I had the opportunity to go on Friday to the Symposium at the University of Michigan and attended the seminars (with the exception of the first block since I drove 3 hours and I overslept 30 minutes >~<), including “Of the fans, by the fans, for the fans – the Republic of JYJ” by Professor Seung-Ah Lee of Los Angles City College. As a scholar, the conference as a whole was very informational and looking forward to the book that the university is planning to published within a year that includes the scholarly papers for each speaker, including the one regarding JYJ ;D.
I was also able to meet a fellow JYJ3 member at the conference when we went up to chat with Professor Seung-Ah Lee after her talk 🙂 It was nice meeting you Meaghan (not sure of the spelling, sorry) and too bad you had to go home right after the Second block of presentations. Would have loved to get to meet you even more.
I recorded audio of the talk for those that were unable to attend but are interested in what what was said and typed out an outline below:
- Introduction of Speaker
- History Of Hallyu
- The fans she interviewed. Passion, enthusiasm, and affection towards the members came from all the fans she interviewed.
- Who is Dong Shinki?
- Artist Contracts in the Korean Music Industries (slave conditions, with no power)
- Lawsuit brought by the three members of TVXQ
- Unfair treatment continues after the judge ruled in the favor of Jaejoong, Junsu, Yoochun by not being able to appear music charts, programs, etc.
- Sites that once supported the original TVXQ converted to only support JYJ.
- JYJ today truly continues the legacy of original TVXQ
- The Repulic of JYJ – anyone who loves JYJ is a citizenship
- The role of the fans is to protect JYJ and have become the fighter of justice.
- Sasaengs are illegal immigrants in the Republic of JYJ
- Why a Republic of JYJ and not a nation, family or something else? In hopes to highlight the autonomy and democracy of the fandom.
<Edit: Audio removed due to publication matters; we will post the official recording once available>
Also, University of Michigan Professor Youngju Ryu’s presentation was entitled “How a Podcast Started a Revolution: New Media and Electoral Politics in South Korea” and said that she thought that her presentation was a little out of place compared to the other speakers since it was not really about Hallyu so decided to wear something that represented the Hallyu wave. She wore an official JYJ t-shirt she purchased at the 2011 Busan concert. Me and my friends cheered. \(^_^)/ During the 4th and final block, my whole roll was JYJ fans, 3 friends I came with, the JYJ presenter, Professor Seung-Ah Lee, and Professor Ryu.
Several presentations had images of the trio since their debut in 2003. I ended the night by stopping at Seoul Street in Ann Arbor with my group. If anyone is in the area I really recommend. My friend from South Korea said it tasted authentic. We ended up buying Bibimbap, Kimbap, Dukboki, Fried Rice, Budae Jigae and Kimchi! So nommie…