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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nam Tae Hyun formally apologizes for speaking informally


Article: [Exclusive] Nam Taehyun 'informal speech controversy' official apology "I was rash... I'm sorry"

Source:
TV Report via Naver

1. [+2,049, -713] Once a delinquent, always a delinquent... it's just not something you get over ㅡ.,ㅡ

2. [+1,776, -511] People in the crowd will be too scared to cheer with this iljin around

3. [+1,553, -340] It's not like all of his fans are younger than him.. shouldn't have spoken informally. Definitely rash of him ㅋㅋ

4. [+1,148, -243] Why is this apology out so fast ㅋㅋ almost forgot it was YG for a second ㅋㅋ

5. [+394, -91] I wouldn't have cared if it was at their own concert but this is a concert with other artists. It was wrong of him to do that.

6. [+299, -53] Saw Kang Seung Yoon in a new light. He's a good speaker and way nicer than this kid.

7. [+335, -93] It's not like that concert was their solo concert ㅡㅡ

8. [+257, -38] They're rookies, they should be careful. Everyone's watching over their every move... It's good that he apologized quickly.

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Winner's Nam Tae Hyun criticized for yelling at the crowd to quiet down in informal language


Article: Nam Taehyun yells at fans, "We're talking here"... 'Kang Seung Yoon looks embarrassed'... iljin rumors and now informal speech controversy

Source: TV Daily via Nate

1. [+622, -82] As expected of delinquents from YG ㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+539, -73] Hul... who's this kid now..

3. [+404, -61] Watch the video and judge for yourself. It starts at 58 seconds. He speaks informally directly at the audience... http://tvpot.daum.net/clip/ClipView.do?clipid=63667486

4. [+105, -12] This maknae bastard is sitting there screaming at the crowd in front of seniors just because he's mad that the crowd's loud... ㅋㅋㅋ The nerve of him... does he think his company can cover for anything he does? What a delinquent tsk tsk tsk

5. [+87, -17] Not even surprising coming from YG

6. [+83, -16] It's because they have so many fans who are willing to forgive anything that he's cocky like that

7. [+63, -13] Does YG really cast kids without considering their morals and character?

8. [+58, -20] It's fine if he does it at a concert where only his fans are attending... but there are fans of other artists in the audience. I was surprised when I heard him in the clip that I wanted to quiet him down... Should've said it in another tone or in another way. All of those fans of other artists are not okay with what he said to them. I'm sure they were upset and surprised. I hope that he becomes an idol who is more careful in the future. Fighting, Nam Taehyun.

9. [+54, -14] YG needs to teach them some manners, fuck it hasn't even been that long since they debuted tsk tsk tsk

10. [+49, -61] Not a fan or anyone but just a regular person and I don't think it's anything controversial. The crowd seemed really loud and he couldn't hear any of the comments on stage so fans wrote in their fan accounts that he yelled at them as a joke. Didn't even think it would be a controversy, they said.

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Gayoon the star of B2ST's '12:30 - Another Version'


Article: Heo Gayoon covers B2ST's '12:30 Another Version'... winter feelings

Source: OSEN via Naver

1. [+369, -21] It was definitely the wiser choice going with Gayoon than Cube Girls... Can't hate because it's Gayoon but Cube please, do you realize that both B2ST fans and 4minute fans are pissed off... Both groups are close and all but this puts fans in an awkward situation. Just release 4minute a new album instead, don't do covers ㅜㅜㅜ

2. [+317, -15] Of all songs, why does it have to be 12:30? They could've chosen another song

3. [+273, -9] Cube is proving themselves to be hopess, they changed the song up completely

4. [+284, -20] What's wrong with Cube, this is B2ST's song, ugh this is pissing me off;;

5. [+247, -54] 4minute doesn't even have a real vocalist. Gayoon's average at best.

6. [+67, -3] I don't understand how Cube can make another artist sing a 5th anniversary song off of their anniversary album.

7. [+65, -4] Who is this cover track even for? Nobody wanted it and the original song is already so meaningful to B2ST fans... I'm so pissed with Cube right now

8. [+61, -2] It's not even a song that's been years since its release. It's barely been two months, still hot off the plate... sure I can understand if they covered an older song but fans are obviously so pissed and they still went ahead with it..

9. [+64, -6] I hate that Gayoon's getting hate because of Cube. Why can't they just put together an album for 4minute and give them a comeback instead.

10. [+59, -5] Disappointed in Cube.

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Aftermath of the college entrance exam



Article: Mothers of high school seniors... "Breaks my heart seeing my daughter cry every day"

Source: News 1 via Naver

Highlights from the article:

- Parents of students unanimously agree, "We need to teach our students that failing the test does not mean they've failed their lives"

- "It breaks my heart seeing my daughter cry every day. For a year, she's only been sleeping 4~5 hours a night and studying on a set schedule but her grades weren't as good as she had hoped. She's nervous about not getting into her college and crying every day."

