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DANakaDAN | Artist Spotlight

I usually run across interesting topics on Buzzfeed but this particular article highlighting Asian American artists called, “Asian-American Artists Discuss How Art Has Changed Their Lives“, really stood out to me, specifically when it got to DANakaDAN. I recently watched a short interview about him on YouTube discussing his life as a Korean-American adoptee and the many struggles he faced growing up, as well as how he wants to help the adoptee community. Though I’m not adopted, I think his passion is inspiring and beautiful.

One part that stood out to me was when he was talking about his biological family. He reunited with them and found out he has a twin brother and the two of them are very similar in a lot of ways. They are both very passionate about music, specifically hip-hop.

“One of the more interesting outcomes that I like to think that pursuing art has led me to was meeting my biological family, including an identical twin brother I never knew about. We met about three years ago, and most interestingly enough, he too was a rapper. It’s crazy to think how DNA could impact something like that, especially within two different people raised simultaneously in different parts of the world.”

I especially appreciate his response when asked about his influence on his community saying simply,

“I believe that through producing the videos that I’ve been proud to do through ISAtv, we’ve been able to support many up-and-coming or undiscovered artists in our community and give them a platform to have their voice be heard.”

He goes on to discuss the voice he’s given to not only Asian-Americans, but also adoptees.

“One of our goals from the beginning was always to be a hub where up-and-coming artists could feel empowered and discovered. On the adoptee side, I believe that through the Korean adoptee documentary I made and the music I’ve produced, it’s given a voice to a community that’s seldom heard.”

I think the full article is worth checking out. He’s an amazing artist and his story is one of hope and acceptance. Regardless of your background, you can follow your passion and you can become a beacon for those who are striving to do what you do.

Wednesday Kpop Update | Korean-American Actress Amy Deported Back to U.S. + Sulli Instagram Hacked + April “Muah!” Video

On this day in the world of kpop:

Rain decided to postpone his official comeback onto the music scene. Why? Well he wants to release a quality album and feels the December deadline just isn’t giving him enough time to do that. So when he does make a comeback, the music is going to be top notch! Meanwhile, he’s on tour.

Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha recently said during an interview on “Radio Star” that being a sunbae in the music industry is hard work! When they go to music shows, they’re greeted by hundreds of hoobae and they can’t even go to the restroom. Of course they release it’s a lot on them as well. The hosts joked with her though teaching her a “faster” approach.

LOEN Entertainment has been investing in CUBE Entertainment. Apparently, this has been a move that has been in the making under the radar. Despite the acquisition, don’t expect to see much of a change in the name or in the artists.

TaeTiSeo is preparing for a winter comeback and have released teasers, group and individual.


In less thrilling news…

Korean-American actress Amy has lost her battle in South Korea. After being fined for the illegal drug use of Zolpidem, she was sentenced to deportation. This ruling came as a result of a previous charge where she was caught with the drug Propofol. After that ruling, she agreed that if she was ever caught breaking the law again, she’d be deported. And now, the court is making her stick to her agreement.

“The Immigration Office allowed Amy to stay in Korea after receiving a law-abiding covenant from her that said, “I will not object against being deported if I disobey the law again” twice. The law allows the deportation of foreigners if they are sentenced to imprisonment due to crimes such as handling drugs.

(source: soompi)

After having her case dismissed, she expressed serious grief saying: “I don’t know if I even have the energy to live on… This is tormenting me because regardless of what the papers say, I have always lived my life believing I am Korean.” Also saying in her statement that if she wanted to live as an American, she simply wouldn’t have left.

Many people are seeing her comments and telling her that she actually brought this on herself and they don’t feel sorry for her. Personally, I can understand why she would be grieved. She has a life in Korea and family and friends there too. It can’t be easy to leave a place where you want to stay.

It should also be noted that both drugs are legal in the U.S. and are used as anti-depressants as well to treat insomnia. 

It gets better Amy.


Sulli got an earful as well.

Apparently, she was hacked. And the hacker only took down one photo which was a promotion photo for f(x)’s comeback. She quickly took to instagram to let everyone know, it wasn’t her fault. She even showed proof that she was in fact hacked.

As usual, fans weren’t buying it and called her out on her bluff. Interestingly enough, a lot of the ones commenting and attacking her may not have even been f(x) fans. She did, however, receive some support from an unlikely source… netizens.

[+128, -31] 걍 Can’t they all just go each other’s ways? I used to feel sorry for f(x) fans but now I don’t. She left why would you go to her instagram and check to chew her out ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

[+86, -100] Man f(x) fans make me want to defend Sulli ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

(source: koreaboo)

Change that password Sulli!


And finally…

APRIL’s new video, “Muah!”