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"Getting an Abortion in South Korea"
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Tablo, TaJinYo, and the implications of celebrity obsession
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Beauty standards and how idols propagate them
The multiple ventures of an idol
Korean indie vs. K-pop
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Idols tweeting about private matters
▪ The mentality of idol hopefuls [1] [2]
▪ Jay Park and being 'gangsta' in K-pop [1] [2] [3]
▪ Pursuing idoldom: AKF's advice [1] [2]
Shipping idols of the same sex
The role of visuals in K-pop
Can non-Asians make it in K-pop?
BEAST's 'racist' New York casting call?
Cultural insensitivity plagues K-pop
▪ English in K-pop songs [1] [2]
How 'Asian' are the MAMAs?
Thoughts on fan service
Plastic surgery: achieving 'natural' via unnatural means?
"National prestige" and the Hallyu Wave
Government takes action for sexual exploitation in K-pop?
Cracking down hagwons & education reform
The irony of the 'ethnic diversity' gimmick
BEAST & 4-Minute tells us not to watch porn?
The "Paradox of Korean Globalization" and K-pop
Japanese actor Sousuke Takaoka's "xenophobia" towards Hallyu?
Songs by BEAST, Jay Park, etc. banned
The "plight" of KoreAm idols?
Dalmatian's Daniel imitating accents: funny or "racist"?
What exactly makes K-pop "K-pop"?
Why "K-pop Secrets" sorta piss me off

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(Venting since March 2011)
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Just popping in to ask a question, do you think it is possible to be a die hard fan of k-pop idol culture without fetishization of the Korean ethnicity?
angrykpopfan angrykpopfan Said:

Definitely. It probably first depends on your definition of “die hard fan,” because the intensity at which we fangirl/fanboy is subjectively denoted. At the same time, if “die hard” inevitably (for some reason) does not come without fetishizing Koreans and Korean culture, it still doesn’t make it okay. 

Boundless dedication to your favorite pastime does not justify engaging in such harmful behaviors. I think in anything you do, there is still a sense of responsibility to make sure you don’t hurt yourself nor others. I understand that passion can be blind, especially at first, and that there are some who think they can’t help but have the thoughts they do. But the first step is to realize that what you are doing is problematic and why. 

Why is fetishizing the Korean ethnicity not good? This, and because what we see in K-pop idol culture is barely the reality for the rest of Korea. What we are seeing are traces and manifestations of culture, but it is not the entire package. K-pop idols are Koreans, but Koreans are not K-pop idols. K-pop fans who wish they were born Korean or wish they got with a Korean are doing so having constructed in their minds an image that is merely idealized, and without understanding the reality of Koreans, an identity that basically has weight just like any other national/ethnic identity in the world. Bluntly speaking, I’m saying that there is nothing special about being Korean; and that there (may be) something special about being Korean, but that is only reserved to be realized for those who are indeed Korean, and only if they choose to. “Korean” and “Korean-ness” is a realm that we as outsiders are not warranted to enter nor be selective about on our own terms. 

Thanks for your question!

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