40 Asian guys hotter than 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, Blake Shelton.

I saw a list of the 10 hottest Asian guys sexier than Blake Shelton, and I thought how could they stop at just 10? So here is my list of 40 of the hottest men on the planet that just happen to be Asian. Steve Harvey doesn't know what he's talking about.

 

 SIWON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: SHE WAS PRETTY (AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU EVER SEE HIM IN)

SIWON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: SHE WAS PRETTY (AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU EVER SEE HIM IN)

TOP

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MUSIC VIDEO BEAUTIFUL HANGOVER AND TURN IT UP

 

 

 AARON YAN  COUNTRY: TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL IN LUST WITH HIM IN: JUST YOU

AARON YAN

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL IN LUST WITH HIM IN: JUST YOU

 

 

 TAKESHI KANESHIRO  COUNTRY: TAIWAN/JAPAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

TAKESHI KANESHIRO

COUNTRY: TAIWAN/JAPAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

 RAP MONSTER  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MUSIC VIDEO BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS (AND ANYTIME YOU  HEAR HIM TALK)  (ONE OF MY TOP CRUSHES)

RAP MONSTER

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MUSIC VIDEO BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS (AND ANYTIME YOU  HEAR HIM TALK)

(ONE OF MY TOP CRUSHES)

 YANG YANG  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LOVE 020

YANG YANG

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LOVE 020

 JI CHANG WOOK  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HEALER

JI CHANG WOOK

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HEALER

 JUNHO  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CHIEF KIM (AND EVERY TIME HE SMILES)  (MY TOP CRUSH)

JUNHO

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CHIEF KIM (AND EVERY TIME HE SMILES)

(MY TOP CRUSH)

 ROY CHIU  COUNTRY: TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MISS ROSE

ROY CHIU

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MISS ROSE

 SONG JOONG KI  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN

SONG JOONG KI

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN

 PARK HYUN SIK  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON (AND EVERY DRAMA HE'S EVER BEEN IN)

PARK HYUN SIK

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON (AND EVERY DRAMA HE'S EVER BEEN IN)

 BARON CHEN  COUNTRY: TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: BROMANCE

BARON CHEN

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: BROMANCE

 CHEN XIANG  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LOVE WEAVES THROUGH A MILLENNIUM

CHEN XIANG

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LOVE WEAVES THROUGH A MILLENNIUM

 SUNG JOON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: I NEED ROMANCE 3

SUNG JOON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: I NEED ROMANCE 3

 TAO  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MUSIC VIDEO CALL ME BABY

TAO

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MUSIC VIDEO CALL ME BABY

 SEO KANG JOON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ENTOURAGE (KDRAMA NOT THE US VERSION)

SEO KANG JOON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ENTOURAGE (KDRAMA NOT THE US VERSION)

 GONG YOO  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: COFFEE PRINCE

GONG YOO

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: COFFEE PRINCE

 TAECYEON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LET'S FIGHT GHOST

TAECYEON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LET'S FIGHT GHOST

 HA SUK JIN  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: 1% OF SOMETHING

HA SUK JIN

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: 1% OF SOMETHING

 JACKSON  COUNTRY: HONG KONG  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ROOMMATES

JACKSON

COUNTRY: HONG KONG

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ROOMMATES

 YOO AH IN  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: SUNGKYUNKWAN SCANDAL

YOO AH IN

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: SUNGKYUNKWAN SCANDAL

 LI YIFENG  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: FALL IN LOVE LIKE A STAR

LI YIFENG

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: FALL IN LOVE LIKE A STAR

 PANG HAN CHEN  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MY MR. MERMAID

PANG HAN CHEN

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MY MR. MERMAID

 CHOI MIN HO  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HWARANG

CHOI MIN HO

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: HWARANG

 YONGHWA  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: THE PACKAGE

YONGHWA

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: THE PACKAGE

 BOLIN CHEN  COUNTRY: TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: IN TIME WITH YOU

