In addition to all the success Big Bang has achieved over the years, it has come to light that Taeyang has another thing to be proud of.
Just last year, Taeyang received his Master's in Producing Performances and Images at Daejin University Graduate School of Culture & Arts. He wrote his thesis on the subject of Big Bang and the Korean wave that has been sweeping the world for a few years now. The title of his paper reads, 'The Influence of BIGBANG 2015 World Tour [MADE] on the Sustainability of the Korean Wave'. The paper was written under his legal Korean name, Dong Young Bae and is 104 pages long. His thesis can now be downloaded online through the National Library of Korea. Albeit the whole paper is in Korean, the abstract is available in English which you can read below. Follow the link here to reach the official website (Click View Full-Text).
The Abstract from the paper was translated into English:
"This thesis is a report of the 2015 World Tour [MADE] by Korea's representative boy group BIGBANG, taking the world as their stage and standing at the vanguard of the Korean Wave. Based on this I make my discourse on the Korean Wave.
The commonly acknowledged term "Tour Concert" refers to a concert type that travels to various regions with a single performance format. Tour Concerts by Korean artists that had just been nationwide in the past are now expanding their range worldwide. However, the demand across the nation or the world is vital. There is no significance in establishing Tour Concerts without public demand, and Tour Concerts cannot be created in the first place.
In this regard, BIGBANG has received endless love calls from 21 countries worldwide, thereby obtaining justifiability to hold a large-scale world tour concert in 2012 and once again in 2015. Many fans seem to show support for our music and performance through the direct communication that we have with them at overseas performances.
This is because the limitations of the indirect exchange that occurs online through the Internet cannot surpass direct communication. The synergy between a world-class creative team and BIGBANG's impeccable live performance, always presenting a perfect tune for the worldwide music market trend, together with elaborate laser lighting and stage equipment marked another epoch in popular arts, a real experience for fans around the world who had been waiting for BIGBANG's performances.
As a member of BIGBANG, it is always overwhelming to present our music to the world stage. To those that listen to our music in various local regions, each and every song will become an important parameter for determining the overall awareness of K-Pop contents. Therefore BIGBANG and other Korean artists should take high quality contents to communicate with K-Pop fans in foreign countries and aspire for a far reaching expansion of the international demand of our Korean popular arts contents."
Despite the busy schedule and commitments, Taeyang has managed to achieve another amazing feat. This only further shows the work ethic the idol has developed over the years but also refuses to stop in one spot - he continues to impress everyone and grow as a person.
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