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Korean pop music helps share foreign culture with students

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by Camille Whisby, Staff writer

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Students who are involved and interested in different cultures other than their own are more accepting of the way different ethnic groups live.

For some, this acceptance is through K-pop, an abbreviation for South Korean pop (an unique genre mixing electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B).

K-pop grows more in popularity each day and has a high demand from all ages and ethnic backgrounds. As fans learn more about the Korean culture through their love for K-pop, they are starting to understand how Koreans think and act.

“K-pop helps people not only make new friends, it helps someone understand a culture outside of their own,” science teacher Nekiba Mayes said.

Before fans got into K-pop, a good amount had different stereotypes and mindsets for Asians.

Often times, a particular race is misjudged due to lack of knowledge of their culture, beliefs, and background.

“When I was little, I categorized all Asians in the same culture, really no diversity in any of them but as I grew up I started to see that there are different races of Asians,” junior Alanda Cherestal said.

Everyday, more fans are exempting the myths and confusions that other people like themselves used to have about Asians. Asians frequently experience ignorant remarks from people by typically being categorized as Chinese. This kind of treatment can strip people of their cultural roots.

For other individuals, K-pop has helped them find out their goals in life. It’s important for students to know what they want to pursue in life.

“Before I started to like K-pop, I didn’t know what I wanted to go to college for, but not too long ago I realized that I wanted to go to school for international business,” senior Dionna Gainer said. “While I’m in school I’ll learn Korean and when I get out of school I want to get a job in translating Korean songs to English for different K-pop groups.”

K-pop has even introduced fans to other ethnic backgrounds of people they didn’t even think about talking to before. The U.S. is a big melting pot and this helps individuals better understand different cultures by giving them the opportunity to interact with others from different backgrounds.

It’s always a good thing to be aware of cultural diversity – it makes individuals understand why people may act or believe differently than they do.

“I took a cultural awareness course in college because I wanted to understand people of other races and cultures,” administrator Krystal Wattley said. “My knowledge of other cultures increased tremendously. After that course I acquired a more open mind when observing how people behave and interact in society.”

Through the power of K-pop, more people are starting to accept different cultures other than their own. This not only grows people’s knowledge of the world, but it also connects unlike people together. Everyone should be more culturally aware of different places.

“All races misjudge others – it is human nature to associate with people who are like you – it is a comfort thing,” administrator Christi Osborne said. “We all need to be open minded to other people and cultures. That doesn’t mean that we like all aspects of another culture, but we need to at least understand them.”

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5 Responses to “Korean pop music helps share foreign culture with students”

  1. Marvin Whisby Sr on October 20th, 2016 1:56 pm

    Great article, written i a way that broaden my thoughts and ideals of the Asian people. Job well done.

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  2. LISA WHISBY on October 20th, 2016 5:06 pm

    Loved the article. It helped my understand of what Kpop is. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Swaize on October 28th, 2016 9:30 pm

    Good job on the article and the different interview sources

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  4. Marissa Sindt on December 17th, 2016 9:34 am

    I loved that so much! You did an amazing job!

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  5. Marissa Sindt on December 17th, 2016 9:35 am

    I loved that so much! Thank you telling me about it! Great job!

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