Put aside for my routine in this blog, this time I want to make a thought about Korean wave or for simply “Hallyu wave” as most of us have known. For simple, Korean Wave is a term used for the expanding Korean culture in the world. The question is why?
Well, the answer is not as simple as the question. Korean wave does not start in just one time like tsunami, well in a word, since it’s a wave so it’s continuously exist. It start in 2002, when Korean drama Winter Sonata dominated rating, leading the drama to be broadcasts in another country and starts the stardom for the stars, particularly the male lead such as Bae Yong Joon,(including the already descend star, Park Yong Ha). The wave continuing it attack, just like the abration you’ll see in the sea, just this time slowly and not that much effect. For example many dramas such as Dae jang Geum, Full House and so on.
2009, Korean wave attack again. This time through the music. World love dance yes, and Korea give so much about that. They are famous for their girl group(s) and boy group(s), and also their dance. These stars are what we’ve known as idol. And through the casualities in South Korea, the idols usually stars in to variety shows to promote their song, and in other side, the variety usually about fun and through this way, the idol(s) got so much love.
Other reason is the korean netizen -most of them are fan group/club of a/some stars- are active netizens, and through them all the information spread more than wind speed! The korean media also supports this acts via publishing it in their headlines and else, even in simple to ridiculous voting like “which celebrity has the fairest skin”, ridiculous, yes, but we (as netizen who seek fun in life) love that kind of trivia!
Further more, even though they use Hangeul alphabet in order to write the news, it proven to be easy to learn, made people (who learn hangeul instantly) absorbed in their culture and so on to test their ability. Well, I’ve proving to my self when I want to, I could catch some words to understand what did they mean in drama (though a simple, single words like “oppa, Hyeong, johae, nomu and else”). I’ve proving that you too could learn hangeul instantly! (Hey, I learn how to read it just from wikipedia and less in one night -even though I still don’t get to fluently to read and translate it-)
For this time, I think THESE all are the things that support Hallyu until now, and it still spreading. It’s okay to love anything new but also remember, Korean fans are famous for their fanatic acts, anti(s) fans and harsh acts. So don’t get absorbed in that one, OK? Do not bash other comments or mock other artists, every person has their own favorite (based on my personal experience).
I kinda get bothered for young and immature fans who love their harsh comments.
No offense. Enjoy it!