Mini Data Note: Female American Fans, K-pop Girl Groups and a Critique of Empowerment

Survey responses suggest that American female fans of K-pop girl groups simultaneously critique Korean society and music industry and recognize the impact of their position as foreign fans on their perceptions of representations of empowerment in K-pop. These are findings from the U Go Girl: The K-pop Girl Group Fan Study and are based on 129 responses from female fans who identified their country of residency as the United States. Transcultural fandom, when fans admire something outside of the

Mini Data Note: Why Fans Like Red Velvet

Survey results suggest that ReVeluv, fans of the female K-pop group Red Velvet, like the group because of its versatile concepts, its music and the personalities of the members. These are preliminary findings from the U Go Girl: The K-pop Girl Group Fan Study and are based on responses from individuals who identified Red Velvet as one of their favorite groups. Out of a sample of 270, 15% of respondents identified Red Velvet as one of their favorites, making the group the most favorite girl grou

Into the New World: Research Suggests Multi-Fandom the Norm for Veteran K-pop Fans

While it may seem that the current norm in K-pop is single-fandom (the tendency to support just one artist), data suggests that older K-pop fans started and continue to be multi-fandom. This may be another way the overall K-pop fandom has shifted in the past few years. With the rise of K-pop groups, their individual fandoms have also garnered more attention, leading some to focus on using a single fandom to define K-pop fandom in general. However, 316 responses collected between April 29, 2011

New K-pop Stans, Here’s What You Missed: Fan Favorites, 2012-2015

The K-pop fandom landscape has changed in the past few years. Data suggests that the general K-pop “idol” fandom is more divided than it was less than 10 years ago and challenges some widely held notions about the preferences of global K-pop fans. With the expansion of K-pop globally has come increased division among the general fandom. An article on seoulwave bemoans the increase of tensions among fan groups: “The K-pop fan community is suffering from a plague right now. Fandoms everywhere are

The Power of Nine · Girls' Generation (SNSD) Fandom Case Study

Girls' Generation (also known as So Nyeo Shi Dae (Korean) or SNSD, and Shojo Jidai (Japanese)), a nine-member female group that debuted under SM Entertaiment in 2007, includes members Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. Members Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany were born in the United States. SNSD debuted in the wake of another large SM Entertainment group, Super Junior, and some initially viewed them as the femlae counterpart to the large male group. Girls' G