Valerie Wu
Feb 9, 2018

"Who Said BTS Was The Next Big Thing?"

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With BTS gaining worldwide attention, there's noticeably some debate as to whether they will be the group to finally break the "glass ceiling" when it comes to K-pop in America (as many thought Girls' Generation or Wonder Girls would), and become more than a universal joke (PSY with "Gangnam Style").

 

Christina Qiu, a student at Harvard College, has written an article that addresses the capitalist nature of K-pop as a whole and how it has represented the fusion of "East vs. West," and attracted the "misfits" of American culture:

 

https://planamag.com/history-lessons-who-said-bts-was-the-next-big-thing-cff587c3b6a6

 

Given what she has written, what do you think about K-pop as (arguably) the most important aspect of Korean pop culture? Do you think BTS can be the "next big thing?" Why or why not?

merly chermon
Apr 24, 2018

One of my friends said that K-pop is not just a music but a lifestyle. I personally agree with that as an active K-pop listener too. For me K-pop is not only colorful, dorky and enjoyable but also motivating and consoling too. I just admire that how much efforts trainees put into their debute and how strict the idols' schedule in a day. While listening and watching all the contents of my favourite K-pop artists, I hope that I gain much more tenacity for what I do.

About BTS, I hope that their growth in international music industry will be steady and flourishing. I can not tell that what attributes or circumstances needed to be Next big thing. However, from the point of view of how supportive BTS's fans and how talented, innovative and hardworking of the members, I can only say they completely deserve to be Next big thing.

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