GST 239 Korean Wave

COURSE DESCRIPTION

What do the film Ninja Assassin, an award-winning television series about the first queen of Korea and a pop group claiming the honor of  the world’s largest fan club have in common? They are all part of the Korean Wave (Hallyu), a cultural movement characterized by the spread of South Korean culture around the world. Beginning in 1992, the Korean Wave transports Korean popular culture, itself a mixture of Korean and various global cultures, to locations within East Asia and around the globe.   Through an interdisciplinary study of music, television and film, students will learn about the transnational nature Korean popular culture. This course counts for Expression in Studies in the Arts and Sciences.

TEXTS

*Kim Jeong-Nam and Lan Ni. “The Nexus between Hallyu and Soft Power: Cultural Public Diplomacy in the Era of Sociological Globalism.” Hallyu: Influence of Korean Popular Culture in Asia and Beyond. Ed. Do Kyun Kim and Min-Sun Kim. Seoul: Seoul National University Press. 131-154. (*e-reserve)

Kim, Sangkyun, Philip Long & Mike Robinson. “Small Screen, Big Tourism: The Role of Popular Korean Television Dramas in South Korean Tourism.” Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment 11.3 (2009): 308-333.

Klein, Christina. “Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema, or Transnational Genres in the Films of Bong Joon-ho.” American Quarterly 60.4 (2008): 871-898.

Leung, Sarah. “Catching the K-Pop Wave:
 Globality in the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of South Korean Popular Music.” Senior Capstone Projects. Paper 149. (click on link and download)

Ryoo, Woongjae. “Globalization, or the logic of cultural hybridization: The Case of the Korean Wave.” Asian Journal of Communication 19.2 (2009): 137-151.

Shim, Doobo. “Hybridity and the Rise of Korean Popular Culture in Asia.” Media, Culture & Society 28.1 (2006): 25-44.

Shin, Hyun Joon. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain? And Who’ll Stop the Rain?: The globalizing project of Korean pop (K-pop).” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10.4 (2009): 507-523.

ASSIGNMENTS

Quizzes: These exercises test reading comprehension. This assignment measures a student’s understanding of the development of the Hallyu cultural movement, its historical and cultural contexts and the major approaches to its study.

Curations: Students will write a short critical analysis one “text” representing major modes of cultural production of Hallyu (i.e. music video, episodes of a Kdrama, film). This assignment provides an opportunity for students to articulate knowledge of the major cultural production, industries and political entities involved in the movement and explain their significance.

Commentary: Students will submit a link to an item they find relevant to the class and explain its relevance to the course. Commentaries will be posted to the Commentary Forum in Moodle. These are graded credit/no credit, but selected submissions will form the basis for class discussion. This assignment provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to critically interpret Hallyu cultural production.

Digital Essay: Students will write and post a digital essay on the class blog, polygrafi. This assignment provides an opportunity for students to interrogate the impact of global cultures on Korean popular culture and vice versa, as well as demonstrate the ability to critically interpret Hallyu cultural production using interdisciplinary methods from visual culture, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies

Presentation: Students will record a Prezi presentation using Screencast-o-matic, based on the digital essay. This assignment provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to critically interpret Hallyu cultural production using interdisciplinary methods from visual culture, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies.

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