2.09.2012

Jay Park 'Know Your Name'

This video has every Black K-pop fangirl squeeing.


You see, the main (only?) female dancer is a Black woman. I'm just the slightest bit disappointed because I was led to believe that Jay Park kisses this Black woman in the video. I didn't see the kiss though, did you?

This is what I want to see more of, this is what I was talking about in this post. Jay Park is USAmerican but this song is for the S. Korean music market. I'm waiting to see if there'll be any backlash, though knowing the K-pop fandom the backlash is most likely going to be coming from non-Korean fans mostly based in the USA.

ETA: The dancer in the video is Mauika Hicks, she's also on Twitter. Thanks modest-goddess!

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  1. Yes, there wasn't any kiss, but hey, we have to start somewhere. :)

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    1. I will be very surprised if there is none.

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    2. so far, all the comments on youtube are supportive. I saw one that was like "i'm not black, but finally, someone whose not asian"

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  3. The comments have been pretty positive. If there was a kiss, I don't know how those fangirls would react! Like Class of 13 said "We have to start somewhere." Hell, everybody can't be Monsieur Nov. ;-)

    I'm not crazy about the song, but I do like the video.

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  4. I agree with the comments here. I just want to add that there would probably be more backlash if the Black woman was his love interest and he was holding/kissing/etc with her like the other Asian women in his videos.... I can only imagine if the women in this version of the video was Black...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCVzvvlMdkM&feature=relmfu

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  5. I was surprised to see the amount of support Jay has gotten off YouTube. A few of them were not Black,but I still wondering with ..so far..the majority of fans voting him in, I wondering if they are majority Black? It would be nice if there are a mix in it. As we all know, a great deal of them have been hostile towards Black women being with their favorite Kpop singers.

    I was pleased to see the Black dancer played lead in his video, I'm still waiting for a Kpop video showing them kissing.I'm still waiting for that moment.

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  6. Wow! Not only was she black, but she was a real black woman. You know... none of that paper bag test/need to squint/must wikipedia the dancer only to find out she's 11.3% black/is she or isn't she type stuff like we see in US based videos. This dancer was brown skinned and had a beautiful shape, too.

    OK, it wasn't super romantic, but she was the ONLY girl in the whole video, which is huge. I was just reading a while back about black Kpop fangirls saying how they hated being like Where's Waldo in Kpop videos. Well, we got our wish! She's the lead female in the video! I would not expect a kiss because I haven't seen much kissing in Kpop videos anyway (maybe because I only watch MVs for a few groups).

    "Know Your Name" is on his new album entitled "New Breed" I just bought it on iTunes, and I'd encourage you ladies to buy it too! I love Jay Park anyway and I bought his previous album, so I would have bought this one no matter what.

    However, I have a policy that when an Asian musician or actor actively supports AMBW, I actively support them in return. One of my favorite bloggers has pointed out that in a capitalist world, EVERYTHING is for sale, and what gets put up for sale is what makes money. Which means we can promote and normalize AMBW by putting our money where our mouth is. In the US a good chunk of Kpop fans are black. Plus white folks always want to copy what we do. If we come out in full force to support any Asian singer who highlights us (in a positive light) then the big dogs in Seoul WILL notice and WILL focus on giving us what we want- hot Asian musicians with beautiful and talented black women, on the global stage.

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    1. Exactly - Blasians have to put their money where their mouths are. If you see good Blasian media, shell out. If you feel excluded, withhold, and talk about it in blogs and forums.

      Some of Kpop's biggest supporters in the US are Black females. And Kpop has a LOT of supporters in the US. The industry keeps saying it's all about the money, so it needs to chase the money and give some of us what we want.

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  7. Not a fan of Jay Park (and this song isn't doing him any favors) buuuutt I'm glad the dancer is front and center. As for a black woman becoming a love interest, it may happen someday. Just not today. Baby steps for now.

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    1. Funny story - I don't even like Kpop. I just like the guys. I don't much care for Jay Park's music but the more Black women I see in his vids, the more I'm willing to financially support his career.

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    2. The men are great eye candy. For some reason I cannot get deep into K-pop. I only got as far as Rain and MBLAQ. A little BoA and Minwoo in the past but that's about it. Everything else is just . . . blah. No bueno.

      I'm hoping Jay will continue to have black women in his videos and this isn't a one time deal. I would support him as well if he does. Who knows, maybe he will have a black woman as a love interest one of these days.

