This is a refined bibliography which has served as a majority inspiration for my opinions in this blog. Individual articles can be found in each of the entries, but I will be listing major sites and sources in this bibliography.


Academic Sources: Papers and Books

Blanchard, Becky. “THE SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RAP & HIP-HOP CULTURE.” The Social Significance of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture. Ethics of Development In A Global Environment, 1999. Web. 13 Feb. 2015. <;.
Jin, Dal Yong. “Hallyu 2.0: The New Korean Wave in the Creative Industry.” International Institute Journal 2.1 (2012): n. pag. Hallyu 2.0: The New Korean Wave in the Creative Industry. University of Michigan. Web. 09 Mar. 2015. <–hallyu-20-the-new-korean-wave-in-the-creative-industry?rgn=main;view&gt;.
Russell, Mark James. K-pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Kindle.
Virdant. “Archive of Our Own Beta.” Now Twirl: A Not-very-brief Discussion on Similarities and Differences between Boybands in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and The West. N.p., 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 09 Mar. 2015. <;.

Major Sites and Online Sources

KpopStarz – They have been an indispensible source on real journalistic work ranging from thought out pieces such as “Is A-Ink Heir To Girls’ Generation As The Queens Of Cute” to general reports of events in the world of K-Pop
moonROK – Their piece “The History of K-pop” was instrumental to my early research on the origins and continuing concepts involved in K-Pop as a cultural institution
seoulbeats – Yet another indispensible trove of K-Pop knowledge also featuring many a piece on the inner workings of K-Pop, especially instrumental when I wrote about hip hop and its relationship to K-Pop

Special Thanks:

To my sisters, Joelle and Janessa Ng, as well as my extended family members including Dharam Dhami, Jaya Dhami and Asher Lee for continuing to be my main K-Pop correspondents. They showed me K-Pop and ignited this interest in me.
To the wonderful friends on Facebook who have been able to assist me with tidbits of knowledge and nuggets of information when needed to finish an entry, as well as hosts of other friends who have made the endurance aspect of this project possible.
To my housemates Aaron Gorenberg, Brian Huynh and Benedict Suen for consistently enduring (over the last two weeks) my bipolar gushing and lamenting about the research process and about delving deeper into K-Pop in general, of which there was a copious if not invasive amount.

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