Friday, July 04, 2014

Book Giveaway Trivia Time!

Dear readers,

The good folks at Tuttle Publishing, one of the best publishers of books on Asia, have sponsored an exclusive book giveaway event for Ask a Korean! readers. The prize? K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell, which the Korean previously reviewed here. For anyone who needs an introductory overview of the current K-pop phenomenon, it is a great introduction.

For the give away, TK has put together a trivia competition. The questions and answers are from this blog's series on 50 Most Influential K-Pop Artists, available here. TK will keep the competition upon until noon (Eastern Time) of Friday, July 11. Please submit the three correct answers, and a good story about how you came across the blog and why you keep reading it. The top three will receive the prize mailed, no matter where they live in the world.

Here are the questions. Please remember to add your own story in addition to the answers to the trivia. Buena suerte.

Trivia Questions!

1.  This pioneering idol singer debuted at age 14, after having learned Japanese by living in the house of an NHK news anchor as a child. What is the name of her management company?

2.  K-pop legend Seo Taiji began his career as the bassist for this heavy metal band. What was the name of the guitarist for the band?

3. This artist is likened to Bob Dylan, elegantly singing a theme of resistance against Korea's fascist regime during 1970. His best known song is called the Morning Dew. What is the name of this artist?

Got a question or a comment for the Korean? Email away at


  1. 1. SM
    2. Sinawe
    3. Kim KwangSuk

    I was trying to convince a taiwanese friend that fan death was a real thing when i found your site

  2. Should we be posting answers here? I just emailed...
    Simple Realist, you got 33%, sorry to say. ;)

  3. Nice initiative TK
    BoA for a start, she is a pleasant artist, visual too
    I am not competing, loads of work here, but I hope you get the number of contestants your blog truly deserves
    Best wishes

  4. I like this blog because it's an intelligent blog about Korean issues.
    Others are pretty immature.

    I found this through Google search. I typed in "Korea blog" and went down the list and then
    clicked on this blog using Windows XP and Explorer running on an Intel processor. I read it and just kind of kept it around in the back of my head for a long time. Didn't bookmark it. I didn't email anyone
    about it and kept it to myself.

    1. BoA
    2. Yong Hwa CNBlue (Can't Stop in a beautiful ballet).
    3. Too Hard. No idea.

  5. I've only started learning about Korea in the last couple of years, and the one thing I hear again and again is how clean the public bathrooms are.


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