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K-Pop Groups with No Korean Members

2019 has definitely been a year with countless new k-pop groups debuting—some of them stand out due to different reasons. While many k-pop groups have members that are foreign, there’s usually either 3-4 other members who are Korean. In 2019, that soon changed when 3 K-pop groups debuted with no Korean members whatsoever.

Group: Z-Girls

Debut Date: February 21, 2019

Debut Song: What You Waiting For

Number of Members: 7

Nationality of Members: Japanese, Filipina, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Thai, Indian

A project called Zpop Dream, Z-Girls debuted with their single “What You Waiting For” which currently has over 5.5 million views on YouTube. They have been long-awaited since the announcement and there has been a lot of excitement and high hopes for both Z-Girls and Z-Boys. Having members from different parts of Asia that isn’t Korea and China is a very interesting concept, but they made it work with having talented members and an incredibly catchy debut song. It’s said that they’re planning for a comeback soon along with Z-boys which will be the first time they do so since their debut back in February of this year.

Group: Z-Boys

Debut Date: February 21, 2019

Debut Song: No Limit

Number of Members: 7

Nationality of Members: Indonesian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Thai

Along with Z-Girls, Z-Boys is another Z-Pop Dream project. To be honest, I thought their debut song “No Limit” was missing something within the chorus, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good. Quite the opposite—especially with the song coming at 3.1 million views on youtube (not as much as Z-Girls, but it’s still a good number for a rookie group). As I have mentioned earlier, it is said that Z-Boys are planning their comeback soon along with Z-Girls, so hopefully, we get to see both groups show their full potential since their debut in February of this year.

Group: USHN

Debut Date: July 11, 2019

Debut Song: Popsicle

Number of Members: 10

Nationality of Members: Russian, Swedish, Thai, Egyptian, Norwegian, United States American, Ukrainian, Polish, Estonian, Japanese

I was actually shocked by this group since their debut song actually came up on my recommended list on YouTube the day of their debut. I had no idea what I was going to see when I clicked on the video. The song is incredibly catchy and the balance within their debut song “Popsicle” is phenomenal. I was shocked to see only two Asian members in this group. Since the release of the video, it has gotten over 2 million views on YouTube.

One thing I was worried about having K-pop groups with no Korean members were the hate comments about them—not their music. I am a strong believer that a person should focus more on the art and not the artist so I was worried that there would be people who would criticize them because none of the members are Korean yet they’re creating K-pop music instead of their music overall. I have seen comments that say “if you don’t like them, then you’re racist”. I don’t know if the person/people that wrote this means if they don’t like the group in general then they’re racist or if they don’t like their music then they’re racist. I do think it’s very discriminatory if you don’t like them because of their nationality, but I don’t think that it’s discriminatory if you don’t like them because of their music since everyone has their own tastes. I do hope you guys check them out if you ever get the chance. I do believe they have a lot of potential as groups so I’m really excited to see what they have in store for the future. That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed reading this. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾

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