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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hallyu is Hell Yeah!

excerpts from

"...The Korean wave refers to the recent surge of popularity (in) South Korean popular culture in other countries, especially Asian countries."

The term "Hallyu" (한류, 韓流, 韩流) was coined in mid 1999 by Beijing journalists startled by the growing popularity of South Koreans and South Korean goods in China.

(from Wikipedia...)

"...Success of Korean dramas, a market dominated by the youth, can be attributed to good looking actors and actresses who embody a number of traits that are very familiar to regular drama viewers and popular fantasies among women. Portrayed sensitivity and depth among male characters in Korean dramas attracts much of the female drama viewers."

Hee Hee.


"...Korean male celebrities are now among the highest-paid actors outside Hollywood. According to the South Korean media, Winter Sonata star Bae Yong Joon is now charging $5 million a film, the highest in Asia, not counting Jacky Chan and Jet Li, who received US$14 million for the Chinese film 'Warlords' and more for Hollywood films. At least nine other Korean male stars earn more than $10 million a year."

Y'know ... with so many of them out there now, doesn't it seem a bit foolish to make such a demand, considering Mr. Bae isn't the ONLY hot-ass Korean in the biz?

Now, THIS is funny ...

(from Wikipedia...)

"...In 2005, there were signs of a nascent backlash against the "Korean wave", initiated by Asian men who resented the "beautifying" of Korea by the media. The growing "Hallyu" wave mainly attracted female viewers, who become increasingly attracted to Korean male actors."

Jealousy ... I LOVE IT!! And, isn't it ironic, how the human mind works? I mean, up until this point, did those, same men EVER care about what a woman felt?

Can you hear the fellas in Asia, whining about something this ridiculous to their better half?

"C'mon baby! Life is boring, I suck, and this is as good as it gets 'til we die. What's so wrong with that? Why you wonna go & CHANGE things?"

Strange, too, that the tension between those, three nations (China, Korea, and Japan) has not changed much since before World War II, and yet the world keeps spinning.

As a woman, I'm naturally curious. What do you suppose Wikipedia would have to say about Hallyu if the situation were reversed, and it was the female of the actor species that happened to be the ones to burst onto the scene, to drive an entire race of starry-eyed men stark, raving mad? Should I believe that some Southeast Asian government officials would have still felt the need to threaten such evasive action as to BAN Korean broadcasts? Or, would there ever have been the need for the creation of a Japanese Manga that exploits the hateful propagation of all things Korean?

I doubt it.

You go, Song Il Gook! Pull back hard and sling those mighty, Jumong arrows at the silly critics while I bask in the glorious sunshine at a hotel on Fiji, sipping Coffee Prince specials.

Hyun Bin honey, come rub me down with some lotion. And DO keep bitching about how much weight I've gained.

That's right, force me to summon the REAL prince, Kim Nam Jin, to kick your spoiled, sexy ass from one end of this beach to the other.

And, while y'all are duking it out, Mr. bad-ass, cool name, Oh Ji Ho, will you please do something about Mr. Henney? That dazzling smile is about as blinding as the noon day sun. Thank you, incredible.

You two, exquisite sculptures just stand there and flex those muscles for me, while I gaze upon cutie-pie Lee Min Ki, who has graciously volunteered to keep that feather fan in motion.

has it suddenly become so hot around here, anyway?

"Hey! Kwon Hae Hyo! Get me another Mai-Tai, babe!"


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