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Old 03-30-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I was amazed that "Gangnam Style" played on local radio, to tell you the truth. One "friend" on Facebook actually said "Why is "Gangnam Style" playing on (radio station)! This is America!"

It seems like the Duluth, Minnesota area is less receptive to "foreign" things than other areas, despite being a major international shipping port (believe it or not) and having three universities.

Sushi is gaining ground here. Most people around here considered it "fish bait" ten years ago; now, it's becoming popular even with the working class. The number of sushi restaurants in Duluth proper (pop. 85,000) has increased from 0 in 2005 to 3 in 2012.

There must be some people into K-Pop, Korean dramas, J-Pop, etc., but I don't know about them, except one girl who is or was overboard into them. I do like the Korean series "Brain", though. Anime, manga, Pokemon, etc. were once immensely popular but seem to have declined, or maybe I'm just getting old. We once had two Indian restaurants (interestingly located a block apart from one another), but now we're down to one. Bollywood may be familiar to younger or more worldly locals, but it's too bizarre to break through.

One thing I don't understand is why people do not listen to more music that is not in English. I've played CDs of perfectly respectable non-English pop music, and I always get asked "what is this ####?" or "I don't speak Spanish, so don't play it!" (even if the music is in French). This would make sense if people listened to the music for their meaningful lyrics, but in reality, most just listen to it for the beat, and the lyrics of many popular songs are totally unrelatable or cannot even be understood by local youth.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Personally, I've been watching Japanese porn for over 15 years.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:38 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Yep here in Australia Gangnam style is known by almost every young person. It actually got top no. 1 in the charts, I think. It's the Macarena of the 2010s, I think.
But sure Australia is right beside Asia.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:39 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I didn't say it should be popular. I said it could be if people who are used to consuming almost all of their culture in English only would be more open-minded about stuff in other languages. Ultimately, of course, it's up to them.

But British people listening to K-Pop is no more illogical than Koreans listening to Lady Gaga or the Beatles.
I disagree. We have massive links with America, in contrast our links with Asia are very weak. Not only that but Asia is further away and 8/9/10/11/12 hours ahead of us in contrast to North America who are closer and are 3/4/5/6/7/8 behind us. Every single regional airport in the British isles has a flight to America, only a few have a flight to asia. Even Shannon in the remote west of Ireland has 5 or 6 flights to america. North American Television is very popular here and they speak english also.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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But sure Australia is right beside Asia.
Gangnam was very popular here...
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Thats one song...
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Mount of Showing the Way
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I disagree. We have massive links with America, in contrast our links with Asia are very weak. Not only that but Asia is further away and 8/9/10/11/12 hours ahead of us in contrast to North America who are closer and are 3/4/5/6/7/8 behind us. Every single regional airport in the British isles has a flight to America, only a few have a flight to asia. Even Shannon in the remote west of Ireland has 5 or 6 flights to america. North American Television is very popular here and they speak english also.
I think you missed my point. I was talking about English-language music being popular in Asia.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:28 AM
 
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I'm still waiting for an explanation why a song sung in a Western language, Western setting, Western clothes etc. is called "Asian culture". If anything, this is one good example of the westernization of Asia.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I'm still waiting for an explanation why a song sung in a Western language, Western setting, Western clothes etc. is called "Asian culture". If anything, this is one good example of the westernization of Asia.
If you are talking about Gangnam Style, it's not sung in a western language. Or at least 95% is not. It's a Korean language song. I believe it is set in the district of Gangnam in Seoul. And as for the dress, I suspect the people in the video dress in a way that is common in Korea these days. Most people in the eastern countries of Asia don't walk around wearing traditional costumes these days. Unless you are a Buddhist monk or a geisha (in Japan, not Korea of course).
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