To post or not to post

I’m in a hospital room but I’m not the one on the sick bed.  I’m bleary-eyed from reading, so I’ll try to write about something that has been bothering me for some time.

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China Fan Meeting in Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center 2015.02.13

At the recent China Fan Meeting in Shanghai, Chinese fans posted photos and videos of the show in progress.  When H and I saw these, we were not really surprised because this was not the first time it happened.  We debated for a few minutes and unanimously decided to publish them on our blog.

Now some people took issue with this.  This was of course blatant infringement of copyright, no respect for intellectual property.  Photo-taking and videotaping are not allowed in any concert or show.  Even though announcements were made before the start of the FM, and in spite of the efforts of the security guards to stop them, Chinese fans found a way to flout these rules.

We would not do anything of the sort, of course, and we do not condone such actions.  But once these photos and videos were all over the internet (on Chinese sites), why should we deprive our members of the right to see them?  Our members are from all over the world and most do not have access to Weibo and the like.  They would attend a PSH fan meeting if they could, but most would never have the chance in a lifetime.

We can understand people who forked out a couple of thousand to attend would feel upset that others who didn’t pay a cent got to “watch” the CFM almost LIVE.  But surely soaking in the atmosphere on site is something that mere photos and videos cannot compare.  And seeing PSH in the flesh is a dream come true, far superior to just seeing pixels on a screen.

Some people said PSH was angry and disappointed with his fans for doing what they did.  If he was, I’m really surprised.  For one thing, it has happened before — at the 2011 Shanghai Fan Meeting.  At that time, the most (and best) photos and videos were posted not by the Chinese but by a Singaporean fan who made a name for herself in the PSH world.  For another thing, PSH is not a boy ingénue but a man of the world.  He will not be fazed by such behavior from his Chinese fans.  He knows the pop culture in China is different from that in Japan, and that no DVD will be issued of the China Fan Meeting.

I do not like people who put words into PSH’s mouth.  I especially do not agree with the speculation that PSH did not leave a Chinese New Year greeting on Weibo because he was upset by what the Chinese fans did.  If PSH is really so 小器, he is not the PSH that I know and love.  How to translate 小器 in English?  Small-minded?  Intolerant?  Vindictive?  Unforgiving?  Not quite.  The two Chinese words literally mean “small vessel”, namely, can’t hold much.  The opposite of 小器 is 大量 (big volume, meaning “magnanimous”), so maybe that would give you a better idea.  I do not believe he would bear a grudge against his fans.  If he did not have a heart big enough to forgive and a mind broad enough to forget, he would not have survived February to May 2013.

I am not defending what the Chinese fans did, but I would not condemn them either.  I think the more they know about the ways of the civilized world, the more they will learn.  Give them a few more years and I am sure they will respect intellectual property in time.  I remember what Giorgio Armani said when he went to Shanghai for the grand opening of his flagship store in 2004.  Someone showed him a fake Emporio Armani watch and he said (not his exact words, I’m just recalling from memory): “Hey! This is pretty good!  As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  The Chinese may buy fakes now, but when they have more money later on, they will go for the genuine articles.”  I remember being so impressed by the wisdom of the man (as well as by the elegance of his creations.)  At a time when the other brand names were suing left, right, and center for copyright infringement in China, he had the grace to accept the reality of the present and the foresight to see the possibilities in the future.  And his prophecy has come true.  So many Chinese tourists now go to Paris and Milan to buy French and Italian brand name products that these august houses have to train their staff in Putonghua! (no, not just hiring Chinese staff but actually having their native staff learn Putonghua because that’s the way the big spenders like it.)

Since his comeback in Korea is still very much in the air, still so full of uncertainty, it looks like PSH’s immediate future lies in other parts of Asia, and in particular, China.  I just read in a Hong Kong newspaper a few days ago about the emerging Hallyu stars — actors who are expected to dominate the Korean entertainment scene once Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Min Ho, JYJ, etc. enter military service this year (can’t postpone any longer) — none of whom I know, since I have not watched a single Korean drama since CDDA.  From their looks (and I am of course biased), I can say none of them can hold a candle to PSH.  But they are all at least 10 years younger and time is on their side.

I was not at the CFM but I’ve read and heard a lot about all the imperfections of the event.  My favorite comments are from Baidu:

