The $1 million donation by South Korean pop sensation BTS to Black Lives Matter addresses the demographics of the boy band fandom and even reveals the restrictive conditions under which the various fans of BTS, known as the “army”, must operate in the West, analysts say.
“Definitely for the army of BTS, they were really motivated to let members of BTS speak directly to something like BLM,” Anderson said.
In countries such as the United States, where Asians are a racial minority, K-Pop fans from all walks of life are widely disparaged, says Oh.
Anderson says it is too early to say how much Korean pop culture has helped turn the tide of discrimination in real life.
But we are also getting more opportunities for Asian popular culture to enter at least the United States”.