Picture
“In order to watch SNSD’s concert, I started working in a currency changer as a part-time worker to save money. Since I’ll be able to see SNSD right in front of me…”, said Julian Cervantes, a 21 years old American college student who could not hide his excitement. Natasha, who came together with him from Chicago, was as happy as him. She said, “My iPod is full of SNSD songs. Now I can hear them live!”. John Toss from New Mexico who sat right beside them added, “I finally ate the real Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi stew).”

These 103 American SNSD fans who met one another on SNSD’s International fan-site “Soshified”, found a common interest and came to Korea on their own. The group of young people staying in Seoul from the 21st to 26th are planning to watch SNSD’s concert, MBC “Music core”, and KBS 2TV’s “Immortal Song”. Cervantes, Natasha and Toss met one another at Seoul’s downtown.

The three Americans started talking about their love for K-pop once they met. They have been looking forward to the Korea trip so much that they requested to attend these music programs from the Los Angeles branch of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) when they were still in America since the tickets cannot be obtained easily. Cervantes became a K-pop fan 2 years ago after listening to SNSD’s “Gee” by chance. He said, “The fast and joyful beats really caught my attention. Until now, I bought all of f(x), Kara and other K-pop groups’ albums, and spent about 5000 dollars (5.26 million Won). Being a SNSD Taeyeon and Sunny’s fan, Toss said “Now, American Idols seem to have ‘gone further away’ from us. As we watched reality programs like “Invincible Youth” and “Running man”, Korean idols seem more ‘human’ to us, which is great.”

As they get to know more Korean idols like T-ara, IU and Big Bang, they started mixing Korean phrases like “Gwaenchanayo (it’s ok)” and “Jogeum-yo (a little)” in their conversations. Cervantes who has been learning the Korean language for a year said, “While we became more interested in Korean idols, we started to pay attention to Korean culture”. Natasha also got more familiar with Korean cultures through her room mate at their dorm. She is currently learning Korean on her own through mobile applications.

Toss who was born in New Mexico, makes Korean food on his own. He said, “Because we don’t have Korean restaurant there, I obtain the recipe from the internet and started making kimchi on my own a few months ago.” Cervantes on the other hand, travels all the way to the Korean town just to eat Jjinbbang, Patbbang (Korean steamed buns) and Bibimpab (Korean mixed dish).

Julian, Natasha and John added, “We only saw Korean culture and food through TV programs. It’s really hard to believe that we can actually experience them now.” Before going back to America, they have another wish and that is to get SNSD members’ autographs when they head down to the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium today.

Credit: chosun.com
Translated by: imwhywhy@fanwonder.com




Leave a Reply.

    Click HERE to search the site


    KST Time

    We need someone who knows how to use the Weebly web editor and can help me to update this page with News. Email me if interested.
    E-Mail: ggsone9@gmail.com

    Site Translator


    Recent Post


    Share this post


    Picture


    Affiliation

    Picture
    Picture

    E-mail Subscription

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

    Like this Page

    Archive아카이브

    October 2012
    September 2012
    July 2012
    June 2012
    May 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011

    Tags – 태그

    All
    2011
    500
    About
    Accident
    Aid
    Album
    All
    All About Girls
    Anniversary
    Announcement
    App
    Apply
    Awards
    Baby
    Bank
    Birthday
    Cf
    Charts
    Comeback
    Concert
    Culture
    Cut
    Download
    Drama
    Endorsements
    Fancam
    Forum
    Fun
    General
    Generation
    Girls
    Guest
    Hd
    Hello
    Hyoyeon
    Image
    Intel
    Interview
    Japan
    Jessica
    Live
    Magazine
    Mama
    Man
    Mtv
    Music
    Mv
    New
    News
    News.Yoona
    Niigata
    Notice
    Nyc
    Performance
    Performances
    Phone
    Photobook
    Picture
    Pictures
    Promotion
    Running
    Scans
    Selca
    Seohyun
    Show
    Shows
    Singapore
    Sm
    Snsd
    Snsd.news
    Snsd News Sunny
    Sone
    Sooyoung
    Soshi
    Soshified
    Stage
    Sunny
    Survey
    Taeyeon
    Taiwan
    Teaser
    Teayeon
    Tiffany
    Tour
    Town
    Ufo
    Urgent
    Video
    Videos
    Vita
    Weebly
    Yonghwa
    Yongseo
    Yoona
    Yuri


    pages. Learn more.