K-pop in China in the mobile internet period: Internet platforms, the “Korea Ban”, and the K-pop-formatted Chinese idol industry — IAPMS online workshop vol. 12

We are pleased to host the Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (IAPMS) Online Workshop vol. 12. To participate in this online event, please register by filling out the form with your name and email address. The event information will be sent to your email upon registration. A reminder email will also be sent one day before as well as one hour before the event.

Registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgWEO6g8FaEIYyhI5YHZGOFWNNspzA2pAmjVvffpDUtDLnpA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Date: Feb.10, 2022 (Thursday)

20:00-22:00 (Korea/Japan)
19:00-21:00 (China/Taiwan/Singapore/Mongolia)
18:00-20:00 (Vietnam/Thailand)

(Please use the time zone converter to calculate the event time in your location: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

IAPMS Online Workshop vol. 12

K-pop in China in the mobile internet period: Internet platforms, the “Korea Ban”, and the K-pop-formatted Chinese idol industry

Speaker: Sun Meicheng (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Moderator: Yoshitaka Mori (Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
Organizers: Yoshitaka Mori & Hyunjoon Shin (Professor, SungKongHoe University, Korea)


Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, has become a global cultural phenomenon. Its growing popularity around the world is indicative of the rise in Asian cultural power. Korean popular music, or K-pop, has been a key genre in Hallyu. K-pop has been transmitted in China for more than two decades. By employing archival research, this article analyses the transmission of K-pop in China from 2012 to the present. Specifically, it looks at the development of China’s mobile internet and the various platforms for K-pop in China, China’s “Korea Ban,” and the K-pop-formatted Chinese idol industry. The article potentially sheds new light on Hallyu studies, Korean studies, and the studies of transnational cultural flows.

Speaker: Sun Meicheng

Sun Meicheng obtained her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Nanjing University and her master’s degree in Advertising from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is about to graduate from the PhD program in Communication Studies in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include transnational popular cultural flows, fandom, and cultural industries. Meicheng’s dissertation covers K-pop in China focusing on its history, fan practices, and Chinese K-pop stars.

For more information: http://www.interasiapop.org/

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