Hallyu After School Club (HASC)

Meetings: Every other Tuesday in Mr. Stephens’s room (A 336) starting January 29.

K-Pop. It’s the new pop-culture craze, and most know these artists as the Korean Spice Girls,  Korea’s One Direction. However, there is more to K-Pop than meets the outsider’s eye. K-pop is part of the Korean Wave, or Hallyu (한류): the global spread of Korean culture. But what is so compelling about this type of music?  And why does it mean so much to so many people? We’d like to share this profuse form of cultural exchange with the Wakefield community by forming a club based on Korean and Hallyu pop-culture. This club can have many benefits to both the school and its students. The students we have gotten to sign so far have come from a variety of backgrounds and social groups, so this club can provide a safe environment where a diverse group of people can bond over the same interests.  We will be able to learn how to avoid cultural appropriation and respect the deep and rich culture of Korea and the other countries our idols are from.  There are many fans out there that use K-Pop as a way to be social and connect with a group of people, and with this club it can be open and safe place for them to be in.  As to what we will do during the actual club meetings, there are many options. Simply put, the main objective of our club is to have fun, meeting many new people and many experiences along the way.  Since dance is a big part of what KPop is, we can learn some basic choreographies, be active, and overall learn together. There are many issues surrounding KPop, so we can use this club as an opportunity to talk about these issues that are otherwise ignored. We can get the opinions of others, share what we think, and all while being respectful of others. Hopefully in the future, this club will also be a great outlet to raise money for our school or good causes. We could do things like showcases, culture fairs, etc. in order to raise funds.  For examples of some club activities, we could learn how to do at least the choruses of many popular songs and do dance challenges together, such as random dance challenges and roller coaster challenges. Some other challenges we could do include, but aren’t limited to,  try not to sing, dance, react, double speed challenges or Kpop quizzes to help us bond and test our Hallyu knowledge. We could also learn the basics of the Korean language like the Hangul alphabet and basic words for a deeper understanding of Korean culture and language. We could also play fun variety games such as Mystery boxes, Whisper Challenges, Cham Cham Cham and many more. Other activities include having in depth discussions about KPop, such as  discussing ethics and controversial issues, interpreting/analyzing songs or music videos and most importantly, discovering new artists or content from others.Personally, KPop has come to mean more than just the music we listen to or the dances we learn for fun, it’s our way to dive into something unique and full of life, something that everyone can enjoy, whether you’re a hardcore fan or a chill listener. As manufactured as this industry seems, these idols are real people with raw emotions and experiences that people can intimately relate to and find comfort within, a way for us and others to find a way to cope with our problems and believe in mental stability. All in all, we just want to spread the love of this music form to all who are willing to listen.