Half an hour before the Anaheim show, I was backstage, on my way to meet Tiffany and Jessica, the two members of Girls’ Generation born and brought up in the U.S, who are both in their early twenties. An S.M man was guiding me through the labyrinth of dressing rooms, where various idols, mainly guys, were having their hair fussed over and their outfits adjusted.
There was a lot of nervous bowing. My minder hustled me along, telling me what questions not to ask the Girls. “Was it sad to say goodbye to your friends who didn’t make it?” he said. “Do you have a boyfriend?” He paused. “This is all going to Korea, and it’s a little different there,” he said.” So if we could stay away from the personal questions like boyfriends.”
I began by asking the pair about the challenged they had faced in adapting to Korean culture. “I thought I would be able to adjust, because my parents spoke Korean at home,” Tiffany said. “But I didn’t even imagine how different it would be. American culture is so open compared to Korean culture, which is really conservative. So I would be, like, ‘Hi!’ and they were, like, ‘You don’t say “Hi!” You bow!’
And what were their living circumstances like now? Tiffany said, “Six of us live together, and the other three live like a minute away. So we’re always going back and forth to each other’s houses.”
Do netizens chronicle their movements on the internet?
“Yeah, that’s true,” Jessica said. “I’ll be at a restaurant and it will be on Twitter in, like, ten minutes”
“What’s it like living with that?” I asked.
“I think we’ve been brought up to be really careful and to take responsibility in our actions, in order to be in this position,” Tiffany said. She added, “We always stay at home.”
I mentioned a news item I had seen about how the girls tried to disguise themselves in the streets of Seoul but that their limbs alone-the shape of their arms and legs-gave them away. Was that true?
“It is,” Tiffany said, shooting an accusatory glance at her arm. “It’s just so…” she paused, searching for the right thing to say. “Freakishly cool.”
From out the arena came a long, low wailing sound-the screams of the fans, dying for the idols to appear.
“O.K, we have to go,” the S.M man said.
But I did have one personal question for Tiffany. “Your eye smile: did you learn that or is it natural?
“No,” Tiffany replied, giggling. “My dad smiles this way.” She eye-smiled me from two feet away: a jolt of pure cultural technology.
Recently the filming set for “Love Rain” located at the “Yoons Color Four Season House” was revealed. Jang Geun Suk met with the press and talked about YoonA’s character “Hana.” Jang Geun Suk stated, “I’m not only speaking on behalf of my character, but also as the real Jang Geun Suk, ‘Hana’…
JGS has no idea how lucky he is and how many guys would KILL to be in his position.
Well good for him I guess.
The kiss scene will be even more legit. :S
So jealous. :’(
I hope this video goes as viral as the Kony video.
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You make me lol. XD
A year ago, Rebecca Black’s unforgettable viral tune “Friday” first appeared on YouTube. Since then, the massively autotuned “Friday” music video has reached millions upon millions of eyes, spawned countless parodies and caught the attention of many celebrities.
How I miss thee.
According to the staff, during the filming of “Fashion King” on February 14th Yuri gave staff members chocolates and a card carrying a support message reading, “Our ‘Fashion King’ family who is always working hard, eat something sweet, and fighting.”
In order to prepare chocolates that Yuri liked, it was said that she went around markets and malls in New York for four hours. She stated, “I prepared this as a way of giving a little joy to the staff members who are separated from their families/lovers in order to film [the drama]. It seems they all enjoyed it so I’m satisfied.”
The staff stated, “I think getting Valentine chocolates from heartthrob Yuri is better than getting them from a significant other. I don’t think I’ll be able to forget 2012 Valentine’s Day.”
Yuri is such a nice person. :)
I wish Yuri would give me chocolate too. :P