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Transnational Convergence of East Asian Pop Culture

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ISBN 9780367648985
March 14, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

This book observes and analyses transnational interactions of East Asian pop culture and current cultural practices, comparing them to the production and consumption of Western popular culture and providing a theoretical discussion regarding the specific paradigm of East Asian pop culture.

Drawing on innovative theoretical perspectives and grounded empirical research, an international team of authors consider the history of transnational flows within pop culture and then systematically address pop culture itself, digital technologies, and the media industry. Chapters cover the Hallyu – or Korean Wave – phenomenon, as well as Japanese and Chinese cultural industries. Throughout the book, the authors address the convergence of the once-separated practical, industrial, and business aspects of popular culture under the influence of digital culture. They further coherently synthesize a vast collection of research to examine the specific realities and practices of consumers that exist beyond regional boundaries, shared cultural identities, and historical constructs.

This book will be of interest to academic researchers, undergraduates, and graduate students studying Asian media, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, transcultural communication, or sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Making of East Asian Cultural Space

Seok-Kyeong Hong, Seoul National University & Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University

Part I: History and Context of the Transnational Flows of the East Asian Popular Culture

2. The Formation of East Asian Popular Culture: Focusing on the legacies of Jin Yan (金焰), the emperor of film in Shanghai in the 1930s

Doobo Shim, Sungshin University

3. Media Ecologies Approach to Transnational Media Flow in East Asia

Dong-Hoo Lee, Incheon National University

4. Converging East Asia: Cultural Politics toward Cultural Regionalization

Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University

Part II: Transnational Convergence of Culture

5. New Generation Dance Music: The Beginning of K-Pop and J-pop’s influence

Gyu Tag Lee, George Mason University, Korea

6. The Past, Present, and Future of Boys Love (BL) Cultures in East Asia 

Jungmin Kwon, Portland State University

7. Sharing gender imagination in East Asia: Essay on Soft Masculinity and Female Digital Scopophilia in East Asian Media Culture

Seok-Kyeong Hong, Seoul National University

8. Pirate Cosmopolitanism and the Undercurrents of Flow: Fansubbing Television on China’s P2P Networks

Jinying Li, Brown University

Part III: Digital Platforms, Cultural Industries, and East Asia

9. Rise of Digital Platforms in the Networked Korean Society

Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University

10. War Memory, Globalization, and Cultural Convergence—The Trajectory of PRC-Japan Coproduction from the 1980s to present

Wendy Su, University of California, Riverside

11. Korea’s Creative Migration to Media Cities in China: The Space of Flows and Fluid Assemblages

Ju Oak Kim, Texas A&M International University

12. Cultural Industries and the State in East Asia

Nissim Otmazgin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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Seok-Kyeong Hong is professor in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University, Korea. She finished her PhD at University of Grenoble and was associate professor at the University of Bordeaux, France, between 2000-2013.

Dal Yong Jin is Distinguished professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Following a career in journalism, Jin completed his PhD in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois in 2005.