Contemporary Transnational Popular Cultural Traffic between Korea and Japan

Date: Friday, April 18, 2008
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Center for Korean Studies Conference Room

by Dr. Eun-Young Jung (Post-Doctoral Fellow/Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh)
It is widely recognized that popular music in Asia is intensely transnational, involving not only import from the West but also the traffic of local pop music among Asian countries.

The dynamics of intra-Asian cultural flows, however, are much more complicated and locality-specific than might first appear. The case of cultural flows between Korea and Japan is particularly complex because of the two countries’ antagonism toward each other.

Contrasts in pop musical “exchanges” between Korea and Japan and the different nature of Korean pop music presence in Japan in contrast to the Japanese pop musical presence in Korea in the light of the troubled history of Japan-Korea relations will be discussed.

Free admission
Sponsored by Asian Studies Program, SPAS