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    3. Well he DID have a black girl as the SOLE female dancer in the first single on his new album!!! And the song is about a girl being beautiful and him wanting to get with her.... so that is huge.

      This is not the bubblegum Jay Park we've seen before! I was worried that this album was going to be all hardcore rap, judging by the intro track. There are some gangsta rap type songs on there, but the album has lots of songs that remind of D'angelo's Brown Sugar- a laid back, smooth feeling with very catchy beats. I'm bad at describing music, but I already knew when I was halfway through the album that I will be playing New Breed in heavy rotation for months.

      Even if you are not a huge fan, the single is only a dollar, maybe $1.29 I can't recall exactly. But it's the price of a soda from a vending machine, to say you support AMBW. Many of us would give this amount of spare change to a bum on the street- but won't pay this piddling amount to support our own interests!!!!

      The more this single sells, the more black dancers we will see in Kpop, and the closer we get to seeing that Love Song type vid featuring a black woman. They aren't going to film that tender romantic AMBW music video UNLESS and UNTIL they know that black Kpop fans are watching, listening and buying.

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  8. I've seen a few back handed compliments, but nothing major. I do think if she was the love interest, things would be quite different.

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    1. If the comments on youtube are supportive or not doesn't add up to a hill of beans. I personally don't get riled up every time some obnoxious hater says something racist on youtube, as long as the big picture is supportive and uplifting for black women.

      It's whether the sales roll in that will determine if/when we see a black woman being shown as the love interest in Kpop. I'd love to see a MV like Rain's Love Song, but with a black woman and a Kpop idol. However, if this single and album don't sell, we'll have to wait longer to get to that day.

      I love how he says "so beautiful" in the song's chorus, with a black woman as the female lead. YES!

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    2. If the single and album don't sell, it'll be partially BW's fault. These relationships are two-way. If we want to see more, we gotta pay more.

      And the moment we don't see, we don't pay.

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  9. I saw this video and I support Jay park because I think the kid has a lot of potential. I liked his previous album "Take A Deeper Look". I thought it was a solid effort & some of the tracks on his new album are pretty good as well. I was pleasantly surprised by this video. The female dancer is bad ass and handles her bsuiness like a pro.

    I've been checking some of the reactions in online comms and they've been pretty decent. I think we have to expand the critics to English speakers both in the US & Abroad. It's not just US K Pop fans who sound off w/racist nonsense. Some of their English speaking cohorts who commune on these English language sites do as well.

    There are (2) versions of the song, we'll see what gets released in SK. I'll be watching w/interest.

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  10. the dancer in the video is Mauika Hicks
    https://twitter.com/#!/Mauika_Lecole

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  11. Rain, Se7en and now Jay are Kpop artists that I have my support.

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  12. Not saying that I'm not happy, but if you look he has 2 versions of the song. One is the dance one with the black girl the other the acoustic with a Korean girl in a cute coffee shop. I was just as excited as everyone else until I saw the acoustic version. It was almost like the black girl was good enough for the "sexy" dance version and not the "cute coffee shop" version. I guess I'm just happy that they didn't have her doing any thing extreme or foolish in the video. I hope to see more people of color in videos though. Not acting a fool of course or being portrayed in a stereotypical way. I'm not sure if anyone else feels this way, but I figured I could speak my mind about this here.

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    1. Omg, Kim, you understand me. When I saw the other version, they kissed and was all romantic with the Korean girl. I felt like the Black woman was good enough for the sexy video as expected but when it came down to the "girl you bring home to Mama" and sing love songs for, she isn't good or fitting for it. So, here again, she is only used for sexual purposes. Jay didn't do none of that hip thrusting in that acoustic version. This is just a food for thought. I'm happy that he featured her as his main lead girl but I just wish that someday, the same spot the cutesy Korean girl has, the black woman (and women of color) will have too.

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    2. I haven't seen the second version! This is the first time I'm hearing about it as well.

      I can understand how you feel, it's a very valid reason because in real life there are people who view Black women as only being the sexy ladies you want to dance and sleep with but not take home to Mama as Chanel said. Speaking honestly, 1) I don't think we'll be seeing any Black women in cute coffee shop versions of K-pop music videos any time soon and 2)I'd be giving more side eye if the lady in the acoustic version was white.

