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Vanessa Ng * 20 * 28th February * RVHS * NBS
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I dream of becoming a magician, a chef, a chocolatier, a fashion designer, a movie director, a DJ, a professional photographer and a stock market guru. I also want my very own candy outlet. (: My blog comprises photographs and random thoughts. I like to keep my blog happy and I'm easily inspired. It's nice knowing that people are reading, so thank you. :D

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    10 November 2012

    NU'EST Showcase and Korea's soft power

    I'm sorry but I don't actually have photos of NU'EST because they were so far away LOL. This entire post is spammed with both our faces. All the way. :D

    So anyway, KL got free tickets for their showcase and we went in the afternoon and queued for really long. That's not something that I'm particularly fond of, but we still did it anyway.

    And the concert was held in this club and everyone had to stand (most of us anyway) There was this fan interaction thing happening as well and one of the members could speak both English and Korean so they didn't need a translator. Besides, the category A fans seem to understand korean. And that got me thinking.

    It's this notion of South Korea, despite its relatively small land size as opposed to big countries like China, India and the US (who am I to say that, Singapore is even smaller in comparison) has a pretty strong and growing soft power.

    The Gangnam Style viral video is testament to this phenomenon. Running Man, Family Outing, KBS, Mnet, MAMA, Girls' Generation, Super JUnior, SHINee, 2PM, IU, T-ARA, all these are familiar names not jsut to fanatics, but to their friends as well. There's a dichotomy of love and hate for K-pop present in Singapore and the same applies to every country. Some feel that their guys look disturbingly androgynous with thick eyeliner and a weird sense of style, some feel that the company imposes an alternate identity on its artiste and that they are wholly underpaid. Some simply hate them and disregard any positivity in their dance or music.

    I think that soft power is what made America such a powerhouse to begin with. Yes, it started with real power, with economic power and political power. It started with their military strength that made their words credible, and their president respected. It is America's visions and entrepreneurs, their daring and courageous tendency to embark on research projects, that made them who they are today. It's them daring to dream not just any dream, but the American dream. It is a culture, not a perfectly good one of course, but applaudable.

    I think Korea's high regard for its artistes as ambassadors of their country is really evident in their shows. be it dramas or variety shows, there is almost always an attempt to reach out to the global audience. Their traditional games (takji) and costumes and beliefs and traditional stories are all conveyed to the audience. Their respect for age differences, a profoundly interesting one typical of Asian societies, is also evident in the way they address their seniors or juniors (it's gender-specific as well)

    It's all an interesting concept. But I shall not write too much today for I have other things to do. I'm currently brainstorming and embarking on an insanely exciting writing project with a friend. :D The whole storyline and all that is just, EPIC. I can't even start.

    So yes, while the rest of the cohort is studying for A levels, I'm actually writing a book cause I'm way too excited. It has the potential to be phenomenal, assuming that I have the energy to finish writing it with CiEn. :D

    Okay, more photos!

    Okay that's about it.

    By the way I have two co-authored books that are published, it's just that I've never publicised it. One of them is co-authored with nine others while the other is basically an Anthology. (: I don't earn anything from it by the way, it's the experience.

    Oh and I'm off to write a third one heehee. Bye people have a nice day. (:

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