iFans: K-pop Global Fandom

Without the benefit of mainstream media coverage, modern Korean popular music (K-pop) has gained a small but significant following in a variety of locations outside of Korea, including countries in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.  These fans are iFans in two ways: they are international fans and they use the Internet as part of their fan practice.  iFans: Mapping K-pop Global Fandom is an Omeka-based digital culture project that seeks to understand the attitudes and activities of global fans using qualitative surveys and curations of fan production.

Current Surveys

Last Fans Standing: Veteran Fans of K-pop

Most people assume that K-pop is trendy, only appealing to fans for a brief time. However, as the longevity of K-pop groups increases, so too does the longevity of their fanbases.  This study seeks to understand why individuals remain K-pop fans for 5 or more years. Until January 2020, this survey will collect responses to questions about these veteran fans.  This survey contains several open-ended and multiple-choice questions about individuals who have been fans of a K-pop group(s) or solo artist(s) for 5 or more years.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vetfans


Not the Only One: Multi-Fandoms in K-pop

Global fans of Korean popular music (K-pop) tend to support several groups and artists at the same time, while their Korean counterparts tend to support only one group or artist. This study seeks to understand the motives of fans who chose to participate in several fandoms at the same time. This 12-month study will use a survey of open-ended and multiple-choice questions to understand why individuals participate in multiple fandoms.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kpopmultifandom