BOLIN CHEN

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: IN TIME WITH YOU

 LEE JOON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: FATHER IS STRANGE

LEE JOON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: FATHER IS STRANGE

 MIKE D'ANGELO  COUNTRY: THAILAND  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LITTLE VALENTINE

MIKE D'ANGELO

COUNTRY: THAILAND

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: LITTLE VALENTINE

 RAIN  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU 'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: NINJA ASSASSIN

RAIN

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU 'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: NINJA ASSASSIN

 CHA SEUNG WON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: THE GREATEST LOVE (ALTHOUGH I PREFER YOU'RE ALL SURROUNDED)

CHA SEUNG WON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: THE GREATEST LOVE (ALTHOUGH I PREFER YOU'RE ALL SURROUNDED)

 WANG ZI  COUNTRY: TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ATTENTION LOVE

WANG ZI

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: ATTENTION LOVE

 SONG SEUNG HYUN  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: BLACK

SONG SEUNG HYUN

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: BLACK

 DANIEL HENNEY  COUNTRY:AMERICA/ SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CRIMINAL MINDS

DANIEL HENNEY

COUNTRY:AMERICA/ SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CRIMINAL MINDS

 SUNG HOON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MY SECRET ROMANCE

SUNG HOON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: MY SECRET ROMANCE

 DANIEL PADILLA  COUNTRY: PHILIPPINES  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

DANIEL PADILLA

COUNTRY: PHILIPPINES

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

 ERIC MOON  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: DISCOVERY OF ROMANCE

ERIC MOON

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: DISCOVERY OF ROMANCE

 HUANG XIAMING  COUNTRY: CHINA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CRUEL ROMANCE

HUANG XIAMING

COUNTRY: CHINA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CRUEL ROMANCE

 NAM GOONG MIN  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CHIEF KIM

NAM GOONG MIN

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CHIEF KIM

 NICKHUN  COUNTRY: THAILAND  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: JAE6 VLOG ON YOUTUBE (DANGEROUSLY CUTE INTERVIEW)

NICKHUN

COUNTRY: THAILAND

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: JAE6 VLOG ON YOUTUBE (DANGEROUSLY CUTE INTERVIEW)

 LEE JOON GI  COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: TWO WEEKS (AND ANY VARIETY SHOW APPEARANCE)

LEE JOON GI

COUNTRY: SOUTH KOREA

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: TWO WEEKS (AND ANY VARIETY SHOW APPEARANCE)

 MIKE HE  COUNTRY:TAIWAN  YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CAMBRIAN PERIOD (DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP IT ISN'T CHINESE EROTICA)

MIKE HE

COUNTRY:TAIWAN

YOU'LL FALL FOR HIM IN: CAMBRIAN PERIOD (DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP IT ISN'T CHINESE EROTICA)

This was in no way a complete list, but I had to stop somewhere. It took me hours just to compile this. If I was to include all the sexy, smart, talented, and well-mannered Asian men I would have to write a phone book, and I sadly don't have time for that. I hope you enjoyed this list and let me hear in the comments, who your favorites are.

Deliciousness-Popcorn edition

Along the lines of "so delicious it should be illegal" is Pop! Gourmet Popcorn in White Truffle Bliss. I had never experienced the rich flavor of Truffles before, but this popcorn made me a convert. Even though I'm a writer, I am not a foodie, so how to describe the flavor of truffles if you've never experienced it, escapes me. I will say though that it reminds me subtly of bacon. Am I the only one? It's so addictive there is no way to not finish the whole bag once you start. Each piece of popcorn is perfectly popped and lightly salted with truffle salt. I wish they sold this in movie theaters. popcorn

My love of this popcorn prompted a hopeless search for truffle oil. Why hopeless? Due to the high expense of real truffles, most truffle oils are made with chemicals and aromas to resemble the real thing. I eventually caved and bought one of these imposters, and an oil sprayer for my new gourmet purchase. Once home I excitedly opened the bottle and took a whiff. ICK!!! While I could detect the faint resemblance to truffle oil, I couldn't get past the overwhelming chemical overtones, and the flavor was no better. I sadly chucked my faux truffle oil into the trash along with my my dreams of home made truffle fries and popcorn.