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    3. That is disappointing. I'm just glad that the version with a black girl wasn't more lurid than it was :-/ but that really sucks. Once again, the same old story of the black woman being good enough for freaky sex but not good enough for marriage rears its ugly head.

      Mandatory positive: for lots of Asian guys, the very ~possibility~ of ANY kind of relationship between them and a black woman has never crossed their minds, so the dance version is raising AMBW awareness in that regard. Many's the man who was attracted to a woman for sexual reasons and then fell in love and married her. Just trying to think positively.

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    4. I agree 100%. I don't think we'll be seeing any black women as romantic leads in any K Pop videos. It would have to take someone with a huge set of balls to pull that off. I've always liked jay and Se7en as well. I wonder if Rain would be willing to go 'there' in a music video?

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    5. Rain went there on stage with a black woman in front of an Asian audience. Their response was lukewarm, hence the hesitance & caution we see from these artists.

      Narrators, remember his 2007 Toyko performance?

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    6. Wow! Thanks for the clip Ankh. Interesting he chose the sista to end the routine. I saw a clip on youtube (It wasn't as good as this one) with same girl. There was also a white girl, and an Asian girl. No one uttered a peep when he was dancing with the White/Asian women. As soon as he approached the sista? Well, I think you know the outcome *eyeroll*

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    7. I think your critique of the two versions was really very astute, Kim. I watched both versions of the video, and the more I think about it the more the whole thing comes across as a kind of misguided nod to inclusion. I concede that I'm probably a decade and half beyond the target k-pop demo with respect to age, and as such, possibly too old and too cynical to give a credible review, but it just seemed like more of the same ol', same 'ol.

      Acoustic version treatment: saccharine, slightly retrograde notions of romantic love. The featured Korean actress is conventionally attractive (she resembles the generic "after shot" model used in advertisements for cosmetic surgery clinics that seem to be plastered on every urban street corner in Korea), fully clothed (she's wearing a blouse buttoned up to the neck, and an ankle-grazing skirt), and receives more than her fair share of close-up "beauty shots".

      Dance version treatment: Who do you call when you need someone to properly twerk it in your music video? Yup, that's right. Let me preface by saying that I'm not casting any aspersions against the obviously talented Ms. Hicks, nor is it my desire to police all public expressions of sexuality by black women in some kind of concession to black patriarchy and the "politics or black respectability". But in contrast to the acoustic version, Ms. Hicks is clad in hot pants, a midriff-baring top, and perched atop stiletto heeled boots. There is not one clear, lingering shot of her face to be had in the entire video, and the treatment made liberal use of particular shots of Jay's groin pointed conspicuously in the direction of Ms. Hicks' derriere.

      Is it Nelly swiping a credit card between the cheeks of some faceless black woman's behind? No. But to my eyes it seems like a tame recycling of certain tropes that proliferate stateside fare. Yet again, it reads like someone else projecting and monetizing their own ideas about black women's sexuality. Doesn't Jay come out of b-boy culture? The same b-boy culture in which women routinely perform with great athleticism and eschew a kind of overt, overwrought sexiness? Might it have been more constructive to use this opportunity to pay homage to the black women who pioneered this culture that so influenced him?

      Perhaps I'm just being an old crank, but I feel that the horse has left the barn with respect to black women's images in American made r&b and hip-hop. And frankly, it doesn't seem like there's any hope of reining it in anytime soon. So here we have this nascent genre (stateside at least), and if young black women really do constitute a significant part of its fanbase, then perhaps there's a chance of this turning out differently. I simply encourage young black girls to train a critical eye on the way their images are used or not used with respect to the way k-pop unfolds as it aims to "conquer" the international market.

      All I really want is a slice of pop culture that my 'tween niece, and young black girls generally, can delight in, that will fuel an age-appropriate inner fantasy life and provide something of an outlet for their adolescent angst, that doesn't encourage their erasure, nor cast aspersions on their inherent worth.

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      I do think that Jay and his handlers deserve credit for attempting to introduce some cosmopolitanism into the genre. He and his people also seem to have enough of a clue/conscience to realize that the massive appropriation of black song and dance by k-pop artists should not go unacknowledged. I just think the execution didn't fulfill its potential.

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    8. Whoops. Apologies for the long-winded post. I've just been thinking about this stuff a lot lately, so all of this kind of struck a nerve.

