25 May 2016 JSC Seminar: The Korean Wave in East Asia and Beyond, Problems and Positions: A Personal View

Dr. Andrew Jackson, University of Copenhagen

Students and staff from the library, LLCL, SOPHIS and the wider JSC community gathered on the 25th to hear Dr. Andrew Jackson speak about his experiences researching and teaching Korean Studies in Denmark in the midst of the Korean Wave.



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Speaking with colleagues in Asian Studies and in history after the seminar

The Korean Wave in East Asia and Beyond, Problems and Positions: A Personal View

Associate Professor Andrew Jackson, University of Copenhagen

There has been increasing worldwide consumption of South Korean popular culture (K-drama, K-pop, online gaming and film) since the late 1990s. Scholars have disagreed strongly over the reasons for the spike in consumption and also about how to interpret this so-called Hallyu or Korean Wave phenomenon. This paper investigates some important questions about Hallyu, including problems of definition, nomenclature, governmental intervention, accusations of plagiarism and its place in the context of an often tense relationship with Japan.

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Andrew David Jackson is currently Associate Professor of Korean Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. Other research interests include: late-Chosŏn rebellion and factionalism, legal responses to rebellion in late-Chosŏn.  As well as pre-modern history, Andrew is interested in modern Korean history and society, South and North Korean film, sound in Korean film, and theories of rebellion and revolution. He is the author of The 1728 Musin Rebellion: Politics and Plotting in Eighteenth-Century Korea (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016) and co-editor (with Colette Balmain) of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games (Peter Lang, 2016).