• Janee’

    lol when u said we might’ve noticed a new non-korean face, I thought u were going to write about Chad Future hahhaaaaa

  • http://twitter.com/mmthew mทิว

    Thank you for news Natthew. Love Natthew very much.

  • http://twitter.com/mmthew mทิว

    Thank you for news Natthew. Love Natthew very much.

  • http://twitter.com/mmthew mทิว

    Thank you for news Natthew. Love Natthew very much.

  • http://twitter.com/mmthew mทิว

    Thank you for news Natthew. Love Natthew very much.

  • http://twitter.com/mmthew mทิว

    Thank you for news Natthew. Love Natthew very much.

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    great article Dana. i’m keeping tabs on Natthew already and i wish nothing but the best for him as a foreign solo artist in Korea :) 

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    great article Dana. i’m keeping tabs on Natthew already and i wish nothing but the best for him as a foreign solo artist in Korea :) 

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    great article Dana. i’m keeping tabs on Natthew already and i wish nothing but the best for him as a foreign solo artist in Korea :) 

  • Salima Diushebaeva

    woahhh..i didn’t know that SM had auditions in Kazakhstan..Good choice

  • Sue Dogra

    This gives us all hope!

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  • K J

    A lot of Indian Americans love K-pop!  I was soooo happy when a person who wasn’t ethnically Indian had a lead role in a Bollywood movie (Meiyang Chang)!  I just hope one day Indians can be involved in the K-pop scene! & I loved 4minute’s Bollywood version of “Volume Up!”

    • Haibara Christie

      I’m actually trying to forget 4minute’s Volume Up: Bollywood Style. That atrocity should not be promoted, and is a bit of an insult to Indian Culture.  That said, everyone IS entitled to their own opinion, so I’m not going to say that the song was entirely bad.

      If you haven’t seen this, you should : http://seoulbeats.com/2012/06/a-case-for-cultural-sensitivity/  

      Indians in Kpop would be rather interesting, but I feel like there would be severe backlash to most Indians because we’re (assuming you are also Indian) too dark skinned.  Already, people like Kai are considered to be really dark, so what would happen when an Indian got on stage? I think that Korea needs to move past their attachment to homogeneity before anything can actually happen.  The only reason Natthew even stands a chance is that he looks “Korean” in that he has the “typical Oriental features.” If you ask most international fans, who would immediately notice that any of these “foreigners” were actually foreign to Korea, unless they noticed the language barrier and/or real name? Not many. I don’t even know how many Koreans will immediately associate foreignness by just looking at them (ignoring Korean speaking abilities.)

    • Haibara Christie

      I’m actually trying to forget 4minute’s Volume Up: Bollywood Style. That atrocity should not be promoted, and is a bit of an insult to Indian Culture.  That said, everyone IS entitled to their own opinion, so I’m not going to say that the song was entirely bad.

      If you haven’t seen this, you should : http://seoulbeats.com/2012/06/a-case-for-cultural-sensitivity/  

      Indians in Kpop would be rather interesting, but I feel like there would be severe backlash to most Indians because we’re (assuming you are also Indian) too dark skinned.  Already, people like Kai are considered to be really dark, so what would happen when an Indian got on stage? I think that Korea needs to move past their attachment to homogeneity before anything can actually happen.  The only reason Natthew even stands a chance is that he looks “Korean” in that he has the “typical Oriental features.” If you ask most international fans, who would immediately notice that any of these “foreigners” were actually foreign to Korea, unless they noticed the language barrier and/or real name? Not many. I don’t even know how many Koreans will immediately associate foreignness by just looking at them (ignoring Korean speaking abilities.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

        Indian + Chinese halfies might be nice.Or maybe some 1/4 indian in Chinese family. My mom has indian father but her mom (My grandma) looks Chinese (She has fair skin with beady eyes) and my dad looks Chinese too. I have fair skin but I have big eyes. My sister is the same. I think the combination of Indian and Chinese will come out great. Just like Nichkhun. He is Thai-Chinese. I think Natthew is also Thai-Chinese. The Thai part make them have bigger eyes and straight nose with nice facial structures and the Chinese part make them have fair and nice skin. Pure oriental Asians have beady eyes and flat noses. Pure Indians have too dark skin and too sharp features. But the combination will be nicer ;) But not all of those will come out nicely. So just pick the nice looking ones and send them to become kpop stars just like Nichkhun and Natthew ;)

  • shannie4888

    Great article. Kpop companies definitely have the right idea about adding foreign members to Kpop. However, I think it could use a bit of work. For instance, I think that having global auditions is a great way to increase the diversity in Kpop and spread Kpop globally because non-Korean members can appeal to int’l audiences as one of their own, but a representative of Korea as well.

    However, with Kpop’s insistence on going overseas to Japan, for instance, why aren’t there more idols who have lived in Japan, are mixed with Japanese, or sufficiently exposed to Japanese culture? I think this is mostly because of the torrid history between the two countries and companies don’t want to risk having too many Japanese idols in the Korean music industry, especially if they are actually mixed with Japanese or fully Japanese. I could be wrong, but this places Kpop at a disadvantage in Japan for long-term success. Having a drove of idols come over who cannot speak Japanese shows that Kpop is not taking the right steps to maintain its success in the Japanese music industry, which makes it a fad. Kpop should aspire to be more than that. Kpop will be similar to how Korean dramas were hugely popular and then after the same plot twists and story lines became redundant, the Korean drama hype died down.

