First off, Koreans and Japanese people are not the same. They are not the same ethnicity, they are just apart of the same race. It is certain that being apart of the same race means you share similar identities, biologically, historically and socially. For example, both Koreans and Japanese people use chopsticks, eat noodles, developed their own language systems based on Chinese calligraphy, and occasionally get mistaken for being Chinese by foreigners. Yet, there are vase differences between these cultures, for instance, Japan is an country made up of islands, islands that all have their own sub-cultural identities, economic, social and political ideals, style and dialects. Yet, they all merge together as one country called Japan. They all speak the Japanese language, know Japan's history, have the same national flag, and root for one country in the Olympic, or other international events, which is Japan. They also all know what a Kimono, Samurai and Geisha are.
Like Japan,the Korea Culture has a varieties of Sub-Cultures, First off, the most obvious one is the large differences between North Korea and South Korea. They are so different, it is almost as if they are not in the same country. Koreans have their own identity that makes one distinguish a Korean from another Asian. Their cultural styles and interests are based on their history, politics, society, westernization and their economy. You have to look at what impact each culture to act the way they do, dress the way they dress, creative and invest their time in what-so-ever. Is it their background, their struggles, their diversity, other nations cultural diffusion with their culture, or their goals that individually they are trying to achieve, but as a whole country, what does it sum-up to when it comes to intent, when it is seen through an outsider (foreigner) perspective. Never judge another persons action, interest, creation or appearance, without actually getting to know them. It's okay to prejudge, because we all do it, even intentional, subconsciously, instinctively, we judge before we ask, or try to understand and get to know. But that doesn't give anyone the right to assume, sum-up who or what a person or persons are, without any understanding. I'm sick off it. It's immature, unreasonable and tasteless. If you like Korean music, good for you, if you like Japanese music, good for you, if you like whatever you listen to, GOOD FOR YOU. Keep your opinions and views monitor and ultimately in-check, before you do or say something reckless and offensive.
Honestly, at first Korea to me was the Korean civil war between North Korea and South Korea. For a long time, that was all Korea meant to me. Not until 2011, my Senior year in high-school, I discovered a different type of Korea, that I appreciated; Korean pop music, for short K-pop. I listened to the music with an open mind, not bothered by the language, the people, the style or sound. I just appreciated listening and watching Korean pop music. Yet, I never became a fan off the music, just as I never became a fan of Japanese music or even American Music. I will tell you who I am a fan off, the only person I am a fan off is Micheal Jackson. I know most people are like, "say what," but that's it, musically speaking. So- I try not to get too consume with any music I listen too. I just appreciate it with an open-mind. I lied, because I really can't stand Rihanna or most of American pop singers. While listening to Korean music, I didn't keep it a secret, I tried to introduce other people to the music, like my family, friends and pairs in school- whoever. Just like I do for every other music, movie, or interest I have. My interest for K-pop slowly started to fizzle down.
I will tell you why, the negativity the fan and devoted listeners gave it and varies things that interfered with my personal views. Just like Japanese and American music, at some point they fizzled. I discovered something in their music culture that bothered me, interfered with my personal views or just irritated me visually or sound-based. But I do still listen to all types of music, so long it's great-not good, not cute, not just visually simulating, but all around has a great impact, and it makes a great impression on me, chances are I'll give it a listen. So furthermore, putting any bias aside, I will give you guys a chance to sent in two of your favorite Japanese or Korean music and out of all those sent in, five music videos will be chosen as what I view as great Korean and Japanese music. You might question my taste, but at-least I'm not trying to find the worst of one thing and the best of another, and have them go against each other. Besides the Music Videos we're chosen by you, I just chose five of the best.
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