heyyaa! http://www.heyyaa.com Asian American Entertainment Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:57:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.17 SF Bay Area Artists Compete In Kollaboration SF Talent Showcase https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/10/12/sf-bay-area-artists-compete-in-kollaboration-sf-talent-showcase/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/10/12/sf-bay-area-artists-compete-in-kollaboration-sf-talent-showcase/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:06:14 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1677 If you missed last month’s Kollaboration San Francisco 2 show, heyyaa! has you covered with our video coverage of the entire event. Watch our interviews with the guest judges (including Golden State Warriors’ point guard, Jeremy Lin, and past Kollaboration winner Clara C), guest performers (including comedian David So, AJ Rafael, and Jane Lui) and fans here:

And of course, we also have the highlights of the 7 groups of competing Bay Area artists showing off their talents and expressing how they felt as they strutted down the red carpet on that day.

Ji-Hern Baek

Alex Carbonel

Love Revolution

Shawn Megofna

Johnny Hi-Fi

Sol 2:7


The night ended with four-man vocal group, ANAK, winning the grand prize of $1000 for their performance of the group’s original song, “Adore You”.

Additionally, you can also check out how much talent was in the crowd that night by looking at how the audience performed on stage during the freestyle vocal and dance competition.

For more photos of this event, please visit our photo gallery.

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Jin Akanishi Enters U.S. Market with Debut Single Featuring Jason Derulo https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/10/12/jin-akanishi-enters-u-s-market-with-debut-single-featuring-jason-derulo/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/10/12/jin-akanishi-enters-u-s-market-with-debut-single-featuring-jason-derulo/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 07:13:56 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1729 Top-selling Japanese vocalist, musician, and actor Jin Akanishi will be releasing his first all-English single in the U.S. on November 8. “Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo,” will be available through digital retailers and streaming services starting on that date at 7AM PST. “I’ve been given this great opportunity to crossover to the U.S.,” said Akanishi, who signed a global deal with Warner Music Group in December 2010, “and I’m so excited to be able to share my music and style with more people.”

In concurrence with the release of “Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo,” Jin will also be answering questions from all his fans during a LIVE U-Stream session with details to be announced through his official Facebook fan page.

As a former vocalist in the popular Japanese boy band, KAT-TUN, Akanishi set milestones with his original lyrics and energetic performances propelling all of their singles, albums and DVDs to #1 on the Japanese National Charts.

With his cross-over, Jin is aiming to produce new music by merging his J-pop style with the U.S. music trends. He is a big fan of Jason Derulo, The Stereotypes, The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Nicki Minaj and many more avant-garde artists of the like.

He is also currently wrapping up the movie, “47 Ronin,” starring Keanu Reeves.

“We are delighted that Jin is making his U.S. debut, following his sold-out tour here last year,” said Rob Cavallo, Chairman, Warner Bros Records, “Jin is a talented, versatile artist who is already a superstar in Japan, and we are looking forward to working with him to build his American fan-base and global career.”

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Overheard 2 Opened as Summer Blockbuster in China https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/08/22/overheard-2-opened-as-summer-blockbuster-in-china/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/08/22/overheard-2-opened-as-summer-blockbuster-in-china/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:26:36 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1682 Crime thriller Overheard 2, starring Hong Kong actors Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Asian American actor Daniel Wu, opened this week in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. With a different storyline from Overheard, the so-called sequel attracted a lot of attention from audiences who were curious how it can possibly follow the success of the first film by continuing the exploration of greed in the financial system and its relationship with wiretapping technologies in modern society.

According to Singtao Daily, the film’s first opening day netted 18 million RMB (approximately 2.8 million USD) in China. In Hong Kong, the film surpassed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Final Destination 5 by drawing in 1.2 million HKD.  Overall, both the cast members and the production company, Bona Film Group, were pleased with the opening day numbers, although the production company more or less expected the strong sales due to the success of the first film.

