From a MOA

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    From a MOA: Male Gaze

    A friend of mine… Who am I a kidding. Another MOA brought up the subject of female gaze in Kpop. A loaded topic to be certain. I brought it up to my best friend, and their insight was eons of depth beyond what the initial subject was meant to be. It questioned the essence of intention of female gaze. To them, female gaze is a term that undermines the significance of the term male gaze. To them, male gaze was coined to describe the long, long history of male gaze being forced upon the majority of the world by patriarchy. The lighthearted usage of female gaze implies that gaze can…

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    From a MOA: American Capitalism and Kpop

    The phenomenon of English songs and collabs is so…. I don’t really have the words if I’m honest. It’s not all bad, and it’s not all good, truly. As a Korean and long time fan, I have to admit, I don’t feel only happiness at the prevalence of kpop within North American spheres. Specifically North American ones, the others I don’t mind very much. North American success feels like a little medal of valour companies scrounge to attain, and at time it feels as if it cheapens the essence of Korean pop. Then again, the idols who train years to perform often grew up looking up to all the artists…

  • TXT Concept: Reality. All 5 members walking away from the camera, backs turned.
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    The Name Chapter: FREEFALL

    The album is out and it is almost everything I could hope it is! The title track is efficiently catchy and the choreo even has some vague voguing, which is truly not common from a boy group. Personally this is my ranking for all the songs on the album: I refuse to rank the English Version, Back For More and Do It Like That. They are not a part of this album to me. Check out the music video below!

  • TXT Concept: Melancholy. All 5 members facing the camera.
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    From a MOA: Certified Real Fans

    The cultural difference of multi-stanning is really fascinating. In korean fandoms, multi stans are not “real” fans perse. They are respected but only as a person who multi-stans. To be respected as a fan of that group, it is necessary to keep to a single group. I can imagine a variety of reasons. Most communities form on twitter and naturally those who are only a fan of one group would prefer to see content within that group. So you curate your following accordingly. In international fandoms, you are a fan of the collective phenomenon of kpop before you are a fan of a single group. Really its sort of understandable,…

  • Tomorrow By Together The Name Chapter: Freefall 2023.10.13. 13:00KST
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    From a MOA: It’s Comeback Season!

    TXT comes back October 13th with a full length abum with title track “Chasing That Feeling”!!! I am so unspeakably excited! It is a bummer that three of the songs are not new but simple english versions or previous singles being looped into this album but.. A new album is a new album all the same. I was absolutely giddy all throughout the 11th and the 12th in anticipation. Synth pop is a genre I love and I simply cannot wait to see what kind of choreography can pair. I can’t really remember in my (long) history of liking Korean music, if I’ve ever seen full choreo to retro synth…

  • TXT Concept: Reality. All 5 members running in black and white.
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    From a MOA: Not Resume Ready

    Let’s start the first week off serious! I just want to dissect the formation of the negative connotation of Kpop linked to real life consequences. No doubt the first feature of interest is an age-old conception that being a fanatic of any kind does not a reputable person make. I can’t completely disagree but as all stereotypes are, it is incredible reductionist. “Stan behaviour” is not commended by most stans. Obsessive following or unspeakable behaviour and even blind defence of their artist. It certainly does not point to maturity. And then there is the social norm of vulnerability to that degree, to the point where you are open about niche…

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