The Ningin Round Table is a feature in which we pose an Asian entertainment news-related question to Ningin writers and they give us their colorful opinions and thoughts on the matter. Ever since we saw that Asian Dad KPOP meme, we’ve had parents on the brain. We asked our writers, “How do your parents react to your interest in KPOP?” Here’s what some of our writers had to say:
Alexandria Faust: My parents are probably deemed as really odd when it comes to my interesting in asian culture and music, and they are both different about how they support me. My mom in very active in my interests and she is willing to buy me whatever I want/require so long as she has the money and I am willing to work for it. The stange thing about my mother is that she enjoys listening to KPOP almost as much as I do; she has gotten to where she can pick out songs when I play them and she has an ever increasing list of her favorites that she request I play whenever we get in the car. She is a bit picky with certain songs, but her favorite artists are Sunny Hill, U-KISS, Heo Young Saeng, and Super Junior. My dad is a bit different in the way of he doesn’t listen to it unless I’m playing it, and he doesn’t really know anything about it, but he’s the first to help me with any KPOP cosplay or project I might be doing. He helps me create costumes, he video tapes my dances, and he takes me and my friends where we need to go when we’re doing a project. I’m really lucky to have such accepting parents and I wish more parents would be more involved.
Jessie Zhao: Honestly, my parents are cool with my whole KPOP obsession. Actually, I think I somehow managed to get them to like bits and pieces of the KPOP fandom as well. At first they wondered why I was so into it and my dad always made fun of the fact how the boy groups were so ‘pretty’. But after they started seeing a lot of Korean artists appear on Chinese television and news, they don’t mind my obsessiveness anymore. I was totally into Super Junior (and still am) at the time and now my mom is an ELF too. My dad is even an IU and YoonA fan, haha. Also, when they heard about the whole SOPA thing and Youtube, my dad said, “How is Jessie going to get to her KPOP videos?” Oh, they understand me too well. All in all, my parents are pretty chill with my interest in KPOP.
Mylinh Pham: Growing up in an Asian orientated family, I have experienced the high and lows of being that one member in the family which my parents dedicate all their expectations on. As all conventional Asian parents wish, they prefer for their child to dedicate their entire lives to their studies; by that I mean, no social life. Though, being in 21st century, the ideal child image has more than gone down the drain, as teenagers begin to create their own self identity and for me, my identity that I convey is of a ‘Typical KPOP fan’. As much as my parents don’t like me stalking Ningin, or fantasising about my biased idols and forgetting about my studies, my parents have accepted my interests to a certain extent. Despite not understanding why I listen to music that I hardly understand, my parents do not interfere with my interest anymore and have also grown to like certain KPOP songs; mainly ballads. In some certain circumstances, it is a tad awkward when they try to converse to me about my biased idols, asking me to show pictures of them and ultimately, when I do google it, half naked pictures of Taeyang or Taecyeon pop up, (my parents are immigrants and hence, are very conservative), they have still shown acceptance towards what I like, something which I am really grateful for. With that said, summing it up, my parents don’t necessarily like me wasting time on KPOP and would rather me focus on my studies, my parents have shown acceptance to my interest and KPOP overall.
Sandy Lee: Ah yes parents, the people that you turn to when you want to buy a certain KPOP album online or even in stores. When asked the particular question: “How do your parents react to your interest in KPOP?”, my answer would be that they were at first weirded out by why I liked listening to KPOP, but have now slowly started accepting it. When I first started listening to KPOP, it was around 2007 and I was transferring from listening to mandopop from mostly Taiwanese artists like Jay Chou, Show Luo, Fahrenheit, etc. Since Mandarin is something that my parents do understand, they were find with it. When they heard I was listening to KPOP, they were really interested in knowing how I managed to know what they were saying (when I wasn’t in front of my computer reading English translations.) My dad knew more about KPOP than I did at the time since the Hallyu wave was going on and we had a BoA promo poster somewhere in our garage, so he wasn’t that surprised in knowing that I liked KPOP. My mom, on the other hand, would’ve preferred me listening to mandopop since she knew exactly what type of music I would be listening to. Of course, that was a couple of years ago and now they still think I’m sort of insane in some ways because I like putting up giant pictures of my favourite artists on my walls, buying a ton of KPOP cds in China and Hong Kong because they were cheap there and randomly popping a KPOP CD into the CD player when I’m home. In biological terms, I would say that they have become adapted to my evolutionary ways in taste of music and have come to accept it. They now even often discuss some KPOP with me when big artists like SNSD have a concert in Hong Kong shows up in the daily newspaper.
And now you have the floor — How do your parents react to your interest in KPOP?
Show All Reactions