BTS Are on the Front Line of South Korea’s Generational Warfare

With their new single, the supergroup continues a playful assault on youth unemployment, career pressure, and social inequality

BTS performs during the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2020 celebration. Photo: Michael Stewart/Getty Images

BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” a name that alludes to their ethos of youth empowerment.

“In our parents’ generation, it was possible to climb up the socioeconomic ladder if you worked hard enough; this is not an option for us.”

Elliot is a writer from Queens, New York. He is of Dominican and Chinese descent. He runs the YouTube channel bby gang, which releases video essays and art.

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