Daniel put on 25 pounds for his role in the sequel and he was very pleased with more muscular physique in the film. Since this was Daniel’s first action movie, Daniel finally fulfilled his dream of becoming an action star.

Keeping with the original, Daniel’s character ends up dying in the sequel. According to the film director, Felix Chong, Daniel is like Kenny from the popular animation South Park, a perfect ending must include his character dying. Daniel is grateful to the director for allowing his character to have a worthy death this time.

Check out the subtitled trailer below:

The following is an excerpt from his interview with Hong Kong’s TV show host Lawrence Cheng on the upcoming Home Sweet Home TV episode (which aired recently in Hong Kong).

Daniel Wu is a Hong Kong film actor. He grew up in the United States and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Architecture. In 1997, he went to Hong Kong and began modeling and acting. In the past ten years of his film career, he enjoys directing and collaborating with others. Since he is very passionate about his work, he admits that there are times when he neglected his wife, actress/top model, Lisa Selesner. Fortunately, his wife’s understanding and supportive attitude has allowed him to focus on his dream of making films.

Lawrence: L / Daniel: D

L: Do you think of members of Alive (Terence Yin, Andrew Lin, and Conroy Chan) as your buddies within the entertainment circle?
D: Of course.
L: How did you guys bond together?
D: Actually, we weren’t that close before we filmed The Heavenly Kings. But after two years of work, we developed an understanding with each other and we became good friends. Terence became my best friend after I started in showbiz. I collaborated with Andrew many times but we didn’t become close until after The Heavenly Kings. I’ve known Conroy since my modeling days. After the four of us created such a weird film, where we had a lot of opportunities to hang out together, and that’s how we bonded.
L: Do you find it hard to make friends in the entertainment circle? Others say people in showbiz are pretentious.
D: Not really. You can make friends in every profession. But you should make sure you don’t just reject other people, otherwise you will become lonely and life will be depressing. You should open up to people but you should be careful at the same time.
L: When you run into problems at work, will you share them with your wife?
D: I talk to my wife and my friends about them. But for more frustrating problems, I wouldn’t share those with my family because I don’t want them to worry. My wife and friends give me a lot of support and I hope that they will also share their own problems with me too.
L: What do your parents think of your acting career?
D: My mom is very supportive. My dad was against it. Because my dad wished to be an architect since he was 5 and he worked as one for 45 years before he retired, his way of thinking about careers is very traditional. He never thought I would go into acting after spending 5 years studying architecture.
L: He couldn’t accept your decision?
D: He thought I wasted 5 years of my life and tuition. But actually, the study I did in architecture had set a good framework for my future growth.
L: Has he accepted it now?
D: After I acted for 3-4 years, he decided to visit me on the set one day. He followed me for an entire day. And after we went home that day, he told me that he now knows filmmaking is not as easy as it seems.
L: So he thought you were just playing around in making films?
D: That’s right. But after that day, he became very supportive and very proud of my work. When I got my first film offer, I was not sure whether to take it or not. My mom told me to try it out. She said if you try it, you wouldn’t have any regrets later. My mom is a very positive person. She encourages me to try different things in life.
L: Let me ask you about your wife now. How did you guys meet?
D: We met through a mutual friend. My wife told me she fell in love with me after seeing my half-naked body on a magazine cover.
L: You wife is very interesting. She loves you a lot and she is proud to be your other half.
D: We’ve been together for so long because she has been very supportive for whatever I do. We dated for 8 years before we got married, so she understands and knows me very well.
L: Why do you love her?
D: Because we communicate very well. She speaks about her feelings and she doesn’t hide her emotions. That’s why I can understand what she wants. She’s very direct, very considerate and she accommodates me. And I can be a very hard to deal with person. When I focus on work, I cannot see anything else. Sometimes, even though she might be in a bad mood, I am not attentive enough to give her the support she needs, yet she is still patient with me. It’s really not easy to find someone who can accept all of me.