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  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=knFwCmpY_eg

    Found it on another site. A member of the group SHINee found a woman from Kenya caught his eye. I know not exactly perfect but it is progress. I don't know the show so hopefully someone can get better understanding of it.

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y310GTUiyFo&feature=related

      Sorry for multi post. This is from http://black-kpop-fans.tumblr.com site. A member from Super Junior agrees to marry a Black girl and even grabs and holds her hand as he plays like he is leading her off to get married. It was very cute.

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    2. Thanks for these Deedee. Sometimes when I start to feel down about the state of blasian affairs, just the memory of that Rain performance and that Onew clip (he is my bias all the more since I saw that clip a few months ago) will lift my spirits tremendously.

      I know for lots of guys, they are reluctant due to their OWN insecurity that they would be able to sexually satisfy a black woman. I'm not sure what we female blasianistas can do about that issue.

      For other guys, it's just lack of exposure. I was talking this over with a male Chinese friend of mine recently, and he told me how before he came to the US, he thought he never would want to be with a black girl :S but since coming here and meeting several awesome, beautiful and intelligent black women, he is fully on board with blasian lovin'. He wasn't just blowing smoke either, because I just saw him hitting on a black girl at a party the other night lol.

      So the battle is not fully won, but we are making inroads every day, just by existing. For instance, today I went to lunch with two Asian guy friends at a Chinese restaurant where most of the patrons are Asian. Multiple Asian guys were breaking their necks to look at my friends and I just hanging out, eating and joking together comfortably. That simple visual of me eating dim sum with my friends definitely raised the blasian awareness of the men in that restaurant. Who knows, some of them may have been feeling that it was impossible to find a black girl, but now they know better. :)

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    3. Omgee that clip! I've always liked Eufrasia but they don't give her enough camera time on that 미녀들의 수다. Also Onew did good, plus Eufrasia looked great in that clip. I wonder why it's only a few seconds long though, they could have interacted more!

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  14. Living in Korea, I have had positive responses to me being out with Korean guys. I have even been asked by other Korean women and older Korean women if I like Korean men. One even said I would introduce you to my brother but he is married now. I already got Korean grandmother approval which I mentioned in a post awhile back here. When I was with the Ex I saw another couple and they smiled at us. With Kevin, people automatically assume that we are together. The first time we met we saw a guy walk past the window glance over at us, then watch him get whiplash turning his head back to look at us and back up and stare at me with a smile as he walked past the window again. We had a good laugh at that.

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  15. My Korean college classmate and I started talking during dinner at a Chinese Christian Church and she was pleased to find out that I like a little bit of K-pop and tv dramas. She even asked me which male artists and actors I liked, to which she was even more happy about when I told her.

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  16. When my aunt lived in Korea, many guys would hit on her.
    I feel like, on the west coast, its more likely to be with an Asian. When I lived in California, there were AMBW relationships left and right.... adults and teens.(which I am) (there were also alot of Asian guys with Latinas) I have noticed that it's not like that on the east coast.

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    1. That's odd because I frequent NY alot (my family is from there/lives there)and there were AMBW couples EVERYWHERE I went. Happy Jay Park has this video despite what the second video is like because I've seen fancams/paparazzi shots of the Big Bang video shooting in Harlem and so far nothing but white girls in the video and I am freaking livid. This might be the one album I don't buy I'm so annoyed. Sad thing is a huge chunk of the fans out there in the cold screaming I love you are Black.

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    3. Excuse you LM. IB pointed out that in the fancams they've seen of the Big Bang video shot in Harlem most of the women featured were white. Why are you not asking why they are putting white girls in their videos if they are catering to a majority Asian female audience?

      Perhaps only white and Asian girls were interested. Perhaps the black girls were in another scene.

      You need to stop with this shit. I'm sorry but I just can't find the patience in me to deal with people that say nonsense like this. 'Perhaps Black girls were in another scene', seriously?

      It really doesn't have to make sense to you. It doesn't make sense to me that you seem to be okay with white women in ASIAN music videos while questioning a Black K-pop fan for hoping to see someone Black women in the same music videos. Another thing, K-pop these days is not created for a solely Asian audience. They are considering, and have started catering to their international audience which includes *gasp* Black women.

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    4. It's LM again.(at 6:48) I forgot to answer your question: Why are you not asking why they are putting white girls in their videos if they are catering to a majority Asian female audience?

      You and I both know how Asian view white people.

