K-Pop and the Future of Korea

Many Westerners who come to Korea to live or to visit quickly write off K-pop, Korea's mainstream music genre, as a cheesy, sugar-coated excuse for entertainment. They see outlandish costumes, boys in heavy eyeliner, and flamboyant choreographed dance moves.  They become annoyed with strange Engrish lyrics and seemingly identical tunes that blare from just about every storefront of the country.  But, what they don't realize is that K-pop is much bigger than skinny jeans and plastic faces.  In fact, K-pop is transforming Korea as the world knows it.

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company Presents ‘Untitled Feminist Show’

Destination: Wild Women's Performing Arts Festival 2010

While the name may conjure up an image of debauchery and drunkenness, the event was surprisingly subdued. The event raised funds for the Korean Women's Associations United, an umbrella organization supporting 27 well-deserving organizations. Off to Club Monghwan in Sinchon we go - supposedly closing soon, but reopening in Hongdae some time in the future.

Pay the 15,000 won to get in, then prepare for the onslaught of people - three floors wall-to-wall full of people made it difficult to get around. There was plenty to see - a silent auction, along with brochures and items for sale from various organizations took up much of the ground floor.

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