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Monday Apr 1

South Korea’s “overexposure law” might ‘ban’ miniskirts

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South Korea’s new “overexposure law” threatens to fines individuals 50,000 KRW ($45) for being “overexposed” in public.

The law, which came into effect on March 22, defines “overexposed” as:

anyone who shows their bare skin excessively in a public place or exposes parts of the body that should remain covered and gives feelings of embarrassment or discomfort to other people.

Given the popularity of the so-called ‘no pants look’ among female K-Pop celebrities who ditch pants in favor of revealing miniskirts and micro shorts, the law has received a storm of criticism from South Korean celebrities. Many celebrities have taken to social media to voice their concerns, some even posting pictures of themselves in suggestive clothing.

South Korean politicians were also quick to criticize newly elected president Park Geun-hye’s passage of the law as obstructing citizens’ freedom of expression. Police officials, on the other hand, claim that the new amendment does not infringe citizens’ choice of dress and is instead aimed at controlling “public nudity and public indecency.”

Still, many were quick to draw connections between the present law and South Korea’s 1970’s government legislation regulating skirt length for women and hair length for men. Democratic United Party member Ki Sik Kim is worried about the law’s implication, tweeting “Park Geun-hye’s government gives cause for concern that we are returning to the era when hair length and skirt length were regulated.”

(Source: CNN)

Wednesday Feb 22

And now a break from all the Linsanity!

Check out our most recent adventure to Union Square’s Best Buy, at the fan sign event for… *drum roll* …

GIRL’S GENERATION!

Enjoy the video!
(and be sure to watch it fully until the ending, which is hilarious *wink*)

Go SNSD!

Videography: Joey Wang
Reporters: Patrick Yan & Emily Lu
Generasian Media Group 
Thank you to everyone who were interviewed in this video! 

Saturday Feb 11

CNN recognizes the growing K-pop phenomenon

Triggered by Girls’ Generation’s recent appearances on the popular American TV programs Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Kelly, as well as the French talk show Le Grand Journal, CNN acknowledged the growing influence of K-pop. Cultural exports hit a record high of $4.2bn last year, and while the Korean wave has been largely concentrated in East and Southeast Asia, Girls’ Generation’s debut in the US and France have signaled K-pop’s rising influence in the West.

Thursday Feb 2

Best Buy screws over Girls’ Generation fans

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Girls’ Generation is scheduled to hold their first fan signing for their English album “The Boys” today at Best Buy in Union Square. Although Best Buy’s official Facebook and own employees claimed that NYPD would not allow lines to be formed before 6am, by 2am the line had already wrapped around the block. Needless to say, by the official line-up time of 6am, there were almost 1000 fans lined up, almost none of whom will be able to see the girls later tonight. Thanks to Best Buy’s empty promises and deception, their already poor image of being a retailer that scams consumers is getting soaked in more turd.

Wednesday Feb 1

Girls’ Generation brings “The Boys” out on the Late Show with David Letterman

National representatives of Korea, Girls’ Generation made their US network TV debut with a poppin’ remix of “The Boys.” The track topped charts for 6 straight weeks in Korea and was produced by Teddy Riley, known for producing Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous.” One remix on the album features Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday Jan 31

Is K-Pop Going to Make It in the US?

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The Atlantic recently wrote an interesting article on a topic that some of us may already be familiar with - the launching of Korean pop music into the American pop culture. 

The author cites the Korean girl groups Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 as the forerunners in the game to break into the Western market. With the Wonder Girls’ history of touring with the Jonas Brothers and with their brand new made-for-TV movie on Nickelodeon (airing on Thursday), along with a pending English debut album, the author seems to lean towards the idea that they have a good chance of succeeding unlike their predecessors and perhaps unlike their competitors.

The Wonder Girls, in "The DJ Is Mine"

Moreover, Girls’ Generation is set to perform on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday (tomorrow!) and “Live With Kelly” on Wednesday, “making them the only Korean musical act to ever appear on American daytime TV.” (You can also catch the girls at the Union Square Best Buy on Thursday.) They even have a track with Snoop Dogg featured on their remixed all-English track, “The Boys.”

And we can’t forget 2NE1, a group that has been attracting attention with their praise from will.i.am and recently was announced “the best new band in the world” on MTV’s Iggy (well, despite the fact that they’re hardly “new”). They’re also working on an American debut album.

In any case, the author then cites a few Asian players that had broken into the American market in the past, and I mean way way back. Think 1963 when Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto’s "Ue o Muite Aruko" reached the Billboard top charts (number 1!). Then in the late 1970’s, another Japanese player named Pink Lady reached the Billboard charts and even snagged a variety show gig on NBC. But this endeavor ended on a rather tragic note, with their show now “regarded as one of the worst TV shows ever.” Because of these endeavors, the Asian market took a break from the American market. But later in the 90’s, Utada Hiraku and BoA attempted to go West, but even these two did not reach considerable success and focused their attention on their Japanese and Korean audiences.

Perhaps what separates the Wonder Girls from another huge Asian sensation like BoA is that they simply did not assume their success in Asia would translate over to the West. Unlike BoA who simply entered American without much introduction, the Wonder Girls have slowly made worked their way in with their exposure from the Jonas Brothers tour and now, a rather cringe-worthy yet strategically marketed Nickelodeon movie catered to tweens. 

It’s certainly exciting to see Asian faces in the mainstream media, but it’s troubling how even the author concludes with “Even [if the Wonder Girls are not successful], becoming the Korean Cheetah Girls wouldn’t be a bad gig either.” While it makes sense that the “queens” of K-Pop in Asia cannot be expected to meet the same success in a totally different market, it still troubles me that becoming the Korean Cheetah Girls will be considered successful for them. We’ll see, shortly, what will become of their success in the American market. Perhaps most ideally, these Asian girl groups won’t be seen just for their Asian-ness but rather, for their talent and drive.

(Source: The Atlantic)

Tuesday Nov 29

Aziatix wins 'Best New Asian Artist' at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards

Girls’ Generation may have won Artist of the Year, but Generasian’s favorite Asian American trio Aziatix grabbed Best New Asian Artist at this years MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) in Singapore! Congratulations!

Wednesday Nov 2

K-pop group Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD, recently released their new song “The Boys” with the hope that this song gets serious American radio play. SM Entertainment, who had previously banekd on BoA’s entry into American Pop music, is now counting on Girls’ Generation to be the first Asian group to break into the American pop music scene with its newest single. 

The Korean version of this song is already succeeding as another smash hit single, but will it fare as well in the American music industry? We will just have to wait and see whether SNSD will be the next buzz word, or if it will remain unheard of to the American audience.

(Source: 8asians.com)