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When the Korean Wave Meets Resident Koreans in Japan:

Koichi Iwabuchi

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098923.003.0013
When the Korean Wave Meets Resident Koreans in Japan:

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This chapter explores the complexity of the impact of the Korean Wave in Japanese society and addresses the possibility of transnational dialogues through popular cultural connections. It first examines how the reception of other East Asian media cultures proves to be an opportune moment for Japanese audiences to critically review the state of their own lives, society and history. This is done by comparing the reception of the Korean Wave, and Winter Sonata in particular, with the fervent reception of Hong Kong popular culture in the late 1990s. It also investigates the representation of and audience responses to a popular Japanese TV drama series that for the first time deals with socio-historical issues about resident Koreans. The critical analysis of the impact of the Korean Wave on the social positioning and recognition of resident Koreans in Japan should not be taken as totally rejecting positive changes. Critique is a necessary detour to further the potentiality of the emergent change and to actualize transnational dialogue through media consumption.

Keywords: Korean Wave; Japan; transnational dialogues; East Asian media cultures; Winter Sonata; Hong Kong popular culture; Japanese TV drama; Koreans

Chapter.  9409 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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