What would K-Pop be if it weren’t for pretty looking boys in brightly dyed hair in skin tight jeans?
Isn’t this part of the key characteristics of K-Pop that millions of fans across the world like? Apparently not in some parts of China, as a camp that aims to fight K-Pop’s growing influence on the world actually exists.
The camp is known as ‘Real Man Training Club’, and it claims to teach young boys how to be the alpha male.
Founded by Tang Haiyan in 2012, a former school teacher, the club is currently quite popular among mothers of young boys in China. Tang has expressed that K-Pop’s influence such as men wearing heavy makeup, dyeing hair in wild colors, and “feminine” fashion, has been detrimental to the youth of China. Tang has also stated that he was heavily inspired by American football teams when he visited the US back in 2006. He stated that he wanted to train young boys how to be manly, responsible, and committed.
So what do the young boys in ‘Real Man Training Club’ actually do?
Well most of the activities that they partake in are pretty much what the typical “manly” guy would do.
Wrestling, boxing, American football, and going on treks in the mountains topless with phrases such as “Real Man”, “Anything is possible”, and etc. written on their headbands.
A mother of one of the boys in the club stated:
“I think it’s a positive influence for my son as he cultivates a more macho and masculine character. I think the entertainment industry has shown bad role models for the youth by showing more of the feminine side of men, and it’s a serious problem.”
What do you make of this camp?