To really understand what’s happening around you, you need both cultural and linguistic fluency. If you’ve ever been among people exclusively from a very different culture and had someone translate a joke for you, you’ll know what I mean.
You understand the words now that you have them in English, but the joke may not be funny to you at all. Because you aren’t fluent in the nuances of that culture.
North Korean Pop Music
What really surprises me is how culturally fluent North Korean pop music is from an American perspective. We can totally relate to the style and even the humor.
I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this.
The most famous video to come out of South Korea was PSY’s Gangnam style. So far the video has over 3.5 billion hits. In a world of 7.7 billion people, that’s astounding, even accounting for repeat viewers.
Black Pink has also taken center stage with Boombayiah. Here is her video…and also Gangnam Style, in case you’ve been living in a cave and somehow missed it…
Black Pink “Boombayah”
PSY “Gangnam Style”
Can you listen to these songs without getting up and dancing around? 😍