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In this ongoing series, NY1's Lewis Dodley looks at Korean entertainers who are working to make it big in the United States.

Korean Sound Wave: Running Man Brothers Bring K-Pop to Queens College

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NY1's Lewis Dodley takes a look at Korean pop duo The Running Man Brothers, who are set to play Queens College on December 12. Watch the video above for a preview of their performance.

New York City continues to be the center of the so-called Korean Wave, primarily the wholesale exportation of the country's culture, food and music. With the influx of entertainers, the groundwork is laid for another wave of Korean stars to make their mark.

On Friday, the city meets the dynamic duo of Kim Jung Kook and Haha, the Running Man Brothers, as they're called. They’re named for the wildly popular TV show. In fact, Running Man is seen as the embodiment of Hallyu or the Korean Wave, having been translated online in English, Spanish, French, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.

Its star is Yoo Jae Suk, but the spice is Kim Jung Kook and HaHa – Kim for his boyish likeability, upbeat personality and masculinity and HaHa for his insatiable sense of humor and free spirit – but the two are also quite the musical duo. In fact Kim made his mark with the duo Turbo in the late 1990's when he teamed up with the singer Mikey and churned out several hits.

Their so-called return to their musical roots is already reaping rewards as some 3,000 fans turned out in Palm Springs this summer as they performed their hits to an enthusiastic crowd, laying the ground work for stops in New York City and Dallas. Their show on the Korean network SBS has become some popular, a Chinese spinoff is in works. Would an English adaptation be totally out of the question?

Kim and HaHa follow former 2pm frontman Jay Park, his AOMG labelmates SIMON Dominic, GRAY, Loco, and DJ Pumkin, and legendary K-Pop group G.O.D who recently made appearances in the area.

Stay tuned as NY1 will have a complete wrap-up in our next report.

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