Anyways, back to Pop! Gourmet Popcorn. Unfortunately it's incredibly hard to find this brand depending on where you live. The one store I had discovered it at stopped carrying it, and I wonder if the slightly higher price point for a smallish to medium bag (compared to some competitors) is the reason. Regardless next time I find it I am stocking up and if you want to experience heavenly popcorn goodness, you should too.

Things I find delicious

Under the category "Things I find delicious" I just have to have a sub-category "Men so hot it should be illegal". There are some things in this world that are just so amazing, so delicious, so sexy, they should be illegal. I'm talking about men of course. With my love of Kdrama and Kpop it should be no surprise that Korean men dominate my MOST WANTED list.

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If you haven't caught the Kwave yet, don't worry you will, and one of these guys may be the reason why. For many, myself included, Rain is their first Kcrush.

rain

This quadruple threat is everywhere-Actor, singer, dancer, martial artist. You might get your first glimpse of him in American movies like The Prince, Ninja Assassin, or Speed Racer. If you've caught the Kdrama bug already, it could be one of his many Kdramas like Full House or the one that suckered me in, Runaway Plan B. Last but not least it could be his music videos. With his unparallelled dance skills and soulful voice, he's hard to resist.

I'll close this post on my first Kcrush with one of Rain's many sexy music video's.

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Poseidon

http://www.viki.com/videos/147507v-poseidon-episode-1 I love this show, and it easily made it  into my top 10 Kdramas of all time. It's like a great summertime movie. It has action, romance, intrigue and some great fight scenes. There are only 16 episodes so it's got a great quick flow to it. I also love the OST, it fits perfectly with the show.

Here is a synopsis from an online source with some changes by me since it wasn't explaining it accurately.

This drama is the story of  members of the coast guard. The drama is based on the special duties of the Korean Coast Guard officers (rescues, terrorism threats, and other special missions) and also their obstacle in life and love. The drama takes its name from the Poseidon Team,  two men within the coast guard. Using the strong bonds of humanity as a basis, and through the challenges faced by the protagonists and their spirit of self-sacrifice, the drama movingly shows the significance of life and the stories of how people overcome obstacles in life.

Kim Sun Woo, played by Siwon of Kpop band Super Junior, joins the sea special attack team. Sun Woo works as a promising commando, but he unexpectedly loses a comrade due to an undercover mission he wasn't supposed to be running. He is demoted and is sent to a maritime police office in Gunsan city. Sun Woo’s passion cools down and he slowly loses his vision as a maritime policeman. Then one day, Jung Ryul, who lost his wife to the same people who killed Sun Woo's co-worker,  has formed a new crime investigation section in Incheon city, visits Sun Woo and asks him to join the team. Sun Woo's love interest is a co-worker who is a pretty and feisty girl who loves to box as a hobby. With time she knocks him out in every way. Literally.

It's hard to lose with a Kdrama that has one of South Korea's  great treasures aka Siwon. While you could probably be happy with Siwon just standing around, flashing some of the cutest dimples on the planet, luckily you don't have to. Siwon does a phenomenal job as a good  officer who is willing to get a little dirty to get the bad guy. The heroine is one of my favorites of all the kdramas I've seen, she's strong, passionate, and doesn't take any crap from the hero. Poseidon has a great pace, attractive actors and actresses, great acting and writing. You can't ask for more, and I really can't think of any complaints. Oh there is one. No kiss scene...... Oh Siwon you are such a tease.

