• K-Pop: Going Global, Keeping Korean, Becoming Hybrid

    Yalın Akçevin (see profile)
    Korea, Area studies, Koreans--Social life and customs, Music--Social aspects, Group identity
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    K-Pop, K-Culture, cultural hybridization, shared cultural spaces, Korean studies, Korean culture, Music and Society, Hybridity, Cultural identity
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    This article aims at understanding the identity of K-Pop as a Korean product gone global and to describe the nature of the social space that has been created around it. The approach employed in this paper is holistic, in that it takes into account the creation, distribution, and consumption of K-Pop as integral elements in the making of K-Pop and the cultural space around it. I argue that in each mentioned step, K-Pop allows for the mixing together of Korean music and culture with other cultures it comes into contact with across the globe, which results in the creation of a cultural product and shared cultural space that is a hybrid in nature. The resulting analysis finds that K-Pop is a phenomenon that is a hybrid from its initial stages of creation to its final stages of consumption and recreation by the fans, in which a cycle of hybridization is sustained and K-Pop becomes a global hybrid.
    I have deposited this as an "article", however, please note that this was a term paper written for a graduate course titled "Topics in Modern Korea". I have edited the file to remove any personal information - such as my student ID - and kept the body of the work intact in terms of content.
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