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Super high price for Juniors.

Tickets for £165! SuperJunior have announced their London tour date at Wembely Arena and tickets go on sale on Sunday. But aren’t they asking for too much?!

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Although I have not figured out if there will be early entry tickets, SuperJunior of SM Entertainment are charging between £56 – £156 for tickets to there first solo concert in London.

Aren’t K-Pop artists charging way too much for their London concerts?

Although I am not a K-pop lover, I forked out £100 to see BigBang last December. Now BigBangs rivals SuperJunior are also playing Wembely Arena.

I must admit I may be slightly biased when I say this but I refuse to pay more or the same amount as my BigBang ticket, for another K-Pop group.

I recently went to see Jay Park (you can read my review here), and I paid £60 for my ticket. Although I believe this price was slightly higher than I expected, I went along as I have loved Jay Park’s music and his body for years now & he finally came to London.

Although SuperJunior are more famous than Jay Park, they should consider that this is their first solo concert in London & many of their fans here are students and teenagers.

I am aware that K-Pop has a very strong fan base and fans are willing to pay a bit extra to see their favourite artists here. But £165?! Big international stars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift & Blink 182 haven’t ever priced their tickets that high.

As much as I’d love to see Siwon, I am not forking out that much for a group I do not listen to or know. And I don’t like seating at concerts so I won’t get the cheaper tickets.

How many of you are big fans of SuperJunior & are willing to spend that much money for them?

I like writing posts on the bus!

Goodnight from my seat on 243 on my way home!

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HELP!!

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago I wrote a little post called 진짜?! . Jay Park is coming to London and kindly enough Invase is running a competition for you & 3 friends to go on a date with Jay Park!

So I need your help with voting for my friends and I to win! He are currently in second place for the London date and we need as many votes as possible to help us win!

All you have to do is click on this link and like my friends post.

I would really appreciate all your help as I have been a fan of Jay Park for a long time and would love the chance to go on a date with him so I could interview him and confess my love! So please click on the link above and below and like the post to help us win!

https://www.facebook.com/louise.aphia/posts/571407432923518

Thank you!

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Hollywood Films, Korean Actors?

This post does not mean to offend or upset anyone who is reading. This post is solely my opinion.

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With the growing success of the Korean Wave, Korean artists such as Psy and BigBang are gaining more coverage and popularity in Western countries. But during my research in to my dissertation, I realised that the Korean Wave has been around before most of our favourite K-Pop groups and artists. The Korean Wave initially started with Korean Cinema.

Korean films gained popularity in Western countries in the early 2000’s. This lead to the rise in Korean actors wanting to be casts for Hollywood Movies. The increase in interest in Korean films made it possible for Korean actors to succeed in getting roles in Hollywood films. However, are they gaining recognition as being Korean?

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Last week I watched Fast & Furious 6. at the end of the film, it occurred to me that Sung Kang (Han in the films) is Korean. To be exact he is American Korean but what made me think was, in Fast & Furious 6 he is in China and of course he was in Japan in Tokyo Drift, but his character has never been stated to be Korean. In Fast & Furious, he actually has two names, Han Lue & Han Seoul-Oh. Obviously the later is a Korean name, but as the film does not mention that he is Korean, many people believe his character is Japanese. This made me realise that many Korean actors are cast in American films, but the characters they are cast for are very rarely Korean.

Now I know this isn’t important but it cropped up in my research for my dissertation. My dissertation was about how the Korean Wave has influenced adopted Koreans to connect with Korean culture. As the topic is under researched and specific, I needed to conduct in-depth interviews with adopted Koreans. One person I interviewed mentioned Korean actors in American films and this was really important.

To prove my point, listed below are a few examples of Korean actors in Hollywood films, being cast as non-Korean characters.

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Sung Kang – The Fast & The Furious series – Korean name but thought to be Japanese or in The Fast & The Furious 6 – Chinese
Rain – Ninja Assassin – Japanese
Sung Kang again – Ninja Assassin – Japanese
Randall Duk Kim – Ninja Assassin – Japanese
Lee Byung Hun (eek) – G.I. Joe – Japanese
Jong Dong Gun – The Warrior’s Way – Character name Yang – used by American directors when they don’t want to define the origin of Asian characters.
Leonardo Nam – The Fast & The Furious – Tokyo Drift – Japanese
Rick Yune – The Fast & The Furious (2001) – Vietnamese
James Kyson – TV Series Heroes – Japanese
Ken Jeong – The Hangover – Chinese
Bae Doona – Cloud Atlas – portrayed as 3 different characters with 3 different  ethnicities – Korean, Mexican and White (or possibly Mixed Race White & Black)
And many more.

Although my last example of Cloud Atlas is a bit more confusing.

However, as previously mentioned this post is not intended to offend anyone . I am not saying that Korean actors should only play Korean characters in Movies and TV shows, I just hope that American movie and TV shows can start to acknowledge Korea more in their films. There are, of course, films and TV shows such as Lost (starring Daniel Dae Kim & Kim Yun Jin), The Walking Dead (Starring Steven Yeun) and Film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (John Cho as leading character Harold). But, during research for my dissertation, I spoke to adopted Koreans who, in their childhood and teen years, looked for Korean role models in Hollywood films and TV Shows. One adopted Korean I interviewed stated that he:

‘looked for Korean role models but whenever I saw an Asian guy in a movie, he tended to be Japanese or Chinese. I knew I was Korean so finding a role model was important for me to feel connected to my culture. When I grew up, I realised that Rain from Ninja Assassin was actually Korean, but his character was Japanese. I feel like the younger generation of adopted Koreans are probably doing the same thing I did but are having no luck. It’s strange how there are a lot of Korean actors in American films, but they aren’t playing Korean characters’.

But in the end, I am proud of all of the actors and actresses listed above and others who are breaking into Hollywood films. They are truly great actors and I wish them success in the rest of their careers. Hopefully with the growth of the Korean Wave, more Hollywood films and TV series will include Koreans as Koreans and acknowledge Korea more.

BACK ROW: ELIZABETH MITCHELL, DANIEL DAE KIM, DOMINIC MONAGHAN, JORGE GARCIA, MICHAEL EMERSON, HENRY IAN CUSICK, EMILIE DE RAVIN; FRONT ROW: YUNJIN KIM, MATTHEW FOX, JACK BENDER, CARLTON CUSE, DAMON LINDELOF, EVANGELINE LILLY, JOSH HOLLOWAY