South Korean popular music, or K-pop, has become a global phenomena in the past 10 years, becoming a multi-billion dollar industry and even finding its way into the United Nations. However, many of the sounds, aesthetics, and personalities pervasive in K-pop today are not-so-subtly rooted in Black American music and culture. From sampling American R&B to adopting Black hairstyles, K-pop has incorporated, and dropped, many aspects of Black culture.
Join the National Association for Black Engagement with Asia as we bring two experts together, Dr. Crystal Anderson and Robert Augustine, to discuss the ways in which Black culture has influenced K-pop, and how the K-pop industry and its fandom have engaged with the Black diaspora over the years.