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Between the Korean Wave and the Japanese Wave: BoA and the East Asian Pop Culture Flow

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This research examines Korean and Japanese media discourses and social backgrounds surrounding the success of BoA, a Korean pop singer who made success in both Korea and Japan. While Korean media, from cultural nationalist perspective, covered her story to emphasize Korean culture’s superiority, Japanese media presented her as a symbol of reconciliation between Korea and Japan. Considering historical, political, and economic backgrounds, BoA could succeed in the Japanese market at least partly because she satisfied the needs of Japanese politics and entertainment industry. In addition, the changes that BoA’s success brought to the Korean music industry may show the hierarchical relationship between these two countries’ pop culture market: Japan as core and Korea as periphery. These findings suggests that acknowledging the contexts of the international politics, economy, and cultural policies can reveal a different picture about the structure and the driving force of the international pop culture flow.

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Kwak, Sunyoung. "Between the Korean Wave and the Japanese Wave: BoA and the East Asian Pop Culture Flow" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 21, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p404375_index.html>

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Kwak, S. , 2010-06-21 "Between the Korean Wave and the Japanese Wave: BoA and the East Asian Pop Culture Flow" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p404375_index.html

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Abstract: This research examines Korean and Japanese media discourses and social backgrounds surrounding the success of BoA, a Korean pop singer who made success in both Korea and Japan. While Korean media, from cultural nationalist perspective, covered her story to emphasize Korean culture’s superiority, Japanese media presented her as a symbol of reconciliation between Korea and Japan. Considering historical, political, and economic backgrounds, BoA could succeed in the Japanese market at least partly because she satisfied the needs of Japanese politics and entertainment industry. In addition, the changes that BoA’s success brought to the Korean music industry may show the hierarchical relationship between these two countries’ pop culture market: Japan as core and Korea as periphery. These findings suggests that acknowledging the contexts of the international politics, economy, and cultural policies can reveal a different picture about the structure and the driving force of the international pop culture flow.


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