But I can promise there are some kiss scenes in my books...Anne Violet Amazon Author Page

poseidon

You're Beautiful

There are several Kdramas that are in most people's top 5 favorites of all time, and You're Beautiful is one of them. It has a gorgeous cast, great OST (original sound track), and fun story. It's a real joy to watch and I've seen it more times than I want to admit. Jang Geun Suk plays a wonderfully flawed but captivating hero. One thing the Hong sisters (the writers of You're Beautiful), are exceptional at is writing incredibly flawed but still appealing heroes. http://www.viki.com/videos/82792v-youre-beautiful-episode-1

Here is the synopsis from Viki.com

Go Mi Nam, whose name literally means “handsome,” has it all – good looks, a place on the teenage idol boy band A.N.Jell, and legions of fans. But when a plastic surgery procedure gets botched, he is forced to secretly go to the United States to have it corrected. The band manager asks Mi Nam’s twin sister, Mi Nyu (Park Shin Hye), to pose as Mi Nam and take over his place in the band. As she tries to pretend to be a guy among the other band members – Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk), Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa of CN Blue) and Jeremy (Lee Hong Ki of F.T. Island) – Mi Nyu causes problems within the band because some of the members know her real identity and some do not. Can the band survive the infiltration by a female or will it implode? “You’re Beautiful” is a 2009 South Korean drama series directed by Hong Sung Chang. The show won numerous awards for its stars in 2009.

This show is enjoyable with its romance and comedic scenes the whole way through. While it is somewhat hard to believe that anyone could mistake her for a guy, you are willing to go for the ride. It's hard not to want Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye to date in real life  because they have an adorable chemistry, but like many girls you may find yourself rooting for the second lead played by Yong Hwa of Kpop group CNBlue. My only complaints would be the over naivete of the heroine (very common in kdrama), and that in the last couple episodes their reason for staying apart was a little weak in my opinion. It does have a wonderful happy ending in perfect harmony with who the characters really are.  You won't regret watching this one.

And if you're now in the mood for romance... Anne Violet Amazon Author Page

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My favorite Kdrama of all time--Faith

http://www.viki.com/videos/199084v-the-great-doctor-aka-faith-episode-1 Before reading this you may want to read my first post on Kdramas.

Warning--Spoilers included. Continue at your own risk.

Here is the synopsis from Viki.com for Faith--

A modern-day surgeon is kidnapped and taken back 700 years to the Goryeo Dynasty in Korean history. General Choi Young, a warrior, abducts Dr. Eun Soo and returns to his time period so that the doctor can save the injured Princess No Guk. Can Dr. Eun Soo do what is being asked of her and return to her own time period? Or will she have faith in her heart and stay in the past to help the king become a better ruler who cares for and heals his people, and the courage to love the stoic admiral?

Honestly before Faith I wasn't a big Lee Min Ho fan. I made the silly mistake of confusing the actor with the TKJ roles he tended to play, but his portrayal of Choi Young completely, and utterly, changed me. If I had to choose my favorite romantic hero of film or books I would choose him. His combination of honor, intelligence, bravery, and the twinkle in his eyes, melted my heart. To me the mark of a great actor is not emotional pyrotechnics, but what he can express with his face alone. It constantly amazes me how much Lee Min Ho  can express with the tiniest flicker of emotion in his eyes.

Okay enough fangirling and on to the review. I'm going to give just a summary opinion since there are many more sites that will give a play-by-play per episode review if that's what you want. Obviously since this is my favorite Kdrama of all time, I won't have many complaints. One of my few complaints with Faith is that in the beginning of the show our hero is apathetic, and it can be hard to get into a story where the hero has so little care for anything, but it doesn't stay that way for long. The other complaint for some, is that the heroine is mildly irritating at first, but if you put yourself in  her shoes it's completely understandable. This show becomes more addictive with each episode and the fact that it's loosely based on history, gives it a poignancy that a strictly fiction story may not.

