ICYMI: iFans Case Studies Status Update

Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

Originally published on KPK: Kpop Kollective by CeeFu

If you keep with research on K-pop, you may be aware of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project.  The surveys that make up the qualitative studies seek to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. K-pop fans know that the fandoms are unique. Because they have detailed knowledge of the groups they support, they provide a unique perspective on the appeal of their respective groups. Too often, commentators make assumptions about K-pop fans, while the iFans studies goes to the source: the fans.

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ICYMI: Bring The Boys Out!: Fan Attitudes on Male Kpop Groups Differ

Big Band and Super Junior

Originally published on KPK: Kpop Kollective by CeeFu

Some people think that male K-pop groups are all the same. However, research suggests that fans differ in their attitudes towards individual male K-pop groups. Responses collected from fans of Super Junior and BigBang reveal that they also hold different opinions on their music and group dynamic.  Such responses suggest that while some do not distinguish between male K-pop groups, fans do.

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K-pop and Hip Hop

While we can all agree that hip-hop has had an impact on K-pop, we don’t all agree on what that impact is.  Some writers tend to define hip-hop solely in terms of oppression and discrimination experienced by African Americans. This reduces the complexity of the experiences of African Americans, distorts the genre of hip-hop,  and potentially simplifies any analysis of K-pop and hip-hop.

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Gentlemen, Gangsters And The Guys Next Door: The Many Faces Of The Male Kpop Idol «

 

I know you have heard about the “4D personality”, but what about the “3G idol”?

That’s what I call certain idols who manage to be gentlemen, gangsters and the guys next door without making you scratch your head. Some people say that all idols are the same, but the ability of certain male idols to present a variety of images makes them stand out and shows the many different ways one can be a man…….click on the link below to read more: 

Gentlemen, Gangsters And The Guys Next Door: The Many Faces Of The Male Kpop Idol «.

Published on hellokpop.com on July 2, 2011.

Boys AND Girls: The Curious Case of the Co-ed Kpop Group «

 

The co-ed group in pop music is as rare as a four-leaf clover, so I’m not surprised that there are few mixed Kpop groups. However, some brave souls always attempt to stake their claim as a co-ed Kpop group. Sometimes it works well, and sometimes it doesn’t work at all…..click on the link below to read more.

Boys AND Girls: The Curious Case of the Co-ed Kpop Group «.

Originally published on hellokpop.com on June 12, 2011.