“LGBTQIA+ members absolutely exist within K-pop, but it’s still almost completely closeted in the mainstream K-pop community. This is something that needs to and will change … but probably slowly.”

…and Stephan Lee’s K-Pop Revolution (the sequel to K-Pop Confidential) does this just this.

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In this episode of Notes From Hollywood®, PromoHomo.TV® Producer/Host Nicholas Snow welcomes Stephan Lee to discuss the connection between the LGBTQIA+ community and K-Pop; Identity, representation and AAPI Hate; the prominence of Korean culture around the world; and mental health and self-acceptance in both Korean and K-Pop culture.

Based in Los Angeles and New York, Stephan currently works as Senior Editor at Bustle after a five-year stretch covering books and movies at Entertainment Weekly (If you can think of a celebrity or author, he has probably interviewed them!).

In 2014, he traveled to Seoul for three weeks to research an article about Korean entertainment’s world domination. Using his mom as his translator, he nabbed interviews with K-pop idols Bong Joon-Ho, Ailee, Tiffany Young, and many other creators and artists. While he never wrote the article, the experience was invaluable to the writing of K-Pop Confidential and K-Pop Revolution. Stephan earned an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.


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