There are two romances that develop in Faith and both grow in a believable way over time, and I love the fact that both couples work as partners with faith and trust in each other. This is not always common in Kdramas. The action is well balanced with heartfelt dialogue, and dramatic scenes, with a little humor here and there to lighten things up. You will love the friendships that develop, and you will adore the Wool Dal Chi warriors. The intrigue and sense of danger was weaved through out the story and rarely lets up. While some maybe unhappy that they didn't kiss at the end (I would've liked one too), considering that the general was a fairly stoic person, I thought it fit with his character. My only complaint at the end was the hero failing to win against the evil guy. We didn't get that satisfying feeling to watch him be killed by our hero, and after all the evil and harm that character did, his ending felt rather anti-climatic. This is a story that never leaves you. To this day I haven't found another drama I can like half as well.

faith

And if you're now in the mood for more paranormal romance or a Kdrama inspired contemporary... Anne Violet Amazon Author Page

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Shinee

If Big Bang or Block B has a little to much edge, or rapping for you, you might enjoy Kpop band Shinee. You can consider them the softer side of Kpop. They have gorgeous melodies and a smooth style. You might also enjoy their many sweet and funny appearances on Korean variety shows, like Hello Baby. [youtube=http://youtu.be/xzQ6pNlK7X0] Here is a Wikipedia's excerpt on them.

Shinee (pron.: /ˈʃn/ SHY-nee; Korean: 샤이니; Japanese: シャイニー; more commonly known and stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean contemporary R&B boy group under the management of SM Entertainment.[1] Formed in 2008, the group consists of Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. They made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo with their single, "Replay".

Since their debut, Shinee has released three full-length albums (with one being a separate double-album release), four mini-albums, one live album and various singles. They have also won many awards, held three concert tours and starred in their own reality shows. Shinee is considered to be a fashion icon having started the "Shinee Trend"[2] and are known for their highly synchronized and complicated dancing.

shinee

Kpop band Block B

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Block B is my second favorite band, and interestingly they get a lot of comparisons to Big Bang. I can see why this is, but I definitely think Block B has their own charm and style.

 

Again, to make it faster for me I am including an excerpt of Wikipedia on Block B with a couple of additional notes from me.

 

Block B (Hangul: 블락비) is a South Korean group created by Cho PD under his label Brand New Stardom. On April 15, 2011, they made their debut on KBS Music Bank with their promotional single, "Freeze!" ("그대로멈춰라!"). The group consists of seven members: Zico (Woo Jiho) the leader, Lee Taeil, B-Bomb (Lee Minhyuk), Ahn Jaehyo, U-Kwon (Kim Yukwon), Park Kyung rapper, and P.O (Pyo Jihoon) rapper. The members of Block B have dancing, rapping, composing, and singing experience.

 

They are a newer band with not a lot of music or videos out, but what they do have is definitely addictive. Narina and Nillili Mambo in particular will refuse to leave your head for weeks. The videos are great too. They’ve also done several variety shows like MTV Match Ups. Their recent album named Blockbuster released in 2012, was able to reach #10 on the "Billboards World Album Chart". In this new album, the band members were heavily involved in writing and producing, and I think that individuality shows in the music. I look forward to anything they do in the future.

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My favorite band Big Bang

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Nope, I'm not talking about the TV show, or the scientific theory; I'm talking about the Korean band Big Bang.

I will list the members of Big Bang by oldest to youngest, stage name first, then real name in an English name order. In Korea it would be last name first.  

TOP, Seung Hyun Choi--songwriter, rapper, actor and model

Gdragon, also goes by GD— Ji yong Kwon—the leader of Big Bang, songwriter, singer/rapper

Taeyang, Young Bae Dong— singer, dancer

Daesung, Dae Sung Kang--singer, actor

Victory, Seung Hyun Lee –singer, actor, host

 

I am including Wikipedia’s excerpt about Big Bang too, since it has a lot of great information.  

Big Bang or Bigbang (Korean: 빅뱅; stylized as BIGBANG) is a South Korean male group under the management of YG Entertainment. Formed in 2006, the group consists of G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri. Big Bang is known for their unique urban-originated music and fashion style. The members' involvement in composing and producing their own music, most notably leader G-Dragon, has earned the group respect and praise from music industry experts.

