Submitted by: Jimmie
When it was revealed late October of last year that the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Arts Industry (KFPCAI) had sent letters to the three major TV broadcasters as well as cable channels and Internet music portals in Korea requesting that they refrain from broadcasting JYJ and selling their album, “The Beginning,” the foremost question in most Koreans’ mind was, ‘What or who the hell is this KFPCAI?’ Korean DBSK fans managed to secure a copy of the letter and submitted it, along with a request to open a formal investigation into the matter, to the Korean Fair Trade Commission.
The reaction in DBSK’s international fandom reached levels of panic due to international fans’ unfamiliarity with the structural mechanisms of the Kpop industry. And so in the chaotic realm of Twittersphere and the gossip platforms of the Internet, they grabbed any Korean fan that happened to pass by in a desperate attempt to get clear answers. Is this KFC thing a government agency? Does it have an email? How can we contact it and ask them to retract the letter? Korean fans, unable to give a straightforward answer themselves, instead tried to do the next best thing and dropped the email contacts of several related Korean government branches as well as that of the Fair Trade Commission.
If the Korean government didn’t know about the KFPCAI before, it surely does now…for the first time. Because, as it turns out, KFPCAI is NOT a Korean government agency. And if that weren’t enough to put its legitimacy under question, theKFPCAI has none of the indicators of actually existing. It has no website, no email address, no physical address, and, upon calling the Korea Central Operator, it was easy to find out that it doesn’t even have a registered phone number. Finally, it doesn’t appear on Google Maps. What can be found out about it is that it at least has a logo (a rather pretty one) and that it is some sort of union made up of the executives of the leading companies from each sector of the Korean culture industries to protect their collective interests. Undoubtedly, representatives from SM and from the main broadcasts in Korea are members.