School of K-pop & J-pop at University of Hawaii-Manoa

By Nadine Kam I Never in my life did I dream that K-pop would be a subject worthy of college level study, but why not for the politics, history, psychology or sociology student who wants to know how popular culture …

Dance diary: Red Velvet ‘Russian Roulette’

By Nadine Kam I Did Red Velvet’s “Russian Roulette” twice, once back on March 2 through Star Fitness, and the second time May 11 with Hawaii Dance Bomb at Paradise Park. I went there because I had a feeling she …

Dance diary: BTS ‘Dope’ and ‘Not Today’

By Nadine Kam I In beginner K-pop dance class, we did BTS back-to-back on Feb. 16 and 23, “Dope” and “Not Today” on the respective dates. Their dances are always energetic and fun. For that reason, more people tend to …

Yoongi and the Dodgers posts shed light on BTS’s power as a force for social change

By Nadine Kam I The central idea behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Batman trilogy is that the Batman exists as a symbol of hope that allows people to wake up every morning in hope that today will be a little …

EXO military exodus starts with Xiumin

It’s been a hard year saying goodbye to some of the idols who introduced me to the world of K-pop. Between December and March, SHINee members Onew, Key and Minho, entered the South Korean military. It was comforting at least …

Dance Diary: Chung Ha ‘Gotta Go’

By Nadine Kam l Skipped ahead to March 14, 2019, because I wanted to post this in honor of Xiumin, who danced a bit of Chung Ha’s “Gotta Go” as part of girl group dance medley to entertain fans during …

And the BBMA award for faux pas of the evening goes to … Sofia Carson

By Nadine Kam I It was another history-making moment for BTS at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 on May 1, when they took home their first music prize in the United States, as Top Group, finally breaking that barrier as …

Dance diary: BTS ‘Idol’

By Nadine Kam I We spent an hour learning BTS’s “Idol” during our beginner K-pop dance class at Star Fitness Hawaii on Feb. 9, 2019. It is the most high-energy dance we’d done so far, and after dancing it at …

BTS makes history on SNL stage

By Nadine Kam I BTS made history April 13 as the first Korean group to perform on “Saturday Night Live” in its 44 years. It was a big night for both parties, and my feeling is that SNL needed them …

… and then there was one, SHINee off to serve its country

By Nadine Kam I April 15 is a miserable day anyway, the day in the United States when our income tax returns are due, and I ended up sending $8,500 away, just like that, blip, gone. It almost didn’t hurt …

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