I am planning a row of posts about experiences you have when you share the life and interest of your children, and they get to share some of ours from childhood and teens. These posts will come into life every now and then, when I have gathered enough material, pictures, lyrics and translations perhaps.
In the middle of the chaos we are having and the sad farewell we had to say to grandfather, I have to create something positive. The funeral will be next week and we are all rather tense. The girls are very sad and a bit lost and keep together in their common interests, mostly on internet. Those of you who have followed my blog knows that we went to Stockholm in december to see a show with two british You tubers; Dan and Phil
|Park Jimin, called Jimin, is a dancer and singer. He can do ugly faces, he is shy and very kind but on stage he moves like a cheetah and his voice is very good. Girls love him.|
But this post goes way out, because the one topic that is discussed mostly in our house right now is K-pop. Yes, sounds like some kind of crackers, but is actually the South Korean version of entertainment, bands with boys or girls, singing, rapping and dancing, different haircolours every month, makeup and jewellry on both genders, hysteric fans, hardly anyone in those bands speaks any english.
|Jeon Jungkook, Kookie, is the youngest in BTS,|
he is in the vocal line but he dances also. He likes to tease and do imitations of his hyungs.
He loves his camera, takes good pictures and lives in his Timberlake boots.
|Kim Taehyung, called V, is a dreaming boy with the softest|
voice you have ever heard. He dances too and his personality
is full of surprises and sunshine.
Here is the girls favourite boyband ;
BTS or the Bangtan boys. These beautiful boys are right now the centre of their lives so I will share them with you and some thoughts about being young in South Korea, especially if you are talented.
Now, if I have understood the situation in Japan, working overtime is expected, hard pressure on students to get highest grades possible. In South Korea it seems to be the same thinking. Good education is vital, so the pressure is high. I heard some young women interviewed about the reform the government have, they need more children to be born. But she said South Korea was no place for children, their experience was that they hardly ever had any time with their fathers and since the girls now are eager to get well educated there is no room for children.
If you are talented in other ways, there are plenty of artschools, but they also have a very strong impact on the students. You must work very hard to become someone in showbusiness, K pop especially. Competition is tough. So you work, practise, study, work, practise, study and finally get to be backup for the established groups, in the videos, on stage. Once you are chosen, there is hardly any space for normal teenage life. If you are good enough, some producer will choose you and maybe you will become member of a band. The boys in BTS didn't go as a group from start, only one of them is left from start, but eventually all seven were solid. This means leaving home and living together in a dorm. They have lived that way for more than five years now, their whole life focused on practise, touring, tv-interviews and concerts. The company cares for them and they hardly do anything normal, just visits family once in a while.
|This is Kim Seok Jin, called Jin. Vocal liner, dancer and oldest. They call him mother because he watches over them but his jokes are bad Dad jokes and he laughs mostly himself. This boys laughter can heal any dark mood.|
I've seen some liveperformances as well, from You tube.
BTS fans are called armys.
I have set up a small guideline to this passion that our girls are having. Think how different it was when you had to wait for ever to hear something new or perhaps get a poster from the pop- magazines. Today these young artists share almost everything, but Koreans are formal, so there are no personal things, nothing showing bodies or anything controversial. They reveal as much as they think is proper but on internet people are on them like hyenas, smelling blood.