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.
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, Koichi Iwabuchi, Eva Tsai, and Chris Berry Part I: Historicization and Spatialization of East Asian pop culture 1. Historicizing East Asian Pop Culture, Younghan CHO 2. East Asian popular culture and inter-Asian referencing, Koichi IWABUCHI 3. Hybridity, Korean Wave and Asian Media, Doobo SHIM 4. Been informal and formal cultural economy: Chinese subtitle groups and flexible accumulation in the age of online viewing, Kelly HU 5. Digital Diaspora, Mobility and Home, Youna KIM 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, Soyoung KIM 6b. Welcome to Chollywood: Chinese Language Cinema as a Transborder Assemblage, Chris Berry 6c. Globalism, New Media, and Cinematically Imagining the Inescapable Japan, Aaron Gerow 7. TV dramas 7a. Bordercrossing, Local Modification and Transnational Transaction of TV Dramas in East Asia, Anthony FUNG 7b. Confucian Heroes in Popular Asian Dramas in the Age of Capitalism, Hsiu-Chuang DEPPMAN 8. Pop Music 8a. K-pop, the Sound of Subaltern Cosmopolitanism? Hyunjoon SHIN 8b. The legendary live venues and the changing music scenes in Taipei and Beijing: Underworld and D22, Miaoju JIAN 9. Social media and popular activism 9a. Social Media and Popular Activism in a Korean Context, Dong Hyun SONG 9b. Mobilizing Discontent: Social Media and Networked Activism since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Love KINDSTRAND, Keiko NISHIMURA, and David H. SLATER 9c. Social media in China: between an emerging civil society and commercialization, Jens Damm View III: Gender. Sexuality and Asian celebrity 10. East Asian stars, - public space and star studies, Jocelyn Yi-Hsuan LAI 11. Ribbons and Frills: Shojo Sensibility and the Transnational Imaginary, Jinhee CHOI 12. Queer Pop Culture in the Sinophone Mediasphere, Fran MARTIN 13. Male and Female Idols of the Chinese Pornosphere, Katrien JACOBS 14. Soft, Smooth with Chocolate Abs: Performance of a Korean Masculinity in Taiwanese Men's Fashion, Hong-Chi SHIAU Part IV: Politics of the commons 15. Shanzhai culture, Dafen art and Copyrights, Jeroen de KLOET and Yiu Fai CHOW 16. Regional soft power/creative industries competition, Beng Huat CHUA 17. Popular Culture and Historical Memories of War in Asia, Rumi SAKAMOTO 18. Film Festivals and Regional Cosmopolitanism in East Asia: the case of Busan International Film Festival, Soojeong AHN 19. Trans-East-Asia as method, Koichi IWABUCHI