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Black Lives Matter to K-pop artists, including BTS, and fans

If you happen to be among the countless people who have dismissed K-pop as vapid, saccharine and content-free, a Korean dance-music answer to Japan’s Hello Kitty, you might want to reconsider. Over the past few weeks, K-pop fans have been leading the music world’s most-effective campaign on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.

For young North Koreans, K-pop provides an awakening – and an inspiration to defect

The trend, fueled by growing cellphone ownership in North Korea and the country’s still buoyant border trade with China, has provoked a new clampdown by Pyongyang in the past year, according to reports on Daily NK, a defector-led news service with extensive links in the North. That followed Kim Jong Un’s 2018 vow to “crush bourgeois reactionary culture.”

K-Pop time: South Koreans fly to North for rare concerts

From aging crooners to bubbly K-Pop starlets, some of South Korea’s biggest pop stars flew to North Korea on Saturday for rare performances that highlight the sudden thaw in inter-Korean ties after years of tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions.