These days, if you walk around Thimphu town, you will probably not go home without seeing someone wearing a shirt that says EXO. A popular Korean boy band which has gained much fame in Bhutan and other parts of the world. The history of how the Korean wave, as i would like to call it, came into Bhutan isn’t really a difficult thing to trace back. the whole Korean pop movement popularly known as K-pop has come into Bhutan mainly because of one show, Pop’s in Seoul. the late night talk show introduces the latest hits in Korea and even airs music videos.
it is clear why the youth are attracted to k-pop, most of the Korean groups if not all are composed of young teens who have looks that one could die for. But the music i believe is recycled, i say this because i have been exposed to some K-pop songs and all i can hear is the same type of song, the same theme and pretty much gives off the same feeling. But still that same recycled product doesn’t fail to bring out a sense of wonder and curiosity. Looking at the synchronized dance moves which make you wonder if these people are really human, makes you want to dance.
And yes, i’m also guilty of trying to dress up like them, like most of our youth who would deny this accusation. These days you see teenagers dancing to K-pop songs during school concerts and live events. Yet there are concerns from both parents and teachers who think that its pointless at best and that the youth are wasting their time which could be spent on things that are more productive like studying. make no mistake, it is true when these individuals say that you cant understand the lyrics and that most of it is quite shallow, but i feel that they forget the sole purpose of entertainment, which is to simply entertain.
One of my fears about the growing popularity of k-pop in Bhutan is whether it will lead to a lack of self esteem, i worry about this issue since you can only find beautiful boys and girls when it comes to K-pop groups. many of the youth try to copy how they look to the point where they wear very weird and inappropriate clothes, i honestly feel that most adults should look into this and try to build a sense of confidence in their children so that they can be happy with who they are.
Finally, do i think K-pop is good or bad? i personally feel that it allows most youth to discover what they can do and allows them to express a part of themselves through dancing and regrettably, wearing clothes that truly make a statement. Yes, some would state that K-pop in Bhutan is not really a good thing, but i think you have a right to your own thoughts, this is simply what i feel about the whole K-pop explosion. And if you like K-pop, don’t be ashamed to admit it.
”your life is your own, rise up and live it”- Terry Goodkind.