Miranda Ruth Larsen is a PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo and a lecturer at Bunkyo Gakuin University. She studies K-Pop, affect, and fandom, specifically male K-Pop groups and how they operate in Japan. She’s mostly interested in the rookie and ‘rising’ groups that appear in Tokyo’s Koreatown, Shin-Okubo, and have promotional events at Tower Records. Miranda discovered K-Pop during college and annoyed her roommate by blasting MBLAQ every day. She loves Rain, SHINee’s Jonghyun, HISTORY, TEENTOP, and too many others to list.