Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games

From the publisher’s website: The “Korean Wave”, or Hallyu phenomenon, has brought South Korean popular culture to the global population. Studies on Korean visual culture have therefore often focused on this aspect, leaving North Korea sidelined and often considered in a negative light because of its political regime. Korean Screen Cultures sets out to redress this […]

Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media

From the publisher’s website: Collectively known as Hallyu, Korean music, television programs, films, online games, and comics enjoy global popularity, thanks to new communication technologies. In recent years, Korean popular culture has also become the subject of academic inquiry. Whereas the Hallyu’s impact on Korea’s national image and domestic economy, as well as on transnational cultural […]

New Korean Wave Transnational Cultural Power in the Age of Social Media

From the publisher’s website: The forces that converged to unleash a pop culture tsunami The 2012 smash “Gangnam Style” by the Seoul-born rapper Psy capped the triumph of Hallyu, the Korean Wave of music, film, and other cultural forms that have become a worldwide sensation. Dal Yong Jin analyzes the social and technological trends that transformed […]

Korea’s Online Gaming Empire

From the publisher’s website: The rapid growth of the Korean online game industry, viewed in social, cultural, and economic contexts. In South Korea, online gaming is a cultural phenomenon. Games are broadcast on television, professional gamers are celebrities, and youth culture is often identified with online gaming. Uniquely in the online games market, Korea not […]

K-Pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea

From the publisher’s website: K-Pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea seeks at once to describe and explain the emergence of export-oriented South Korean popular music and to make sense of larger South Korean economic and cultural transformations. John Lie provides not only a history of South Korean popular music—the premodern background, […]

South Korean Popular Culture and North Korea

From the publisher’s website: Over recent decades South Korea’s vibrant and distinctive populist culture has spread extensively throughout the world. This book explores how this “Korean wave” has also made an impact in North Korea. The book reveals that although South Korean media have to be consumed underground and unofficially in North Korea, they are widely watched […]

Global Impact of South Korean Popular Culture: Hallyu Unbound

From the publisher’s website: This volume fills a gap in the existing literature and proposes an interdisciplinary and multicultural comparative approach to the impact of Hallyu worldwide. The contributors analyze the spread of South Korean popular products from different perspectives (popular culture, sociology, anthropology, linguistics) and from different geographical locations (Asia, Europe, North America, and […]

Digital Mediascapes of Transnational Korean Youth Culture

From the publisher’s website: Drawing on vivid ethnographic field studies of youth on the transnational move, across Seoul, Toronto, and Vancouver, this book examines transnational flows of Korean youth and their digital media practices. This book explores how digital media are integrated into various forms of transnational life and imagination, focusing on young Koreans and […]

The Korean Wave: Korean Media Go Global

From the publisher’s website: Since the late 1990s South Korea has emerged as a new center for the production of transnational popular culture – the first instance of a major global circulation of Korean popular culture in history. Why popular (or not)? Why now? What does it mean socially, culturally and politically in a global […]

The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context

From the publisher’s website: The rise in popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture began and is promoted as an official policy of the Korean government to revive the country’s economy. This study examines cultural production and consumption, glocalization, the West versus Asia, global race consciousness, and changing views of masculinity and femininity. Contents Introduction […]

The Korean Wave: Evolution, Fandom, and Transnationality

From the publisher’s website: Since the Korean Wave phenomenon started in 1997, Hallyu has undergone many changes. Geographically, while Asia has been the largest cultural market for the Korean cultural industries, other parts of society, including North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America have gradually admitted Korean popular culture. The components of the […]

Transnational Korean Television: Cultural Storytelling and Digital Audiences

From the publisher’s website: Transnational Korean Television: Cultural Storytelling and Digital Audiences provides previously absent analyses of Korean TV dramas’ transnational influences, peculiar production features, distribution, and consumption to enrich the contextual understanding of Korean TV’s transcultural mobility. Even as academic discussions about the Korean Wave have heated up, Korean television studies from transnational viewpoints […]

Transnational Korean Cinema: Cultural Politics, Film Genres, and Digital Technologies

From the publisher’s website: In Transnational Korean Cinema author Dal Yong Jin explores the interactions of local and global politics, economics, and culture to contextualize the development of Korean cinema and its current place in an era of neoliberal globalization and convergent digital technologies. The book emphasizes the economic and industrial aspects of the story, looking at […]

Transnational Hallyu: The Globalization of Korean Digital and Popular Culture

From the publisher’s website: While the influence of Western, Anglophone popular culture has continued in the global cultural market, the Korean cultural industry has substantially developed and globally exported its various cultural products, such as television programs, pop music, video games and films. The global circulation of Korean popular culture is known as the Korean […]

Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema

From the publisher’s website: In Tourist Distractions Youngmin Choe uses hallyu (Korean-wave) cinema as a lens to examine the relationships among tourism and travel, economics, politics, and history in contemporary East Asia. Focusing on films born of transnational collaboration and its networks, Choe shows how the integration of the tourist imaginary into hallyu cinema points to the region’s evolving […]

K-POP Now! The Korean Music Revolution

From the publisher’s website: K-Pop Now! takes a fun look at Korea’s high-energy pop music, and is written for its growing legions of fans. It features all the famous groups and singers and takes an insider’s look at how they have made it to the top. In 2012, Psy’s song and music video “Gangnam Style” suddenly […]