Source: Sing Tao Daily 1 2

Source: Metro Hong Kong

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Korean Dramas and Bath Houses https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/26/korean-dramas-and-bath-houses/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/26/korean-dramas-and-bath-houses/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:32:54 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1626 Bath houses in Korea (known as “JjimJilBang“) must be a big thing, because they show up in almost every Korean drama I’ve watched. Secret Garden, Brilliant Legacy, You’re Beautiful…they all have some element of bath-house-dom. I’m definitely not complaining; I’m just seeking some understanding of this phenomenon.

So what is its significance? Here in the states (and keep in mind, this is just a case study of one person), bathing is a private ritual. I have no desire to bring my girlfriends with me whenever I feel the need to clean. But what I’ve learned from these Korean dramas is that bathing is a community event. You can bathe, eat, and sleep at bath houses, with friends or strangers. What a concept!

I am now on a life-changing mission to keep a running list of all Korean dramas that include bath house scenes. City Hunter is currently the drama I’m watching—and yes, you guessed it—bath houses in this one, too! Can you name a few more?

Image source: by Taekwonweirdo from Flickr.

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Wu Xia Brings Together Two of Asia’s Top Actors https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/26/wu-xia-brings-together-two-of-asias-top-actors/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/26/wu-xia-brings-together-two-of-asias-top-actors/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2011 05:30:40 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1639 Takeshi Kaneshiro and Donnie Yen in one movie? Say no more—I will see it and I will enjoy it. Wu Xia (also known as “Dragon” in the U.S., according to imdb), a martial arts film directed by Peter Chan, is on the top of my list of the most anticipated movies for this year. Not only does the film star two of Asia’s most versatile (and bankable) actors, it’s also directed by the man responsible for one of my all-time favorites: The Warlords.

Takeshi Kaneshiro takes on the detective role and investigates Donnie Yen’s character, a seemingly common villager with a questionable past (and with some kick-ass martial arts moves). I will be the first to admit my bias for any Takeshi Kaneshiro film, but the trailer for Wu Xia will support my prediction that this movie will be nothing short of epic. See for yourself!

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Dancers Fired Up at Funkanometry SF’s Fourth Annual Sockhop https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/01/dancers-fired-up-at-funkanometry-sfs-fourth-annual-sockhop/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/07/01/dancers-fired-up-at-funkanometry-sfs-fourth-annual-sockhop/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:12:38 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1597 Last Saturday (6/25), hip hop dance company Funkanometry SF held its fourth annual Sockhop dancing showcase at the San Francisco Regency Center. Many dance companies participated at this fun-filled event and showed off their moves and grooves on stage. In order to get a closer look of this event, our very own Mae Cruz interviewed some of the dancers and performers on that night. If you missed the show last week, or if you want to know what happened behind the scenes, now you can check out our special video coverage below:

Part one features: Mischief Makers, The Company, Main Stack, Chapkis Dance & BreakEFX.

Part two features: Kaba Modern, Press P.L.A.Y., Funksters, and De La Femme.

Part three features: Passion, Common Ground, Kriesha, Funks SF, Project EM, and Funkanometry SF Medley.

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Dancers hanging out at the dressing room before the show.

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Mae learned the “Passion Body Roll” from Jeremy Passion.

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12-year-old Kriesha makes us wonder how a strong voice can be contained in such a small body.

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Fans snatched some cool Sockhop/Funkanometry merchandise during intermission.

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The show was wrapped after the medley performance by Funkanometry SF and their alumni.

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Model Minority’s “Vincent Chin” Memorial Song https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/23/model-minoritys-vincent-chin-memorial-song/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/23/model-minoritys-vincent-chin-memorial-song/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:48:07 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1580 Today (6/23) is the 29th anniversary of the death of Asian American, Vincent Chin. As a memorial to this victim of a hate crime in 1982, rap group Model Minority decided to release their song “Vincent Chin.” earlier than the rest of their mixtape.

