Communications and Media

Essay Question: The popularity of K-pop and the development of the K-pop music industry are an outcome of Americanization in the Asian region. Discuss.

Some readings:
Eun-young Jung (2006) ‘Articulating Korean youth culture through global popular music styles: Seo Taiji’s use of rap and metal’, in Keith Howard (ed.) Korean Pop Music: Riding the Wave (Kent: Global Oriental), pp.109-22.

Hyunjoon Shin (2009) ‘Have you ever seen the Rain? And who will stop the Rain?: The globalising project of Korean pop (K-pop)’, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10 (4), 507-23.

Hae-joang Cho (2005) ‘Reading the “Korean wave” as a sign of global shift’, Korea Journal, 45(4), 147-82.

Doobo Shim (2008) ‘The growth of Korean cultural industries and the Korean wave’ in Chua, B.H. and K. Iwabuchi (eds.) East Asian pop culture: analysing the Korean wave (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press), pp.15-31.

Further reading is needed obviously and a references and a bibliography is needed