All seven members of BTS launched their individual Instagram accounts on Monday shortly after announcing their upcoming break, expected to last until next spring. Fans around the globe have already flocked to their accounts, with each of the members gaining millions of followers within hours of joining.
The announcement: On Sunday, BTS’s management company Bighit Entertainment notified fans on Twitter that the group would be taking “an extended period of rest” for the first time in two years after finishing off the remainder of this year’s scheduled events.
‘It’s not just this magical, fantasy world’: Korean American TikToker on changing attitudes toward South Korea
Whether it’s in the form of music, TV shows, skincare products or marinated meat, Korean culture is everywhere. On TikTok, Korean American creator Priscilla Kwon, who once hid her culture to fit in, amasses millions of views by sharing whatever’s trending in Korea with the social media platform’s global audiences. But despite the rise in appreciation for Korean culture, Kwon says there’s a disturbing pattern among some who have grown obsessed with an image of Korea seen only in K-dramas and K-pop concerts.
”There’s just so much attention when it comes to Korea and Korean culture right now,” Kwon explained to NextShark in an interview. She speaks from firsthand experience, as her journey on TikTok started out as a means to keep herself entertained during the pandemic before eventually turning into a full-fledged career. With almost 900,000 followers now, Kwon puts out a steady stream of Korean cultural content that more and more people are eager to learn from.
Social media photos hint at how Uncle Iroh and Aang will look in live-action ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’
Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is beginning to transform into Uncle Iroh, the beloved father figure that he is set to play in the upcoming live-action adaptation of “Avatar: the Last Airbender.” In a livestream on Sunday, the actor revealed a new look that captures one of Iroh’s most defining features: his unique facial hair.
The video: Lee slowly begins to take off his face mask, joking with viewers that it looks like he’s putting on a “burlesque” show.
In one of the latest TikTok trends, Asian social media users are sharing some of their most jarring experiences that have left them speechless.
The trend builds off another popular one in which women took to the platform to post about unusual, upsetting or horrific moments from their lives, using an audio clip taken from a 1998 “Crimewatch” episode in which the narrator says, “The woman was too stunned to speak.” From witnessing the use of new racial slurs to observing the audacity of other non-Asians, here are some of the most relatable experiences Asians are talking about:
Half the world’s population menstruates at some point, yet we’re still made to feel ashamed about it. The bleeding, the bloating, the cramps, the sore breasts — society has chosen to suppress discussion of what those assigned female at birth go through on a monthly basis. It explains why menstrual products are still taxed as luxury goods and why the companies that sell them have long wanted to convince people that the shedding of the uterine lining comes out in the form of translucent blue liquid.
But Nadya Okamoto, Harvard-graduated author of “Period Power” and co-founder of the non-profit organization PERIOD.org, has made it her life’s mission to change that. And she’s using her platform on TikTok to connect with younger audiences and destigmatize menstruation one controversial video at a time.
Several of the last decade’s most popular K-dramas are getting American remakes. But the recent announcement of one in particular, the 2019 hit “Crash Landing on You,” has left fans of the original show scratching their heads, bemused by an adaptation of a storyline that centers on the history of North and South Korea.
Details: Korean entertainment company CJ ENM revealed the news at a conference on Nov. 4. Kang Chul-ku, the CEO of Studio Dragon, the production company behind “Crash Landing on You,” said that the American remake is in the final stages of planning and development with Netflix U.S., reported Edaily.
Fans that were left hanging after the last episode of “Squid Game” now have something to look forward to, as the show’s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed on Tuesday that a second season is in the works.
The return: With lead actor Lee Jung-jae at his side, Hwang revealed in an interview with Associated Press that the show garnered so much attention he was left with “no choice” but to work on another season.
Japan’s former Prime Minister Taro Aso, who’s been known to make controversial comments, drew attention again on Monday when he claimed that global warming has led to “tastier” rice. Recently elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has since apologized on his behalf.
The incident: Aso made the comment that there is “something good” to global warming while giving a campaign speech at Hokkaido city of Otaru in support of a candidate from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), reported Newsweek.
Costco is beloved by millions of shoppers all over the world for having just about everything one could possibly need. For some, that includes the perfect backdrop to their photos, as Chinese influencers have recently been flocking to the stores as part of a new trend.
For the aesthetic: Influencers in China are posing just outside of Shanghai Costco, the country’s sole Costco location, to make themselves appear as though they’re in Los Angeles. The trend reflects the younger generation’s way of coping with travel restrictions due to the pandemic along with their interest in American culture, according to Quartz.
Apple TV+ is one of the latest streaming giants to cash in on the global success of K-dramas with a new sci-fi thriller titled “Dr. Brain” debuting on the platform next week.
More info: The six-episode series features Lee Sun-kyun, who is known to international audiences for his role as Park Dong-Ik in Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning film “Parasite.”
Comedian Mike Kim is causing a stir online after sharing his excitement for the fetishization of Asian men following a time when “nobody wanted us.”
In a video posted to TikTok last week, Kim says the rise of popularity with K-dramas and anime have shifted perceptions of Asian men from undesirable to the point where now, “everybody wants a piece of us.”
Warning: Contains spoilers
Netflix’s “Squid Game” has audiences captivated by the show’s take on childhood games with a deadly twist. As 456 players compete for the ultimate cash prize, police detective Hwang Jun-ho begins to unravel the sinister organization behind it all. The actor who plays him, Wi Ha-jun, is among many members of the show’s cast that have risen to global popularity along with the show.