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Jay Park – First London concert

It is not often that I write a blog post straight after an event, but this is a must.

I am writing this as I sit on a 27 bus heading home after a long day of waiting to see Jay Park. All I can think of is how amazing Jay was and how much my feet hurt.

Jay turned to Twitter in the early hours of the 21st of September & mentioned that he has been ill for a few days now. I was worried that he would strain himself & not be able to perform well, but nope.

Jay was amazing! He only had one hitch up with his voice but his performance was out standing.

I’m not the biggest K-Pop fan & I guess that is why I like Jay’s music because it’s more western. From singing; to rapping; to dancing; and even taking off his shirt after I shouted it to him about 10 times, this concert was one that I probably won’t forget.

This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.
This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.

The opening act called Victor, who are a boy band which I have never heard of before were cute. They were great dancers and although you could tell they are new to the game, their excitement and eagerness showed during their performance. The Twins (both wearing hats in the picture below), although I am usually scared of twins, were outstanding dancers, so much so that I didn’t get freaked out by their resemblance. Amazing dancers.

This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit if used.
This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.

Although the concert was short, only lasting two hours with a 30 minute interval, I enjoyed my time and am glad that Jay came to London.

Unfortunately there was not an encore, probably due to lack of enthusiasm from the audience & the fact Jay is not well.

One thing I would like to mention is that this is Invazi’s first event in London and although I am glad they made it possible for Jay to come here, it seemed a bit un-organized and you could tell it was set up by people who are new to event management.

Ways to improve would be to add one more supporting act to make the concert longer and don’t organise an after party event right after the concert. Also, Invazi were not clear on information about meet & greet winners. It would have been good to have the winners announced on the website and state if winners had to pay to go to the after party for the meet & greet.

Also while I’m at it, if I was the organiser of the after party I would make it 21+ event!

Regardless though, Jay did an amazing job and I am glad I finally got to see him perform!

Excellent performer!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ll definitely pay to see you again Jay! Next time will be in Korea =P

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This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.
Posted in K-Pop

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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Finally!

After waiting for years to hear Jay Park even mention a European tour, I have just purchased my ticket to see him in London this September!

Jay announced on the 21st of July that he would be gracing English land with his presence. But there were problems and delays in information and tickets going on sale. They were originally set to be on sale at the end of July but was postponed due to problems with venue and seating plan confirmation.

Today tickets went on sale at 10am this morning and I purchased my ticket at 10:10am (die hard fan). Standing tickets were priced at £50.00 plus a £5.75 booking fee. I am pleased with the ticket price as everything seems cheap after paying shy of £100 for a standing ticket to see Big Bang last December (It was totally worth it though!).

So I look forward to the 21st of September! See you soon Jay!

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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.

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