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Korean videogames dominate cutural exports

Mark Russell
Mar 30
Replying to @AskAKorean
One other difference is that video games are generally the least "Korean" of the pop culture categories. Gaming companies have big teams localizing all their content for each market, so gamers often don't know or care where their game is from.
Mark Russell
Mar 30
Not that there's anything wrong with that. And dramas often get dubbed. Songs get rerecorded. But I do think games are different.

But yeah, so many gaming companies. And many of them are huge.
Hallyu  Korean-wave  K-pop  Korean-economy 
march 2019 by thegrandnarrative
Ordinary Koreans ambivalent about hallyu's success
Unfortunately, there is no consistent obesity data in the United Kingdom before 1988, at which point the incidence was already rising sharply. But in the United States, the figures go back further. They show that, by chance, the inflection point was more or less 1976. Suddenly, at around the time that the photograph was taken, people started becoming fatter – and the trend has continued ever since.

On the other hand, there was another group of people who paid more attention to positive aspects of hallyu.

A history graduate student in her 20s also disclosed that she is quite indifferent to hallyu, and yet believes the phenomenon will be more dominant in the future.

"I heard an American version of the popular Korean show King of Mask Singer is set to be aired," she told The Korea Times. "This could be another opportunity to power hallyu up ― in fact, I believe the phenomenon has already made massive contributions to the growth of Korea's economy in a myriad of fields, including culture and tourism."

Teenagers were comparatively more optimistic about the phenomenon.

"I am in the deepest love with K-pop and have been a fan of K-pop boy band B.A.P., although I am currently busy preparing for the college entrance exam," a high school girl said.

"I think attractive appearances and fan services of stars are major factors that enthrall people across the world. I anticipate hallyu to flourish even more ― these days, I can spot a surging number of grownups showing their interest in hallyu and K-pop."

"Hallyu helped Korea to have a more sophisticated image around the world," a housewife in her 50s said.

"Psy seems to be the frontrunner hallyu star, and thanks to him, I felt that music was the universal language that ties people together. I think the government should take a more active role in promoting the fever, so that hallyu can be long-lasting."

"Despite my unfamiliarity with hallyu content, I know it has enhanced national prestige," revealed a tax accountant in his 60s.

He also highlighted the need to recognize the enthusiasm of singers and actors.

"They sacrifice their youth from early days on as trainees, to show off the best performances," he said.
K-pop  Hallyu  Korean-wave  cultural-cringe  Korean-cultural-cringe  Korean-media  Korean-journalism 
august 2018 by thegrandnarrative
How bad are ‘mukbang’ shows, really? - Korea Biomedical Review
There’s no way around it: Koreans are getting fatter. Lifestyle and dietary changes ushered in by the proliferation of fast food sold at chain stores like McDonalds and convenience stores coupled with sedentary lifestyles are ushering in an obesity epidemic.

The socioeconomic costs of obesity in a nation once deemed one of the skinniest countries in the world are expected to grow exponentially, doubling in the next 10 years. Accompanying diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are rising in tandem.

■ Related : Nearly half of Korean men obese

Global organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have gone as far as to identify obesity as a significant contributor to cancer and classify it as a separate disease.

It is against this background Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has aimed to crack down on the obesity epidemic, publishing a series of reports on the rising rates of obesity in Korea. In the latest report released on July 26, the ministry outlined pre-emptive and comprehensive obesity prevention and maintenance measures that combine intersectional policies regarding nutrition, dietary habits, and physical activity.

The overall goal is to keep obesity rates at 2016 levels of about 35 percent through 2022. Four strategic plans aim to strengthen education regarding correct dietary habits and encourage healthy food consumption, create a health-friendly environment and encourage physical activity, increasing treatment for the morbidly obese and supporting obesity maintenance, and improve public perception.

Among their measures that aim to maintain obesity rates, one publicized widely, albeit somewhat incorrectly, has stirred extreme controversy, called the “mukbang regulations.”

Mukbang is a literal combination of two Korean words, to eat (mukda) and to broadcast (bangsong). The most notorious example is the TV program Delicious Guys, where four comedians -- notably overweight -- gorge upon several courses in one sitting. The allure of the program is in watching these four comedians eat for hours on end while making the audience laugh. Kim Jun-hyeon, who stars in the show, is one of Korea's most beloved comedians.

However, it’s not just the Delicious Guys; these programs are everywhere. The craze of watching strangers binge-eat has been well-documented on live streaming platforms such as AfreecaTV, where these so-called BJs such as BJ The Diva and BJ Fitness Fairy, are paid a hefty sum to eat for several hours. Individuals, such as Banzz, have also taken to Youtube to binge-eat for their viewers, sometimes eating 10 bowls of jajangmyeon in 13 minutes.

The rise in individuals streaming live videos, where individual broadcasters are paid handsomely, up to $10,000, has led to an explosive increase in new, creative content while posing further ethical questions.

Public confusion – and anger – over mukbang regulations

In the 12-page report, the ministry included one sentence regarding media programs that encourage overeating that say it plans to “develop a guideline and create a monitoring system for advertisements and media that encourage overeating such as TV and internet media programs.”

