Tag Archives: Hallyu

Asian T.V. Drama Hana Yori Dango Makes Flower Boys Popular

Hana Yori Dango Returns (TV series)

Hana Yori Dango Returns (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J Drama and K Drama are a big hit in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and in the Asian American Community right here in America!  Among the top favorite Asian Drama Series is Hana Yori Dango (meaning Flower before boys in Japanese).  This 1992 comic book series became a japanese cartoon series in 1996. In 2001, the first of the Hana Yori Dango T.V. dramas series originated in Taiwan called Meteor Garden. In 2005, Japan made its first Hana Yori Dango T.V. series debut.  Gaining much fans and attention around the Asian World.  Korea then made its Hana Yori Dango series called Flowers Before Boys in 2009.  Becoming an overnight hit, Hana Yori Dango has made Japanese Actors Matsumoto Jun and Shun Oguri and Korean Actors Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong an icon for young men today.  After the Korean broadcast of Hana Yori Dango, “hallyu” (a korean popular wave) among young men wanting to look more trendy like the actors in the drama, including wearing makeup, was noticed in S. Korea.  This trend called Flower Boys (young men) or Flower Men (older men) is becoming quite popular.  In fact today the fastest growing beauty trend is mens skin care and makeup in S.Korea.  According to Good Morning America the Euromonitor International, a global market research firm, says 21% of men’s beauty came from Korea in 2011 and expects to double in the next year.  Today, Flower Boys are appealing to the young asian girls.  Living in a world of first impressions; being trendy, fashionable and having good looks is a must for these Asian Flower Boys.

It’s KPOP! not HipHop Baby……

Philippines edition

Philippines edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Kpop?…. You mean HipHop?”  I hear that all the time from folks who are not hip on the Asian music.  Korean Pop music is the hot new “Asia Trend”! Originating from South Korea, this eclectic style of hip hop, dance, R & B and electropop music is hitting the charts all across Asia and Europe.  Recently, PSY’s Gangnam Style has gone wild and viral around the world, helping to open doors for Kpop music to reach more and more people with just one click.  One of my favorites Kpop artist is 2NE1.

Their debut song “Fire” was released May 6, 2009.  They have had many hit singles over the last 3 years including “Cant Nobody” Korean version released September 11, 2010 and “Cant Nobody” english version released January 19, 2011 in Japan.  “Naega Jeil Jal Naga” (I am the best) released June 24, 2011. Currently their 2012 “New Evolution”tour, will include Newark and L.A. along with 7 other different countries in their tour stops.  If you haven’t heard of 2NE1, please take a moment and give Kpop a listen.  This Asia Trend of Korean wave “Hallyu” is here to stay.

Videos in this post are not mine, they belong to:

© YG Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.