“Sasaengpaen” or K-pop Fan? Singapore Youths, Authentic Identities, and Asian Media Fandom

  title={“Sasaengpaen” or K-pop Fan? Singapore Youths, Authentic Identities, and Asian Media Fandom},
  author={J. Patrick Williams and Samantha Xiang Xin. Ho},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={81 - 94}
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