However, the media widely framed the one-liner as one where the government is cracking down on mukbang programs with stringent regulations. Reports went as far to state the government would regulate programs that encourage overeating after 11 p.m., advertisements that promote high-calorie or low nutritional foods, and even internet programs through portal sites.

The ministry fired back, saying that the report did not contain the word “regulation” and that it holds no legal enforcing power. It was, as the ministry explained, an attempt to “understand the current mukbang culture” not regulate it.

However, it was too late. Media reports fueled a public fight between citizens, members of the government, and the country as a whole – revealing divisive opinions on how dangerous these shows are, really, and even to the question of to what extent the government should interfere in the daily lives of citizens.

Commentators said, “It upsets me that the government is trying even to regulate people’s fun while saying they’re ‘thinking of public health. I would rather they did their job in solving the problem of how people can make a living in this economy.”

“Saying that mukbang shows fuel obesity is taking it too far. Mukbang regulations? Even more so, although I do admit that I have started watching them, too, since there are so many of them now,” a commentator surnamed Song said. “The ministry didn’t say that it would impose regulations but it sure does seem to be going in that direction – and that’s a problem.”

People have even taken to voice their opposition by petitioning the Cheong Wa Dae through its online site, with more than 40 petitions calling for “banning images of smoking and drinking if the government is so worried their citizens. Why is the government trying to regulate content that makes people laugh and help people who can’t eat, eat?”

Bannz, an incredibly famous mukbang Youtuber who has more than 2.5 million avid viewers, recently uploaded messages he got from his followers on his Instagram. “Many patients have been fasting for a long time due to loss of digestion functions because of cancer treatment. People like them get comfort in watching Banzz’s Mukbang program.”

Politicians have also voiced their opposition. The measures were called “communistic” by an “armchair administration” that creates unrealistic policies. Rep. Kim Byong-joon, the interim leader of the conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party, opposed the regulation saying that “This is not the era of the Joseon Dynasty. Why is the government need to intervene in matters such as eating?”

However, proponents of the regulations have quoted many studies that have shown food-related shows encourage and stimulate overeating.

A study by Cancer Research UK showed that watching one extra junk food advertisement a week could equal to children consume an additional 18,000 calories a year in the study that involved more than 3,300 children and teenagers.

Another study by the University of Liverpool on 176 children showed that social media stars might be encouraging children to eat unhealthy foods. The study divided 176 children into three groups where they were shown either picture of Youtube stars promoting unhealthy snacks, healthy foods, or non-food products. The children were then offered various foods, including health and unhealthy snacks. Results showed children who saw images of unhealthy foods ate an average of 448 calories, while others ate 357, indicating a 26 percent difference, according to the Independent.

Despite the studies linking junk food advertisements and Youtube mukbang stars to overeating, the food industry remains worried that the guidelines will limit what has become a new “Hallyu.” These mukbang programs have gained popularity not just in Korea but around the world. The word itself has become recognized to stand for food-related programs. About 20 percent of Banzz content is viewed from abroad.

“Korean food and K-Food has become the ‘new Hallyu,’ serving as important content shared through social media such as Youtube,” an official of the food industry was quoted as saying by the Chosun Ilbo. “We don’t know if it’s appropriate for the government to regulate a global culture that formed naturally. Mukbang contributed greatly to promoting Korean food and to exports, and is a new industry that should be fostered.”

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mukbang  Korean-body-image  Korean-obesity  Hallyu 
august 2018 by thegrandnarrative
Busted! : A Globalised K-variety – seoulbeats
The English captions are another noticeable departure from traditional Korean variety programs, the Korean captions of which often contain inside or word jokes (i.e puns), privy only to long-time viewers of the program or native speakers of Korean, who would understand the humour. For example, in 2 Days 1 Night, comedian Kim Jun-ho is often labelled in the captions as 얍스 (yab-seu), which means devious, because he is known for his cunning ways on the show. International viewers stand to lose out on a lot of the humour of these programs (shows like Three Meals A Day, in particular) if the captions were not subbed along with the dialogue, hence having directly English subtitles reduces the reliance of viewers on subbers.

Furthermore, the captions here are mostly used to spell out the progress of the mystery for viewers, by literally identifying clues or marking locations. While the overly frequent captions might be new to some, they do and hopefully will continue to aid viewers’ understanding of the case proceedings, especially if the mysteries get more complicated and convoluted. The captions and screen transitions such as floor maps are also presented in multiple stylistically interesting ways, and elevate the overall quality of the program.
Korean-Wave  Hallyu  Korean-television  Korean-celebrity  captions  Korean-game-shows 
june 2018 by thegrandnarrative
China Refuses Licenses to New Korean Online Games - The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Business > Business
China has refused to authorize the sale of any Korean online games over the past year as part of an unofficial boycott of Korean goods and services. During the same period, the Korean government licensed 111 Chinese online games.

According to industry insiders on Thursday, China authorized the sale of 412 foreign online games from March 2017 until April of this year, but not a single Korean game was among them.

