Modern K-Pop and Race, Part 2

“The World's Most Controversial K-Pop Group” left me considering many questions about modern K-Pop-- about its definition, its ownership, and its cultural impact. While they don’t have objective, easily-uncovered answers, I tried to dig into how modern fans perceive the genre and its limits. K-Pop as it is today, mainly run by enormous entertainment labels [...]

EXP Edition: A Discussion of Culture, Race, and Ownership in K-Pop

EXP Expedition. I remember hearing about this all-white K-Pop debut about three years ago. I watched a clip of their music video, and honestly wasn’t sure how to react. Something about it felt strange, like these white guys were pretending to be Korean. To me, it seemed disrespectful. I witnessed an absolute landslide of criticism [...]