MIRROR: The Impact of a Popular Musical Group on the LIves of their Fans and the Society

MIRROR: The Impact of a Popular Musical Group on the Lives of their Fans and the Society with Special Guest Peggy Chan, M.Ed., R.S.W. MIRROR is a phenomenon of popular culture in Hong Kong. Since 2018, these 12 young men from Hong Kong have become idols for many fans, inspiring strong emotions and devotion. Emerging during a time of great social change, they have provided a strong sense of camaraderie among their fans with many acts of generosity and feelings of togetherness. A recent accident during their performance at the Coliseum, Hong Kong’s largest entertainment venue, has left one of their dancers in critical condition. In this government owned facility, a television monitor above the stage fell on the dancer. In our discussion, Mrs. Chan describes this phenomenon and we discuss the strong connectedness and contagiousness of emotion in social groups. We begin to speculate about the optimal response of society’s leaders to this phenomenon and the upset of the tragic accident. Mrs. Chan is a Social Worker who trains Bowen Family Systems Theory therapists at a nongovernmental organization. We met at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. and have worked together as colleagues on numerous projects.