Late last month, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with President Moon Jae-in and pledged to end the boycott, but Beijing has yet to follow through. In contrast, Chinese online games continue to flourish in Korea. According to IGAWorks, which analyzes sales of mobile apps, 136 Chinese online games were sold via Google Play Korea last year, compared to 114 in 2016.


April 06, 2018 12:23

China has refused to authorize the sale of any Korean online games over the past year as part of an unofficial boycott of Korean goods and services. During the same period, the Korean government licensed 111 Chinese online games.

According to industry insiders on Thursday, China authorized the sale of 412 foreign online games from March 2017 until April of this year, but not a single Korean game was among them.

Late last month, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with President Moon Jae-in and pledged to end the boycott, but Beijing has yet to follow through. In contrast, Chinese online games continue to flourish in Korea. According to IGAWorks, which analyzes sales of mobile apps, 136 Chinese online games were sold via Google Play Korea last year, compared to 114 in 2016.

Industry watchers believe Chinese game developers generated sales of around W200 billion in Korea last year, up by around W80 billion from a year ealier (US$1=W1,061).

Korean game developers fear that the trade balance in the industry may tip in favor of China. Over the last decade, China has become the biggest market for Korean online games, but now they appear to be at the risk of losing the glory.

According to the Korea Creative Content Agency, exports of Korean online games to China amounted to around W1 trillion in 2016 led by Nexon's "Dungeon and Fighter" and Smilegate's "CrossFire."

But those games have been around for almost 10 years. If their popularity in China declines, developers stand to lose vast amounts of money unless their new games become available there too. Kang Kyoung-seok at KCCA said, "Currently no new Korean games can enter the Chinese market, so sales are expected to remain weak for now."

One staffer at a Korean game developer said, "Korean companies can't afford to complain to China for fear of retaliation, and Korean government officials have failed to listen to our difficulties, let alone address the issue."

An official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism here said, "We protested several times to China, but they simply deny things."
THAAD  Hallyu  Korean-wave  Korean-computer-games 
april 2018 by thegrandnarrative
2010: K-Idols vs. J-Idols
The AKB48 videos — recently freed up for wide viewing on YouTube — do not work hard to cover up the “let’s seduce 37 year-old nerds with diminutive young girls” angle. The video for “Ponytail to Shushu” has a two-minute, music-free Austin Powers inspired preamble with the girls stripping off their clothes but miraculously saved from exposure to the audience by camera-blocking props. Finally a chihuahua comes in and chases them into the shower, where they all get drenched — in slow motion. Then a song starts, and the male viewers rewind and watch the locker room scene frame by frame to see if they can’t catch a stray sliver of a breast somewhere. Oddly parts are filmed at a direct low angle (“dog’s eye view”) — a kind of anti-Kubrick vertical squashing to emphasis the girls’ stocky legs and miniature frames.

Likely by accident, the girls of AKB48 have turned out to be much better looking than those of Morning Musume. Maeda Atsuko probably was never in the running for a solo career but passable as the “cute one.” The nerd blogs, however, have been confused that AKB’s Itano Tomomi has turned into a full-scale babe. It must be plastic surgery, they exclaim, not understanding the basic biology that 19 year-old women just tend to be more attractive than 12 year-olds. This just happens to go against their entire dogma that women over the legal age “smell bad” and “become hideous monsters” after their teen years.
K-pop  J-pop  SNSD  David-Marx  AKB48  Korean-wave  Hallyu  girls'  generation  samchon  fans  ajosshi 
february 2017 by thegrandnarrative
K-dramas’ global appeal lies in ‘wholesome sexiness’
The international appeal of Korean TV shows lies in their “wholesome sexiness,” according to Sean Richard Dulake, who plays the dreamy male lead Joon Park in the show-within-a-show universe of the online drama series “Dramaworld.”

“I had always wondered why Korean content was connecting to outsiders,” said the actor-producer Wednesday in Seoul at Broadcast Worldwide 2016 (BCWW), a media convention hosted by the Culture Ministry and Korea Creative Content Agency. In 2013, Dulake directed “Finding Hallyuwood,” a documentary on the Korean Wave phenomenon...

...Most of these fans are “in their teens to mid-20s” who are “hopeless romantics,” according to Dulake.

“A lot of content they find in (their) local market is very gritty, with a lot of antihero stuff. Characters are having sex in the first episodes,” he said. “What K-drama offers to fans is this wholesome way to fall in love and it brings a different kind of joy to their lives.”
Korean-dramas  Korean-wave  Hallyu 
february 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Exports of Hallyu-Related Goods Surge: Data
According to the data compiled by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), exports of such goods amounted to US$6.79 billion in the January-June period, up 15.2 percent from a year earlier.

Industry watchers said the growth is attributable to the cultural wave of “hallyu” in China and other Asian countries, which refers to the boom of South Korea-made entertainment goods, including pop music, movies and TV dramas. The popularity of hallyu helped turn its fans into consumers of South Korean products.

The growth was driven by cosmetics-related goods with their exports rising 38.5 percent to reach $1.81 billion during the first half of the year.

Exports of foods also surged 3.5 percent on-year to reach $2.43 billion, the data showed.

