For many of us who are fans of celebrities, it is an unforgettable experience to see our idols visit our schools or universities and give speeches on special occasions. Recently, singer-song writer Taylor Swift rendered a speech at graduation at New York University and received her honorary doctoral degree. How awesome is that!
Just this 20th of May, Suho of the sensational South Korean-Chinese boy band, EXO was present at a Korean Studies conference at Stanford University, where he discussed the influence of "Hallyu" or Korean wave.
Suho. Photo by nomnomkiyow. EXO. Photo by KpopStarz.
Suho was one of the panelists at the 20th-anniversary program of Shorenstein APARC’s Korea program. With the experience of performing in 133 shows in 76 cities around the world, he spoke about the magnitude of influence of Hallyu. He finds it astonishing every time they see their fans sing along throughout the entire concert in Korean language in countries that are difficult to visit and far away from Korea such as Chile and Mexico.
In his presentation, he also mentioned that he watches dance covers of their songs every day on YouTube and Tiktok. Fans not only copy the dance moves on point but as well as the styling and facial expression according to him.
“On stage or even off stage, things I do or even words I say has an impact,” he said.
A lot of their fans learn the Korean language and visit South Korea because they follow EXO, he then expounded. He described the K-culture as a global phenomenon that will continue to grow and evolve.
The said conference was also attended by former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, and SM entertainment’s founder Lee Soo-man,
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