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Julie Kim

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Transcript of KPOP

Controversial Death by the workload of KPOP?
A kpop girl group by the name of "Ladies Code" got into a fatal car accident in 2014, after their manager had sped on the highway to get to their next destination because of their tight schedule.
Dangers of Busy Life? Are Kpop Idols...

KPOP trainee's LIFE
At JYP Entertainment, the schedule goes like this...
10am: report to company 10am-12pm: practice/lessons 1-5 classes a day,
3h each: singing, dancing, language, instrument, acrobat lessons
10pm: leave company
after 10pm: extra practice for showcases/monthly evaluations held by trainers in the company
The "Hallyu Wave"
Hallyu Wave
is a term referring to the
increase of popularity of SK culture
since the late 1990s. The term originally coined in mid 1999 by Beijing journalists
surprised by China’s growing appetite for South Korean cultural exports.

-POP Culture
Culture is heavily influenced by
culture. Many Kpop artists and groups have personal connections with different American artists and icons.

Background of Kpop incidents and negativity
There are contracts that trainees need to sign with their companies, pre-debut.
Dubbed as ‘slave contracts’
where the star is signed to the company for a number of years – some reaching as high as 13, like
Yoona from Girls’ Generation.
These contracts tie idols to their companies, almost like a type of branding.
The KPOP Effect
Now, a lot of people recognize and associate South Korea with Kpop. Kpop has become more
globally recognized
after Psy's hit, "Gangnam Style" went viral.
Korean Pop.
According to an online article on ryot.org, "About 22 percent of Japanese work more than 49 hours a week, compared with 16 percent of Americans, 11 percent of the French and Germans, according to data compiled by the Japanese government.
South Koreans
seem even more workaholic, at
35 percent
Is the nature of being a workaholic.. the culture of Korea?
After all.. the average high school student has a 16 hour school day.
Does the Over-working culture directly affect Kpop?
The 1st and longest step before officially becoming an idol.
Every idol is a "trainee" for a period of time before they debut.

Yoona underwent
6.5 years

of training before debut.
K-Pop stars
practice every day
to make sure that they have their choreography steps memorized.
Synchronization is key
to the success of their live performances; so many sweaty and stressful hours each week are devoted to getting the
dance routines
SK is now #1 in plastic surgery(yes in the whole world). This is not something to be proud of. And it actually would not be a lie to say that it is based upon the foundation of the Hallyu wave.
This would include the growing popularity of
artificial aesthetic beauty,
to resemble the flawless visuals of
Kpop idols
Kpop culture in South Korea has developed and created a broader connection in relation to other nations, especially Asian countries; through
In the comment section of any kpop-related video, you will find IP's requesting
English, Vietnamese, and even Chinese
Some international fans will even request for idols to
where they are.
International fans spread Kpop and frankly, give idols more pay.
Korean singers
more than doubled
their income between 2010 and 2013, largely thanks to international fans.
In Korea there are weekly
music shows where idols perform.
EXO fans are everywhere.
to protect young aspiring idols
According to hollywoodreporter.com, "Under the new law,
underage stars will be guaranteed the basic rights to learn, rest and sleep
, though exceptions can be made for projects requiring long-distance travel.
Weekly working hours for children younger than 15 are not to exceed 35 hours, while minors aged 15-18 are limited to 40 hours.
Minors cannot work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless their guardians give consent."
More people include, Scooter Braun, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Sky Ferreira, Rita Ora, Warren G., Snoop Dog, and more.
plays a huge
role in K-Pop.
K-pop entertainment company's fashion brand.
The final question... how does Kpop create a bridge of peace and consensus between
S.Korea and Japan
, in the
current generation
? How has the colliding controversy of the two countries, been blurred and slowly evolved?
After Korea was under
for over 30 years in the early 1900's, a silent
feud and tension
has always lingered over the two
However, Japan is now known to have
Kpop fans than Korea itself.
Tokyo Dome holds 55,000 seats
Yoona underwent
6.5 years
of training before debut.
GD survived
12 years of training in total
. He is now recognized as one of the most famous Kpop idols in Korea, and internationally.

GD is the leader of boy group, BIGBANG.

He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, lyricist, producer, model, endorser, and fashion icon.

All, at
26 years old
Korea's culture... includes
hierarchy system
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