K-Drama Weekly Update: 06-21-18

K-pop group Black Pink just released their mini album Square Up on June 15 with four songs by YG entertainment. The four member girl group is comprised of Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa. The group debut in 2016 with hit singles Whistle, Boombayah and As If It’s Your Last in 2017. This mini album has tracks, Ddu Du Ddu Du, Forever Young, Really and See U Later. The album surpassed 40 million views on YouTube in under 30 hours of release. As of Monday, the number of views was over 60 million and No. 23 in trending. Black Pink will have their first tour in Japan next month, holding six shows in Osaka, Fukuoka and Chiba.

K-Drama Weekly Update: 06-14-18

One of the most popular comfort South Korean food is the jajangmyun, or noodles with black bean sauce. Its origin goes back to the Chinese zhajiangmian dish, literally meaning fried sauce noodles, from the Shangdong region of China. This dish is the main item on the current drama Wok of Love, a Chinese-Korean restaurant run by gangsters. Jajangmyun is made with black bean sauce, pork and vegetables. There are several variations of it and you can find it here in Hawaii at several locations. You can Yelp it and find Chinese-Korean restaurants that serve it. Be warned that it’s not the best first date food as it can get a little messy eating it. You can end up with black bean sauce all over your mouth by the end of the meal.

K-Drama Weekly Update: 06-07-18

One of Korea’s largest entertainment management companies, JYP, has just created their first Chinese boy band, expanding their reach into the large Chinese entertainment industry. The new group, Boy Story, is made up of six Chinese teens between the ages of 11 and 14. The teens were hand-picked by Park Jin Young, the founder of JYP. JYP China, who will manage the new group, is a partnership between JYP and Tencent Music Entertainment, a Chinese online entertainment company. K-pop has been tremendously popular in neighboring countries Japan and China. Many of the K-pop groups incorporate members from Japan and China to add to the international appeal and for marketing purposes.