Model Minority is consisted of Grand Master Chu, D-One, and Inglish. According to Model Minority, their upcoming mixtape, The Tiger Sons, was recorded “in the hopes of continuing to use music to educate our listeners and friends about the struggles and victories of Asians in America.”

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Are you ready for Funkanometry’s 4th Sockhop? https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/22/are-you-ready-for-funkanometrys-4th-sockhop/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/22/are-you-ready-for-funkanometrys-4th-sockhop/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:54:00 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1559 San Francisco’s Funkanometry will be holding its 4th annual Sockhop this Saturday. This is a great event in the hip hop dance community where dancing companies from different parts of the country can come together for a friendly showcase and bonding experience. Last week, we went to visit the four dance companies under Funkanometry to see how they are doing at their practice rehearsal.

As a non-profit organization, Funkanometry promotes the art of hip hop dancing, the growth of the dance community, and leadership training through dance. We noticed that even on a late Sunday night, many devoted dancers can be found practicing together for the upcoming Sockhop. Here’s our video interview with some of the staff who are working behind the showcase this year:

And don’t forget to checkout the teaser trailer of the event:

We hope to see you there on Saturday, so if you haven’t bought the tickets yet, be sure to come early before the tickets are sold out.

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An Interview with Joey Diamond https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/22/an-interview-with-joey-diamond/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/22/an-interview-with-joey-diamond/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 02:19:49 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1547 In the past few years, Youtube has given many young independent artists a platform to perform in front of a worldwide audience. Several years ago, a young teenager named Joey Diamond decided to let his voice be heard outside of his own school. Through his channel and blogs, not only did many people become aware of his talent in singing, but they also saw an unabashed teenager grow up right in front of their eyes.

With over 75,000 subscribers on his Youtube channel, Joey Diamond is regarded as hot and sexy among many of his fans. To gain a more in-depth understanding of this popular hottie, this week, our own Mae Cruz sits down with Joey Diamond for a one-on-one interview on his background, his music, and other personal questions right before his high school graduation. Here is a video excerpt of the hour-long interview:

For those of you who are curious about what else we asked Joey on that day, here’s a transcript of some of the clips that are not included on the video above:

