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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O is proud of her Korean roots

Published on Jan 27, 2013 11:02 AM
Music Group: Yeah Yeah Yeahs which consists of (left to right) drummer Brian Chase, lead singer Karen O and guitarist Nick Zinner. -- PHOTO: Universal Music

Art-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeah's feisty frontwoman Karen O says that growing up as a half-Asian kid in New Jersey made her what she is today.

Born Karen Lee Orzolek in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Polish father, the 34-year-old tells Life! in a telephone interview from Los Angeles: "I felt like an outsider, definitely. But I think I enjoyed being an outsider. In my art, I like doing what other people don't do and I get inspired by doing the opposite of the trend."

She is proud of how K-pop is making an impact on the global music industry.

"For a long time I was waiting for Korea to be on the radar culturally and it seems like it's really popping off through there so I'm excited about hearing all the stuff that's coming out, including K-pop."

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