Rhizome Connect was a virtual social and scholarly event for BTS fans that took place August 7 – 16, 2020. For this conference, I proposed and facilitated a Reciprocity Ring social event, and supported the organizers in various aspects of event production.
Last weekend at around 4:30 AM, I rolled over to turn off my alarm, already wide awake from excitement for a virtual concert by BTS called Bang Bang Con: The Live. I had slept in my “concert outfit” (merch t-shirt) and my ARMY Bomb lightstick was on my bedside table ready to go. Waking up at crazy hours for BTS is sort of a no-brainer for me at this point; in fact it all feels like part of the experience for ARMYs who live outside of Asia and Oceania. I tweeted to assure my ARMY friends I was awake.