Over the past 20 years, the South Korean musical industry has experienced explosive growth. But it has failed to develop artistically, depending on big-scale Western productions. The problem lies with local production companies that prioritize profit over quality, some say. But many industry insiders blame the fans.
Imagine dedicating yourself to a K-pop band that most people don't even recognize. There is always some explaining to do.
Popular South Korean actor Kang Dong-won came under fire over comments he made ten years ago about his family roots, which contain an inconvenient truth.
They pay to create a rainforest and dig wells. They also stalk their idols and compete to see who are better fans. Welcome to the world of K-pop fandom.