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X1 was the other group impacted by immediately disbanded after the confirmation of rigged voting in

Is ‘Girls Planet 999’ rigged or reality?

Angela Zhang and Priscilla Cho September 18, 2021
Unpacking controversies surrounding Korean idol survival shows
The popularity of K-pop and J-pop is increasing worldwide | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons license

Fans of K-pop and J-pop share their passion for music

Minjae Kang December 20, 2020
How MVHS students became interested in the two popular genres
The members of MONSTA X — Shownu, Kihyun, Joohoney, Minhyuk, I.M. and Hyungwon (from left to right) — pose for a teaser for the MV of

Diving into MONSTA X’s third studio album: ‘Fatal Love’

Tyler Cho November 8, 2020
MONSTA X delivers a solid album that explores new genres while retaining its unique style, but struggles to differentiate itself from previous works

Blackpink’s ‘The Album’ shows stagnant artistic creativity

Annie Zhang October 6, 2020
K-pop girl group Blackpink’s first full length album fails to present musical growth despite being flavorful

K-pop’s cultural appropriation issue

Tyler Cho and Irene Tang September 19, 2020
Students and alumni weigh in on problematic racial representation within the Korean music industry
Goo Hara (left) and Sulli (right) pose for a selfie together back in 2017.

Why Western media’s representation of K-pop is unfair

Leanna Sun March 13, 2020
Unraveling how the media chooses to report on issues going on in the industry
Students settle down as the club officers begin introducing themselves and go over a short presentation about the club. Photo by Claire Yang

Korean Club: Dancing into the new year

Claire Yang September 27, 2019
Officers introduce the club with a K-Pop choreography guessing game
Photo by Claire Yang

Korean Club holds its first meeting of the new year

Claire Yang January 31, 2018

reshman Yan Zheng grins, grabbing a gift bag with various Korean treats and holding it up in excitement. Zheng decided to start off his year with a little Korean culture as he attended the first meeting...

BTS as a global phenomenon

BTS as a global phenomenon

Emily Xia December 11, 2017

TS, or Bantan Sonyeondan, meaning “bulletproof boy scouts,” is a Korean boy band composed of seven members that debuted under the company Bighit Entertainment in 2013. Since then, they have become...

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