My parents named me Patricia mostly because my mom couldn’t figure out how to pronounce “Margaret” correctly. I’m not sure what it is about Brady Bunch-era baby names that appealed to my parents so much, but it is what it is. I guess you could say that the title of my blog serves as a coping mechanism of sorts, even if it is kinda lame.
(Also: if you happen to have an aunt/grandmother/second-grade teacher/dental hygienist over the age of 50 who is also named Patricia, I don’t want to hear it.)
When I entered Wellesley College in 2010, my decision to major in East Asian Studies was largely rooted for my love for K-pop — or more specifically, my obsession over Dong Bang Shin Ki and the breakup lawsuit. I even entertained the idea of becoming a music industry lawyer for a while. No joke. I don’t think music industry lawyers even exist.
Needless to say, the motivations I had for declaring an EAS major at the age of 17 differ significantly than the motivations I have for working on finishing a degree in EAS at the age of 20. Don’t get me wrong — I still harbor a love for K-pop as fervent as the one I had when I was 17, but it’s been kinda cool to see how that love has evolved over the past three years, as well as how it’s managed to weave itself into my academic studies.
This blog serves as evidence of this. I started this blog when I was in high school, and as tempting as it is to delete all the embarrassing nonsense I wrote when I was younger, I choose to keep those posts up to remind myself that there is always room for growth and improvement, and that some of that growth and improvement comes not through brute force or determination, but through time.
In many ways, the collision of my academic career as a EAS major and my K-pop fandom has come full circle. Many K-pop fans tend to keep their K-pop obsession under wraps and regard it as being a separate, almost imaginary world; a retreat from the harshness of reality. As an EAS major, I find it almost impossible to do that.
It would be inaccurate to think that K-pop exists in a vacuum, or that it shouldn’t be taken seriously simply because pop idol music tends to be regarded as a lower form of art or culture. It’s almost impossible to fully understand K-pop without first understanding the cultural, political, and social climates surrounding it. The hard part is trying to figure out how these two elements fit together. That’s why I created this blog; I wanted a space where these questions could be picked apart and discussed in a fun, personable way.
In other words: I’m a huge nerd who happens to love K-pop. I also have a blog. See how I do.
Apart from that, I also want to get to know you! I love people. Leave comments, drop me a line on my contact page…interaction is a very cool thing. I also tweet, tumble, and Instagram. Follow me on Bloglovin. You can also find me on Seoulbeats.