Mae: So, can you tell us how tall you are?
Joey: I believe I am 5’7. Last time I checked. I am not very tall. I am very bite-sized, but sometimes that’s a good thing, right?
Mae: But I guess with what people say, Asians, you know, are relatively short. So, you are really good height, I would say.
Joey: Because I am half-breed, I think that being that part Filipino, part Portuguese. I was hoping… like when I was 12 or 13, I was like, come on, make me taller. At least I am taller than my dad. ‘cause my dad is like 5’4. I am like, ok, that’s a life goal right there. Being taller than your father is enough for me.
Mae: Are you good at any sports or maybe video games?
Joey: I hate video games to be honest, no offense to anyone out there. It’s just that I feel that you should be outside and enjoying life and not so much wasting your time on video games. But, if I were to choose something that I am really good at… I am pretty good at… gosh… being lazy, to be honest. I do so much with music and just school and life that I don’t have any time for anything else. ::laughs::
Mae: Well, yeah definitely, you are busy with your lifestyle, so just got to take those moments to just be lazy.
Joey: Be lazy on the couch, and I am really good at it, ‘cause I lay down and eat Cheetos. ::laughs::
Mae: Hot Cheetos or regular Cheetos?
Joey: Hot Cheetos with cream cheese.
Mae: Oh my god, me too. I used to do that all the time in high school.
Joey: Ok, cool, I don’t know if anyone was into that.
Mae: Yea, it’s really bad. Everyday, I used to buy a bag of hot Cheetos and cream cheese.
Joey: Get it from the bagel?
Mae: Ya! Just in the hallway and like just pig out all the time. I definitely know what you are saying. So, you said you are good at being lazy, what is something that you think you are not so good at?
Joey: I am not good at… I am really not good at sports. I am not. I’ve never been. My parents had tried so hard but I just, I guess I… I think I have astigmatism, and I am really not good at catching. Catching balls or focusing on anything.
Mae: So if you can describe your personality in one word, what would it be?
Joey: Um, I would say “positive”. And I say that because I think that my friends had found that even at the darkest moments of our lives, I would always find something good to come out of it, rather it’d be a lesson or just either something funny to say. So, I always stay positive within my personality. I mean sometimes, you have those dark moments, you know, but even then, you have to like… Sometimes, I feel like I have to be the support team for my friends and stuff like that. Like, “no, can’t be dark, you got to be happy”.
Mae: Definitely, “the glass is always half full”, right.
Joey: There we go.
Mae: So I notice you have a lip ring.
Joey: I do.
Mae: Does it ever get in the way for you?
Joey: Of what? ::laughs::
Mae: Umm… how about eating? ::laughs::
Joey: Eating… ok. Well, it gets in the way of me talking. I think the reason why I would lick my lips a lot is because it constantly rubs against my lip and I feel like it’s drying out. So I always tend to like lick it out.
Mae: So going off that, how often do you apply lip balm or chapstick?
Joey: Well, not often. I usually use my natural saliva, as gross as that sounds, like I am like, why waste money, but um, I do like classic flavored chapstick.
Mae: Classic flavored. Do you have a favorite brand? Or just the Chapstick?
Joey: If it isn’t chap… I think it’s just called “chapstick”.
Mae: Yea.
Joey: Or, like, when I am in high school, I used to use Vaseline, ‘cause most of my homegirls would carry around Vaseline. And I am like, “Can I get some?” ::laughs::
Mae: So, who is your favorite celebrity?
Joey: There are so many… so many people to look up to. I am sure a lot of people say it, but I really do have a lot of respect for Lady Gaga. And not so much like the craziness but just for I think she’s a really brave individual. She touches bases on so many touchy subjects, you know, and like she’s not afraid to really be herself. I think that’s something that definitely inspires me with music ‘cause I mean I figure like if you are gonna make it to the top, you might as well be truly and completely honest with yourself and let people love you for that, you know.
Mae: Do you think you might do a cover of one of her songs?
Joey: Oh, she’s such a hard artist to cover. I mean she’s so amazing. I mean, yea, if I can get a good enough instrumental or someone to play with me, and just have that really good vibe, I mean I would sing anything.
Mae: So, if any fans out there have any requests of Lady Gaga songs, maybe that might be his next video. Who knows? We’ll see.
Joey: ::Pretends to be Lady Gaga hand gestures::
Mae: Now, a lot of people say you can tell a lot about a girl by what’s in her purse. I know you don’t have a purse, but what do you have in your pocket right now?