      White girls are acceptable in kpops videos. Eccentricyoruba, no need to cuss at me. I have an opinion that is different from yours and that is allowed, right? At the end of the day I am just trying to look out for the integrity of black women.

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    5. So the way Asians view white people makes it okay. That's some forward thinking right there but like you said it's your opinion and you're allowed to have a different view. I just don't like the fact that someone can make music started by Black people, be a-ok with taking my money for the albums, tours, merch etc., and yet have a section of their fan base be basically non existent in their videos (especially given where this video was shot and K-Pop going global). I also doubt no Black females did not audition even if was just fans who tried out.

      Vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L4clBv2jgJ4#!

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    7. I was born and raised in Harlem. There are a lot of beautiful Black and Latina's there. At the end of the day it's their video.I just find it interesting that they shoot a video in HARLEM of all places and there aren't any black or afro-latina's in the video.

      Just an observation.

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    8. LM

      At the end of the day I am just trying to look out for the integrity of black women.

      I won't lie, I don't see where you're coming from. It's definitely allowed for us to have different opinions. Like I said earlier, I'm sorry that I just couldn't help responding to your first comment the way I did. It was filled with the kind of words white identifying POC use. You saying 'perhaps the black girls were in another scene' reminds me of those who were trying to justify the whitewashing of Aang and other characters in the live action rendition of Avatar the Last Airbender, 'perhaps no Asian or Inuit actors came to audition for the role'.

      There's a word for what you're doing here, I'm not sure if it is derailing. I'm amazed at how you managed to reach the conclusion that some Black women don't feel good about ourselves unless we know we are desired by random Asian men. That's just silly. There is nothing self-hating about desiring to see people that look like you in the media you consume.

      White girls are acceptable in kpops videos.

      And this is somehow acceptable? This is in no way problematic? Korean musicians can appropriate aspects of African-American music and culture then add on a white face when they want to have 'global' appeal and this is perfectly okay. *SMDH*

      Whatever, you do you. Thank you for looking out for our integrity.

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      Thank you for that observation. Other Black Kpop fans have pointed out the same thing. They shot this video in Harlem! In New York! And here's someone trying to tell me that Black girls just disappeared and did not audition because they may have been 'on another scene' *kiss teeth*

      I've heard that Big Bang may have used a USAmerican agency to scout for the dancers and did not have any say in the selection. Who knows.

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    9. I wouldn't be surprised if an agency scouted for the girls in this video. The person who posted the video mentioned the clip was filmed in Brooklyn not Harlem (It looked like Washington Heights in Harlem in front of that clothing store) Either way the video was filmed in the hood. lol

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    Anonymous, use a name.

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  18. Yea Jay Park is my favorite Kpop artist and this is part of the reason why I love him so much. Because he understands that beauty is in every race. He's not white washed. Plus dude he's got swag!

    And I will buy his album because of the fact that she was in the video, I just wish that every race were represented in MV's like this. I'm talking women of all color and all mixes, I want that to come together too. But for now I'm enjoying this and will support it! I'm just happy to see more POC's in Kpop MVS. I'm pretty damn happy about this, when I first saw the video and saw the black woman dancing on there I hopped up and down because it projected a good image for not only black women BUT interracial relationships as well. I'm a heavy supporter of interracial relationships and marriages and I hate seeing people hating on interracial couples/marriages and biracial children. It drives me crazy when I see people and hear people say horrible things about interracial marriages/couples.

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  19. oh I'm about to double post here, but you know what why not complain about not seeing Black Women in Korean videos most of the time? And why would you want to question why a black woman is in a kpop video, why shouldn't she be there....I think the real question is why aren't more beautiful black women shown in Kpop vids more often.

    I think the real question should be, why shouldn't more women of color or men of color be shown in kpop videos why shouldn't they be depicted in these videos. WOC and MOC should be depicted just as equally as gorgeous Korean women are or even white women. The question should be why is equality in media so fucking scary to white people? Or even bigger question is Why is equality among different races so damn scary to white folks? But I think most of us know the answer to that one...if not...well just look around and you'll see it in almost anything you see or hear.

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    1. And why would you want to question why a black woman is in a kpop video, why shouldn't she be there....I think the real question is why aren't more beautiful black women shown in Kpop vids more often.

      THIS!

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  20. ***blog moderation note - EVERYBODY READ***

    Troll 101, people - if a random commenter comes to a Blasian blog and starts to bitch at the residents for their Blasian views, surveys says: TROLL.

