XO, Kitty season 1: What is a sasaeng?

XO, Kitty. Sang Heon Lee as Min Ho in episode 101 of XO, Kitty. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
XO, Kitty. Sang Heon Lee as Min Ho in episode 101 of XO, Kitty. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /
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Netflix dropped XO, Kitty season 1 on May 18, and people didn’t waste any time watching the new teen series. Since the show is in English and Korean, there may be some Korean words you might not know the meaning of. One of the Korean words mentioned in the show is “sasaeng.” If you have no idea what this word means, all you have to do is continue reading because we explained what it is down below.

The teen series follows 16-year-old Kitty Song Covey as she travels across the globe to Seoul, South Korea, to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend, Dae, and to reconnect with her culture and learn more about her late mother’s life. While in Seoul, she attends a boarding school called KISS and meets many different people there. One of the people she meets is Min Ho, a cocky, wealthy student.

Spoilers from XO, Kitty season 1 ahead!

Kitty and Min Ho don’t get along when they first meet. Min Ho constantly picks on Kitty and expresses his dislike for her. However, things start to change during the Chuseok holiday. He bumps into Kitty in the supermarket and decides to help her cook for a social feast she’s throwing at KISS. But before they get on good terms, he calls her a sasaeng. Here’s what a sasaeng means.

XO, Kitty season 1: What is a sasaeng?

After Min Ho calls Kitty a sasaeng, Kitty asks him what it means. He tells her that a sasaeng is an obsessed fan. This is true. A sasaeng is an obsessive fan who has an unhealthy fixation on Korean idols, drama actors, or other public figures. They act inappropriately by invading their idols’ privacy.

Sasaeng fans will go to extreme lengths to spend time with their idols and get their attention, like stalking them, finding out where they live, harassing their family members, giving them inappropriate gifts, stealing their personal items, finding out their phone numbers, etc.

Some popular Korean idols who have unfortunately had to deal with sasaeng fans are Blackpink’s Jennie, Twice’s Nayeon, Super Junior’s Heechul, TVXQ’s Yunho, 2PM’s Taecyeon, the Stray Kids, and many others.

XO, Kitty season 1 is streaming now only on Netflix.

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