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How Korean culture became a global phenomenon

Nov 18, 2021
The nation's pop culture is a government-funded export that has grown into the "Korean wave."
Rapper RM from BTS is featured on a mural in Seoul. The boy band helped build momentum for the "Korean wave."
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Can't stop K-pop! BTS tune tops Billboard 100 in a first.

Sep 1, 2020
The boy band's single, "Dynamite," blasts it way to No. 1 on the chart. Korean pop music has its hardcore fans, and now the perky genre is officially a phenomenon in the U.S.
BTS performs in Los Angeles in 2019. K-pop is a big part of South Korea's cultural exports.
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TikTok fans and K-pop stans deluge Trump campaign with bad data

Jun 22, 2020
While it's unclear whether the social media campaign affected turnout at the president's Tulsa rally, fake signups to campaign events can corrupt data used for voter outreach.
The upper section of the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is partially empty as President Donald Trump speaks at his campaign rally on June 20.
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Decoding the money message of Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

Aug 31, 2012
A silly video masks a satire on conspicuous consumption and income inequality in Korea.