    Granted, it's been a while since we got one of these, but hey...it happens.

    And when it happens, your job is to NOT feed the troll. Just ignore the comments and alert us of one's presence, and we will cleanse the area as soon as possible.

    I had my suspicions from get-go about "LM"; it sounded neither Black nor female. It didn't even sound intelligent or literate.

    Be vigilant, now....

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  21. "And this is somehow acceptable? This is in no way problematic? Korean musicians can appropriate aspects of African-American music and culture then add on a white face when they want to have 'global' appeal and this is perfectly okay. *SMDH*

    THIS statement right here^^. I've said it before and I will say it again. As K pop goes out into the world, they are not going to be prepared for the scrutiny or criticism. When you live in a vacuum of sycophants & ass kissers, those who think critically will come as a very unpleasant surprise.

    They aren't ready. They really aren't. You don't get to just take. That's not how it works. I am REALLY looking forward to the rest of 2012. On an interesting aside, JYJ is returning Stateside this summer to work on their 2nd English language album. Can not WAIT for the whining & complaining about the EBM yet again.

    Let the games begin!

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    1. Hmm.. I was just thinking about this.Slowly,but surely,its beginning to come to light like with the incident with Beast and their management wanting only with women to be in their video. This may be an age old newsstory,but after I looked at grandfather's past postings, I thought about this one. I'm quite sure there will be more to come about stories like this. Wouldn't be surprised if the racism by the fans and the industry get so bad that it will become international news...something that they wouldn't want on their record.

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  22. " As Kpop goes out into the world, they are not going to be prepared for the scrutiny or criticism"

    Agreed. I was thinking about the post that IB Anonymous have. I don't know about those Black fangirls who witnessed the making of Big Bang's video,but I would have felt absolutely insulted about it. Here they have all of these White extras in the middle of all places HARLEM! I almost laughed when I thought about it. How can you make a MV in a highly diverse place like that and barely have any Black women in it? I'm sorry ,everybody knows what color Harlem is and not to have some in it is a slap in the face.

    And that is another thing. Kpop wants to go international,but there is no way that they will make it past first base with that kind of racial bias. People are looking at them, seeing what they are going to say and how they will say it..they are being examined and they are not quite international yet. If this video is being made they way IB said it is, I wouldn't let it pass.

    I just find it funny what IB also said about those Black fangirls in terms of how many of them being there for the shoot.That should tell them something right there. Sure, it may be easier more acceptable in Korea or for overseas fans not to have Black women in their video,but it definitely doesn't mean it is right It is just internationally unacceptable. There may be a lot of non-Black overseas and American fans who support Kpop and that is just fine,but I believe that a large chunk of the support base are Black. Rain became more popular because of US. There have been Korean actors before him. Kpop was out before his name wasn't known,yet he is now Korea's golden boy. Even with Jay Park, a lot of his support from his video are coming from Black women! That should tell the Kpop industry something right there.

    Here is another thing that have been said about this issue: If were good enough to borrow our styles from, we should be good enough to be i those videos. It seems that so many of them are trying to make an impression with the Black American/American music community because they know that Black music has been out for a long time, long lasting and has far more a world appeal than most genres of music. For all the those in the Kpop management could know, some of those same American Black musicians they are trying to reach out to could also be observing what they are doing. If some of them are, I just cannot see these guys looking at these K-pop MV's and approve them. It's already hard enough for Asian singers to get in the American music industry and with the racial bias that seems to be the theme in most Kpop music videos, they are just making it triple as harder for themselves to get in.

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    1. Great points. Its because of Black women that dudes like Jon B. and Robin Thicke got as far as they got. Both featured black women in their videos as well.

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  23. Just to let you guys know I just found out that Jay Park's Know Your Name in on ban in Korea. I don't know why, I just heard it got banned in Korea. But I have a few guesses as to why it got banned it's a shake my head thing going. This ban smells of racism.

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    1. Its at a point where nothing in this K-Pop game surprises me anymore.

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    2. Steph,

      I smell it too, which is the primary reason why I'm through supporting the Kpop industry. They may be strict,but they have had other dancers do the same thing. Other than one dancer being Black and the other non-Black, what's the difference? Until they stop letting race and their fangirls control them, I will not support them.I will be getting my popcorn ready. I also wouldn't be surpised if this Kpop situation will become a Lou Jing like event.

