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Asian Popular Culture in Transition

1st Edition

Edited by John A Lent, Lorna Fitzsimmons


190 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Asian Popular Culture in Transition examines contemporary consumption practices in South Korea, China, India, and Japan, and both updates and extends popular culture studies of the region. Through an interdisciplinary lens, this collection of essays explores how recent advances and shifts in information technologies and globalization have impacted cultural markets, fashion, the digital generation, mobile culture, femininity, matrimonial advertising, and a film actress’ image and performance. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources and methods including historical research, content analysis, anthropological observation, textual analyses, and interviews, Asian Popular Culture in Transition makes a significant contribution to this growing area of research.

Given its broad range of countries, theories, and approaches, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Asian studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies, and gender studies.


"This volume is a welcome addition to Asian studies in general, and offers an encouraging glimpse into the health of this branch of research." - Pacific Affairs: Volume 86, No. 4 – December 2013 - University of Victoria, Timothy Iles

Table of Contents

Introduction John A. Lent Part One: Cultural Markets 1. Market, Popular Culture, and Popular Religion in Contemporary China: The Market/Temple Fairs of Jinhua Eugene Cooper 2. The Opening of Popular Cultural Markets of South Korea under Economic Nationalism and International Pressure Bernhard Seliger 3. Fashioning Modern India: From Indio-Chic to "India Incorporated" Susan C. Dewey Part Two: Youth and Technology 4. Didactic Escapism: New Viewing Practices among China’s Digital Generation Magnus Wilson 5. The "Hidden Homeless" in Japan’s Contemporary Mobile Culture Miya Yoshida 6. K-pop beyond Asia: Performing Trans-Nationality, Trans-Sexuality, and Trans-Textuality Sun Jung Part Three: Gender 7. From "Hyper-feminine" to Androgyny: Changing Notions of Femininity in Contemporary China Xin Huang 8. Bride and Prejudice: Newspaper and Website Matrimonial Advertisements of Indian Women Satarupa Dasgupta 9. Fighting for a Hong Kong/Chinese Female Identity: Michelle Yeoh, Body Performance, and Globalized Action Cinema Lisa Funnell

About the Editors

John A. Lent is publisher and editor of the International Journal of Comic Art, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, USA.

Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies