Countless fandoms of fun collided at the NYCC this past February weekend. This convention was our trip to Mecca—a heaven of pop culture tranquility. Brotherhood surrounds all who attend: jedi knights, ninjas, goths, vampires, anime and video game characters walk the aisles in peace and harmony. More »
So, Miley “Makes Goofy Faces” Cyrus kind of apologized last week for that racially insensitive photo. Kind of. Then OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) was like, APOLOGY UNACCEPTED! Executive Director of the OCA, George Wu, said, “It’s not a real apology. We’re not backing down without a fuller apology.” And then on her official website this week, Miley was all, More »
I’m at a coffee shop/bar place in my neighborhood with a friend, whom I went to school with since kindergarten. Every time we meet, we reminiscence about the good ol’ days. One thing we like to constantly talk about is our high school days. Our conversation took a turn when I talked about when I had to give a presentation on the first “king” of Korea in our world history class. But for the life of me, I could not remember the king’s name at the coffee shop. I kept muttering weird stuff about Baekdusan (Mt. Baekdu, the birthplace of the king), Taebaeksan, Taeyun, and other weird Korean words that came into my head. Then I said “단군” (Dangun). More »
Who would’ve known that the very first glimpse of what would be featured in the “Tell Me” video would spark a national (and perhaps international) dance craze or more appropriately, a dance virus. The “Tell Me” virus infected all walks of Korean life; armed force men, flight attendants, country folk, babies, school children…it even influenced cross dressers! No one was spared from this epidemic. More »
Everyone knows about the Wonder Girls dance videos on YouTube and other video sharing sites. There must be thousands of them on the interweb… Well, does everyone know that the Wonder Girls have been following this craze? In fact, they love these videos so much that they want to make an official Wonder Girls Dance Video Contest, and they asked Ningin to organize it! More »
Wonder Girls member Park Ye Eun is known as the main vocalist in the group. Her singing career first started with her JYP audition for the 99% Challenge project. Despite her strong vocals, she was eliminated in the first round and auditioned two more times before she was finally picked as the fifth member of the Wonder Girls. This girl definitely knows what perseverance is, and she’s a real testament to working hard and not giving up. Fighting! More »
Min Sun Ye is as you all know her the leader of the Wonder Girls! She was first discovered by JYP Entertainment in 2001 during Park Jin Young’s 99% Challenge project. Sun Ye showed off her singing and dancing talents at the young age of 12 and has trained under JYP Entertainment ever since. More »
The tidal wave known as Park Jin-Young surfaced on the Korean pop scene in 1994 with super hit songs; since that time, K-pop has never been the same. He—without a doubt—can be considered Korea’s musical royalty. As a performer, Mr. Park or JYP, as he likes to be called, affected the Korean music industry with a diverse range of genres, such as jazz, soul, R&B and dance. JYP, along with a select few of groundbreaking Korean artists, added modern fusion into their repertoire and made the Korean music industry a power house that rivals that of the western music industry. All of his personal solo albums are number one chart toppers. More »
Every Monday, for the remainder of February, will be JYP Tour 2009 day on Ningin. All our blog articles will be something related to JYP, Wonder Girls, or 2PM. We will reveal a new contest on these days, and we will make new stuff available to download. All of this information is neatly organized in our special JYP Tour 2009 coverage area: More »
It has definitely been an eventful week! Not only did we have an interview with Utada, but it was also the world premiere of the Yatterman movie AND the announcement of the partnership between Ningin and JYP Entertainment! If you weren’t around this week, be sure to check them out!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, who knows what will happen next week.
Here’s this weeks wrap up: More »
While Haruhi was a big lie (hehe), hopefully Full Metal Alchemist isn’t.
There have been talks for the past year that FMA would come back and now we finally have an official release date. The hit anime series that ended in 2007 is back on April 5th on MVS/TBS 17:00 JST. Wewt!
Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t reveal much about the storyline.
Apparently, SM Town fans found footage of Sun Ye crossing her arms during a DBSK performance (note: crossing your arms is disrespectful in Korean culture). Well now SM Town fans are out for blood and of course the Wonderfuls aren’t having it. Anyways after some drama, the storm has moved on and fans have supposedly apologized. Crisis averted! More »
During the taping of the Britney Spears Challenge, I got the chance to catch up briefly with ABDC judge Shane Sparks aka the only judge who consistently shows us that he knows what he’s talking about. After signing on with the William Morris talent agency, Sparks is currently involved with a hefty number of projects, which includes a major role in producing the Dreamgirls musical (based on the Oscar-winning 2006 film), first in South Korea and now in the U.S. I had no idea Dreamgirls is debuting in South Korea—February 27th at Seoul’s Charlotte Theatre, to be exact—so I hope this gets the word out if you’re in the dark about it like I was. I’m pretty much sold because of Sparks’ excitement, which has no shortage of accolades. Do check this show out if you’re in South Korea or if you plan on being there soon! More »
Now that the series has picked up and going quite well, parodies are popping up all over the place.
Aside from Big Bang’s parody, there have been quite a few from netizens and even some celebrities. From games to the Simpsons to photoshop, fans obviously have a lot of time on their hands. Not that I’m complaining. A lot of these parodies are quite hilarious. Below are the ones that I liked best.
I just had some street vendor tteokbokki, a spicy rice cake dish, for dinner. This happens to be one of my favourite Korean foods, and at one point in middle school, I would have died happily just to eat this every day. Well, the one I had tonight was great, but also . . . really bloody, horrendously, awesomely spicy! Now, my stomach hates me for it! However, I digress. I love that dish too much.
Strangely, if I do eat tteokbokki, it usually has to be the street vendor kind. The ones they sell in actual restaurants do not taste the same. And I’m not the only one who seems to think that way. Many of my friends agree. Once in a while, I’ll get a restaurant kind, but that’s really rare. More »
Thanks to the head honchos at Ningin, I’ll be doing a weekly entry every Saturday. Each week, I’m going to showcase a song. The song’s going to be one of the following: Japanese, Korean, anime-related, video game-related, and etcetera. Basically, any song that’s from “Asia” will be chosen, which will usually be a song I’ve been addicted to for the entire week.
Without further ado, here’s this week’s song. More »
You’ve probably heard by now, JYP and his Wonder Girls will be doing a three city tour starting March 6th in Los Angeles, then Orange County on March 7th, and ending in New York on March 8th.
We know Ningin has a lot of Wonder Girls fans and quite a few JYP and 2PM fans as well. Ningin itself has been pretty good friends with JYP and the artists on his label. So it seems natural that we should do something special for this big event. More »