From a K-pop Fan, With Love This is From a K-pop Fan, With Love, a column by Giaae Kwon about her K-pop obsessions past and present.

Dear Shinhwa, I Found My Joy in K-Pop Fandom

Joy is not something I’ve carried naturally.

Feb 24, 2022
Dear Tiffany, What Does It Mean to be ‘Korean Enough’?

In pretty much every K-pop group, there is the designated One From America.

Jan 20, 2022
Dear Irene, I’m Still Learning How to Be a Feminist Too

To be a K-pop fan is to bear witness to a whole lot of dumb shit.

Dec 13, 2021
Dear Taeyeon, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

Giaae Kwon on Taeyeon, living with depression and suicidal thinking, and how she cares for herself by caring for others—including GomSom, her beloved dogs.

May 12, 2021
Dear IU, Our Bodies Are Fine

I knew my body wasn’t ‘right’; it didn’t look like the bodies of the K-pop idols and Korean actresses I grew up admiring.

Mar 11, 2021
Dear H.O.T., I’ll Love You Forever

My obsession with the group was the first step I took away from the life prescribed to me as the Korean American daughter of devout Christian parents.

Feb 08, 2021