[Eng Sub] BTS on Korean News – ‘BTS Insight Forum -BTS Beyond and Behind’
An international forum on analysis of BTS syndrome (phenomenon) spreading around the world was held in Korea. Both domestic and foreign scholars examined that BTS do not only spread positive energy but also lead social change. Journalist, Jung Sun Mi. BTS sweeping over the world with Korean songs. This one American university showed that Korean language course is getting very popular. And the positive influence reached the students who feel lost and isolated. Lee Won Ah (a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara): The students and I were connected positively through BTS. LWA: They play a role of gathering youth around the world. Even to the whole society, the positive and comforting messages were spread. While the Hip-Hop artist Eminem emphasized competition and winning, BTS sing about loving yourself instead of winning or losing. Shin Hyun Chul: (Department of Creative Writing at Chosun University): These lyrics talk about ‘it’s okay to lose’ instead of ‘you have to win’. SHC: BTS put armors on their fans with these spells. SHC: They created souls that are bulletproof. BTS’ behaviors such as wearing outfits with colors they want and expressing their honest emotions redefine the new notions of masculinity in the western society. Dr Colette Balmain (a professor at Kingston University, UK): So I think that they break gender stereotype. A man can be emotional.
…we traditionally don’t think men should be. This international forum analyzing BTS syndrome from various angles will be held in UK in January next year. Yeonhap News, Journalist Jung Sun Mi.