There are suggestions in Korea to change the laws about military service which could possibly mean that a Kpop group as big as BTS would be exempt from military service. Read more here.
One of the big misconceptions about military service is that “everyone has to do it” so therefore Kpop groups should as well. But when you dig a bit deeper you realise there are already lots of exemptions and not all seem that fair. For example, classical musicians can be exempt when they win certain prizes. Should one type of music be seen as more important than another? The more we have been learning about exemptions the more we have changed our own opinions about whether all idols should have to do it. Watch the video to see us talk about it!
New video! Another podcast video where we chat about some topics. These are the easiest videos to edit at the moment and luckily Yul is happy enough to be in our arms quietly while we talk.
Interviewing Alice about BIGBANG
Hugh interviews Alice about BIGBANG and she goes past YG Entertainment again and asks about BIGBANG again…
What a crazy day it’s been! This story about Alice walking into YG Entertainment has blown up in the Korean media and there have been so many stories about it. We have been completely shocked at how many articles there have been and how many people are talking about it.
Some of them (like YTN) got the story right but others also had misinformation such as ‘MyKoreanHusband channel is run by Sophie’, or that Sophie and I are sisters. Also many Korean commenters are calling Alice a “foreign girl”, which is not true. Alice is Korean. It’s a good time to educate people about different types of Koreans. That’s always one of our goals with our YouTube channel is to educate about multiculturalism. Sophie really wanted to make another video with Alice so that we still had control of the narrative.
Since Sophie and the kids, Alice and Gyo, visited again on Sunday and the way to our apartment passes YG Entertainment, Alice again wanted to ask about BIGBANG. The security guard already knew what she wanted to ask as it was the same one from before! But he was still smiling. Alice was a bit sadder this time.
We show some clips of Alice at the BIGBANG concert in Sydney and dancing around to BIGBANG when she was younger. We got Hugh to interview her as she is more likely to answer his questions.
On another note: please don’t steal our videos. It’s been unfortunate that some people have taken some and then changed the story or deleted the real story. I do have an edited version of the original video that people can now use. It has embedded credits and our logo at the end. If you want to download this video and use it click here to download. You can use on other social media (but please don’t reupload on YouTube).
Luckily most of the attention has been very positive and it’s been great to see the response.
4 year old walks into YG Entertainment to ask if BIGBANG is there.
Most people will know Sophie and Han’s daughter Alice from several of our videos. The other week Sophie, Alice and baby Gyo were visiting us and the walk from the bus stop goes past YG Entertainment. Alice likes Bigbang and has even been to a Bigbang concert before so she knows the YG building as “Bigbang’s house”. As we were walking back from the shops and passing YG, Alice was asking about Bigbang. We told her that as it’s a Sunday they won’t be there (which is usually true). Since she is so confident she decided to walk right into the YG driveway and ask the security guard if they were there. The security guard was very nice to her but told her they aren’t there. Usually fans are stopped before getting that far but they let her in and the security guard had a smile on his face. Alice speaks more Korean than English so the whole exchange was in Korean.
I posted this video on Instagram and it got a great response so decided to post it on YouTube too. So many people relate to Alice wanting to see Bigbang. Even some Kpop news sites picked up the story.
Thank you to everyone for all the positive comments across social media. Her mother’s Instagram is here.
Here is a photo of Alice earlier in the day:
How much do you wish that you had the confidence of a 4 year old? haha
Most of you probably know that we live near YG Entertainment (big entertainment company for huge Kpop stars like BIGBANG) and somehow I became the person with the big scoop simply because I was walking by at the right time. The YG Building is famous for it’s unique design and as a must-see destination for Kpop fans visiting Korea. With so much success in recent years they have outgrown their building and have now started building a new one right next to the original one. While this was known, no one knew what the new building is going to look like. I was one of the first people to see the new design on the wall of the construction site. I tweeted it as I was walking home and very quickly had so many comments and retweets and even Kpop news sites using my photos!
Because it was funny and many people believing I had somehow illegally obtained secret information, I decided to make this video:
Just a little vlog about Pokemon Go finally being in South Korea. South Korea is very late getting Pokemon Go because of mapping concerns (to do with North Korea or something) but it’s finally here! On one of the coldest days! It was about -10 when we were walking around. Since YG Entertainment (entertainment company of massive stars like BIGBANG etc) is in our neighbourhood, we walked by to see what was there in the game.
That time Seungyoon from Winner sat next to me in a little ramen restaurant.
Occasionally we see Kpop stars around because we live near YG Entertainment. I don’t think those experiences are what fans from overseas think they will be. If a celebrity is all dressed up and looks happy to be photographed it’s okay to approach them. But the hat and mask look is usually very clear sign that they may not appreciate being approached, and that’s usually how celebrities look in public. It was pretty clear Seungyoon had just popped out to eat dinner quickly and was probably in middle of recording or something. I actually really like Winner so I really respect Kang Seungyoon and that made me not want to say anything at all. So I ignored him the whole time. Luckily I was with Hugh and Han, so I did actually talk to them and hopefully wasn’t as awkward as I portrayed myself in this comic.
I tweeted about it later because I know some Winner fans follow me and someone retweeted my tweet and said something like, “Oh my life goal happened to someone else!” It made me laugh and hopefully it was a joke and they want more out of life than just eating Japanee ramen next a Kpop star.