The association said South Korea’s diversified product portfolio helped meet demand from customers in overseas markets.

Last year, exports of such products amounted to $12.21 billion won, the data showed.
Hallyu  Korean  Wave  Korean  Cosmetics  K-pop 
august 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Don’t Call It a Wave: The State of K-Pop In Japan
It is easy to miss or ignore that something is percolating among k-pop in Japan though if you are looking for the signs that heralded the previous two booms, the first of which occurred in the early aughts and the second between 2010 and 2011. That is the record making and breaking, prodigious sales, and mainstream attention, none of which is present among k-pop today. This can be attributed to two things, the first of which is that k-pop is on the verge of something, but it is certainly not another wave. The second is that the causes of previous booms have been often misattributed solely to a mix of popularity, novelty and of the myriad ways that the images of k-pop groups are not like j-pop groups. There is never any mention of the important role that major labels and bigger, established labels played, which included buoying the k-pop wave, as they signed, debuted and promoted k-pop’s biggest success stories, including BoA.

Major and bigger, more established labels do not figure int
K-pop  Korean  Wave  Hallyu  Japanese  Entertainment  Companies 
august 2016 by thegrandnarrative
A guide to understanding the utterly manufactured and crazily lucrative world of K-pop

*sigh* okay. predictably, I have notes.

First of all, the "manufactured" process of K-pop is not *that* significantly different from non-Korean songs with eight writing credits.

For a fuller description of the song creation process for idol groups, see @soyrev re Oh My Girl's "Closer":

yes, songs do need to be "customized." different groups have different strengths, different messages. just like pop groups anywhere.

the "assembly line" emphasis also obscures that there are Korean as well as non-Korean producers, idols who themselves compose, etc.

I broke this all down in more detail when I wrote about #4Minute for @oneweekoneband last fall:

but I also want to push back on the repeated assertion that the idols' personalities are also completely "manufactured."

now, to quote the piece: "Might there be something inherently weir
K-pop  Hallyu  Korean  girl-groups  Korean  boy-bands 
august 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Roald Maliangkay on soft power, street cred and the Korean Wave
*partially disagree: celebrity obsession predates wave

In 1999, the government began to endorse the promotion of Korean pop entertainment abroad by way of law amendments, government subsidies and tax incentives. Its intention was to generate revenue, and bolster the nation’s soft power. Although there was already considerable interest in Korean dramas, movies and teenage pop dance acts overseas, the government support provided a major boost and saw exports increase exponentially. By the mid 2000s, the Wave was sweeping through countries across the world. It provided new opportunities for existing talent and saw star-making enterprises growing their own: young singers began to model and act, and actors began to model and sing.

