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So the "K" in K-Pop obviously stands for Korea or Korean, but that doesn't mean that K-Pop groups are exclusively made up of South Korean group members.

In fact, some of the most popular idols in not just Asia but also in the Western world hail from various different countries including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and more.

You can check some of them out below.

 

Mina, Sana & Momo (TWICE)

Perhaps there is hope for South Korea and Japan to get along some day.

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Mark (GOT7)

Mark is Taiwanese-American, and is the rapper for JYP Entertainment's boy group GOT7.

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Lay Zhang (EXO)

Zhang YiXing is the last remaining Chinese member of EXO, with Kris Wu, LuHan, and Tao having left the group.

Some Of The Most Popular K-Pop Idols Who Aren’t Korean

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Huening Kai (TXT)

Kai Kamal Huening's father is American of German descent and his mother is South Korean.

Some Of The Most Popular K-Pop Idols Who Aren’t Korean

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Tzuyu (TWICE)

Tzuyu is the pride and beauty of Taiwan.

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Vernon (SEVENTEEN)

Vernon is half Korean and half American.

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Jackson Wang (GOT7)

Jackson Wang hails from Hong Kong and is the rapper of JYP Entertainment boy group GOT7.

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Rosé (BLACKPINK)

Rosé was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia.

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BamBam (GOT7)

BamBam hails from Thailand. He is the sub rapper in JYP Entertainment boy group GOT7.

Some Of The Most Popular K-Pop Idols Who Aren’t Korean

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Lisa (BLACKPINK)

Also from Thailand, Lalisa Manoban is the main dancer and lead rapper of YG Entertainment girl group BLACKPINK.

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Zoe Wells
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Zoe Wells
Mar 25, 2021 10:32 pm

can uk people become kpop idol

Ally
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Ally
Apr 7, 2020 11:57 am

Isnt rose full Korean?

Eva
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Eva
Oct 14, 2020 03:48 pm
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I too didn't know rose wasn't from korea

Beom
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Beom
Apr 13, 2020 08:04 am
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she's not i think her mom is korean but she was raised in austraulia

Hghghgh
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Hghghgh
Oct 15, 2020 03:39 pm
Reply to  Beom

That doesn’t make her Australian, she’s still Korean

IRESPONDTODUMBPEOPLE1
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IRESPONDTODUMBPEOPLE1
Jun 11, 2021 02:32 am
Reply to  Hghghgh

She is Korean. but I can't fully say that because she wasn't born in Korea. she was born in Thailand if you actually read it.

Mia Lou
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Mia Lou
Apr 9, 2020 06:35 am
Reply to  Ally

Nope