MOMtheK is a journey through all things K-pop from one mom’s perspective: ramblings, rants, and random thoughts.
About the author: Married mom of two teen girls, residing in the U.S., yet dreaming daily about the K.
About the blog: I decided to write about K-pop about 9 months into my obsession with it. My journal would have remained private if it weren’t for my family’s encouragement that I share it with others. I realize blogging about K-pop isn’t distinctive, but hopefully I bring a unique perspective: the average American mom. I used to work in the video industry as a producer/editor/writer, and since becoming a parent, I’ve been home with my girls. Thanks to them, I fell in love with K-pop in November 2017, and it’s become nothing short of a passion for me.
Even though I’m a newbie to K-pop, I’m proud to have acquired a good amount of knowledge about it in a condensed window of time. I find myself talking about the Korean Wave and its various generations as though I was there for them, when in reality, until 2017 the only K-pop I’d heard was 2NE1’s “I am the Best” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” I feel like I’ve been into K-pop forever. It’s brought such color and flavor to my life that it’s hard to imagine a time before I was into it. K-pop is joyful, sincere, complex, and most of all captivating. There aren’t many people that only like K-pop a little bit. People either love it or hate it, or they’ve never really heard it. I can say that I’d heard it, but I’d never really listened to it until 2017.
A term I’ve heard in the K-pop world is 입덕 (ip-deok), slang for the moment one enters into a fandom. For me personally, BTS on the AMAs was ipdeok. I was hooked in that moment, November 19, 2017. That was when I listened. MOMtheK is the how, when, why and what that has followed.