Hallyu Tsunami: The Unstoppable (and Terrifying) Rise of K-Pop Fandom

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Sam Lansky’s account of his interaction with K-pop reads like bad fan fiction, and perpetuates the idea that K-pop fans are lunatics who over-react when it comes to their favorite groups.


One of the biggest misrepresentations found in the piece is his assertion that that K-pop fans in the United States are made up “mostly the ken of geeky music journalists, Asian Americans, and gays weary of Lady Gaga’s art-pop pretensions but thirsty for a similar spectacle.”  K-pop draws one of the most diverse fanbases of a musical genre, and many K-pop fans were fans before Psy’s Gangnam Style.


As one of the comments suggests, Lansky creates this story in part by egging on K-pop fans on social media.  While many of the younger fans of K-pop frequent Twitter, there are many who do not. Moreover, Lansky is fascinated by what he calls the “spectacle” of K-pop; he’s an outsider looking in and participating without making an effort to understand the fandom or represent a reasonably accurate picture of it.

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2 thoughts on “Hallyu Tsunami: The Unstoppable (and Terrifying) Rise of K-Pop Fandom

  1. It really bugs me when I hear about people like Lansky, who judge from the fence with no inkling on what’s going on from the inside. We’re not all made up of little teenagers and we don’t all find KPop a spectacle. It’s a music genre. Nothing more, nothing less. I am a 26 year old black female who enjoys diversification and dabbling in other world music. From African, to Indian, to Asian. There’s great music in every culture and that is how I came to find Korean music. Clearly Lansky forgot how people reacted to Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, Madonna, and many others. Some fans even resort to killing their favorite singers (i.e. John Lennon). For him to be judging the KPop hallyu, maybe he needs to look into the American music culture a little further.

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