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The rise in popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture, known as the Korean Wave, began and has been promoted as an official policy of the Korean government to revive the country's economy. As such, popular culture products such as K-pop and K-drama are tailored to appeal to the widest possible audience beyond national and regional boundaries. This study of the a The rise in popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture, known as the Korean Wave, began and has been promoted as an official policy of the Korean government to revive the country's economy. As such, popular culture products such as K-pop and K-drama are tailored to appeal to the widest possible audience beyond national and regional boundaries. This study of the appeal of Korean popular culture examines cultural production and consumption, hybrid culture, the West versus. Asia, global race consciousness, and changing views of masculinity and femininity, among other topics.


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The rise in popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture, known as the Korean Wave, began and has been promoted as an official policy of the Korean government to revive the country's economy. As such, popular culture products such as K-pop and K-drama are tailored to appeal to the widest possible audience beyond national and regional boundaries. This study of the a The rise in popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture, known as the Korean Wave, began and has been promoted as an official policy of the Korean government to revive the country's economy. As such, popular culture products such as K-pop and K-drama are tailored to appeal to the widest possible audience beyond national and regional boundaries. This study of the appeal of Korean popular culture examines cultural production and consumption, hybrid culture, the West versus. Asia, global race consciousness, and changing views of masculinity and femininity, among other topics.

37 review for The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context

  1. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    I wish Goodreads allowed for half-star ratings because this would definitely be a 3.5 star book but I just can't give it four stars even if I can say in my review that it's not really four. This book has some interesting articles and topics but they feel a bit uneven. Some, like the one on the Korean wave reaching the US feel really extensive (even if that chapter title is a bit deceiving as it's not so much on the Korean Wave having already reached the US as it is on the foundations that would I wish Goodreads allowed for half-star ratings because this would definitely be a 3.5 star book but I just can't give it four stars even if I can say in my review that it's not really four. This book has some interesting articles and topics but they feel a bit uneven. Some, like the one on the Korean wave reaching the US feel really extensive (even if that chapter title is a bit deceiving as it's not so much on the Korean Wave having already reached the US as it is on the foundations that would lead to the Korean Wave having an impact in the US) while others feel really short, like the author ran out of sources or time to write or something. Actually most of the chapters feel more like the latter (i.e. short) than the former. Which is a shame because some of them, like the Overlapping Masculinities one sound really interesting, enough to warrant a book of its own (it should be noted that there is actually a book about Korean Masculinities, Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols, but this chapter basically states that that book doesn't go far enough in that it talks about a dual masculinity while the author of this chapter, Crystal S. Anderson, states that there are multiple masculinities being performed, particularly by K-pop boy bands -- I will agree with Anderson that in regards to the masculinities seen in male K-pop idols that book really doesn't go far enough). An interesting and scholarly look at the Korean Wave, this is a good book for anyone interested in looking at it from a more critical perspective and can lead to several other books to read as well -- the notes and bibliographies for each chapter are quite extensive.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Audhild

    This book is a good and interesting read for those interested in more than just the music of K-Pop, but also how it came to be, what it is showing us and why it is getting international attention. Not only about K-Pop, as it teaches you about Korean history, culture and K-dramas. I would dare to say this is very much helpful in understanding K-Pop and South Korea

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