The group's turning point came with their hit song Lies, which stayed at number one on Korean charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks. Their follow up releases, Hot Issue and Stand Up, furthered their success, spawning hits such as Last Farewell and Haru Haru.[4] From 2007 to 2008, Big Bang received many awards, including "Best Male Group", "Song of the Year", "Artist of the Year", and the Grand Award at the Seoul Music Awards.

From 2009 to 2010, Big Bang expanded their endeavors to Japan, and were voted "the Korean group that Japanese fans wish to see the most". They became the first foreign group awarded "Best Newcomer" from the Japan Cable Broadcasting Station and "Best New Artist" at MTV Japan. Amidst their Japanese group promotions, the members branched out to do solo activities. Taeyang, G-Dragon, and Seungri have released solo albums. G-Dragon and T.O.P also collaborated on an album under the sub-unit GD & TOP. Seungri and Daesung have acted in both TV dramas and musicals. T.O.P became a highly acclaimed film star. Daesung also hosted many of Korea's most popular variety TV shows.

After nearly a two-year hiatus in Korea, Big Bang reunited in 2011 with their successful album Tonight. However, promotions were cut short when multiple members encountered legal issues. In November 2011, representing the Asia-Pacific region, Big Bang emerged as the inaugural "Best Worldwide Act" winner at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.[5][6][7] This was the first time in six months all five members were seen together. In 2012, Big Bang released their fifth Mini Album Alive in Korea and Japan before embarking on their first ever World Tour which concluded in early 2013.

 

          I was lucky enough to go to their sold out Alive concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and I can easily say I have never seen a band give so much on stage. The concert went on for at least three hours and they practically crawled off in exhaustion. Even though they are internationally popular they still have such a great appreciation of their fans. Their music is addictive and with their constant evolution you are kept continually enthralled. The bonds between the members will charm you, their variety show appearances will make you laugh, and their music will make you dance. Obviously I can’t hide how fangirl I am when it comes to Big Bang. I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do.

bigb fav pic of bb

 

Kpop is much more than Psy

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Most Americans only know Kpop because of Psy, but for those of us that discovered Kpop before him, we know there is so much more. The first Kpop artist I started listening to was Rain (internationally known singer, dancer, and actor from Korea). His Kdrama, Runaway Plan B, was also my first Kdrama. Rain, I blame you for my addiction to all things Korean. Anyways, many people find it strange that someone would listen to music when they don't know the words, but funnily they don't find it odd that people all over the world listen to American music and don't know English.

 

A quick background of the Kpop world—In Korea, much like the old Hollywood studio system, young people are recruited and put under contract and spend many years training. They get singing, dancing, instrument, and language training. You’ll find many Kpop artists who are multi-lingual. The band members are put together by the label and they live together in dorms, which can be great if you get along with all your members. There used to be a five year expiration date on Kpop bands, but no longer. The big three major entertainment labels in South Korea are—YG, SM, and JYP. You will often hear them referred to as the YG family or the SM family. Psy, Big Bang, and 2NE1 are part of the YG label aka family. Shinee, Girls Generation, and Super Junior are part of SM. 2PM, and MBLAQ are part of JYP.

 

An odd bit of info to be aware of—in South Korea when an artist comes out with a new song or album it’s termed a comeback, even if it hasn’t been that long since they last released something. It’s odd to Americans who are used to that term meaning someone who has been out of the industry for a long time. Here’s a fact you might want to know—South Korean males have a two year military requirement, and even celebrities have to do it. They are allowed to postpone up to two times, and then they have to enlist. Most Korean celebrities wait till they are in their mid to late twenties. Rain will finish his enlistment July 2013.

