Popular Cultural Capital and Cultural Identity:

Dong-Hoo Lee

in East Asian Pop Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9789622098923
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206885 | DOI:
Popular Cultural Capital and Cultural Identity:

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This chapter ethnographically examines how young Korean women, from their late teens to early thirties, watched and related Japanese TV dramas to their daily lives. It first explores the ways in which the fans create or experience transnational consumption space, within which they negotiate their cultural or gender identities in an age of globalization. It then shows how their reception experiences have been hybridized as their self-reflexive reading becomes more inter-textual and intercultural, with an increasing propensity to select, compare and appropriate cultural products from various countries. Although Korean female fans of J-dramas physically reside within the boundaries of their nation-state, they have created a transnational imaginary space through their consumption of J-dramas. Korean women have managed their own identity politics by viewing and appropriating J-dramas.

Keywords: Japanese TV dramas; Korean women; cultural identity; gender identity; globalization; identity politics

Chapter.  6263 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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