The force of the Wave and the vast number of idols led to a cult of celebrity that now ties most consumption in Korea to the emulation of some on-screen look or lifestyle. Model turned heartthrob actor So Ji-sub explains in one ad why this particular robot vacuum cleaner is the one for you, and in another why that bra will provide you with the ultimate in comfort. The Wave-induced beauty ideal may have Western elements, but its features are unquestionably Korean. For those wishing to be as attractive as So, or attract someone like him, a cosmetic surgery paradise is just around the corner, in the district made famous by that horse-riding music video. In a country where men and women are under enormous pressure to secure the ideal date or job, and CVs are expected to include a photograph, clinics nip and tuck away the undesirable, as well as, perhaps, people’s self-esteem more broadly.
Roald  Maliangkay  korean  wave  hallyu  korean  celebrity 
june 2016 by thegrandnarrative
How Chinese Money Is Changing Korean Media
An influx of Chinese money is having a huge influence on the Korean media industry. One recent symptom was the case of Taiwanese-born teenage starlet Tzuyu, whose waving of her country's flag in an old clip sparked a Twitterstorm that sent her agency JYP into a blind panic. Terrified of jeopardizing the Chinese market, JYP forced the girl to apologize on bended knee and declare her allegiance to the Motherland -- only to find that barely anyone in China had noticed. Still, China's media contents market is growing 11 percent annually and is expected to surpass Japan's this year, which puts JYP’s anxieties into perspective (US$1=W1,211). According to the Small and Medium Business Administration, more than W1 trillion worth of Chinese money had been invested in Korean computer games and entertainment programs as of September last year. Last week, China's top online retailer Alibaba announced it is investing W35.5 billion in another Korean talent mill, SM Entertainment, and with money c
hallyu  k-pop  korean  wave  china 
march 2016 by thegrandnarrative
The Shin Kyung-Sook Plagiarism Scandal
Given how rampant plagiarism is in many fields in South Korea—and it really, really is, despite some limited attempts to address it—I figured it was only a matter of time until some famous contemporary author here got accused of it… at least, on a stage public and prominent enough for it to make it into the English language news. Well, that finally happened earlier this year, in September… accusation, scandal, flubbed dismissals, and finally an apology… well, sort of. (Kind of a non-apology apology, of the sort that’s very fashionable these days everywhere.) It happened back in September, but I’ve been busy so I’m only posting about it now. Of these, the flubbed dismissal by her publisher is the most interesting—and for whatever reason was left out of the English-language coverage—but I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the caveat: I’m not fluent in Korean, and am basing this on not only English but Korean sources, with some help and some guessing. I may have some facts wrong here.
korean  plagiarism  korean  literature  hallyu  nationalism  gord  sellar 
november 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Language and metaphors in the media | Angry K-pop Fan
What is reflected in language is not reality but construct, something conditioned and assembled, put together from fragments of information and observation. Parts of these observations may very well be accurate, but they are always influenced and shaped by the processes and contexts of their assembly. - At War with Metaphor: Media, Propaganda, and Racism in the War on Terror What do the phrases “spread”, “rise”, “hysteria”, “symptoms”, and “breeds quickly” bring to mind? How about “invasion”, “conquered”, and “harbor US hopes”? What emotions do they evoke? Keep them noted. Believe it or not, these are just some of the words used by a number of Western (British and American) media sources in their coverage of K-pop. Embedded in the text itself, they may seem harmless, but now that you see them in isolation consider the images they convey. The associations are not irrelevant. What is the impact as they are used to shape an introductory expose of K-pop, particularly to audien
k-pop  hallyu  korea  wave  orientalism 
august 2015 by thegrandnarrative
China’s Love Affair With Irresistible Korean TV - The New York Times
“We share the same culture and cherish similar social values,” said Sophie Yu, director of international communications for iQiyi, the online video streaming website affiliated with the search giant Baidu. “So Korean content naturally is easy to be understood and accepted by the Chinese audience.”... Unlike in China, where experts say up to 70 percent of a production’s budget can be spent on actors’ salaries, both Korean and Chinese producers say that Korean shows tend to spend more on production sets and screenwriters, avoiding fake props, brands and backdrops in favor of the real things. And since in Korea shows are broadcast soon after they are filmed, scriptwriters and directors can get feedback quickly, allowing them to make tweaks according to audience demands. Actors in Korea are also groomed from a young age and taught how to walk and dress, said Ms. Guan, who previously worked at an artists’ management agency in Seoul. They are taken in for plastic surgery, and as part of t
k-pop  hallyu  hallyu  in  china  korean  wave  korean  wave  in  china 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Hallyu's Homogenisation of Beauty in Asia - seoulbeats | seoulbeats
One of the main effects of the Hallyu Wave is its ability to shape beauty ideals in different countries. Korean culture is well known for its fixation with beauty, and the media is the perfect vehicle to promote ideas of beauty. These beauty ideals have seeped into Asia as a whole, and has some concerning effects. Korean ideas of beauty have become a representation of financial prosperity that everyone is chasing. South Korea is the perfect rags-to-riches story, rising up from conquest, massacres and wars to become an economic powerhouse today. Professor Michael Shin of Cornell University suggests that South Korea’s history represents everything that many other Asian countries are striving to achieve after decades of warfare and poverty. Subscribing to Korean beauty standards and consuming Korean media is one of the most tactile ways of expressing this desire for progress. The pressure for an idealised look has already resulted in the normalisation of plastic surgery in South Korea,
hallyu  korean  wave  k-pop  korean  beauty  ideals  asian  beauty  ideals 
may 2015 by thegrandnarrative
No Sign of Letup in Chinese Demand for Korean Cosmetics - Korea Real Time - WSJ
