Peyton Conner, Indiana University
As if the country’s music industry wasn’t competitive enough, members of popular music groups must eventually face the additional challenge of serving in the military.
Hallyu has inspired many young scholars to learn more about Korea beyond what is shown on their screens.
While the South Korean boy band has made a name for themselves within the genre, they also paved the way for other bands to do the same.
Lauren Sung, University of Georgia
Korean bands like H.O.T. and BTS have done a lot to normalize ‘soft masculinity,’ but South Korean culture as a whole remains patriarchal and heteronormative.
Jayni Nielsen, Pace University
Alice Han, Pepperdine University
While this collab was by no means expected, ARMY fans everywhere were pleasantly surprised and couldn’t be more proud of their idols.
Karen Lu, Yale University
Before his military enlistment, the South Korean star released a sultry, sophisticated EP that signals the start of a new chapter in his career.
Mai Khou Vang, Michigan State University
From Latin pop to house to rock ballads, the singer and her first full-length album refuse to be put in a box.
Megan Stager, University of Pittsburgh
While K-pop remains Korea’s most popular musical export, this indie rock band is forging the way for a few other styles of music to emerge from the country.
Kaelani Ramirez, Arizona State University
These two powerhouses have challenged what it means to be a girl group in South Korea.
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