    On the other hand, companies are desperately trying to break into the American market. The problem is that most Kpop idols do not speak great English, with the exception of the ones who were born here or lived in the States for a significant period of time. If a company is starting a group, they need to have a long-term plan. Obviously the group should be successful in Korea, but a company should focus on one int’l market for long-term success. If a company is planning to debut a group in the U.S., then create a group where all the members speak English and have been exposed to American culture. The same can be said about going to Japan or China. Props to S.M. with the strategy they used to create EXO-M. They have the right idea, but it’s too early to tell how successful this model will be.

    A group of Asian performers are already at a disadvantage in the United States. Companies don’t need to make it any harder on them by having them struggle in a new place with an unfamiliar language where their efforts will be wasted. They’ll be reduced to a laughingstock because people will see them as a group trying to sing in English.

    Overall, I admire Natthew’s attempt at breaking into the Kpop market, but he will have difficulty sustaining any success. He has to be able to promote beyond music. I wish him the best, but even Korean soloists who speak the language perfectly struggle with sustaining success in an oversaturated idol market.

  • shannie4888

    Great article. Kpop companies definitely have the right idea about adding foreign members to Kpop. However, I think it could use a bit of work. For instance, I think that having global auditions is a great way to increase the diversity in Kpop and spread Kpop globally because non-Korean members can appeal to int’l audiences as one of their own, but a representative of Korea as well.

    However, with Kpop’s insistence on going overseas to Japan, for instance, why aren’t there more idols who have lived in Japan, are mixed with Japanese, or sufficiently exposed to Japanese culture? I think this is mostly because of the torrid history between the two countries and companies don’t want to risk having too many Japanese idols in the Korean music industry, especially if they are actually mixed with Japanese or fully Japanese. I could be wrong, but this places Kpop at a disadvantage in Japan for long-term success. Having a drove of idols come over who cannot speak Japanese shows that Kpop is not taking the right steps to maintain its success in the Japanese music industry, which makes it a fad. Kpop should aspire to be more than that. Kpop will be similar to how Korean dramas were hugely popular and then after the same plot twists and story lines became redundant, the Korean drama hype died down.

    On the other hand, companies are desperately trying to break into the American market. The problem is that most Kpop idols do not speak great English, with the exception of the ones who were born here or lived in the States for a significant period of time. If a company is starting a group, they need to have a long-term plan. Obviously the group should be successful in Korea, but a company should focus on one int’l market for long-term success. If a company is planning to debut a group in the U.S., then create a group where all the members speak English and have been exposed to American culture. The same can be said about going to Japan or China. Props to S.M. with the strategy they used to create EXO-M. They have the right idea, but it’s too early to tell how successful this model will be.

    A group of Asian performers are already at a disadvantage in the United States. Companies don’t need to make it any harder on them by having them struggle in a new place with an unfamiliar language where their efforts will be wasted. They’ll be reduced to a laughingstock because people will see them as a group trying to sing in English.

    Overall, I admire Natthew’s attempt at breaking into the Kpop market, but he will have difficulty sustaining any success. He has to be able to promote beyond music. I wish him the best, but even Korean soloists who speak the language perfectly struggle with sustaining success in an oversaturated idol market.

  • Haibara Christie

    My question is, when will we get diversity that doesn’t involve looking practically Korean?

  • my self

    I don’t know about this subject of having foreign people in K-pop. If they are Asian because it seems more realistic to see foreign Asians in Kpop like Nichkhun from 2pm cause he is Thai or Amber who is Asian-American but not someone like Chad Future. I think iy would be more empowering and truly diversity of Kpop accepted more foreign Asians who are east or north Asians verse just always their own. But also to allow these people to look who they really are and not Korean idolize their look. To be honest I don’t think any non-Asian foreigner should be in Kpop, J-pop or C and.or Mpop.

    • taequila777

      Why not?

  • Sicachu

    The drummer from Busker Busker to :]

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    Awwww…Natthew is discriminated because he is not Korean T . T. Poor Natthew. I will get to buy his solo single coz I’m Thai <3 Natthew is da best !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    Well, instead of wasting money on plastic surgery and vocal training, they should recruit someone like Natthew with perfect face and body and vocal and then hire a Korean teacher to teach him Korean. ( ^ . ^ )

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    Well, instead of wasting money on plastic surgery and vocal training, they should recruit someone like Natthew with perfect face and body and vocal and then hire a Korean teacher to teach him Korean. ( ^ . ^ )

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    Well, instead of wasting money on plastic surgery and vocal training, they should recruit someone like Natthew with perfect face and body and vocal and then hire a Korean teacher to teach him Korean. ( ^ . ^ )

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    Well, instead of wasting money on plastic surgery and vocal training, they should recruit someone like Natthew with perfect face and body and vocal and then hire a Korean teacher to teach him Korean. ( ^ . ^ )

  • http://www.facebook.com/apirada.lohsuwan Apirada Lohsuwan

    I think in Natthew’s case, the major target audience are Thai people and not Koreans. It seems that his company (True Television) joins with the Korean company (CJ) to get him to debut in Korean music industry in order to launch the same single in Thai language later. (His Thailand Premiere will take place later this month). He’s back working in Thailand now. He doesn’t seem like a kpop idol who needs to promote in Korea at all. (He doesn’t seem to get on any other stage or even doing any variety program) His promotion is not just limited. it doesn’t seem to even take place any where. He got on two stages which are Mnet Countdown and MAMA 2012 and that’s it. Now he is in Thailand and shoot his drama and promote his music in Thailand with the Thai televisions and magazines and continue with his studies at Kasetsart University. He doesn’t seem to act like any other kpop rookies or kpop trainees who need to practice hard and remain in Korea for promotion. I doubt if he’s even busy studying Korean now. I think he’s now more concentrating on getting his university degree coz he’s talking about his graduation day with the fan club.