SOUTH KOREA / UNITED STATES – AleXa, who just won the American Song Contest, and her dancers practise ‘Wonderland’ before performing before a baseball game between Kiwoom Heroes and LG Twins in Seoul.
AleXa had wanted to perform since she was a child, but she also wanted to assist her mother to discover her biological family.
The blue-haired 25-year-old who won the American Song Contest said eating kimchi was one of her few cultural linkages to her Korean ancestry growing up.
In 2008, AleXa found K-pop. The Tulsa-born rising sensation has been dancing since she was 2 years old. AleXa practises at ZB Label’s Seoul dance facility. AleXa practises at ZB Label’s Seoul dance facility.
AleXa stated witnessing Korean American performers onscreen gave her “an exciting route to pursue”
At university, she won a K-pop competition and filmed a reality programme in South Korea, where she met executives from her future firm and underwent gruelling star-making training.
She travelled to Seoul in 2018 and studied Korean at an academy for a few months, watching movies and TV programmes while taking dancing courses. South Korea’s tight adopting regulations make AleXa’s search for her mother’s relatives difficult.
Her adoptive mother was born in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul. AleXa would want to trace her biological family, but “the regulations here in Korea are a bit severe”. South Korea prioritises birth parents’ privacy above adoptees’.
Since the 1950s, hundreds of thousands of adoptees have left the nation. After the Korean War, it was a means to remove children from a society that values ethnic unity. Unmarried pregnant women experience shame and are sometimes compelled to give up their newborns in a patriarchal culture.
“The other side must be looking for us so we can find them,” the singer stated.
Her mother can’t discover AleXa’s granny since it hasn’t occurred. She’s discovered relatives overseas via the internet and DNA testing.
AleXa says they’re still hopeful.
“Hopefully, my Korean relatives will join us soon. She considers Seoul her “second home”
During a short performance in a Seoul TV studio, AleXa sees a video from her parents.
AleXa, a “Eurovision fan,” was invited to represent her state in NBC’s American version of Eurovision. They quickly started plotting to introduce K-pop to American audiences.
How can we stage, what idea would work, and what will captivate the American audience while being genuine to K-pop?
For AleXa, K-pop is about idea, style, hair and makeup, settings, staging, and cinematography. AleXa records a social media message for her followers before her performance and first pitch at a baseball game in Seoul. She enjoys K-spectacle, pop’s art, wonder, and beauty.
AleXa descended from the rafters on a throne to perform her American Song Contest finals, Wonderland. K-pop fans commend her for putting the genre on American reality TV.
She thinks industry diversification will introduce music to more places.
“Growing up, I only watched Mulan, an animated Chinese heroine, and I’m Korean-American,” she joked.
K-pop has been a safe zone for many youngsters since Blackpink and BTS went worldwide. She thinks more non-Korean idols are beneficial for her adoptive country.
“Korea is homogeneous. Having so many foreign idols is a great chance for Korea”.
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