A Portland Man Has Inadvertently Become an Unofficial Mascot for One of Korea’s Biggest Pop Groups
In the weeks since, Phan has become something like a familial elder to Twice fans, referred to collectively as Once. They call him #ONCEUncle, “uncle” signifying a showing of respect in Korea. There are memes photoshopping him into the group’s press photos, and he’s being swarmed by Korean news outlets. He was even shouted out by forehead goddess Momo herself.