This book addresses some of the questions that have been brought to light by the varied experiences of culture industry workers and consumer publics across East Asia over the past decade.
For over twenty years, the creative industries have been seen as the engine driving global economic transformation, a way out of the dilemmas of de-industrialization, and as key to the projection of national soft power. The chapters in this book cover the former ‘Tiger Economies’ of South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as Japan and the PRC, and focus on a number of different industries – cinema, television, graphic design, fashion, and literature. The authors include sociologists, anthropologists, and cultural studies scholars, and they approach the topics of creative work, government policy, and entrepreneurial strategy from a variety of perspectives. The chapters examine the varied the political, economic, and social structures that influence the development of creative industries within the region and reveal how different the careers of creative industry workers in different cities and different industries can be. They also show how the development of the creative industries can affect many aspects of society, including city planning, policing, democratic politics, and ethnic and national identities.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Culture, Theory and Critique.
1. Introduction: After creativity: labour, policy, and ideology in East Asian creative industries
2. Korea’s blacklist scandal: governmentality, culture, and creativity
Ju Oak Kim
3. Cool governance: Japan’s ubiquitous society, surveillance, and creative industries
4. Nation branding in contemporary Taiwan: a grassroots perspective
Adina Simona Zemanek
5. Representing creative labour and identity in Singaporean graphic novels: Sonny Liew and Troy Chin
6. The ‘diaspora advantage’ of Pauline Chan (1956–): from multicultural filmmaker to cultural broker
7. The paradoxes of creativity in Guangzhou, China’s wholesale market for fast fashion