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Profile Of A K-Pop Fan: Maxine Lee Grew Up In The Philippines Listening To INFINITE And Ailee

By Tamar Herman | February 19, 2016 12:26 PM EST

NAME: "Crisel Maxine P. Lee, but you can call me Maxine or Max!"

AGE: 16

HOME: Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

CURRENTLY: Studying political science

INTRO TO K-POP: "Ever since I was a young girl, I loved dancing so much that I had to imitate some of the famous dance moves. One time in 2009, I stumbled upon 'ASAP' (a popular variety show) where five actresses performed 'Nobody' by the Wonder Girls. I felt that it was new and refreshing compared to the songs I had heard before. Singing that song made my classmates think that I was crazy because it's Korean.

I was in Grade 5 then, so I searched the song and started to randomly sing K-pop songs ('I Don't Care' by 2NE1 and 'It's You' by Super Junior, specifically) during our camping trip in school. Then 2NE1, Super Junior, Girls' Generation and other groups came into my life. The rest, they say, is history. I'm a K-popper for 6 years now and I'm proud to say that I grew up with K-pop."

CULTURAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS: "Other than the language, what [people I know] don't understand is that [K-pop idols] are not clones. They keep on comparing idols to local celebrities, bashing them. They don't understand why idols dress the way they do and some other stuff. They just don't understand why some fans fall in love with someone who is from a foreign land and want to become a part of their world."

FAVORITE GROUP: INFINITE

WHY INFINITE: "They are so good looking, sweet, slick (especially Nam Woohyun), well-mannered, humble, talented, witty, smart, hardworking, and sincere. Their friendship, their love for music, their songs, their attitude, their love for their fans, everything!"

FAVORITE SONG: "Last Romeo"

FAVORITE SOLO ARTIST: Ailee

WHY AILEE: "She is so talented. Even if she has an injury, she still performs for Aileeans [Ailee's fan club]! I salute her talent and dedication!"

FAVORITE SONG: "I Will Show You"

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Tagged :  Profile of a K-Pop Fan, INFINITE, Ailee, maxine lee

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