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#1 Choco ~ Latte

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 06:24 AM


The popularity of Girls' Generation has skyrocketed among Russian young people. A growing number of young Russians has become interested in Korean pop culture these days. More than 100 fan cafes dedicated to Korean pop culture have opened on the Russian networking site "V Kontakte" as of July 31. Their membership rosters range from as little as hundreds to as many as thousands of members, as more and more Russians are becoming the fans of Lee Hyo-ri, Rain, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, 2PM, 2AM and SHINee.

Each cafe features the latest video materials about their favorite singers. Russian fans even vote on K-pop cafe charts every month to pick the best K-pop song.

Many Russians are also big fans of Korean TV shows and movies. They also vote for their favorite shows. Some cafes even offer access to illegal downloads. Cafes dedicated to actors Lee Jun-ki, Kong Yoo, Kang Dong-won, Kim Ah-joong and Song Hye-gyo have hundreds of members. The latest Korean TV shows, such as "Boys Over Flowers," as well as shows that aired years ago enjoy enormous popularity in Russia.

Many Russian Internet users laud Korean TV shows for their original soundtracks, while others give credit to actors and actresses for their pretty looks. Fans of Korean movies have set up cafes dedicated to directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-deok.

It has been only two years since the Russian youth, who are big fans of Samsung mobile phones, began taking interest in Korean pop culture. Once, many Russians admired Japanese culture, with Japanese sushi being all the rage among affluent Russians. Young Russian women imitated Japanese hairstyles and watched famous Japanese anime films. But recently the popularity of Japanese culture has been on the decline, giving way to Korean pop culture.

College student Anastasya Petuhova, 20, said, "Korean songs are very exciting. The choreography is also unique and stylish. The music industry in Korea is highly advanced because many groups compete for popularity."

One Korean professor who teaches Korean in Moscow said, "A growing number of students want to study Korean. The popularity of Korean culture in Russia will contribute to the development of both nations."

source: [url="http://english.kbs.co.kr/Entertain/EntertainmentNews/view.html?No=7090"]KBS[/url]

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 07:19 AM

wow kpop invades everywhere!

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

that is very interesting to know. I didn't know that Kpop was so popular

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:24 AM

wow Korean singers/actors
are doing good then!
hope one day they become really famous in US/AUS/UK that would be awesome!!


Edited by J'EN, 04 August 2009 - 10:25 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:37 AM

K-Pop is da best..

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:46 AM

I wonder how much of this is true..o_O

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:41 AM

it's good if that's true...
but they say that the Koreans overexaggerate about their news... :whistle :whistle

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:52 AM

Boys Over Flowers, ha?))
I even know who should they thank for raising it's popularity)))))))))))))

[quote name='Mican' post='6253625' date='Aug 4 2009 1 46 PM']I wonder how much of this is true..o_O[/quote]

Yes. This is absolutely true. I'm from Russia, the previous spokeperson, too.

But actually, there are laso many "fan cafe" devoted to Taiwanese and especially Japanese entertainment.

Waiting impatiently for another piece of news about Taiwan, for example))))))))))))))

[b]rin4ik[/b] at last we've met)))))))

Edited by tammiest, 10 August 2009 - 08:50 PM.
Merged consecutive posts :)

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:35 PM

[b]Lita Zorro[/b] Yes, we met *трясет помпонами*
But DBSK & SuJu are most popular in Russia

Edited by rin4ik, 04 August 2009 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:42 PM

well, korean pop culture isnt extremely popular here, but still it is true.
and the popularity of the korean language increased dramatically.
but i guess Japan and everything japanese is still MUCH more popular - the quantity of sushi-bars here in Moscow sometimes seems shockingly large for me. :)
and girls discussing now this topic in such fan cafes really want to add DBSK and SuJu to the list of russian-popular koreans)) :D

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:44 PM

[quote name='Mican' post='6253625' date='Aug 4 2009 1 46 PM']I wonder how much of this is true..o_O[/quote]
100% TRUE.

Really, i was japanese fan, but this korean wave came and... i've lost XD
But actually, Lee Hyo-ri, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, 2PM, 2AM and SHINee, who were listed in this article are not the most popular at all.
The most popular are DBSK (i think, more than 50% of kpop fans) and Super Junior (maybe 40%). Others like both and/or SNSD, 2PM and SHINee...
And the real BOOM of korean culture started this year i think.
It was started to be popular and even fashionable a one-two years ago, but the real korean wave came only now.

Edited by jelly fish, 04 August 2009 - 02:46 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 05:42 PM

the korean waves are truly rising...but slowly.
hahahaha...when i read this article i thought that maybe DBSK and Suju aren't that popular in Russia...but i guess not :D

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 06:06 PM

We all were really surprised not to find DBSK and Super Junior in this article, really.
I wonder how authors didn't notice all these "fan cafes" on that site.
Especially DBSK (though i am E.L.F. XD)

Also i want to say, that it is not the only one web-site with korean fan-cafes.
We also have a lot of blog communities and some forums dedicated to this~

And the thing that really makes me wonder: WHY ARE U ALL SO SURPRISED? LOL


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Posted 04 August 2009 - 07:34 PM

wowww ! this is awesomee ; i wish they would do that in my country T-T

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:39 PM

I can't wait until Americans give in and fall in love with the Wonder Girls. XD