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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. 

Chandran Nair on White Privilege in International Relations
February 02, 2022

Chandran Nair on White Privilege in International Relations

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The West harbors an anachronistic sense of superiority over others and retains privileges from its colonial exploits and setting up the 'international rules-based system.'”

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?

How South Korean Soldiers and YouTube Catapulted a K-Pop Girl Group to Fame
April 15, 2021

How South Korean Soldiers and YouTube Catapulted a K-Pop Girl Group to Fame

By Jenna Gibson
Brave Girls hit it big after a viral video popularized a four-year-old song.

Why Did Thousands of K-Pop Songs Disappear From Spotify?
March 04, 2021

Why Did Thousands of K-Pop Songs Disappear From Spotify?

By Jenna Gibson
Kakao Entertainment and the streaming service were unable to reach a licensing extension -- just as Spotify entered the Korean market.
Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness
February 10, 2021

Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness

By Associated Press
Many recording artists struggle to cope with the trappings of fame, made more difficult by the perception of mental health as taboo topic.

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.

South Korea’s Emperor of Trot Goes Viral
October 08, 2020

South Korea’s Emperor of Trot Goes Viral

By Jenna Gibson
73-year-old superstar Na Hoon-a captured South Korea's attention with a rare TV concert.

The Political Activism of K-pop Stans
July 21, 2020

The Political Activism of K-pop Stans

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop fans are making waves with activism both within the K-pop music industry and in global politics. 
K-pop Leads With ‘Contactless’ Concerts
July 16, 2020

K-pop Leads With ‘Contactless’ Concerts

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop groups are proving that the art of the performance can have a virtual future, even beyond COVID-19 restrictions.

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