That Time I Met Super Junior’s Donghae

Happy Super Junior comeback day, everybody!  “One More Time (Otra Vez)” has been on repeat all day in this household, to absolutely no one’s surprise. The timing of this post is actually a happy coincidence, but I’m just going to pretend like I’m super organized and planned this all along. Procrastination for the win So in my previous posts about KCON NY, I mentioned that I unexpectedly came face to face with Super Junior’s Donghae – an encounter that still leaves me slightly dumbfounded whenever I think about it.  I was fully prepared to see all of these idols from afar and/or behind a sea of other K-pop fans; I never expect to find myself two feet away from my ultimate bias.

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A First-Timer At KCON New York (Part Three): Sunday’s Concert

KCON’s Day 1 concert was amazing, but Day 2 ended up being more memorable for me in the long run. I always laugh when I look back at my phone videos, because there is a HUGE difference between my reactions on both nights.  On the first day, I was so starstruck by seeing K-pop idols up close (one in particular) that I barely made a peep the entire time. (I did however, manage to rally for my girl Irene.) Thankfully, the novelty of seeing so many celebrities faded as the weekend went on. By the time I entered the Prudential Center again, I was ready to jump up and down and cheer with the rest of the crowd.

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A First-Timer at KCON New York (Part Two): Saturday’s Concert

In the years since I’ve discovered K-pop, I’ve been lucky to attend a fair amount of concerts.  They’re usually on the smaller side in terms of venues (the downside of being a Western fan), and I’ve always been impressed by how the fans’ excitement makes everything seem so much bigger. But there’s nothing quite like sitting in a giant stadium surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, is there?  I thoroughly enjoy going to see any K-pop concert, but KCON New York was an especially magical time. There’s just something about seeing so many great acts in one place – especially if some of them are your faves!

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A First-Timer at KCON New York (Part One): The Convention

At this point, KCON New York happened a full month ago… yet I still find myself thinking about it every day. There’s so much to share that I’m making several posts, but I think covering the convention is a good place to start! This was the first time I’ve been to such a large scale K-pop event, so I was really looking forward to seeing and doing everything KCON had to offer. Since it was my first time, I decided to give some basic information and my general impressions for people who are thinking of going next year – or for people who already went and want to compare notes!

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Return From Hiatus!!!

Hello all! Long time no talk! Is everyone enjoying their summer? Do you all love “Dance the Night Away” as much as I do?

As you might have figured out, this blog has been on an unexpected hiatus for the past few months. 2018 has been absolutely crazy, and life threw me some curveballs pretty early on in the year. I actually ended up relocating back to the US, which was difficult because I hadn’t been planning on it… but I’ve also been determined to make the most out of the hand I’ve been dealt. I decided to make a big life change, and hopefully I’ll have some good news to announce here in the near future!

The downside to all these new and exciting changes is that I just haven’t been able to make posts here – and it honestly makes me sad. Last year was really hard for me, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this blog was one of the few good things to come out of it. I had lots of free time because of my visa restrictions in France, and I poured all of it into creating and running “Katherine Does K-pop.” I treated it like my job because I couldn’t have a real one, and it became a way of keeping myself active and focusing my energy.  Writing is one of my passions, and I’m just disappointed that I had to step back and rework my plans – even if it was just for a little bit.

That being said, things are starting to settle down in my life… which means that I’m officially lifting my self-imposed hiatus! You might have noticed me quietly updating most of my group profiles over the past month, but now I’m ready to get back to actually posting!  Despite the long absence, I’ve been keeping up with K-pop all this time – and I’m so excited to start writing again.

I have lots of things that I want to do, but I want to start things off with some posts about KCON NY.  It was the most amazing experience, and I have some pretty wild stories. (Okay, only ONE wild story… but I promise that it’s a good one!)  Then, I’ll do some general posts about K-pop in 2018 so far.  Hopefully after that, I’ll be able to get my reviews going again – though I think I’m going to tweak how I do those a little bit. I have lots of other fun stuff planned, but I think I’ll keep those a secret until I get back into my routine.

If you’re one of my followers, thanks so much for being patient and coming back.  If you’re new here, then welcome and thanks for stopping by! Here’s to a new era of this blog!

