K-pop or Korean pop is steadily carving its spot in the mainstream music industry. South Korea is exporting Korean culture and language through K-pop. This is evident in devoted fans from all over the world well-versed in Korean traditions, history, even the language and the Korean alphabet. All of these are rooted in the love for Korean music and music artists.
BTS, a Korean boy group, is currently the headlining artist for K-pop. The boy group had a sold out three-day concert in Hamilton in 2018. The heavy K-pop fans’ presence in Hamilton made police prepare to maintain security in the city, proving that K-pop’s influence definitely has arrived.
Meet Ciel Emonde, a 20-year-old BTS fan who traveled to Hamilton and New York to see BTS live. K-pop introduced her to new people, allowed her to learn a new language and improved her self-confidence all through the power of music. Reporter Axile Gerona has the story.