Former K-pop idol Rebekah Kim will be on campus this Thursday to share her story as part of the “HI SEOUL: My Journey into Kpop” event.
Kim is originally from Hawaiʻi and moved to South Korea to train under the company Pledis Entertainment. Formerly of the Korean girl group After School, Kim went by the stage name “Bekah” and was a member from 2008 to 2011. Kim was one of the first members scouted by then member "Kahi" to join After School and was regarded as one of the first Americans to debut in a K-pop group.
She has previously spoken at the University of Hawai‘i’ West O‘ahu and at Leeward Community College.
Kim will be talking about her life in the industry; being scouted, her training in Korea and debuting as an idol.
Prior to Kim’s speech, Professor Jayson Chun will be giving a lecture titled “The K-Pop Phenomenon.” Chun is a professor of history at UH West O‘ahu and specializes in Japanese media history as well as East Asian media history and popular culture.
Chun’s speech will be followed by a K-pop dance performance by Hanwoori, UH Mānoa’s Korean culture registered independent organization.
The event will conclude with a Q&A session from Kim.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Shidler College of Business Room A102 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.