1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture





ISBN 9780367581411
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
308 Pages

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Book Description

Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic increase in cultural flows and connections between the countries in the East Asian region. Nowhere is this more apparent than when looking at popular culture where uneven but multilateral exchanges of Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Chinese products have led to the construction of an ‘East Asian Popular Culture’. This is both influenced by, and in turn influences, the national cultures, and generates transnational co-production and reinvention.





As East Asian popular culture becomes a global force, it is increasingly important for us to understand the characteristics of contemporary East Asian popular culture, and in particular its transnational nature. In this handbook, the contributors theorize East Asian experiences and reconsider Western theories on cultural globalization to provide a cutting-edge overview of this global phenomenon.





The Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture will be of great interest to students and scholars of a wide range of disciplines, including: Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical approaches to East Asian pop culture



Part I: Historicization and Spatialization of East Asian pop culture



1. Historicizing East Asian Pop Culture,



2. East Asian popular culture and inter-Asian referencing



3. Hybridity, Korean Wave and Asian Media



4. Been informal and formal cultural economy: Chinese subtitle groups and flexible accumulation in the age of online viewing



5. Digital Diaspora, Mobility and Home





Part II: The development of national production and its regional circulation/connection



6. Films



6a. Ways of S. Korean Cinema: Phantom, Trans –Cinema and Korean Blockbusters



6b. Welcome to Chollywood: Chinese Language Cinema as a Transborder Assemblage



6c. Globalism, New Media, and Cinematically Imagining the Inescapable Japan





7. TV dramas



7a. Bordercrossing, Local Modification and Transnational Transaction of TV Dramas in East Asia



7b. Confucian Heroes in Popular Asian Dramas in the Age of Capitalism





8. Pop Music



8a. K-pop, the Sound of Subaltern Cosmopolitanism?



8b. The legendary live venues and the changing music scenes in Taipei and Beijing: Underworld and D22

9. Social media and popular activism



9a. Social Media and Popular Activism in a Korean Context



9b. Mobilizing Discontent: Social Media and Networked Activism since the Great East Japan Earthquake



9c. Social media in China: between an emerging civil society and commercialization





View III: Gender. Sexuality and Asian celebrity



10. East Asian stars, - public space and star studies



11. Ribbons and Frills: Shōjo Sensibility and the Transnational Imaginary



12. Queer Pop Culture in the Sinophone Mediasphere



13. Male and Female Idols of the Chinese Pornosphere



14. Soft, Smooth with Chocolate Abs: Performance of a Korean Masculinity in Taiwanese Men’s Fashion





Part IV: Politics of the commons



15. Shanzhai culture, Dafen art and Copyrights



16. Regional soft power/creative industries competition



17. Popular Culture and Historical Memories of War in Asia



18. Film Festivals and Regional Cosmopolitanism in East Asia: the case of Busan International Film Festival



19. Trans-East-Asia as method

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Editor(s)

Biography

Koichi Iwabuchi is a Professor & Director of Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia.



Eva Tsai is an Associate Professor at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan.



Chris Berry is a Professor of Film Studies at King's College London, UK.