Clearly, I love making work for myself.
I just finished posting the last installment of the misogynoir mini-series - which was supposed to have gone out in April after PCA, but life happened Hard - and here I am again with an even more intensive series attempt.
This time, we're going to be talking about anti-Blackness in k-pop fandom.
The thing is though, that I can't just be like "here's this anti-Black fandom" with no explanation since y'all aren't guaranteed to be familiar with Korean pop music or its fandom.
So I have to explain some stuff and unpack other things and so, at the end of it all, I ended up with a freaking nine entry article series. (Not including any potential guest posts that I get on the subject over the course of the series.)
Aside from the foregrounding bits, it'll be a lot like the WFRLL mini-series on misogynoir. Here are the hot points:
First, I'll introduce the mini-series/series and talk a bit about my interest and background as it relates to K-pop fandom and studying antiblackness.
Then, I'll do some foregrounding on the way Black sound - from hip-hop and rap to the blaccent many rappers use in these groups - goes hand in hand with the historical and systemic erasure of African Americans from the music we created.
Following that is the fandom side of it where we'll be talking about how this reinterpreted Black music isn't "for" Black fans and how non-Black people in fandom around the world let Black K-pop fans know they're not wanted.
The next big point is the cultural appropriation one. I'll be talking about Blackness as aesthetic (similar to this Fleeting Frustrations piece on K-pop boy groups' hood phases) and then moving on to cover fandom's "But Namjoon" argument as a shield against critique.
I'll then talk about how Black fans experience anti-Blackness specifically from the fandoms they're in when they critique cultural appropriation, Black/brown face, and the n-word in the genre.
Lastly, I'll be putting together some conclusions about what antiblackness in K-pop fandom looks like and some bright spots of cultural appreciation and Afro-Korean presence in the industry and fandom.
Then I'll have two sort of reference posts: one on unpacking the path to hip-hop that these artists and the industry have taken and a post about what I read/watched/listened to while working on this project.
I'd also like to commission guest posts on related topics primarily from Black and/or Korean voices over the course of this project. You can send this whole post to interested people and they can send me a message on my contact form (select "Pitch The Stitch" from the dropdown menu).