Idol culture is KPOP culture. It’s funny how societal trends are reflected in music culture. America’s individualistic nature is reflected in the sheer amount of solo artists we have in comparison to our groups. On the flip side, idol groups are hugely popular in Asian nations, where the power of community and family is strong. Groups offer more security than trying to make it solo, and the security of working under a company gives many artists needed experience in the industry. Yet, the pedestal of … Read more On/Off – Does Idol Culture Dehumanize KPOP Stars?
Expectaitons are made to be broken. Hopeful dreams fly high, only to be stripped of their wings. Stained by dark thoughts, laid waste by cutting remarks. Imprisoned by our thoughts, cell doors locked with keys hidden in bloodstained hands. Gazing into a mirror darkly, each anxious breath a ripple that shifts the image ever so slightly. Heavy is the head wearing the mask, clutching strips of truth, anxiously swallowing hollow words. “Hello. How are you?” “I’m doing good.”
Confession time: I’m not emo. Or at least, I’m not as emo as you might think. Looking back, most of my posts here on KPOP Fridays have been based on sad songs. I don’t see that as a bad thing, but I do want to clarify: that’s not the only emotion I enjoy in songs. There’s a lot that can be learned from sadness, but happiness and joy hold their own unique lessons too. So, let’s try talking about her, why don’t we?
You know what makes life and restaurants so similar? People come and go, but aren’t always satisfied. Someone might come in looking for a steak, and find it undercooked. The tablecloths might be dirty, or maybe the atmosphere isn’t what they expected. Either way, dissatisfaction is usually one-sided. Which is weird in real life, given that relationships are two-way streets. Or at least, they should be. Life Is a shared path, and the people we walk alongside tend to either help or hinder our journey. … Read more I’m Good…?
Good connections are hard to come by. Wifi, people, it’s not easy finding the right spot, is it? Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down. Most of the time it works, but it can be a bit slow. What makes or breaks a connection is how it affects you, and the way you live. Maybe it helps you work better? Sometimes it shines when you need to relax. Most of all, a connection is remembered for the way it makes you feel when you experience it.
Are people cheese? I mean, think about it: cheese comes in different colors, just like people. Cheese comes in different sizes, just like people. Cheese even changes shape and color over time, just like people do! Well, that analogy might not be quite scientifically correct (cheese doesn’t sweat, after all), yet you can see how it might be used to convince some poor unassuming soul that people are indeed the same as cheese. As weird as that sounds, communication with other people tends to be … Read more Sweet Lies
How are you today? How’s your life going? What’s school like? Having fun? Are you busy? What about your friends? Do you like them? Have you become especially close to anyone yet? How are you feeling?
Sleep is pretty awesome, isn’t it? As a freshman in college, even in my first week I’m starting to see how important it is to have a nice balance of work and rest. Too much or too little of either one is like adding too much or too little sugar to a cake: it’ll work, but it won’t come out as well as you’d like it. It can be hard to find that balance, especially when you’re juggling the responsibilities of work or school with … Read more Rest and Eat
Today I wanted to try something different on the Asian Music Friday (I seriously need to come up with a good name for that) feature here on Unsheathed. Analysis is fun, band introductions have their place, but I wanted to speak more directly to you all and share my personal journey into KPOP. How I got into the sphere of Asian music, and how I changed as an individual because of it. It’s a period of my life that I simultaneously love and yet kind … Read more My Story
Celebrities. The rich and famous. As much as I stay away from them, citing the age-old “They’re all dumb and shallow!” argument, I have to admit that even I have a few celebs that I enjoy following every now and again. It’s not my fault that Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect Iron Man, okay? The celebs that I find myself the most interested in, however, are often in the Korean music scene. Loving the music of my favorite groups inevitably led me to picking … Read more Expectation vs Reality?