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Sam Oh is the ultimate Korean fan meet host and fangirl

That Sam Oh never queues for tickets to the K-drama stars’ fan meet is why she’s envied by fans. She already has a special place on stage, right next to the latest oppa in town. Her proximity and friendly repartee—helped by translator Joonhyun Kim this time—with the Korean celebs are stuff that fuel K-drama oppa...


K-Pop fans and the seduction of merchandising

Korean entertainment companies are well aware of fans’ parasocial relationships with K-Pop idols, and take advantage of fans’ obsessive splurging tendencies by offering a slew of merchandise marked with their idols’ images. To book collectors, the woodsy smell of a new volume can be an emotional experience. To K-Pop fans and merchandise collectors, unsealing the...