People think you are weird for liking K-pop, particularly when you are African like me and don’t fit the part.
I constantly struggle feeling like an outcast every time I mention that I like this genre of music.
People will label you a “Koreaboo” – a mocking term used to describe overzealous fans who abandon their own culture in exchange for another.
Wanting to go to Korea but being too broke? K-pop fans know the feeling,.
You know you have hit rock bottom when you look at travel apps and plan trips you will never go on.
A fierce competition that’s not for the faint hearted, chances that many artists will not visit your country but on the rare occasion they do, it is a race where a matter of minutes could decide whether or not you get a ticket.
Glow sticks, headbands, posters and app-based games – shipping costs are a K-pop fan’s worst enemy.
Me explaining why I need a TAEHYUNG card and arguing that I DON’T need 4,000 Jin cards:
If you live in South Korea that’s great but if you don’t- tough luck, get ready to fork out money. It is not cheap, but don’t fret. This is where group orders and fan sites come in handy.
Winged eyeliners, gradient lips, dewy skin: some people can pull it off and props to them, but when you look like the farthest thing from Asian you risk opening a can of worms about cultural appropriation.
This is exactly how my parents, my siblings, my non-kpop friends and basically anyone outside the fandom imagine me and other fans to be like pic.twitter.com/cjI42ICiPe