Love,

Katherine

Kim Jonghyun

These past few days have been a very sad time for the K-pop community.  The news of Kim Jonghyun’s passing was the first thing I saw Monday morning, and I’m still processing it in some ways. I’d like to send my deepest condolences to Jonghyun’s family, his fellow SHINee members, his friends and colleagues at SM Entertainment, Shawols, and anyone else who knew and loved him.  Though some time has passed, I still don’t know how to articulate everything I’m thinking and feeling. All the same, I’d like to try.

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Mid-Month Check In + End of the Year Plans!

Wow, it’s been a while since I made one of these! I feel like an eternity has passed since November and the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I really tried to keep my eye on the K-pop scene, because there was so much awesome music being released. Though I did manage to stay up to date, ultimately it was just too difficult to make posts and attempt writing a book at the same time.  But I got my 50,000 words done, and I’m ready to jump back into blogging!

December is a much slower month for K-pop, so it’s a lot easier to play catch-up.  I just published the rest of my October posts, and I’m working on November’s as we speak.  I’m also going to keep posting recaps of The Unit and Mix Nine, although that might be slower because they’re more time-consuming. I’m not going to do any profiles this month, since most of the ones I have up right now need serious updating. But since we’re approaching 2018, I’m planning on doing some year end summary posts!

I hope you’re having a happy holiday season, wherever you may be!

Love,

K

That Time I Went to See SF9: Be My Fantasy in Boston

Being a Western K-pop fan can be frustrating if you want to go to concerts.  Though more and more groups are embarking on world tours, usually “world” really just means “Asia and a select few other countries.”  There’s an intense debate among international fans over which continent is truly the “K-pop desert,” but let’s face it: we’ve all got it rough. That’s why it’s so thrilling when you live in a minor city and a group you like decides to come to your own hometown.

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TWICE Profile Added + Plans for November

Happy November!  (Late per usual, but whatever)  I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  Mine was quite low-key, because it’s not as big a deal in France as it is in the US. It’s mostly just a party theme for the weekend before. All my grad school friends were on October break and I’m a huge introvert anyway, so I just stayed in and played a Nancy Drew game (Ghost of Thornton Hall, in case there are any other ND fans out there)And I managed to get massively scared, despite the fact that I’m a grown ass woman I’ve played it three times already.

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NU’EST Profile Added + Mid-Month Checkin

Hey all! I noticed that I’ve gotten into the habit of providing updates around this time every month, so I figured I’d make it a thing.  I’ve had more time on my hands and I’ve been posting more frequently, but I’m playing catch up.  Hopefully I’ll be on track by the end of October!  So here’s the latest news on what I’m planning for this blog:

Profiles

October’s boy group of the month is NU’EST W! I’m super obsessed with “Where You At” and have been playing it nonstop.  You should definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already.  I also updated the profile for GOT7 in anticipation for their comeback, so it’s all nice and reformatted. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a girl group for October…I was planning on it being Twice, but since they’re coming back on the 30th it might be better to just push them to November.

Reviews

I’m just about finished with September!  There should be a review for BTS and “DNA” out in the next couple days, and then my Rapid(ish) Reviews and Favorites posts should come out quickly after that.  Then I’ll launch into October.  I’m not sure which solo reviews I’ll do yet, but they’ll most likely be GOT7 and NU’EST.

Miscellaneous

*I was planning on alternating between male and female biases for the That’s Right, My Type column, but Twice’s late comeback put a wrench in those plans (again). This month I’ve chosen NU’EST W’s JR, who we all know captured my heart during Produce 101.

*Last month I mentioned on working on an EXO quiz.  I finally got all the material together to make one, but their comeback’s long over.  So I’m going to put that on hold and choose a new group.  I might get my act together and do a quiz for one of the boy groups that’s currently promoting, but it’s more likely that I’ll wait until November for Wanna One’s comeback.

*This fall’s going to get crazy with all of the survival shows!  I was planning on recapping them like I did with Produce 101, but we’ll see how that turns out.  It depends on how much time I have and how quickly subs come out.  If I choose one to recap though, it will most likely be The Unit.

That’s it for now!  I hope you’re all enjoying the wealth of excellent music we’ve been blessed with this month.  I know I have!

Love, K