Ep. 10 – Alexine Sanchez on Korea’s Impact in the Philippines, Foreign Policy, and Mangoes

Alexine Sanchez is a recent graduate at Korea University GSIS (MA) and has previously worked at the Korean Embassy in the Philippines. Born and raised in Manila, she had been introduced to K-pop at 12 years old when the Korean Wave was only starting its international reach in Asia. Alexine was a pioneer in the local Kpop community one of the core members of Bigbang Philippines, a local fansite of Filipino Bigbang fans. About 13 years later and now a graduate of International Peace and Security, she seeks a career in research and/or academia with a focus on U.S. foreign policy in East Asia. We talk about all these things in the show, including the very important role the Philippines plays on the Korean peninsula and the region. You can connect with Alexine at alxnsanchez@gmail.com

Show Notes

1:35 first Korean exposure

02:45 Hallyu impact in the Philippines

04:20 Philippine Kpop Convention

05:50 why listen to Kpop

07:40 fan rice / giving back to the community

11:10 what Kpop labels are

14:00 Soompi and AllKpop

16:00 the global reception of Korean media / saliency in Philippines

20:18 Korean community in the Philippines

21:20 How North Korea plays in the Philippines

24:03 Objectification in Korean media

28:18 Masculinity and gender norms in Kpop

33:00 advantages of living in Seoul vs Manila

34:53 what to do for fun in Seoul

35:55 grad school in Korea

39:01 writing a thesis

41:05 what happens after U.S. bases relocate

43:07 South China Sea Dispute

45:00 on Rodrigo Duterte

47:00 on getting Korean ‘things’ in Philippines

47:53 the future of Kpop

48:33 the best place for a Jollibee in Seoul

50:47 the most ridiculous Kdrama plotline and the most realistic

52:37 on mangoes

53:54 a Filipino word missing in Korean

54:35 closing thoughts

People, Places, Things Mentioned on the Show

2015 DMZ Landmine Provocation by North Korea

2PM (투피엠)

Aquino Family

Beer in the Philippines

Big Bang

Bubblegum pop

Camp Casey

Camp Humphreys

Chinese Filipino

Etude House (에뛰드하우스)

Ewha Womens University

EXO (엑소)

Fan rice

Flower Boy (꽃미남)

Girls Generation (소녀시대)

Gong Yoo (공유)

Gyeongnidan (경리단)

Haebongcheon (해방촌)

Hong Kong Cinema

Itaewon (이태원)

Jay Park (박재범)


JYP Entertainment (JYP 엔터테인먼트)

Kim Hee-chul (김희철)

Korea University

Korean Wave (한류)



Misaeng (미생)

MISS A (미쓰에이)

Nature Republic (네이처리퍼블릭)

Noksapyeong (녹사평)

Oppa (오빠)

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Philippine contribution to the Korean War

Philippines Top 50 (Spotify)

Public Transportation in South Korea

Pyeongtaek (평택시)

Second Infantry Division (2ID)

Seoul National University (SNU)


SISTAR (씨스타)

Skin Food (스킨푸드)

SM Entertainment (SM엔터테인먼트)

Sogang University


Sorry Sorry

South China Sea Dispute

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어)

The Philippine Kpop Convention

Three Big TV stations in the Philippines

Tony Moly (토니모리)

TVXQ (동방신기)

United Nations Command (UNC)

US-ROK Alliance

YG Entertainment (엔터테인먼트)

Yonsei University