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    3. YOu guys at frist I thought it was racism too but then someone had a video of and explained how they scrutinize korean music so bad that I thought it over apparently it was too sexy and hyuna bubble pop got banned too

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  24. Meanie

    I found this- http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/jay-parks-choreography-for-know-your-name-comes-under-fire

    Jay Park’s choreography for “Know Your Name” comes under fire

    Jay Park‘s choreography has come under fire for being too provocative.

    On February 16th, Jay Park performed his new song ‘Know Your Name‘ on Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘. While this comeback performance was noted for being fresh and exciting, it’s also drawn criticism for being too sexually suggestive.

    The dance in question revolves around a female dancer, who performs body waves against Jay Park’s body. The routine, which Jay himself has named as the ‘playing with fire dance‘, was said to be sexier than HyunA and Hyunseung‘s ‘Troublemaker‘ dance.

    In response to the controversy, his company released the following statement:

    “We are just expressing a dance that fits with the concept of the song. We do realize that there is a controversy regarding the sexual nature of the dance, but when the entire performance is taken into account, we are sure that the controversy will disappear.“

    Check out the performance below, and tell us if you think the dance routine is “too sexy”.

    You can also watch the performance.

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    SMDH!

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  25. I feel sorry for these guys. They can't even keep it Grown 'N Sexy without people blocking them. THESE ARE MEN!! Not children!Tell these nutty fangirls to fall back and let these men do their thing.

    I watched the live performance. One of the comments said: "Look what America has taught them!" Are you serious? Your Kpop idols were already freaks/Kinky. America ain't had shit to do with this.

    We 'midas well stick a fork in some of these guys careers. They're done.

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  26. I read it somewhere on tumblr, I'm trying to find it so I can provide the proof. However it is seeming like the author of the comment was wrong and deleted his or her post, however it is speculated that it will get banned because it was deemed too sexy...and that is was considered to be more sexual that HyunA's Troublemaker (which was practically porn if you ask me)

    here was where I found it: http://bubblypomegranate.tumblr.com/post/17692800688 (however it seems as though she is wrong)

    but I would definitely go onto twitter and see all the fuss. I'm not joking here's another one: http://jungeunji-social.tumblr.com/post/17780369108/hyunseung-social-jungeunji-social

    However it seems that it is more speculation than anything else. And I cannot find any definite proof that it is banned so I do not know where the first writer on tumblr got it from. I will continue to search for proof to see if any of the first tumblr person's claims are true if not then ...goddamn she got me nervous for nothing.

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  27. Scuse me I made a minor error I meant to say Tumblr not twitter. Whoops.

    However that link the Anon provided practically proved it for me. They're deeming it too sexy....And I don't understand how it is.

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  28. I know this is a late, BUT I went to his concert in D.C yesterday, and He DID dance with her. And they were closer together than in the music video. Also, her Butt is wayy bigger than what is shown in the music video. Me and my friends were like dayummmmm!

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    1. Have you heard his new Mix tape? (Folks are calling it a "Sex" Tape! lol) So he had her on stage with him? She has such a pretty face. I saw photos of her on Twitter. I'm sure they'll be video posted on YouTube, and fan girls will be hating as usual.

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  29. Oh yes I downloaded the mixtape the day it came out in Class. (die hard jay walker lol) and fan cams are already out, I have some that I could put up...
    Oh yeah, I was like 5 people away from him, that the hard core fangirls went crazy when he first came out. Like the entire area was pushing back and forth, and Jay was like "guys we are all family no need to push" Some of them fell down, and some were screaming OPPA, and some were crying.

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    1. Damn! I'm definitely going to be checking in on youtube! lol

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    2. Well there's more to come since today he's in NY and will soon be in San Fran, and in L.A I'm not sure if you will actually get to see the crowd though.

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  30. Jay says in an interview how he got to dance with her.
    http://youtu.be/PZYPJtJmC70

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  31. fancam of her performing with Jay live in the USA
    http://youtu.be/zEQEcbvQ49c?t=2m11s

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  32. I know this thread is dead by now but responding to the earlier replies of the backlash, I think the reason there wasn't too much of it is because he's not that "famous" for lack of a better word. He IS well known but he's not a "big" name. Think more in terms of Big Bang or SNSD using black male and female love interests, then I bet you then, all hell would break lose.

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