[Melted] draws out a contradiction that reflects author Park Kyungni’s thinking about han, a concept commonly associated with Korean art and literature. Han is often translated as sadness or resignation, but Park Kyungni points out that han also encompasses hope: it is both a resignation to suffering of many kinds, and a belief that such suffering can be overcome. “When we are poor, we think of Han. We therefore work hard in order to buy lots of land. When we are ignorant, we are mindful of Han. We educate our children in order to deliver them from Han, that is why the passion for educating the young is so ardent in Korea,” Park explains. The music video shows us a city where kindness is tragically absent, but it also shows us how kindness, rare as it is, can be transformational in the life of a young person.
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The reason why SNSD’s last few months are a “crisis” then is not just because of a bad song or a few deluded fans, it’s something more than that.
SM have begun to demythologise SNSD, and because of that, they are letting the relationship between SNSD as image and SNSD the K-pop group break down."
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Image above: Younha’s Starry Night, an MBC radio show
When you are learning a language one of the most important things to do to improve your skills is to surround yourself with as much of the language as possible. If you live in a country where it is spoken this is fairly easy but if you don’t you need to find ways to create that kind of environment for yourself. Luckily for Korean learners one…
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A fortnight ago we brought you a playlist with what we perceived to be some of the best new releases from indie artists, rappers and idols and today we are doing exactly the same! This week we feature the likes of AOMG artist Loco, TWO songs from Rem and Moro and the much awaited comeback and debut of MBLAQ and Michelle Lee (in that order).
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It is a well-known fact that a lot of groups outside of the idol market are more often than not bypassed by fans, not because they are talented but simply because they did not fit into the mainstream market.
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Here are some factors to consider:
- CL is listed as neither the producer nor composer of this song - Teddy Park wrote and produced the music whereas CL co-wrote the lyrics. It’s likely that CL may not have been involved in the creation of the song until after the instrumental had already been recorded.
- Several countries with large Muslim populations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai and Turkey are becoming important international markets for K-pop. In fact, 2NE1 already have a tour date scheduled for Malaysia.
- Less than 0.001% of the Korean population are Muslim (in 2007 the figure was around 35,000 people) and so a degree of lack of awareness of the religion might be understandable.
- Although this is debated, some Muslim scholars believe that music goes against the teachings of Islam. Obviously Muslim K-pop fans would not believe and/or follow this teaching but it could make this use of the Qur’an seem more disrespectful.
- Death threats are never acceptable and should always be condemned. The outpouring of aggressive and threatening abuse is not ok.
- Having said that, many, many Muslim fans are going about protesting this song in a very reasonable and even-handed way. One petition has over 8000 signatures while another has over 2000 signatures so far.