This book observes and analyzes 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,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 of Asian media, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, transcultural communication, or sociology.
1. Introduction: the making of East Asian cultural space
Seok-Kyeong Hong and Dal Yong Jin
History and content of the transnational: flows of East Asian popular culture
2. East Asian popular culture in the early 20th century: Jin Yan/Kim Yŏm (金焰), the emperor of film in Shanghai
3. Media ecologies and transnational media flow in East Asia
4. Converging East Asia: cultural politics toward cultural regionalization
Dal Yong Jin
Transnational convergence of culture
5. New Generation Dance Music: the beginning of K-pop and J-pop’s influence
Gyu Tag Lee
6. The past, present, and future of Boys Love (BL) cultures in East Asia
7. Sharing gender imagination in East Asia: an essay on soft masculinity and female digital scopophilia in East Asian mediaculture
8. Pirate cosmopolitanism and the undercurrents of flow: fansubbing television on China’s P2P networks
Digital platforms, cultural industries, and East Asia
9. The rise of digital platforms in the networked Korean society
Dal Yong Jin
10. War memory, globalization, and cultural convergence: the trajectory of PRC-Japan coproduction from the 1980s to the present
11. Korea’s creative migration to media cities in China: the space of flows and fluid assemblages
Ju Oak Kim
12. Cultural industries and the state in East Asia