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I have seen too many concerts; I know a lot about other stars’ fan meetings; I understand the effects of Japan FM.  So I did not have any expectations of the Shanghai Fan Meeting, but the effects on scene surprisingly exceeded my expectations and I was moved and satisfied.  Although the opening was delayed, although the process was not smooth, although the interpreter was rather stiff, although the MC was not too familiar with the sequence, although the staff was not too professional, although the organizers’ standards were low, but what did these matter?  There were the shouts and screams from PSH fans, there’s Sihoo’s give-it-his-all performance, there’s the MC’s craziness, there were the two encores at the end.  For me, I came to support Sihoo.  As long as there’s Sihoo, as long as I could hear his voice, as long as I could see his efforts, as long as I could feel his gratitude to his fans, I was already so satisfied I could not ask for more!  This was a performance that unexpectedly offered too much, that let me see the overflowing love between Sihoo and his fans.
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看过太多的演唱会,知道太多的其他明星见面会的情况,了解日本FM的效果,所以对于上海这场,我根本就没抱任何期望,而现场效果却出乎我意料的令我感动和满意。虽然延迟开场,虽然衔接不顺畅,虽然翻译小哥有些木讷,虽然主持人不太熟悉流程,虽然工作人员不太专业,虽然主办方水准较低,但是有什么关系呢?有厚粉的声声呼唤,有施厚的卖力表演,有主持人的步步花痴,有结尾的两次返场,对于我来说,我是来给他捧人场的,只要有施厚,只要能听到他的声音,能看到他的努力,能体会他对粉丝的感激,我已经满意的不能再要求什么了!这是一场出乎我意料之外太多的,让我看到施厚和粉丝之间满溢爱恋的表演。

(守厚星厚毒至深@ http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3586304415?pn=1#64387197536l)

As long as there are Chinese fans like this, all can be forgiven.  The transgressions of the minority should not earn the majority blanket censure and condemnation.  I for one am grateful to Chinese fans for always making PSH welcome in China.  They may be too effusive sometimes, they may be overbearing, even offensive (without meaning to), they may overstep some boundaries, they may be overwhelmingly passionate, but their love is pure and genuine.  And it has stood the test of time (at least for the last two years.)  At a time when PSH’s own country people are ostracizing him at worst and ignoring him at best, I am sure he appreciates the warmth and welcomeness (my computer spellcheck tells me there is no such word^^) of his Chinese fans.

Chinese fans, thank you for sharing, but please don’t do it again, OK?

(Credits: CFM photo from Weibo.  Thanks!)

Thank you for being you

MV created by a Korean fan – Many thanks!

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MIRU – Thank You For Being You (그대여서 고마워요)

Again today, I only love you
I love you more than yesterday
The moment I saw you, I knew right away

For all my life
The person who is the main character
Of the fairy tale I’ve drawn out in my dream
It’s you

There are so many complicated things in the world
Living day by day, there are many sad things too
But it’s such a relief that I met you
Because I can lean on you when I’m tired

A person I’m thankful for
A love that’s too good for me
A person who filled up my empty life
(Oh, It’s You)

Again today, I only love you
I love you more than yesterday
The moment I saw you, I knew right away

For all my life
The person who is the main character
Of the fairy tale I’ve drawn out in my dream
It’s you

We’ll fight over little things in life
Misunderstandings will build up day by day
But I want to believe in you more than anyone else
Because you’re my only love

A person I’m always thankful for
A love that’s too good for me
A person who filled up my lacking life
(Oh, It’s You)

Again today, I only love you
I love you more than yesterday
The moment I saw you, I knew right away

For all my life
The person who is the main character
Of the fairy tale I’ve drawn out in my dream

I’m happy again today
I’m happier than I was yesterday
Because I’m with you, because we’re together right now

When you’re struggling
You can lean on me and rest
I’ll be your cozy garden
Thank you for being you

http://popgasa.com/2014/12/03/miru-thank-you-for-being-you-%EA%B7%B8%EB%8C%80%EC%97%AC%EC%84%9C-%EA%B3%A0%EB%A7%88%EC%9B%8C%EC%9A%94-rosy-lovers-ost/

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http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/0UoqHmcP0zI/

(Credits: 후리지아꽃@youtube.com; http://popgasa.com.  Thanks!)

PSH wins in #3 Voting Station 2015.02 (Updated)

That’s our usual title for PSH winning our #3 voting site (See next post for our regular report.)  And in February 2015 as usual PSH won.  BUT his win was reported in the Korean media! (just like his wins in our #12 and #13 voting sites.)

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2015.02.24

Title of article lists a whole series of names, headed by PSH.

Park Si Hoo – Kim Hyun Joong – Ji Chang Wook – Lee Min Ho – Jang Keun Suk – Lee Joon Gi – Kim Bum – Song Joong Ki – Kang Ji Hwan – Kim Jae Joong

They are ranked in the TOP 10.

In the voting site in Japan called Voting Station, voting is on a monthly basis by popular vote.

Park Si Hoo won the popular vote for Korean actor in February as well as overall (both actors and actresses.)

Park Si Hoo topped the poll with 9518 votes, an overwhelming margin over No.2 with 3,651 votes. (See table below).

You can take part in voting after logging in with Facebook, Twitter, or Google ID.