It’s no secret that South Korean cosmetics brands are a hot item in the Chinese-speaking world, riding a wave of buzz around Korean products that extends to music, dramas and fried chicken. But there’s still lots of room to grow, says market researcher Nielsen. In a report published Wednesday, Nielsen found that six of ten consumers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have only just “discovered” Korean beauty brands in the past two years. Of the respondents who bought Korean beauty brands, 40% were planning to spend more in the next months, the survey found. “Our study showed a direct correlation between interest in Korean entertainment and interest in Korean cosmetic brands, particularly among consumers in China,” one Nielsen China executive said. In Nielsen’s survey of 1,900 women, the most popular explanation among Chinese respondents for their preference was a belief that Korean-made cosmetics were “new and trendy.” A preference for shopping through traditional retail outl
hallyu  chinese  consumers  korean  wave  korean  cosmetics 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
'Hallyu' changes shopping pattern of consumers abroad
"Hallyu," or the Korean cultural wave, has changed the shopping habits of many consumers abroad, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Wednesday. In particular, those in China, Southeast Asia and South America have become more favorable toward made-in-Korea goods and Korean cuisine in line with the growing popularity of K-pop music, dramas and other cultural content. Citing market research conducted by its 124 offices in 84 countries, KOTRA said consumers across the globe are paying greater attention to what their favorite hallyu stars eat and wear. This has boosted demand for Korean cosmetics and other local products in foreign countries. Many non-Korean consumers have also become fond of Korean food, prompting local food franchises to open shops abroad. In addition to cosmetics, Chinese consumers, who seek to improve their skin, increasingly consume multi-vitamin tablets and other health-boosting items prompted by hallyu stars. For instance, Kyungnam
k-pop  hallyu  korean  wave  chinese  fans  chinese  consumers 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
I Read A Book: John Lie’s K-pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea
So the historical section — up to and including the 90s — is well-written and useful for any academic or semi-academic who wants to understand Korean music. But the short section that is actually about present-day kpop just isn’t where I would recommend for this information. Yes, it does include information about the trainee programs that labels have, and on some of the songs that retain the pentatonic scale, but the same zip from the earlier sections just isn’t here. For example, there is inconsistent naming of Girls Generation. One section refers to them as Girls Generation, but an earlier section uses their Korean name, So Nyeo Shi Dae, but even then he uses the McCune-Reischauer translation of Sonyo Sidae. A simple solution exists of using their abbrevated name of SNSD throughout, since that is used by Korean, Japanese, and English speaking fans. There are other oddnesses in the present kpop section — for anyone reading footnotes, Hyuna hasn’t left 4Minute just because she also is
john  lie  k-pop  hallyu  korean  books  book  reviews  korean  music 
february 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Radio Palava - A few notes on B1A4’s Malaysia fanmeeting controversy and the limits of Hallyu
This level of “skinship” between men and women, while not typical of idol-fan interaction, is within the realm of acceptability in the context of Korean popular culture. However, the social expectation for hijabis in Malaysia (at least, among more conservative Muslims) is that there should not be any physical contact with members of the opposite sex outside the family. Despite the fact that the fans apparently consented to the interaction... becomes clear that this event is a public trial of both kpop and the legitimacy of teenage girls’ desires. Malaysian officials dismiss Korean idols as “pale, pretty, and skinny,” unable to meet Malaysian norms of masculinity. This contradicts the popular Hallyu narrative that Asians generally subscribe to or are enthralled by the “soft masculinity" peddled by male kpop artists. I would argue that BECAUSE this soft masculinity is often so appealing to teenage girls, it is perceived as a threat to the men in power.
malaysia  k-pop  fans  sexism  malaysian  fans  soft  masculinity  kkotminam  hallyu  korean  wave 
february 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Chinese Consumer Demand in South Korea ‘Staggering,’ Analyst Says - Korea Real Time - WSJ
From pop music to rice cookers, South Korean products are red-hot in China right now — that much is well-known. But the power of the so-called Korean wave, and the pace of its recent explosion, has been startling even to close observers of Chinese consumer behavior. Erwan Rambourg should know. A Hong Kong-based HSBC consumer goods analyst, Mr. Rambourg spent eight years in marketing for the world’s two biggest luxury goods companies by revenue: first, for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA in Paris and then for Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the Swiss luxury goods company that owns Cartier, Dunhill, Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc. Three months ago, Mr. Rambourg published a book on Chinese consumers entitled “The Bling Dynasty“. Even as he was researching the book, Mr. Rambourg was well aware of South Korea’s growing clout in China. But during a trip to Seoul earlier this week, Mr. Rambourg was surprised to see just how powerful the effect has become. “Things have shifted with a
hallyu  hallyu  in  china  korean  wave  korean  wave  in  china 
january 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Book review: The Birth of Korean Cool | London Korean Links
Euny Hong’s first non-fiction book (we loved her novel) is in turn infuriating, entertaining and informative. Let’s get the infuriating bits done with first. In her approach to Romanization she is cavalier, at times respecting the official Ministry of Culture guidelines over the accepted Western transliteration, at other times ignoring them; and too often coming up with transliterations which raise an eyebrow. (Seogang University for Sogang (p183); ajooma for ajumma (p185); and Seo Pyun Jae for Seopyeonje (p179) – a film she confesses to have found “so torturously boring that given the choice, I’d have preferred to undergo waterboarding”). She could have done with someone to give the book a second read – a step which might have caught the schoolchild howler of “free reign” for “free rein” (p187); picked up the error of thinking Hennessy was whiskey (p151); and questioned the appropriateness of using the w-word in the phrase “Thoreau wanked on about Walden Pond” (p61) in a semi serious
korean  books  korean  book  reviews  k-pop  hallyu  korean  wave 
november 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Korea in Chiang Mai | If I had a minute to spare...
