Reconsidering Cultural Hybridities:

Yoshitaka Mōri

in Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099746
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206793 | DOI:
Reconsidering Cultural Hybridities:

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This chapter first introduces the concept of hybridity. It considers some of the problems associated with its use in the context of Cultural Studies in general, and how it is nevertheless an extremely valuable way to explore contemporary Japan, especially the situation concerning Zainichi Koreans (Korean residents in Japan) who exemplify one of the “inbetween” spaces in East Asia of cultural production and consumption. The chapter then looks specifically at popular music but in different historical periods. It argues that Japanese popular music is a hybrid production at its very inception and origin. In order to understand its character, the chapter introduces two of the most eminent, pioneering composers in Japanese popular music: Hattori Ryōichi and Koga Masao. What the chapter is particularly interested in is the transnational and cosmopolitan nature of East Asian cultural exchange between Japanese and Korean musicians at the production level.

Keywords: hybridity; Cultural Studies; Japan; Zainichi Koreans; popular music; Hattori Ryōichi; Koga Masao; cultural exchange

Chapter.  7963 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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