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Kpop is Actually Born from Korean Protest Songs

Alright so I'm a total history nerd, I majored in East Asian Studies and eat stuff like this up.

Read the full (long!) article here - I will try to explain it basically, but its really worth the read.

Here we go:

It all started with Japan.

As you might know, Japan colonized Korea eventually trying to erase Korean culture all together on the peninsula. In the very beginning though, that wasn't the case. Japan was willing to share Korean and Japanese culture, and the Japanese and Korean elite often spoke together and traded pop culture.
Japanese elite brought over Western-influenced music because of their connections with the Western world (which Korea didn't interact with other than missionaries at the time) The Korean elite wanted to be modern and successful like Japan, so they adopted this music (called Changga) as their new favorite genre. (You can hear a lot of European influences in early Korean music...)

This is where it gets interesting.

The Korean elite wanted to be independent of Japan. They wanted Korea to stand alone as a strong nation, not pushed around by China or Japan anymore. They stared the pro-independence movement.
Now, most revolutions like this would turn to traditional music, traditional culture to strengthen the country (for example, Korea would use ancient Korean songs to protest the Japanese occupation) but the Korean elite didn't! They wanted Korea to be strong, and to be strong they felt like they needed to modernize - ie be like the West. They used this Changga music (ironically brought to them by Japan) to protest Japanese rule!
To this day Korea is always trying to "keep up with" the Western world so that they can be considered modern and powerful. Most things that they do is to modernize and stay trendy because that is how the country has always defined strength.

But then, Japan decided to make money off of that...

Japan had seen its first real pop music hit in 1914. People were buying records, following tabloids, and really getting into pop culture. That was really the birth of the Japanese music industry.
In 1926, Korea had a similar experience. A song called the "Death Song" appeared, sung by Yun Shim-Deok. The singer committed suicide with her lover right after the song was released and the story made HUGE headlines. It was chilling, 'romantic,' and dramatic. Korea ate it up. Japanese record companies came in and started selling the record, selling over 50,000 copies! (In 1926 that number is totally insane!)

You can listen to the death song here:

The record industry after that was run mainly by the Japanese yakuza and their partnered Korean gangsters.

The industry was set up very similar to how it is now, with entertainment industries doing everything in-house (SM has specific song writers that only work for SM, and their artists are actors, singers, models, etc)
This is also why so many Kpop artists become actors...because even back in the 1920s musicians couldn't make enough money so the real way to make a living was through acting. That still stands today.

So, today's Kpop is based off of this first "Korean pop" hit (the death song) AND protest songs against Japan.

So when people say that Kpop is just a copy of Western music, they're sort of right but not in the way that they're thinking. Yes, its a reflection of Western culture, but the reason behind it is that Korea has been fighting to be recognized as a modern, powerful force to be reckoned with since the early 1900s.

They want people to know Korea is strong, modern, and a country to look up to, not look down upon.

So the next time someone tells you Kpop is a lame copy of American pop - give them this little history lesson.
Again, PLEASE read the full article - its so interesting! HERE it is!
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Actually, this explains a lot for me. Having never cared about pop music in my life before discovering kpop, the fact that I actually like something that is pop music confused me. Knowing that it has this foundation of protest and social change at its roots much like the music I have always loved (punk and various forms of rock) makes my liking it make way more sense to me!
Oooo I love me a good history lesson. I've never thought about it that deep though but this was a very fascinating back story of kpop ♡ nioceniocenioce
You learn something new everyday
I think they took something and made it better
that's rather amazing
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If BTS Were in Boys Over Flowers
Now, I think there are a lot of things wrong with the plot of BoF (mainly the boys treat Jan-di like crap) but its still funto imagine it as a less problematic drama. Here's who I'd cast! Gu Jun Pyo - Suga The leader of the F4 and heir to the Shinhwa Group, one of the biggest companies in South Korea. He is hot-tempered and believes that there is nothing that money can't buy. Though he's unable to express his feelings, deep down, he has a heart of gold. He torments Jan-di after she stands up to his bullying ways, but ends up falling in love with her and will do anything to protect her. Yoon Ji Hoo - V A member of the F4 and the grandson of a former president of Korea. He has a driving phobia after being involved in a car accident that killed his parents and left him the only survivor. He is initially in love with his childhood friend Seo-hyun, who helped him overcome his social anxiety. Calm and gentle, his musical talent catches Jan-di's attention and she begins to develop feelings for him. So Yi Jung - Jungkook A member of the F4 and a skilled potter. His family owns the country's biggest art museum. After losing his first love to his brother, he becomes a Casanova. He eventually changes his playboy ways when he realizes that he likes Ga-eul. Song Woo Bin A member of the F4, his family runs the country's largest construction company, which Woo-bin later admits has strong connections to organized crime. However, he has excellent business sense and is very charismatic. He's a super nice guy that happens to be a gangster lol and of course RM, Jin, and Jimin are the dad, mom, and little brother :) How would you cast BOF?
내 배를 망치는 따개비를 죽인다
뱀코 짤을 보다가 배에 들러붙은 따개비를 보게 되었다 따개비는 게의 친척으로 바위나 뱃바닥에 붙어서 증식하는 아주 무시무시한 생명체로 인간이 처음 배를 띄운 고대부터 오늘날까지 모든 배들의 숙적이 되었다 뱃바닥에 증식한 저 징그러운 따개비들 따개비가 늘어나면 1) 유선형 선체가 뭉개지면서 저항이 높아지고 속력이 느려지며 2) 방치하면 점점 무거워졌다 따개비의 석회질 껍데기는 매우 날카롭고 단단해서 손으로 때어내는게 매우 어려웠으며 배를 뒤집은 다음(?) 불에 지지거나 망치로 때리는 방법을 썼다 큰 항구에 도착하면 이런 대대적인 정비를 한번씩 받고 했는데 쥐를 쓸어버리기위해 배를 아주 침수시켰다가 끌어올리는거랑 따개비 제거하는게 가장 까다로운 작업이었다 항해는 길면 몇 개월이나 걸리는 길고 긴 여정이고 그 동안 한번도 정비를 못 받는 경우로 왕왕 나왔기에 따개비가 들러붙는걸 막기위해 그 비싼 동판을 뱃바닥에 두르는 경우도 있었다 동은 지금도 비싼 금속이므로 이런 고급 처리를 받은 배는 소수였다 요즘은 유독성 페인트를 발라 따개비 증식을 늦추거나(페인트도 항해를 오래하면 독성이 씻겨나가기 때문에 확실한 해결책은 아니었다) 전기 충격으로 조지거나 화학약품을 뿌리는 방법으로 따개비를 제거하고 있다 독성 페인트와 화약약품 처리는 해양오염 문제 때문에 점점 사용이 줄어들고 있다고 한다 역사와 전통의 영길리들은 중죄를 지은 선원을 밧줄에 묶은 다음 뱃바닥을 한번 쓸고가게 하는 형벌을 가했다 이 경우 선원의 등판은 따개비 때문에 너덜너덜해졌으며 운좋게 살아나도 감염 때문에 큰 고생을 했다고 한다 역시 영길리야 대단한 창의력! (출처) ????? 따개비 형벌 미친 거 아니냐며 영길리 창의력은 정말 ㄷㄷ 차라리 형벌로 바닥의 따개비를 떼라고 하지 이거 뭐......