Extra! Korea

August 10, 2009

Korean pop groups become more multicultural

Filed under: music, rapid cultural change — extrakorea @ 2:23 pm

Some of Korea’s most famous pop music groups have members with close ties to other countries (other than the United States). Nich-khun, who is, by some accounts, the most popular member of boy group 2 P.M., has a Chinese mother, Thai father, was born in Thailand, lived in the U.S., then Thailand, then back to the U.S., where he was spotted by a talent scout of JYP Entertainment. Confusing enough for you? Apparently, he’s a superstar in Thailand, to the extent that on a recent visit there, he was accompanied at all times by 8-to-12 bodyguards. Sandara Park, a member of the very successful rookie group 2NE1, and now goes by the name “Dara,” lived in the Philippines from late childhood to early adulthood. She can still speak Tagalog and says that she misses the Philippines and some Filipino food, such as shrimp sinigang and pinakbet. She and her fellow band members now enjoy huge, unconditional support in the Philippines.

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  1. […] not only in South Korea but also in other countries particularly in the Philippines, where Dara (Sandara Park) was a famous Korean expat years back. Other new groups also include 4Minute and After […]

    Pingback by Battle for Korean Girl Group Supremacy « a blog about k-food, k-entertainment and k-travel — August 12, 2009 @ 4:37 am

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