What we can learn from Korean idols

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2011, 12:00am


Korean pop groups dominate the Asian music industry and are making their mark globally. They are famous for their looks, glamour and choreography. But did they rise to the top simply because of these reasons? I think there is a lot more to learn from them.

Intense training is a crucial factor behind their success on stage. Some of these idols were just kids, when they joined entertainment agencies and started training. After making their debut at a young age, they went through more training in dancing, singing and even rapping. As students, we can learn from their enthusiasm and perseverance.

Teamwork is another factor. During tough times, group members support each other. If their friendship is strong, it shows on stage, and their performance will be better. Similarly, if classmates unite to work as a team, it will benefit every student in the group.

Next time we enjoy a performance by a music group, we can appreciate and learn from their efforts.

Jerry Wong, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Jerry. It's a double rainbow weekend for Hong Kong music fans, with the Biebster here on Friday and the Kpop King, Rain, in Macau on Saturday.

The thing with stardom is that people only usually see the glamorous side, the star. Few realise that behind the star is a very committed and hard-working team that helps to put that person at the top. It is a pity they will never share the limelight, but they do serve as an excellent example of teamwork.

The other thing people don't realise is the pain and sacrifice that goes into success. For the stars that we see, there are millions of people who don't make it, and barely scrape a living in their chosen profession. They are heroes, too, and we can also learn from them. We can learn that success is never guaranteed. What is guaranteed is that if we do not work hard, we will not succeed.

Susan, Editor