Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho Are the Korean Kings of CFs in China

Actors Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho are leading the Hallyu wave. The two have seen a meteoric rise in popularity in China following roles in the SBS dramas “The Heirs” and “Man from the Stars.” They are at the forefront of Hallyu’s advancement into China, which is fast becoming the new focus of Korean entertainment companies over Japan. Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho’s popularity can be directly measu...

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Political Tension over Dokdo Leads to Boycotting Hallyu in Japan

As the issue of sovereignty over Dokdo in Korea and Japan have caused political tension between the two countries, Japanese politicians are continuously suggesting their citizens to boycott hallyu altogether. The broadcasting companies and industry experts are busy figuring out how the public is taking such suggestions and the congress is discussing ways to prevent giving out work visas to hallyu ...

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The “Jo Kwon Effect” in the Hallyu Wave

On June 15, on SBS’ most recent episode of “Go Show,” MC Go Hyun Jung stated, “Jo Kwon’s name is starting to become a new trend at Ehwa Women’s University. At this university, the Biotechnology professor recently wrote a column about the ‘Jo Kwon Effect’.” The “Jo Kwon Effect,” is a term coined by Behavioral Science Professor Choi Jae Chun of Ehwa Women’s University. This column describes how “Jo ...

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Kim Soo Hyun to Lead the Next Hallyu Wave in Japan

The history of Hallyu has come a long way. In the early 2000s, Hallyu had a kick-start with Bae Yong Jun’s “Winter Sonata.” Following Bae Yong Jung were other mega Hallyu stars such as Lee Byung Hun, Jang Dong Gun, Won Bin, Song Seung Hun and Ryu Shi Won. Recently, a “Jang Geun Suk Syndrome” has been traveling around Japan, due to the hit drama, “You Are Beautif...

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All of Hallyu Wave at One Place: The Hallyu Museum

From K-Pop to drama, everything that supported the ever-growing boom of the Hallyu wave is set to be gathered in one place. During the second half of this year, Young Jong Do, Incheon, the place that holds Incheon International Airport, will also be the home to the new "Hallyu Museum" that is currently under construction. "Mountain Star" will take part in the construction and production of the Hal...

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President Obama Makes Note of Korean Wave, “Hallyu”

On March 26, President Barack Obama gave a speech at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul and made note of “Hallyu,” the Korean word for the spread of Korean pop culture around the world. Speaking in front of hundreds of Korean students, Obama discussed the quickly evolving “digital era” and how social media networks are changing the world. He said, “In our digital age, we can connect and...

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Lee Teuk Shows Pride in Super Junior Members

On February 13, Super Junior’s Lee Teuk tweeted a touching message showing his pride in his super idol group. With a group photo at their recent Taipei concert, Lee Teuk wrote, “The reason I think these guys are great..^^ We’ve never run any official promotion outside of Korea~Isn’t that supposed to be Hallyu..^^ There are a lot of great people but I’m so proud of these friends^^.”

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