Joey: I have one thing in my pocket right now, and it’s a pen. I am kind of weird in that I always have a pen on me. Not for the celebrity signing things, ‘cause I always just feel like you never know… Say, you are driving, right? Someone hits your car and tries to run away. License plate! You know you have to write that really really fast.
Mae: Just write it on your arm.
Joey: You just never know when you need a pen.
Mae: So, it’s summer time, there are a lot of TV shows coming out on air. What is your favorite TV show right now?
Joey: I don’t know if you’ve heard it… It’s called “No ordinary Family”. It’s kinda like modern heroes kind of deal. It’s like a family where they got superpowers from a plane crash…
Mae: Oh, I just heard about that.
Joey: Ok, I am really nerdy like that, where I like superpowers. ‘Cause honestly I believe that one day, I will have superpowers.
Mae: So, with your lifestyle, I am sure it’s really stressful. What do you find yourself worrying about the most?
Joey: I guess the most thing I worry about is not being able to spend as much time with my family. I’ve noticed that when I focus on myself and my career, I tend to drift from like visiting the grandparents or like spending time with my little sister who’s just born. Sometimes, it gets hard. I know the payoff is great but at times… sometimes I don’t wish that it never happened, but I just wish that I had more time to spend with them.
Mae: I know you said you are 19, but what ideal age would you like to get married?
Joey: Marriage… I definitely want to get married, but it’s probably not gonna be until I am at least 30. And it’s not because I want to perfect wedding, I just really want to… I don’t want to rely on other people for financial help with my wedding so I just really want to take care of that on my own and then maybe 30, I’ll eventually have a family. I’d think that would be the cherry on top of life, right?
Mae: Is there anybody out there right now that you kind of admire?
Joey: To be quite frank and to be honest, I really admired Justin Bieber and there’s a lot of people who don’t like Justin Bieber and a lot of people who love him. But what I admire about this kid is that you know he did exactly what I did. You know, just show his passion for music online and he got lucky, and not that I am jealous, ‘cause I am really happy for artists that make it. And I just really am inspired and it really inspires me to keep going and I think his story is really well, because he just wanted to do it for the love and he got lucky.
Mae: Well, Youtube has been a really amazing outlet for people to showcase all their talents, so who knows, maybe someday really great producers are gonna come across your videos.
Joey: ::looks around:: Where are you at? Where are you at?
Mae: So what time do you go to sleep?
Joey: I am a late sleeper. Like 3 or 4.
Mae: Oh my god.
Joey: What time is it now? I went to sleep at like 4.
Mae: Do you sleep in at all?
Joey: I really don’t. I haven’t been getting much rest lately. It probably shows on my eye bags. I haven’t gotten much sleep lately ‘cause I’ve been doing my merchandise orders and stuff like that by myself so it’s kinda like a one man band.
Mae: Can you tell the viewers out there, what phone you use?

Joey: I use the G2. I’ve always been like a Sidekick fan, so I think the G2 is a much more classier version of the Sidekick.
Mae: Do you think you will ever switch over to the ever popular Iphone that everybody has?
Joey: No, I am not into the hype of the Iphone. I mean, no disrespect to any Apple people out there, I think it’s a great device. I just… I am kind of droid-friendly.

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JYJ Enthralled Fans at San Jose Concert https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/08/jyj-enthralled-fans-at-san-jose-concert/ https://www.heyyaa.com/2011/06/08/jyj-enthralled-fans-at-san-jose-concert/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 11:30:42 +0000 https://www.heyyaa.com/?p=1493 Last Friday (6/3), JYJ finished the North American leg of their 2011 World Tour at the San Jose Event Center. As promised in their world tour press conference last month, the trio showed off their talent and delivered a show that pleased both visually and musically. And to top it off, concert attendees had the honor of singing “Happy Birthday” to their Korean idol face-to-face during the concert.

Before the show, many fans arrived early to prepare themselves for the concert. To show their support for Jaejoong, Yuchun (also known as Micky), and Junsu, some fans dressed in red, dyed their hair, and wore red glowing “Mickey Mouse” ears. Some of the fans also handed out red finger lights and signs that said “Don’t Go (Gajima in Korean), USA Loves JYJ”. Although red is the color used for TVXQ, many fans express their continued support for JYJ, who were members of the original group, with the same color.

Before the concert, we talked to several fans and tested their knowledge of  JYJ. Here’s our video coverage of the pre-show fans gathering in front of the concert hall, featuring guest host Cassandra Farrar. Check it out and see if you know JYJ as well as these fans do:

Inside the concert hall, there were three large screen displays, two on the sides and one right above the stage. There were two levels of the stage. On the lower stage, transparent “glass cages” were located on both sides. Fans of all ages were present to show JYJ their support. Although there are many fans attending the concert, we were disappointed to see that the back of the hall was not filled.

