How K-Pop Brings People Together
You know how they say music brings people together?
I can attest that this also applies to K-Pop. It’s funny in a way, that a genre of music that I can’t speak the language of, introduced me to some of my closest friends. The first time was when BTS held their The Red Bullet tour in 2015. I remember it very well; I was in France looking at the tickets. I almost didn’t go because I didn’t have any friends who liked K-Pop. Thankfully, my friend introduced me to a classmate who also likes BTS and we ended up buying tickets. And it was the best concert of my life. Admittedly, I ended up crying because of how amazing BTS were - you could feel their passion for music in their perfomrance. Around three years have passed by and I’m still in contact with this friend. You’d would think that we would get tired of talking about K-Pop every time we meet up but we fall back right into without a hiccup. Through K-Pop, I’ve met my current housemate, a girl from South Africa, a fellow volunteer in Thailand, and so many more amazing people.
It’s more than just finding people who like the same artists and music, it’s being inspired by the same people. To me, K-Pop idols are more than artists I’m attracted to but people I admire and aspire to be like. So when we find like-minded people, it’s an instant connection. By nature, I’m an introvert so it can be difficult for me to communicate with new people. However, if it’s about K-Pop, I can talk non-stop. I’m in my comfort zone and it’s a subject I’m passionate about. Of course, this bring together of people through music is not limited to K-Pop, it’s just where I see it the most and strongest. Before I came out of the K-Pop closet, I was so scared about people finding about my musical preferences. It was because of the friends I met through K-Pop that I gained the courage to open up about the genre I love.
Like any community, the K-Pop fan community can be a scary place but it’s also a beautiful and wonderful sanctuary. There are some amazing people out there and to be able to connect with them through music is just unbelievable. Music is so important to me and acts as a foundation - a pillar of strength. I will forever be grateful for the amazing people I’ve met through K-Pop, and excited for the people I have yet to meet.