To view voting status: http://votingstation.net/index.php?lang=ja&category=99&page=1

(Source: http://article.topstarnews.net/detail.php?number=109333)

UPDATE

Interesting info – This news was first released on February 24.  Two days later, a new report was issued, contents exactly the same, but the picture was changed.  In the original picture, the Top 5 actors were featured individually.  But in the February 26 picture, they posted a multi-photo not according to rank as follows: PSH (#1), Lee Min Ho (#4), Jo Chang Wook (#3), Jang Geun Suk (#5), Lee Jun Ki (#6).  Who’s missing?  Kim Hyun Jun (#2) – who is currently in the news (sex scandal – impregnated ex-girlfriend?)  They didn’t touch PSH – which is a good thing^^

(See this link: http://article.topstarnews.net/detail.php?number=110091)

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[일본 한류] 박시후-김현중-지창욱-이민호-장근석-이준기-김범-송중기-강지환-김재중 일본 인기 TOP 10

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박시후-김현중-지창욱-이민호-장근석-이준기-김범-송중기-강지환-김재중 일본 인기 TOP 10
박시후-김현중-지창욱-이민호-장근석-이준기-김범-송중기-강지환-김재중 등이 일본의 순위사이트에서 탑10에 랭크돼 있다.

Voting Station이라는 일본의 투표 사이트에서는 매월 인기투표를 진행중이다.

이중 한국 남자배우 인기투표에서 2월에 박시후가 1위를 달리고 있다.

박시후는 오늘 현재 9518표라는 압도적 표차로 1위를 차지했다.

2위 김현중은 3651표, 3위 지창욱은 3105표, 4위 이민호는 2848표, 5위 장근석은 2145표, 6위 이준기는 1722표, 7위 김범은 1593표, 8위 송중기는 1530표, 9위 강지환은 1525표, 10위 김재중은 1480표를 득표중이다.

이 사이트는 페이스북, 트위터, 구글 아이디로 로그인한 후에 투표에 참여할 수 있다.

투표 현황 보기 http://votingstation.net/index.php?lang=ja&category=99&page=1

(Source: http://article.topstarnews.net/detail.php?number=109333)

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From the voting site:

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(Credits: http://topstarnews.net. Thanks!)

PSH wins 94th in a row

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PSH is the winner again in Stage 273 of #8 voting site (that ended at midnight 2015.02.28) — 94th in a row!  PSH continues to set the record of MOST CONTINUOUS WINS for this site, now exceeding BYJ’s by 40.  He received 19,398,027 votes, 12.6 million votes more than 2nd place No Min Woo.

Same old story this week.  NMW again.  NMW has become the challenger who has trailed PSH at No.2 the most times — 15 now, overtaking Wu Yi Fan.

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This is the 94th week in a row PSH has won this competition.  Last 93 times he defeated Jang Geun Suk x 5, Kim Hee Chul x 4, Moon Geun Young, G-Dragon x 4, Kim Hyun Joong x 5, Wu Yi Fan (Kris) x 14, Oh Se Hun x 12, So Ji Sub, Hwang Ji Tao, Lee Min Ho x 12, Lee Jun Ki, Kim Soo Hyun x 13, Lee Jong Suk, Rain, Mayu Watanabe x 2, and No Min Woo x 15.

123-20150228aPSH’s cumulative votes are 1,191,466,013!  – now 23 million more than the ex-all-time winner BYJ (Stages 180 to 273 – Just count the gold cups!)  Bae Yong Jun’s record of continuous wins were set over a period of 2 years (at that time the competition was held every 2 weeks). This is our next target — We want to make sure PSH wins 108 in a row (and beyond!)

Every week is a new challenge, and new challengers continue to emerge. Don’t let up. Fighting!

(Credits: http://123fans.cn; PSH photo from Twitter & DC. Thanks!)

PSH in『韓流 T.O.P』Vol.41

PSH has made it on the cover of another Japanese magazine – Hallyu T.O.P. Vol.41 (May 2015 issue), which will be released on March 16.

『韓流 T.O.P』VOL.41 (2015/05月号)

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Cover

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■ “Hallyu T.O.P” Cover & Feature Special
★★ Park Si Hoo ★★
Park Si Hoo of “The Princess’s Man,” “Cheongdam-dong Alice”.  At the Japan Fan Meeting last fall, the single “Kimiwo [You]…” was debuted.  It is so charming and delightful that it rose to No.3 on the Oricon Daily Chart.  He has been busy shooting the movie “Love After Love” until recently.  His Chinese movie “Scent” has also been determined to be released in Japan in early summer.  Also report of events and activities with fans in Asia.

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From Weibo

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(Credits: http://www.mentorshop.net; www.weibo.com. Thanks!  English translation by H.A.T.)

Jami and Dami on Twitter (66)

2015.02.26

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Dami: Master is on the cover of “Hallyu TOP” (Vol.41) which will be released on March 16 (Monday).  Meow ♪

Jami: Contents on CD which debuted on January 27 as well as the latest information on Master’s movie “Scent” ~

 

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(Credits: http://twitter.com. Thanks!  English translation by H.A.T.)

Jami and Dami on Twitter (65)

While we’re on hiatus, Jami and Dami have been working overtime.  They’ve updated their Twitter again before we posted their last one^^

2015.02.24

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Jami: Dinner date with Master in Korea!  Application closes February 28 (Saturday)! (postmark date)   Meow ♪

Dami: Like a dream BIG CHANCE!  Lottery contains invitation to a nice dinner date with Master!
You can purchase the CD by clicking here! http://tower.jp/artist/1039470

 

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(Credits: http://twitter.com; http://weibo.com. Thanks!  English translation by H.A.T.)