- Upon hearing that her daughter had made a few mistakes on a subject meant to be easy, "I'm honestly upset since we made a set of notes together on problems she got wrong and spent a lot of time on the subject. It's the mother who's been watching their kid suffer by their side this whole time, isn't it?"

- Some parents visit several seminars on the college entrance exams. "Information is the most important thing when planning for college entrance. I figured attending seminars would help more than browsing the internet."

- "It frustrated me to know that a friend who lives in Gangnam was providing her kids with tutoring that cost $3,500 per subject. It doesn't seem right." / "There are a lot of after school academies in Seoul but it's not the case in the suburbs. I feel sorry that I'm not able to provide for my kids what other cans." / "It costs a lot of money to take practice tests but the money's nothing when my kid is working towards his dream. I see on the news of kids in Seoul taking special lessons and it breaks my heart seeing my own kid having to study on his own."

- On her own student having to retake the exam next year, "There were many days where she had to go to the emergency room from severe stress. She's so sensitive to it so it makes me worried knowing that she has to endure another year of that. She wants to retake it but it's hard for me to accept it."

- "There's a saying in our country that if your kid is a test taker, the parents are too."

- "The minute our kids enter high school, they're put under extreme pressure that eats away at their self esteem. It's important that they don't feel that way in their home environment. It's important that we show them that there are things to do in society that doesn't require college and that failing to get into college doesn't mean you've failed life."

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1. [+12,154, -1,423] Their kids will have a lot more to cry about in the future anyway

2. [+10,382, -1,020] This article is just showing what a mess our education system is

3. [+8,193, -285] Find strength, kids. This is only the beginning.

4. [+6,123, -302] Kids, find strength! Everything will be fine.

5. [+6,907, -3,054] Let's abolish the college entrance exam. It's killing our kids.

6. [+978, -52] As someone who's lived life longer than you, let me give you a word of advice. It's not over just because you got into college. College is a step, not a destination.

7. [+908, -22] Hypocritical when it's the same people who taught our kids that failing the exam means failing their life ㅡㅡ

8. [+742, -18] Getting into a good college isn't the end all. That's when the real hardship begins. Parents need to help their kids be independent.

9. [+356, -14] Why must the exam decide the course of life...

10. [+341, -62] These students are weak ㅋㅋㅋ Sure getting into college is hard but getting a job is just as hell ㅋㅋㅋ

11. [+246, -26] Makes me feel lucky to have a son who literally failed every subject of his exam and while I was worried about his self esteem, I watched him download Fifa and play all the games he's missed and go hang out with his friends and sing at karaokes ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

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Americans surveyed on the popularity of Korean dramas

Article: Korean dramas 'popular' in America... wide range of viewers

Source: Yonhap News via Naver

Survey completed done by the American headquarters of Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) revealed the following results: 2,304 participants said they had watched a Korean drama with English subtitles at least once in America.

Age
16~20 years old: 35.9%
20~25 years old: 22.6%
46 and older: 10.3%
26~30 years old: 9.9%
21~35 years old: 6.7%

Ethnicity
Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, etc): 29%
Hispanic: 18.9%
African: 9%
Korean: 4.4%

Service used:
Dramafever: 55.7%
Viki: 25.7%
Hulu: 4.2%
Netflix: 1.7%

Years spent watching Korean dramas:
Over 3 years: 59.2%
1~3 years: 28.5%
6 months~1 year: 7.4%

Favorite genre:
Romantic comedy: 72%
Melo: 12.9%
Historical: 6.9%
Crime/Action: 6.6%

Favorite top dramas:
Boys Over Flowers
You Who Came From the Stars
Secret Garden
Coffee Prince
Master's Sun

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1. [+2,706, -21] So basically only Asian Americans are watching

2. [+1,987, -43] These articles are so misleading. Just looking at the results show that it's mostly Asian Americans. There aren't any white people watching and barely any black people either. How does that make Korean dramas popular??? I bet the only ones watching are Korean gyopos or students studying abroad.

3. [+1,387, -15] I don't think Korean dramas are popular ㅋㅋㅋ It's mostly students studying abroad, immigrants, or Asian Americans watching...

4. [+1,034, -26] Boys Over Flowers isn't really a Korean drama... it's a remake ㅎㅎ

5. [+766, -24] Well American dramas are popular in Korea with a wide range of viewers too

6. [+79, -3] I never believe articles that say K-Pop is popular in America... same goes for Korean dramas.

7. [+78, -5] America is mainly white and black people and they have high quality dramas like Modern Family, Dexter, the Game of Thrones, the Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, CSI, etc... why would they bother watching Korean dramas with nothing but love plots.

8. [+58, -2] Honestly, Korean society and culture are so different from America... you can see that our cultures don't connect with the fact that a Korean movie has never made a hit in America.

9. [+54, -3] ㅋㅋㅋ They have high quality American dramas, why would they bother watching Korean dramas? Korean dramas really need to step it up with the diversity... like Misaeng.

10. [+47, -4] I bet it's only the gyopos and students studying abroad watching

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