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The group kicked off with a fan favorite, “Empty” as their first song of the night. Since this was our first time seeing JYJ performing live, we were amazed by how good their voices are and thought to ourselves: no wonder they have so many fans worldwide!

Each of the trio gave a solo performance: “I Love You” by Yuchun, “I Can Soar” by Junsu, and “Still In Love” by Jaejoong. Throughout these three songs, the female back dancers highlighted the performance with their sensual movements. But perhaps it’s because these dancers are Americans and JYJ are very slim Koreans, there is a definite disparity in their sizes. Although the choreography was excellent, we couldn’t help but wonder if the show would look sexier if the female dancers were slightly smaller or of comparable size to the guys. But will fans be more jealous because of that? We have no idea.

During the performance of “Mission“, JYJ donned black trench coats during their dance routine. On the large screen, fans could see them sweating bullets.  JYJ’s superb musical talent was on display as they pulled off complicated dance routines without skipping a breath.  The live performance proved once and for all that they are indeed world class artists.

Crowd excitement reached new heights when JYJ performed “Found You“, a Korean song from hit drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal“, starring Yuchun. The popularity of the song was evident as audience waved their glow sticks and sang along with JYJ.

Of course, since part of the concert going experience is to hear artists speak to attendees directly, JYJ used the opportunity to thank their fans for coming to the show. Unfortunately, since Micky is the only one who spoke English, there were many things Jaejoong and Junsu said that we didn’t understand. However, there was a universally understood cute moment when Jaejoong followed Micky’s English greeting by starting off and saying “Hey guys!” in English.  And everyone, including yours truly, were anticipating more English from the handsome Jaejoong after the pause. But instead, the followup was “gomawoyo (thanks in Korean)”, which generated quite a few laughs from the fans. And after a few words in Korean, he finally said “so sorry” to those of us who didn’t understand Korean. And in an awkward and funny manner, Junsu finished up by saying “xie xie (thank you in Chinese)”.

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During the remix version of “By My Girl“, JYJ invited the audience to dance along with them. And for those who had practiced the official flash mob dance before or at the beginning of the concert, that was the moment for them to shine. Under the cue of JYJ, the audience also accomplished two concert waves, similar to what was demonstrated in the flash mob video.

Since Yuchun’s birthday was on the day after the concert (6/4), fans prepared a piano cake for him and it was presented to him on stage along with a pair of glowing Mickey Mouse ears. Afterwards, Jeri Slaughter, the concert director, asked the crowd to sing a birthday song for Micky. Everyone had a great time singing together and wished Yuchun a very happy birthday.

The concert resumed after the brief birthday celebration, with “You’re”. During this part of the concert, fans handed Junsu a pair of “Mickey Mouse” ears and he promptly tried to put it on Jaejoong. Unfortunately, the “ears” kept slipping down, and couldn’t stay on his head. After the song ended, JYJ waved to the crowd and exited the stage.

Afraid that the show has already come to an end, fans chanted “J-Y-J” and demanded an encore. Finally, after several minutes of stomping and chanting “JYJ”, the group reappeared on stage with T-shirts and jeans to perform the energetic “Get Out” and “Empty (Remix)“. During the remix of “Empty”, Junsu showed off his dancing skills with a one-handed handstand. After a second encore, JYJ performed their last song, “In Heaven”, while fans held up paper signs saying “Don’t Go”. The trio bowed once again, thanked the fans for their support, waved goodbye and finally exited the stage. Although many fans didn’t want the show to ever end, the bright hall lights were finally turned on and inevitably the concert must end.

More photos of fans from the concert here.

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Throughout this concert, what really amazed us was both the support that JYJ fans has shown to their idols and the charm of JYJ’s music and vocal talent to woo their fans worldwide. We wish more Americans will discover JYJ. We also hope the group will speak more English to expand their American and the global English-speaking market. JYJ, fighting!


If you still haven’t checked out JYJ’s music essay: Their Rooms, you are missing out on their latest songs.

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