K-Pop confidential: Super fans and the craze that consumes them
'Tings', Thai supporters of South Korean popular culture, are derided as frivolous by some and borderline stalkers by others. But a meeting of one fan club attended by 'Brunch' reveals a diverse group who say they're in it for the love
Somewhere between super fan and stalker lie "tings", the growing army of Thais whose love of all things South Korean goes far beyond the ability to dance Gangnam Style.
Take Noi, a 24-year-old college student. Her favourite K-Pop band, Girls' Generation didn't include Thailand on a recent concert tour, so Noi decided to get creative.
Drawing on savings, she arranged her "own Asia tour", travelling to each of the band's concert stops. But being a truly dedicated ting, she didn't stop there.
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