This one's a little late, but it's also been a long time coming.
Alexandra "Alex" Reid is the latest addition to Korean girl group RaNia. Now, when she was first added, the Kpop corner of the internet imploded, although some remained cynical. Some people wanted to know why Alex was such a big deal, when the Black/Blasian presence in Kpop is nothing new.
For folks who are still not understanding why (Black) Kpop fans were going crazy for this girl, lemme break it down for you.
Alex is a young Black/White mixie from originally Lawrence, Kansas (she never fails to mention her hometown). She has no Korean ancestry. She does not speak Korean. She's never lived in Korea before now, and she only discovered Kpop back in 2009 when she was browsing videos on YouTube.
Does that sound familiar? It should. Many of us didn't care that much about the Kpop since either until 2009, when Ninja Assassin came out and MBLAQ dropped "Oh Yeah" - for many us, that year changed the whole game. Matter of fact, 2009-2010 was like a golden era for some of us. But imagine you're a backup singer/dancer/rapper from Kansas, casually browsing vids on YouTube, fangirling and wishing you could be on the scene, and then one day, you go from watching Kpop videos to actually being in them.