Exp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/InstagramExp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/Instagram
Exp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/Instagram

Are non-Korean K-pop groups like Exp Edition, Kaachi and 5High cultural appropriation – or is ‘K-pop is only for Koreans’ racist?

To gatekeep or to not gatekeep K-pop? The introduction of non-Korean groups – such as America’s Exp Edition and Rosegold, UK girl group Kaachi and India’s 5High – draws hate online, but should the genre really be exclusively by, and for, Koreans?

Topic |   K-pop idols
Exp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/InstagramExp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/Instagram
Exp Edition, a K-pop group with no Korean members. Photo: @expedition.official/Instagram
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