Not so much of a disappointment was the preponderance of Korean influences. In fact it wasn’t really anything close to a disappointment. Obviously you can make that Asian connection, which in many respects is a loose connection. More significant to this is the economic connection, the good old supply and demand of goods and services. Despite these two, where Korea shined through the most was in its culture – that being its food and its music. Herself is better at spotting Korean music (do you spot with your ears?), and by Korean music I mean K-Pop of course, than I would be. It’s not essentially because she can hear the Korean, which would stand out, but I think because she has a better idea of what songs are out there at the moment. All I could hear was the confounding ‘jumping, jumping, everybody’ song by Crayon Pop. There were other instances too but for the most part when out and about you’d hear a K-Pop tune or two, and seeing as this wasn’t in Yeongtong where everywhere was pla
hallyu  thailand  korean  wave  southeast  asia  chang  mai 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Korean Wave shows growing economic ripple effects : International : Home
Report finds growing appeal of Korean cultural products such as music and film boosting exports, tourism and foreign investment By Jeong Nam-ku, staff reporter Along with increased worldwide consumption of cultural content, the Korean Wave is also boosting consumer good exports, tourism numbers, and foreign investment, an analytical report suggests. The report, titled “Analysis and Implications of the Economic Ripple Effects of the Korean Wave,” was published on Aug. 24 by Hyundai Research Institute senior researcher Baek Da-mi and senior fellow Ju Won. It analyzed annual panel data for 196 countries between 1995 and 2012 to assess the economic effects in various areas from the “Korean Wave,” a term used to refer to the popularity of South Korean cultural products overseas. According to the report, a 1% increase in cultural exports from the Korean Wave was associated with a 0.038% rise in consumer goods exports for the same year, and a 0.019% increase in the number of tourists visit
korean  wave  hallyu  korean  economy 
august 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Ask a Korean!: 50 Most Influential K-Pop Artists: 19. Kim Wan-Seon
Kim Wan-Seon is the only solo female pop artist who sold over a million copies of a single album in Korea. That number alone makes her very important in K-pop history. Like Lee Hyo-Ri after her, she completely owned the scene by redefining how women are to be presented in pop culture. When you watch the video above, look for the signs of suggestive sexuality, which may not be obvious to the contemporary eyes ruined by crass exposures of skin. (More examples here and here. In the first video, Kim -- then a 17-year-old -- sings a song called "Tonight", with the lyrics that say "Tonight, I am scared of the dark." It is about as blatant as a sexual advance can get from a woman in mid-1980s.) Kim's smooth and sinewy dance was nothing like Korea had ever seen at that point. Calling her "Korea's Madonna" (as her fans like to do) might be an overstatement, but like Madonna, Kim defined how female sexuality is to be packaged and sold through mass media for a good decade.
k-pop  hallyu  Kim  Wan-Seon  김완선  wan  sun  korean  vintage  singers  korean  female  singers 
july 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Chinese Women in Their 30s, Biggest Direct Purchaser of Korean Products | Be Korea-savvy
Thanks to the Korea Wave, foreign consumers’ interests in Korean goods are hotter now than any other time. Responding to the trend, the market size of direct sales of Korean goods to overseas consumers through domestic Internet shopping sites is estimated at 200 billion won. Then, who will be the big hands of the direct sales market? According to an online shopping site, the Chinese who are mostly welcomed by shopping industries in the world were the big hands in the direct sales market., the online shopping site, announced that one third of the direct sales customers were Chinese quoting its analysis of 11,000 cases of the foreign customers’ transactions in its overseas sales site “Global” from February 19 to May 31. Hong Kong (17%), the U.S. (14%), Singapore (11%), Australia (9%) and Taiwan (6%) followed China of 33 percent. The Chinese usually used the direct sales market to purchase Korean cosmetics in rather inexpensive prices. Korean brand cosmetics includ
korean  wave  hallyu  chinese  consumers  chinese  fans 
june 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Why is K-pop the face of Korea around the world? | Beyond HallyuBeyond Hallyu
The export value of K-pop is vastly over-inflated. A report released by the Korea Creative Content Agency at the start of this year showed music accounted for only 5% of the country’s cultural exports in 2013. In contrast, over 50% was related to gaming. So why is it, given the tiny percentage of Hallyu that K-pop represents in terms of exports, is it used as the face of the Korean wave? The term ‘hallyu’ represents not only the spread of Korean pop culture throughout the world but also the joint efforts of the government and a number of corporations to push Korean culture products out onto an international stage, first in East and South East Asia and now further afield. In his chapter in the recently published book “The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context”, John Walsh argues that the growing of Hallyu in the past few years comes directly out of government attempts to restructure the Korean economy through the use of soft power. Soft power is basically any form of
k-pop  hallyu  korean  wave  korean  cultural  exports  korean  music  korean  soft  power 
june 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Chinese industry rep talks about the image of Hallyu stars in China ~ Netizen Buzz Max Times Entertainment, "Korean stars get popular fast but lose it just as quickly. They have had the image of just coming for the purpose of making money and leaving. When there's a good event/charity, Chinese actors will either attend free of charge or pay to attend but Korean actors don't attend if they're not being paid for it. Chinese people believe that if you make money in China, you should give back, but there is rarely news about Korean actors doing the same. There's the idea that they'll get popular off of one work and leave after they've made their money." Comments: Preach. Like they actually cast korean actors in chinese drama and they cant even speak a word of chinese hence their voices are dubbed. I dont get that concept. Voice dubbing is actually really common in C-dramas, since there are so many dialects that if you have actors from all over it can become difficult to underst
hallyu  korean  wave  hallyu  in  china  korean  dramas  korean  drama  stars 
april 2014 by thegrandnarrative
[Robert J. Fouser] How to promote Korean culture
