K-pop’s influence has spread around the globe. What started as a national sensation at South Korea now became recognized worldwide. However, the state-run media of China does not want any of that. Some Chinese also share the same sentiment, such as the Real Man Training Club founded by Tang Haiyan.
In order to fight against the influence of K-pop, he makes a call for the hinese men to be alpha males.
Tang, a former schoolteacher, founded the Real Man Training Club to combat what he and others in China see as a masculinity crisis — part of a backlash against the makeup- and earring-wearing male TV, film and pop idols who have gained immense popularity here.
Influenced by K-pop idols in Korea, China’s boy bands and celebrities — with their delicate beauty, dyed hair and haute couture wardrobes — have a massive following among women here. But China’s state-run media condemns the young idols, calling them “sissy pants" and “fresh young meat.”
More details on the Los Angeles Times.
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