This book presents essays exploring the ways in which popular culture reflects and engenders ongoing changes in Japan–Korea relations.
Through a broad temporal coverage from the colonial period to the contemporary, the book’s chapters analyse the often contradictory roles that popular culture has played in either promoting or impeding nationalisms, regional conflict and reconciliations between Japan and Korea. Its contributors link several key areas of interest in East Asian Studies, including conflicts over historical memories and cultural production, grassroot challenges to state ideology, and the consequences of digital technology in Japan and South Korea.
Taking recent discourse on Japan and South Korea as popular cultural superpowers further, this book expands its focus from mainstream entertainment media to the lived experience of daily life, in which sentiments and perceptions of the ‘popular’ are formed. It will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese and Korean studies, as well as film studies, media studies and cultural studies more widely.
Introduction Part I: Everyday Cultural Practices and Japan-Korea Relations 1 Ppalli Ppalli! Bringing Korean Colonial Subjects up to Speed 2 Korea in the Work of Shiba Ryōtarō and Tourist Sites Related to Clouds above the Hill and As If in Flight 3 Korean Popular Culture and Food in Japan 4 Fly the Flag…At Your Own Risk Part II: Reimagining Japan-Korea Relations in Film 5 Japan-Korea Relations and the Diary of Yunbogi 6 Remember to Reset: Representations of the Colonial Era in Recent Korean Films 7 Korean Kamikaze Pilots in Japanese Films 8 Memories of Comfort in Koreeda Hirokazu’s Air Doll Part III: Transforming War Memories 9 Japanese Inherited Responsibility and Memory of the War 10 Forgetting the War through Educational Manga 11 Consuming Partitioned Korea 12 Lovers’ Quarrels: Japan-Korea Relations in Boys Love Manga