Hangeul as a cultural product is also problematic. Koreans are very proud of Hangeul and culture promoters are eager for foreigners to discover its “superiority.” The idea of presenting Korean culture as “superior,” however, is the core problem with government efforts. To justify the expense of taxpayer money, bureaucrats argue that a Korean cultural product is “good for foreigners” and that promoting it is in the national interest. The problem, of course, is that foreigners may not see the “superiority” in what the promoters are trying to push. They may be attracted to other things, but the promoters often construe this as evidence of the need for a “proper understanding” of Korean culture. The logical problem with official efforts to promote Korean culture is that Koreans want to claim ownership not only of the cultural product, but also of its reception. Claims of ownership, however, only alienate foreigners and cause interest to drop. The solution is simple: the government should
hallyu  korean  culture  korean  wave 
april 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Chinese officials debate why China can’t make a soap opera as good as South Korea’s - The Washington Post
There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 33 people dead and 143 injured, corruption in government, a worrisome slowdown in economic growth. So when the country’s two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates’ lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm. To be fair, it’s hard to overstate just how popular this show is these days. After the show’s female lead mentioned “beer and fried chicken” in one episode, it became one of the most invoked phrases online. Restaurants cashed in and started selling beer-and-fried-chicken meals. One pregnant woman from Jiangsu, a province in eastern China, almost had a miscarriage, according to news reports, after she stayed up too many nights binge-watching and eating fried chicken and beer. The show’s name translated in English is “My Love from the Star.” It has garnered more than 2.5 billion views online and has shot
korean  dramas  hallyu  korean  wave  korean  wave  in  china  china  hallyu  in  china 
march 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Hallyu sets its sights on China ~ Netizen Buzz Article talks about how dramas (like '3 days', 'You Who Came From the Stars', 'The Heirs', etc) and variety shows are picking up again in China but it's not being translated into Hallyu success for companies since it's mostly the individual stars that are gaining brand value out of it and there are still a lot of broadcast restrictions placed by China. 1. [+771, -19] Compared to other countries, Hallyu still has a lot to gain from China. 2. [+767, -55] I really liked the actors for The Heirs but the plot itself was so makjang... I could hardly believe they were high schoolers. 3. [+691, -19] We can't force Hallyu. We just have to keep doing what we've been doing. If it's good content, other countries will recognize it and come find it on their own. Just like Gangnam Style, just like 'You Who Came From the Stars', they ha
hallyu  china  korean  wave 
march 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Paul Ajosshi: Celebrating 9 Years of Adverts in the New York Times
here's an advert in the latest New York Times for Bulgogi (Thanks to Roboseyo and Zenkimchi for bringing it to my attention). A celebration of sportsmanship, good food and chopstick skills, it's from the same people who have brought us so much pleasure over the past nine years with printed adverts in diverse publications ranging from the New York Times to the Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times. It feels like the right time to celebrate some of those adverts from the past nine years. The following are all taken from Way back in 2005, we were all young and foolish, and curious to find out more about Dokdo and the East Sea...
korean  advertisements  korean  ads  new  york  times  korean  tourism  hallyu 
march 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Han Liu: Hallyu in China - seoulbeats | seoulbeats
SM Entertainment’s latest offering– SM The Ballad, version 2.0– is perhaps one of the best recent examples of K-pop’s use of “cultural technology,” with 3 versions of the same album released in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese simultaneously, each featuring a different combination of the resident powerhouse vocals in SM. For instance, in “Breath,” the Chinese version features Zhang Liyin, SM’s Chinese female soloist, and EXO-M’s Chen, who is not a native Mandarin speaker but is likewise primed to take on the Chinese-speaking market by learning Mandarin and promoting in China as part of EXO-M. Hallyu’s presence in mainland China is certainly not a recent phenomenon– Kangta’s sustained and respectable level of popularity in China a decade after H.O.T testifies to that– but it cannot be denied that K-pop is beginning to turn its attention to the large, lucrative, and untapped market in China beyond its historic crossover attempts in Japan and the US. SM Entertainment has been the most visib
k-pop  hallyu  korean  wave  china 
february 2014 by thegrandnarrative
South Korean Soap Operas: Just Lowbrow Fun?
What is it about South Korean TV soap operas that appeals to foreign audiences? A new study suggests it’s because it’s lowbrow entertainment. The recent survey by Seoul National University researchers of Chinese TV viewership shows the main audience for South Korean series tends to be less educated and have less income than viewers that prefer programs from other countries. The study, based on a poll of 400 people aged between 20 and 60 taken in China in January, divided viewers’ tastes into categories according to the levels of income and education. The high-education-and-high-income group showed a preference for the subject matter’s novelty, fast pace and suspense — often found in U.S. TV shows, the report said. “The Big Bang Theory” was the most popular feature for fans of American TV. South Korean series, which tend to feature outrageous plot lines, found its audience base in the low-education-and-low-income group, the study found. These “dramas” are characterized by the us...
hallyu  koreandramas  koreanwave  china 
july 2013 by thegrandnarrative
Korean Wave is Flourishing in North Korea, Says Report - koreaBANG
The comic music video above is a clip from one of the most popular variety shows in South Korea, MBC’s ‘Infinite Challenge.’ According to a recent report disclosed by a Saenuri Party member, the South Korean comedians in the video may have become just as famous in North Korea as they are in the South. The report claims that South Korean pop culture is extremly popular among North Koreans, including military officers (despite the regime’s efforts to suppress its popularity).
koreanwave  hallyu  northkorea  girlgroups 
august 2012 by thegrandnarrative

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