 

Believe it or not many Americans and non-Koreans are listening to Kpop. Why? Speaking in a general sense, Kpop is usually very upbeat and fun. The videos can be very colorful, sexy, fun, theatrical, and/or have great dance routines. Honestly I rarely look up the English subtitles or English lyrics unless it’s a band I really like. If you’re wondering where Kpop fans watch the videos, it’s no surprise, YouTube of course. Kpop is so popular that it’s pretty easy to find the music video you’re interested in with English subs if you want them.

 

Kpop fans are intensely passionate and loyal, and I think a part of that is the fact that Korean celebrity’s lives are much publicized. Take for instance my favorite band Big Bang. From their very beginning YG filmed a documentary of their recruitment and training all the way to their debut, and it doesn’t stop there. There is behind-the-scenes videos, videos where they are followed around in their daily schedule, videos of their tours and music videos, etc. In a way that you don’t see in America, you get the feeling you know your favorite band or actor, and so feel more involved with them. On the good side of that you have fans that become evangelists for your art: passionate, loyal and eager to help with their favorite’s success. On the negative there are the crazy fans that will stalk their obsession in a truly frightening way, although stalker fans are definitely not unique to Korea.

 

For many, the Kpop male style may take getting used to. Not only do most male kpop groups wear makeup, most noticeably eye-makeup, they can also, depending on the group, have very fashion forward style or androgynous style. One last thing to be aware of--in Korea it is very common to be physically affectionate with the same sex, it may look odd to some Americans who aren't used to it, but after some time, you'll find yourself impressed with their comfort in showing affection to their friends so publicly.

So are you curious to try out Kpop and don’t know where to start. I can help you with that. Obviously I am going to be biased to my own favorite groups, but I think I will make a whole separate post for that.   

 

 

 

 

Warning--Kdramas and Kpop are addictive.

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What are Kdrama and Kpop?

 

          The K is short for Korean in both words. A Kdrama is a Korean drama or better described as a Korean TV show that only lasts 16-50+ episodes. Don’t let the word drama fool you; it’s just a word that groups these, for lack of a better term, mini-series shows together. There are all types of Kdramas: historical, contemporary, family drama, comedies, rom-coms, etc.

 

Next you might wonder how Kdramas differ from American TV shows. Korea has many of the same type of shows as America: news, celebrity shows, soap operas etc., but Kdramas make up a huge part of their airtime as opposed to the rare mini-series in the U.S. They usually air 2 episodes a week and most foreigners watch them legally for free online. If a show is already finished and has English subtitles it will be available in its entirety. If it is currently airing you will have to wait for the website to sub it, unless you know Korean, but this usually only takes a of couple days. The popular websites to watch Kdramas are Viki.com, HULU.com, and Dramafever.com. Korea doesn’t have a rerun season like America; when a Kdrama ends another one begins, and all the major broadcast companies have their own dramas. Dramas are a huge business in Korea, and are internationally popular.

 

As to why they are addictive—First off, since there is a limited amount of episodes, each episode is working towards the end goal, and each episode usually ends on a cliffhanger. This leaves the audience feeling like they just have to see what happens next. If the whole show is finished this could lead you to marathoning the whole show. Add to that in many cases, great writing, beautiful actors, and no holds barred romance in many of the shows, and you have the Kdrama addiction. Just like in America they have just as many duds, but I’ve found myself pulled in and marathoning even the bad ones. I said they were addictive right? I will also warn you that there are a couple of typical story lines they use a lot, mostly the rich TKJ (my term meaning typical Kdrama jerk) and the impoverished, quirky, overly naïve heroine. As time goes by there has been a larger variety of strong heroines, and some very interesting story lines.  

 

In many ways Kdramas are the gateway drug to Kpop. As you are watching a drama, you’ll start dancing along to the soundtrack, and eventually you will start seeking out the bands whose sound you like. This is how it started for me. Damn you Kdramas; I rarely listen to anything other than Kpop now.

 

The only real negative to Kdramas is you may stop having a real life because of your addiction. Consider yourself warned.

And if you're interested in reading my kdrama inspired novel Love in the Country of Wine, here is the link. Purchase Love in the Country of Wine

 

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