How the Terms "Sunbae" and "Hoobae" Work in the K-Pop Industry

Girl Group Kara debuted 5 years before some of the newer groups, so Kara is a sunbae to the younger girl groups. Sunbaes are treated with respect, and usually have more social power. However, Kara’s hoobae girl group consisted of 30 year-old people, it might become a bit confusing. Do the 30 year-olds have to use honorific form to girls that are around 10 years younger than them? Yes. It might see...

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[Recap] SM Town Live World Tour in NYC

At the beginning of our long and eventful day covering the SM Town Live World Tour in NYC, I promised myself that I would be completely honest with this recap. If the concert was a letdown, I wasn’t going to sugarcoat it; I would be objective. While a bad review would certainly be compelling to read, unfortunately for the readers (and fortunately for the 15,000 attendees), the concert turned out t...

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