I spent the last week trying to be more ‘cultured’ and taking advantage of the opportunities New York City offers. That meant watching a couple of Broadway shows with my good friends gummimochi and hjkomo! I had not seen a musical since “If/Then” with Idina Menzel, which wasn’t as great of a play as I thought it’d be, but I certainly did enjoy Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and Daniel Radcliffe in “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”
Lee Min Ho. Lee Jong Suk. Kim Soo Hyun. Kim Woo Bin. What’s in common among all these boys? They’re the new representatives of Hallyu for the new generation.
*Note, this is coming from Star News. While I don’t dispute the article’s claims that these are the hottest actors of this generation, I didn’t come up with the list myself.
So I’m just scrolling through Facebook and checking up on my friends (no, I’m not a stalker!) when I see someone post a link to this blog post about teaching in Korea. And then I just got addicted to all the comics on this site!
Dom & Hyo follows the adventures of a “black guy from Detroit, Michigan and a Korean girl from Incheon, Korea” who started out as language study buddies and ended up dating… and now are engaged! They have a bunch of cute comics about their relationship, facts about Korea, and cultural differences. I read through all 47 comics they have. If only there was one about Korean dramas!
So I just sat through an entire episode of Glee with no idea what just happened (because I’m not following the series at all) but knowing that (1) no one seems to pronounce “Gangnam Style” as “Gahng-nam Style” but as “Gaaang-nam Style”, and (2) it’s such a shame Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” is just background music. This episode did well enough, but did not exceed the low expectations I initially held already.
I don’t know how I feel about this.
On one hand, it’s pretty obvious considering the cultural impact Psy is making on American shores. Glee not covering it would make the show seem out of touch with the latest pop culture goings-on.
On the other hand, they (1) botch the pronunciation of ‘Gangnam’ and (2) they feature Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) singing the song. Of course they just had to give it to the Asian girl in school who had her own “Gangnam” style. Meh.
Thing that would make the episode a whole lot better? Psy does a guest stint in that episode as a competitive dancing coach from Korea, or better yet, as Tina’s dad. (Then again, Tina the character is supposedly Chinese according to Glee Wiki – but Jenna Ushkowitz is Korean. And general America can’t tell the difference between Asians, right?)
The episode will air in November. In my opinion, that airing date is a little late for the bandwagon, but I get why – TV schedule and all that.
Psy has become the breakthrough crossover hit Korea was waiting for – and he didn’t even plan on doing it. He’s the anti K-pop star. The highly addictive K-pop hit “Gangnam Style” was incredibly fun and amazing to watch, and I loved sharing the ridiculousness of the video. However, I didn’t expect the fandom to grow into mainstream America – past the K-pop sites, past the K-pop forum sphere, past the Korean Entertainment fan world in general. And yet he did. He’s done what BoA, Rain, Se7en, or even the Wonder Girls couldn’t do – he’s gone really mainstream. And they painstakingly learned English; Psy went to school in the States, so English – though stilted – is more natural from him than the other stars.