Note: I’m cleaning out link folders — folders full of stuff marked “to post,” and will probably post a pile of goodies every week for a while…
First of all: while I’m not really nuts for anyone’s pop music, the ardent praise and fandom of K-pop has always baffled me. K-pop has always struck me as a boiled down version of a watered-down version of Western and Japanese mainstream pop junk.
Which is to say, I don’t usually have much nice to say about American and Japanese pop music either, though sometimes… well, sometimes you at least end up hearing a sound you’ve never run across before.
Like, say, a mashup of bubblegum pop and heavy metal:
I have some other interesting videos to share, too:
An interview on an Indian TV Network with Bonojit Hussain, the man who was harassed (surely for the Nth time) by a drunk Korean man on a bus–in the city where I live, Bucheon, and no, this is not at all surprising–and, fed up, sued the man and the police who refused to take his report, and won:
Okay, more weird Japanese stuff. Yes, this movie, Robogeisha, got funded and made:
… which just makes me wish the money had gone to something more worthwhile. Wish there was a corporate version of Kickstarter out there… Hmmmm.
This has nothing to do with Korea, but if you’re loving A Game of Thrones, and missing it now that Season 2 is finished — but are daunted by the huge books — you’ll probably appreciate this cache of extra background videos, which such goodies as this one:
Learning Hangeul is easy, but I still wish these videos had existed when I was learning…
… not to mention some of the other Korean language-learning resources, like this one. They’re mostly for beginners, and of course cutesy and very safe, but that’s okay for language study and it’s a huge move ahead in making the survival basics of the Korean language more immediately accessible to people who don’t have the patience to work their way through one of a number of textbooks that are all structured in the same, boring, unnatural way. Unsurprisingly, it’s young people online who are innovating, not the people paid big dollars to rehash textbooks according to dead methodologies. See for yourself: