Anti-Black Racism in K-pop

New Trend, Old Racism: Global Racism and Anti-Blackness in Korean Communities, South Korea and the U.S.

By analyzing the entertainment industry, I examine how the K-pop industry in Korea has reinforced the U.S. racial hierarchy and colorism; and aim to shed light on four aspects of anti-Black racism among Koreans. I pay attention to a series of K-pop idols’ actions, such as the implementation of blackface and use of racial slurs, and their responses to backlash by fans of color.

I presented my early stage research at the Korean Wave in North America conference at George Mason University in January, 2021. Mine starts around 6:55.

This project is partially supported by the PSC-CUNY Research Award (Cycle 52, #64092-00 52)