I will now introduce the history of Korean culture and how it influenced the “Korean Wave” or Hallyu. Hallyu is the term the Chinese use for the “Korean Wave”—the phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture that is spreading over the world. According to the K-Pop story, Korean culture is rooted in the culture of the Huns. It was said that the Huns lived near Lake Baikal in Siberia, close to Mongolia, so sources of Korean culture can be traced back to Mongolia. Today, a lot of Mongolian people come to Korea. Mongolians, rather than other Asian workers, do most of the service jobs in Korea. It’s difficult to tell if someone is Mongolian when they are among Koreans; and a funny thing is that even Koreans can’t easily distinguish between Koreans and Mongolians. Many Koreans can recognize Japanese more easily than they can Mongolians. This shows us Koreans came from the Huns, and it helps us understand Korean culture. It’s cold in Mongolia. The ancestors of Koreans came from these cold regions, so nowadays Koreans still live with their mouths saying “Hurry! Hurry!” every second.
Listen to “Wrongful Encounter”:
Koreans like to sing with concert singers. They want to be one with the concert singer. This singer, Kim Gun Mo, became one of the most popular singers in Korea since he released “Wrongful Encounter” in 1995. The lyrics of this song tell how a boy introduced his girlfriend to his friend without thinking anything about it, but then his girlfriend left him for his friend. It is a sad song. But this song is loved in Korea even 20 years later. The main character of the song seems to be a kind of nerd. He does not understand girls.