Pop culture update

Oh Korea!

Tonight as I hung on for dear life while the bus driver sped and honked his way down wet streets, I knew I loved everything about you. Your pop culture(see video below), your ajummas(old women who don’t give a damn about…well, anything), your driving(this bus driver didn’t even slow down when a high school girl crossed the street in front of him), your focus(I am serious, this above mentioned girl didn’t even turn around when the bus honked and (I am serious) passed by at about 50mph and only millimeters from the back of her head), your children (I don’t think kids are made any cuter), your T.V. shows (corny, but still worth watching), your flamboyance (see ajummas and menswear), your showmanship(I promise no one can outperform a Korean in a noraebang or on any other stage, they go all out) and your food (we say enough about this subject).

Pop culture in Korea is super hot right now. Here is an update.

Right now Girls Generations’ song, “Gee” is all the rage. Don’t even think about teaching the alphabet. It would go something like this.

Teacher: “A, B, C, D, E, F, G…”
Students: “Gee, Gee, Gee, Gee, Bay,Buh,Bay,Buh Bay!”

One song can take this country by storm. Kids sing it in the streets, adults sing it in the bars and every cell phone store has it blaring from its loudspeakers outside its shop. There is no escaping it.


  1. Summer says:

    There is so much energy and color involved in Korean pop culture. It reminds me of the late 80s/early 90s here. Except the first video is eerily like Britney Spears–from 10 years ago.


  2. tami says:

    Hi there,I love reading your blog, very informative and fun to read. I’m coming to korea to teach very soon. I’ve read on the internet that North Korea wants to launch their missile in April, just wondering if you have heard anything over there? Are you worried that North and South will go to war? Should i be worry about going to South Korea now? Just want to know your view about this. Thanks.Tami


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