[Weekly Up & Down] BTS and Youn Yuh Jung Improves the Dignity of Korean Pop Culture

Youn Yuh Jung Becomes the First Korean Actor Nominee for Oscars

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Youn Yuh Jung has been nominated for the Academy Awards on Best Supporting Actress as the first South Korean woman. After playing the old lady ‘Soonja’ in the film Minari and winning 32 Best Supporting Actress awards at major film festivals, Youn Yuh Jung became a nominee for the 93rd Academy Awards on the 15th (local time). The actress said, “I think this nomination alone is like winning an award. Actors and their performances should not be ranked. Thank you so much for your support; I have never thought this would happen to me at this age.” Minari was nominated for six categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Sound Awards.


The First Korean Singer to Perform Exclusively at the Grammys, BTS

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BTS has become the first Korean pop singer to perform their stage at the 63rd Grammy Awards held on the 15th (KST). While they went on stage as presenters in 2019 and as joint performers in 2020, this year, they established their presence presenting their exclusive stage of “Dynamite.” Though the group failed to win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Award, they became nominees for the award as the first Korean singers and left a big mark on pop music history. Meanwhile, some criticized the unchanging traditions of the Grammy Awards as they rarely award artists of color.


The Product Placement for a Chinese Brand in Vincenzo

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TvN’s Vincenzo sparked controversy with the product placement of a Chinese Bibimbap. In the eighth episode, which aired on the 14th, Hong Cha Young hands Vincenzo Cassano a Chinese Bibimbap. She said, “We need some snacks when watching something entertaining.” It went viral immediately. The internet continued to criticize the show after watching the episode. The Chinese Bibimbap was promoted as if the food was originated from China. Especially with ‘China’s Northeast Project’ intensifying with Kimchi and Hanbok, it became the main point of the argument. That is to say, as the public’s complaints against Vincenzo continued, the production team is under discussion for the cancellation of the remaining Chinese product placement.


Long-Running Group Shinhwa Brings End to Rumors About Falling Apart

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Shinhwa’s Eric expressed his complaints against Kim Dong Wan with his SNS on the 14th. Consequently, the rumors of their discord arose. After Kim Dong Wan spoke pessimistically about Shinhwa’s group activities at Clubhouse the previous day, Eric later wrote that he had not communicated well with Kim Dong Wan since their “Sniper” era. In response, Kim Dong Wan also revealed that Eric has not kept in touch with the production team.

Eventually, with member Andy’s help, the two met together to solve it through a discussion. Eric then wrote, “Let’s use this energy to protect Shinhwa and Shinhwa Changjo, instead of fighting or comparing each other’s fault,” implying that they have made peace.


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