The songs are in Korean so you can't understand the lyrics (except for the few English parts)!
5 Jul 2017 - 12:00 PM  UPDATED 5 Jul 2017 - 12:37 PM

Another week and that means only one thing - Prince Mak is back on SBS PopAsia radio with "The Prince Mak Hour."

In the latest episode of his radio show, Prince Mak decides to delve into the in the life of a K-pop fan. Specifically, foreign K-pop fans!

Being a former foreign K-pop idol himself, Prince Mak is well-placed to talk about the how foreign K-pop fans have a very unique set of experiences and first-world problems when it comes to loving Korean pop music.

Needless to say, there are quite a number of things that only foreign K-pop fans will ever experience so without further ado, here they are in a handy list:

  • The songs are all in Korean - Unless you are fluent in Korean, listening to K-pop songs are a struggle since you have no idea what they're about (except for the few English lyrics)!
  • Auto-correct is a nightmare - When translating Korean to English or writing down Korean phrases, auto-correct almost always refuses to work properly!
  • Your non-K-pop fans immediately think you love "Gangnam Style" - Non K-pop fans generally think that PSY and "Gangnam Style" is the only song ever to come out of Korea and you have to explain every time that this isn't case!
  • Bias wreckers - You have your favourite group member, but standing next to them is someone super good-looking who immediately catches your eye and refuses to let go. Now you're stuck between your favourite member and this new member (now called a "bias-wrecker)!
  • The struggle of waiting for subtitles - K-dramas and variety shows are great and all, but all of it is lost on a foreign K-pop fan if there are no subtitles! Unfortunately, subtitles are mostly fan-made and thus there can be a wait!
  • Not many concerts outside of Korea - The sad reality is that many K-pop groups don't perform much outside of Korea, thus seeing your favourite group live is almost impossible (unless you go to Korea).
  • Taking photos is a new struggle - As you get into K-pop, you learn many new tips and tricks to get the "perfect" selfie, like poses, the "45 degree angle," and hiding behind friends to get the perfect "small face" photo.
  • The time difference can be painful (literally) - Depending on where you are in the world, the time difference can be great (like Australia) or painful (like America), and getting up in the middle of the night for an MV premiere is a struggle within itself.

Listen to Prince Mak talk about life as a foreign K-pop fan right here at the 29:00 mark:


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