HeartandSeoul – Minimalist designs for your everyday K-drama addict



I am breaking my mini sabbatical of not writing to post about heartandseoul – a shop that’s minimalist in design for everyday Korean drama fans. At this Etsy-like store for independent artists, Elisabeth Baum has created several designs with the most common Korean phrases you’d hear in a K-drama. She then adds her quirky designs to everyday objects – from mugs to pillow cases, clocks to even clothing! Take a look at some of her stuff!

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UPDATED: KCON LA 2016 – See You There!


Update: Now including my panel schedule!

And yet another year where I get to go to KCON! I feel so especially lucky and grateful for this as I was hoping I’d get to go but never really sure.

This past weekend was KCON NY – and if you happened to be there I’m sure it was a blast. But I couldn’t go as I had prior obligations that same weekend. (Wedding in Vermont – equally as fun, but definitely no K-pop at the reception.) I was pretty sad I missed out, but I’m looking forward to KCON LA – after all, that’s like the home base for KCON and sure to be the biggest party of all!

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Radiolab Covers K-poparazzi

I never thought that this would happen – my favorite podcast covering K-pop. For K-pop fans who have followed the scene faithfully since the early 200s (or even before), the subjects covered in this podcast should come as no surprise: Shin Se Kyung and her romance with Jong Hyun, or the Ailee scandal, or the Black Ocean incident for SNSD. But it is so interesting to listen to it come together in a cohesive manner, with a hopeful conclusion regarding the state of Korean press.

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KCON LA 2015 – The Photo Album


KCON was an amazing experience! I had loads of fun participating in panels with my fellow ladies, checking out the screening room, getting freebies (of course), and meeting Daniel Henney!! It was a lot of work and little play, so I really enjoyed being able to walk around the whole convention on Sunday, which was my free day. Sadly I missed the two concerts – Saturday’s because I was busy meeting Daniel Henney and my stomach ruled my heart, and Sunday’s because I had to fly back to New York in a red-eye. But all in all, I really enjoyed KCON this year – more than last year’s. It helped so much that it was indoors this year, and it really made it feel like I was going to a convention, just like Comic Con.

Only bigger things ahead for CJ now!

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10 Asian and Hollywood Celebrity Look Alikes


Have you ever felt like you’re watching an Asian drama and see a Hollywood lookalike standing right before you? Or even vice versa while in a theater watching a Hollywood movie, and you see your favorite Korean actor on the big screen? Here are a few actors who seem to have a Hollywood counterpart, and it’s kind of hard to explain until you get a good look at them or even see them in action!

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UPDATED: See You at KCON 2015!


I’m so excited to be going to KCON 2015 – this time as a panelist! Last year I was just a starry-eyed attendee, but this year I actually get to participate!

KCON will be held on July 31-August 2 – three days! There will be two locations this year: Staples Center for the 2-night concert on Saturday and Sunday, and LA Convention Center for the actual convention. YAY IT’S INDOORS!

I’m most excited for the concert to see Shinhwa, so I really can’t wait to go. I also hope to see some of you there and say hi! For more details on KCON, you can visit their website here.


I finally got my panel listings, so if you happen to stop by, come visit me here!

  1. The Rise of the Acting Idol
  2. Women in K-Drama
  3. Ultimate K-Drama Showdown: Originals vs. K-Drama Adaptations

I’ll be live tweeting the event @kaede_jun, so follow me there and hope to see you there!


WATCH: 5urprise Performs at 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards!


I loved that there was a show-aspect to the awards ceremony so that it wasn’t just a cut and dry, boring presentation of awards. Last year, Magnetic North made an appearance and performed a couple of their hits for the awards show. This year, newbie K-pop group 5urprise performed two of their singles, “Hey U, Come On” and “From My Heart.” I never heard them sing before – or perhaps I heard their song but didn’t realize it was them – and was pleasantly surprised to find out that they did songs with a slower pop beat. Also, Kang Joon does not really look the same in real life from how he looks on TV. Or maybe it was just his hair.

They really are full of ‘5urprises’…

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The Winners of 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards!


It’s really awesome that every winner of the DramaFever awards managed to send a message through video to their fans, and a lot more came in person to pick up the awards! George Hu and Arden Cho did a great job hosting, although I feel that Arden was more on point with the hosting duties than he was. That’s not to say that their jokes and overly-forced flirting was not amusing. Poor Arden, George Hu was just not up to doing the Pinocchio toast kiss!

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