Tamar Herman

Tamar Herman

Senior Reporter for Culture Desk covering K-pop.

Tamar joined SCMP in 2020 after years of covering K-pop and related content for outlets such as Billboard, Forbes, and NBC News. She released her first book, "BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears," in August 202

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Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English
Areas of Expertise
K-pop, music business
K-pop may help end China’s dispute with South Korea
Perhaps BTS’ next song should be titled Time heals all wounds because four years after China banned the K-pop supergroup, their songs have finally returned to Chinese airwaves.  In a promising sign this week that suggests warming relations between the two nations, the band’s hit song Dynamite was played on Beijing radio. One academic described the move as “hopeful”, but said it was too soon to tell if the nations’ long-running disputes would end.  Since 2016, relations between China and South Korea have been frosty after China strongly opposed South Korea’s decision to deploy the US anti-missile defense system THAAD.  Beijing’s backlash was swift, with Korean television shows banned and K-p