11 Dec '11, 4am

Korean Wave gains fans from the Malay community, who are drawn to K-pop and K-dramas

Korean Wave gains fans from the Malay community, who are drawn to K-pop and K-dramas

'I got Taeyang's mohawk ever since I fell in love with his music and style in 2008. To maintain my hair, my mum shaves the sides once a week.' MUHAMMED NUR'AZHARU (first from left), a K-pop fan with fellow hip-hop dancers, (second from left) Muhammad Farhan, Muhammad Amirul and Mohammad Farid, who are also K-pop fans By yip wai yee That Korean Wave, or Hallyu, just keeps rolling. Now, it is sweeping across the Malay community here. Go to any concert featuring South Korean pop (or K-pop, as it is known) and Malay fans will be screaming for their idols just as loudly as anyone else. Malay television audiences, meanwhile, are lapping up South Korean drama series (or K-dramas), fervently following every episode. The fascination with all things South Korean is such that local Malay-language TV station Suria recently introduced two original Singaporean programmes with Korean the...

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