A recent study showed that residents in Hong Kong, who had previously very little ties with Korea and had a negative view on South Koreans primarily due to the Korean Civil War and the growing tensions with North Korea, found that some of the reasons why one would be affiliated and attracted to Korean culture were; ‘It is suitable for my taste’ (28.9%), ‘It is in vogue’ (23.7%), ‘The level of access to the culture is easy because it is in Asia’ (19.1%), ‘There is something to learn from Korean culture’ (16.4%), and ‘It has less heterogeneity than Western culture’ (Samuel. S. Kim, et al, 2008). As South Korea is in a fixed position in general Asian society, it benefits from the luxury of fellow Asian counterparts taking an interest in their
They do this by using Korean and English lyrics, and also by mixing the music and the style of dancing they do. While they do incorporate Western culture they don’t loose sight of their own Korean culture. This type of music is also widely known as, Kpop, and it has a strong influence on those of all different backgrounds of Asian youth and it also has a strong influence of those from Western Culture, like America and even the U.K. This article mentions the importance the role the Internet has on society today. The article says, “The internet has great potential for spreading awareness and exposure to the countless varieties of music around the world and for promoting the sale of music CDs and downloads” (Sutton 2009).
These market-oriented features in K-pop cast a doubt on the fans’ activities as exerting their agency. Interestingly, with consumptions of K-pop related products (e.g., listening to K-pop music and participating in the concerts, purchasing secondary commodities, such as K-pop stars’ photos, socks with their caricatures, posters, etc. – no matter how far the concert is held or the stores are ), a majority of interviewees claimed that K-pop stars are not (or less) related to commodification and consumerism. This needs to be contemplated in regard to the training system that the respondents articulated, which was mentioned in the previous section. Whereas the respondents produce meanings in the trainings a person must go through to be a star
In Korea, you can meet people in the streets wearing traditional dresses (not always, but during the holidays there are many such dresses). At the same time, the modern pop-culture is everywhere: they have posters, K-pop stars in the advertisements, pop music playing everywhere, people in the transport watching Korean series on their smartphones. So, the traditional and modern cultures mix and intersect a lot. All those things support the idea of a complexity of the Korean
Korean popular culture started to gain attention and popularity among the younger generation as well as elders in Hong Kong. For example, Today, in Hong Kong around 5,000 people are currently learning Korean language at universities and other language enters (Kang Kim, 2009) because of the interest generated by Korean dramas and movies, Korean pop songs. Nowadays, it is common taxi drivers and shopkeepers greet Koreans with a few simple Korean
Ironically, back in 20th century, singer-songwriter Cho is usually regarded as the “National Singer” and “King of K-pop”. Basically, he is a living legendary figure who has topped the charts with different hit songs for 30 years span, since 1970s to 1990s. Throughout its history, Korean popular music has taken numerous transitions and there, Cho Yong Pil-
The one thought that comes to everyone's mind always turns out to be incorrect about this specific group. Korean Pop fans in America get so many misconceptions just because they listen to a different type of music with a different language. This is called a misconception, a view or an opinion that is incorrect about a person or a group. Korean Pop also known as K-Pop which is very popular in Korea, but now K-Pop is advancing and taking over the world piece by piece, and where there is an artist there is a fanbase. With the advances of K-Pop more fans are coming out and supporting their idols.
I attended a Korean school supported by the North Korean government from elementary level. I learned Korean and the school promoted the identity and pride of Korean residents in Japan. I studied general subjects, learning North and South Korean history and their relationships with Japan, allowing me to develop an identity as Korean including both North and South Korea. At the same time, I have developed a Japanese identity which is a cultural construction since I experienced Japanese culture at first hand: I learned Japanese as a native language, came in contact with Japanese Media and culture, and acquainted myself in Japanese society. The Korean community is not recognised by Japan, and North Korea is considered an international pariah.
Unfortunately, Korean culture unconsciously penetrated to Thais, and it becomes a new popular brand among Thai people. Furthermore, Korean trend did not invade only to Thailand, but also other countries in the world: both eastern and western. Korea can make an amount of money from this cultural penetration – from the trend. Being a medium of cultural diffusion to several
Most of the Teenagers nowadays, loves to listen foreign music rather than their own country music. Korean pop culture or K-Pop is really well known in the world. It is so popular that even the non-Korean people know it as well. The popularity of this Korean music is influential. Even if the people that lives in another country are highly influenced by the Korean culture and they are adapting it too.