I started this blog wanting to observe different cultures, or share my musings. One of the recent things i find interesting is the Korean wave. It probably could have been any culture, but at that moment and at that time i took a step to look into another world. Dont we all have those moments though? Escape artist tendencies and a desire to live life outside of a mundane reality. A desire for getting outside yourself, your own four walls and yet in the end we are still seeing ourselves reflected in the universal humanity that is cognized.
I know it might be masa (a derogatory Tagalog term referring tomedia appealing to the masses - it can be used in other ways mind you so don't cite me on that one) to quite a few. And by quite i mean alot of people. And i get it...
In fandom there is a tendency to want to be the idol, or someone who you aren't -and that path can be very unhealthy. It must be said though that enjoying a culture and admiring beauty is a different story from fixated obsessive fanaticism. There is a myriad of "crazy"fan types, but one extreme has put much criticism on those who are in other parts of the spectrum. Not that there is anything wrong with being a highly organized fan base (re: DBSK, Shinhwa concerts) but there are other levels of being a fan.
I dont take it THAT seriously, but i can get obsessive about having a favorite. Not all fans are on the extreme side of the line. Despite whatever judgments or hecklers may say it doesnt change that fact that for me its fun, i enjoy it. It cheers me up, makes me happy, and it adds a little special to my day. Life can be drab so its not so bad to add some of that brightly colored Asian fashion to it.
post script: though i added a bit to it the original of this is here: http://thecultureobserver.blogspot.com/2009/12/hallyu.html and I wrote it. So I cant really plagiarize myself.
I know no one really reads these yet but just in case it ever comes up..