensions, Korean entertainment is once again getting caught in the crossfire.

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