Fanclub Interview Questions:
1) How do you think K-pop has affected the Filipino culture?
2) What makes K-pop so appealing that other fans from different countries (who probably do not speak Korean) are attracted to it?
3) Has K-pop changed your perspective on other cultures?
4) Do you think K-pop affected government or economy? If so, how?
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Chua Beng Huat Interview:
1. What political, historical, or cultural events in Korea’s history do you believe contributed to the existence and success of Kpop?
As you might know, South Korea was under military authoritarian regime until late 1980s, when its politics was finally democratised with direct election of its president. With the political democratization, the media was also liberalized. The three major TV stations began to compete for its domestic audience. One of the areas of very keen competition is in TV drama series; one could watch drama all day in Korea, even today. Korean TV dramas were the first Kpop exports regionally to the rest of East Asia. Secondly, after democratization Japan and Korea signed a friendship agreement which allowed the direct and open importation of Japanese pop culture, which had been banned but regularly smuggled into Korea until then. Korean pop culture producers copied and learned a lot from J-pop, including the production system for pop music bands; the Japanese production company, called Johnny’s Boys had developed the system of hot-housing young talents. After the success of K-drama, K-pop began to be exported again mainly in East Asia; various attempts by K-pop individual singers and bands to break into the US market had failed, including Rain and Girl’s Generation. However, with the tied up between K-pop music producers and social media sites, such as Facebook, K-pop has now reached a larger global audiences.
2. How has the popularity of Kpop contributed to South Korea’s identity and role in the world?
Culturally Korea has always suffered from being sandwiched between two larger nations, China and Japan. Historically, Korean culture is highly influenced by Chinese culture; until the 15th century when then Korean emperor invented the Korean alphabet, Koreans used Chinese characters; until today, most upper class Koreans are still proud of their Chinese calligraphy. In terms of modern culture, Korea was colonized by Japan for 50 years, and thus always considered itself lagging behind Japan. The popularity of K-pop has given Koreans great boost of national pride and national identity, that its culture is finally recognized by others!
3. How does Kpop influence cultures around the globe and do you believe this influence is positive or negative?
I think like all pop culture, K-pop influence is not likely to be long lasting, Indeed, K-drama is already losing its audiences in Asia and the ‘heat’ and ‘excitement’ around K-pop music is also cooling down.