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Kpop

YouTube & K-pop with Robert Kyncl

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 8:00 PM
When experts analyze the worldwide success of K-pop, all point to one watershed moment in 2012: Psy's music video Gangnam Style was uploaded to YouTube. As YouTube became the main platform for music video release, K-pop broke through the language and cultural barriers and reached out to the world. Through YouTube, K-pop songs are watched and shared around the globe, and Korean artists communicate with their ever-increasing and dedicated fans… Read More

From "Ga-yo" to K-pop

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Believe it or not, BTS and Blackpink are not the entirety of Korean popular music. At the birthplace of K-pop, "idol" groups share the stage with the new generation of "trot" singers, power balladeers, hip-hop artists and indie bands. Music critic Youngdae Kim surveys the recent history of popular music in Korea and how it has evolved as K-pop exploded all around the world. From "Ga-yo" to K-pop Tuesday, May… Read More

BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears with Tamar Herman

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM
America's leading authority on BTS, K-Pop, and East Asian entertainment, Tamar Herman returns to the Korea Society with her book BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears. BTS has conquered Western music charts and social media on their way to being the biggest band in the world. With record-breaking firsts and three Billboard No. 1 albums within a year, their music and messaging has gone on to transcend the limitations of language,… Read More
Ten years since Wonder Girls and BoA became the first Korean artists to appear on Billboard's main U.S. music charts, K-pop is at the forefront of the increasingly globalized U.S. music scene. With BTS undeniably at the top of the music world and Blackpink making K-pop history by performing at Coachella, K-pop is no longer an incidental phenomenon but an integral part of American pop culture of 2019. In this… Read More
K-Factor, a unique concert presented by Lincoln Center, cast a light on the often overlooked musical innovations and radical spirit of the global phenomenon that is K-pop. On June 20, a 50-piece symphony orchestra performed live at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, with a program comprising a curated set of songs arranged to highlight the distinct musical ingenuity present in Korean music new and old. The selections showcased well-known hits… Read More

Gender Politics of Kpop

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Dr. S. Heijin Lee, Assistant Professor at NYU and freelance journalist Lai Frances delve into representations of gender roles in Kpop. They explore the traditional notions of masculinity and femininity reflected in artists’ concepts and LGBTQ+ issues in Kpop. Gender Politics of Kpop Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6:30 PM The Korea Society 350 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor New York, NY 10017 Join our membership program here! E-News sign-up This… Read More

K-pop & Social Media

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 6:30 PM
[NEW TIME] Social media advances K-pop’s reach around the globe, with YouTube and Twitter buzzing with the latest content from Korean artists. Tumblr Content Insights Associate and K-pop specialist, Beatrice Vantapool, and BuzzFeed’s Sarah Han, explore how technology has connected and created fans worldwide. Talk followed by Q&A and reception with Korean food and drinks. + - Admission Click to collapse The Korea Society Fellow, Patron and Corporate members: FREE… Read More

Kpop & Beauty

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Styling and beauty are quintessential elements of the Kpop lifestyle. Devon Abelman, Digital Beauty Reporter at Allure Magazine, uncovers Kpop hair, skincare, and beauty trends. + - Admission Click to collapse The Korea Society Fellow, Patron and Corporate members: FREE with registration Tickets Members & Students $20.00 USD Non-members $30.00 USD Full Name Title or Position Company Email Membership ID (where applicable) How did you hear about this program? Website… Read More

Kpop 101 Series: The Economy of Kpop

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Communications Director of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington DC, Jenna Gibson, presents on the commodification of K-culture on a global scale. Ms. Gibson reflects on regional marketing strategies and the economic impact of Korea’s exportation of Kpop. Followed by Q&A and reception with Korean food and drinks. + - Admission Click to collapse The Korea Society Fellow, Patron and Corporate members: FREE with registration Tickets Members &… Read More

The History of Kpop

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Billboard columnist and Forbes contributor, Tamar Herman, explores the origins of the hallyu wave. From Seo Taiji & Boys in the 1990s to international sensation BTS, how has Kpop evolved? Ms. Herman outlines the elements which distinguish Kpop, notes milestones, and discusses the potential of the global music phenomenon. Followed by Q&A and reception with Korean food and drinks. The History of Kpop Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 6:30 PM… Read More
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