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

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Date(s) - 25/05/2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

JSC Auditorium, Building 54 (next to the bus loop),


Japanese Studies Centre Lunchtime 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.


Andrew David Jackson obtained his PhD in Korean history from 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

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