Kollaboration LA K-Pop Festival Ticket Giveaway

This Saturday, April 12th is the LA K-Pop Festival. The daylong festival and concert will be held in celebration of the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. And we have 6 pairs of concert tickets to giveaway! HINT: One of these pairs are STANDING PIT TICKETS!!!

Not only are we giving away  6 pairs of tickets, but each winner will also receive one Official LA K-Pop Festival tank top! View the complete online merch store here: shop.lakpopfestival.com

Proceeds from LA K-Pop Festival Merchandise sales will be donated to Kollaboration (that’s us!)


6 winners will be randomly selected to win after completion of the survey. Limit one prize package per winner. Winners will be announced Friday, April 11th, 2014. To collect your prize, go to the Official LA K-Pop Festival Merchandise booth, located in Lot 4 on April 12th. You MUST show photo ID to collect your prize.


Silence the Tiger Mom’s Roar

Defined by UrbanDictionary.com as a stereotypically Asian mother, the term Tiger Mom has been widely used in popular TV shows, YouTube videos, and other popular media. But, the question remains as to whether these mythical creatures actually exist and whether this style of parenting is really as effective as it’s been made out to be.

I had a friend whose mother attempted to micromanage just about every aspect of his life. She would conduct elaborate Chinese torture on him for getting a B+ in class and wake up him at 4:00 AM for “oversleeping.” And that was just the tip of the iceberg. This was in the 8th grade. His mom was a Tiger Mom.

Obviously, not all Asian mothers are Tiger Moms. And not all Tiger Moms are Asian. But, clearly they do exist. So on the next important question: is their style of parenting effective?

I would have to say no.

Case in point: my life.

My sister and I are five years apart. And though we were raised by the same parents in the same household, we may as well have been born into separate families. Our parents adopted vastly different attitudes when it came to their parenting styles.

With my sister, they were the usual, painfully stereotypical “Tiger Parents.” They drilled her with the multiplication table when she was just five, punished her for receiving anything less than an ‘A,’ and mandated that she study for hours and hours every single day. They employed mild corporal punishments to enforce their lessons, such as spanking her with the bright red plastic fly swatter or making her hold her arms above her head for two hours at a time.

The result? My sister went through a rebellious phase in high school, deliberately disobeyed my parents, and refused to concentrate on her studies.

Upon seeing the failure of their parenting ways, our parents adopted a more laissez-faire approach with me; a sort of hands-off approach. Though still emotionally present and supportive, my mother allowed me to pace my own studies, regulate my own grades, and take responsibility for myself. I didn’t suffer the same academic terror my sister went through. In the end, I was able to be more academically successful in high school even though my sister is just as, if not more intelligent than I am.

According to the sociologist Paul Tough’s findings in “How Children Succeed,” early parental behavior affects the development of children in both animals and humans. Drawing the link between high stress level and poor academic achievement, Tough argues that children who are either neglected or abused find it more difficult to cope with stress which leads to lower academic results.

Granted, Tiger Mothering is not necessarily abusive parenting. And the rubric of what is in fact good mothering is subjective. But based on my own upbringing and the experiences of those around me, I think Tiger Mothering rarely leads to the results said Tiger Mother expects. As well-intentioned as these Tiger Moms may be, their overly strict style of parenting just isn’t conducive to either the emotional well-being of the child or the child’s academic success.

Teen Top Flies into the City of Angels

Teen Top kicked off their first world tour in the US on March 23rd, 2014 in New York City. Next, they performed in Los Angeles on March 25th, continued onto San Jose on March 28th, and ended in Toronto on March 30th. Unlike other K-pop shows, this concert went through a crowd funding process, called Krowdpop, by fans from all over. Krowdpop is a new system brought to the public by Kpop United that allows fans to vote which city gets to host a concert by their favorite K-pop artist. Teen Top almost wasn’t able to perform in the US or Canada, but fans came together to fund the concert before the deadline. Continue reading “Teen Top Flies into the City of Angels”

The Undocumented “Documented”

Immigration reform has been in the spotlight for years and the issue continues to extend while hundreds of thousands of immigrants await their fate. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will be releasing a documentary called “Documented” to broadcast on national television through CNN on June 29. A long time advocate for immigration reform, Vargas came out about his undocumented status in 2011 in the New York Times Magazine. “Documented” was in the works two months before his “coming out” essay was published in the Times. Both written and directed by Vargas, “Documented” highlights his experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

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Kina Grannis Starts Prepping Fans for Sophomore Album

If you’re like me, you may find waiting for May 6th to be an agonizing task. That’s how long I, along with the rest of the Kinetics (the nickname for Kina Grannis fans), have to wait until her sophomore album “Elements” drops.

The Mondays of the past several months have been graced as Kina Mondays, when the 2009 Kollaboration LA competitor would upload a new video onto her YouTube channel covering a song of her choice. It wasn’t until Valentine’s Day when, after a week of dropping hints on her Instagram account, she announced the title of her new album and the release date.

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Kollab Live Kicks Off Inaugural Event with Priska and Gentleman’s Vibe

Kollab Live’s inaugural show recently debuted at the Bardot Hollywood with Priska and Gentleman’s Vibe headlining the event. The venue’s interior was vintage and intimate, slightly reminiscent of a speakeasy with its dimly lit interior and Gatsby-esque décor. When I walked in, the DJ was spinning some nineties hip-hop mixed with some contemporary stuff, nothing too overbearing, just good music to groove to since there weren’t enough seats for all the attendees. After the last few guests trickled in, the M.C. introduced the night’s first act, Priska.

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