Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture – Edited by Koichi Iwabuchi, Eva Tsai, Chris Berry

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (Hardback) book cover

Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic increase in cultural flows and connections between the countries in the East Asian region. Nowhere is this more apparent than when looking at popular culture where uneven but multilateral exchanges of Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Chinese products have led to the construction of an ‘East Asian Popular Culture’. This is both influenced by, and in turn influences, the national cultures, and generates transnational co-production and reinvention.

As East Asian popular culture becomes a global force, it is increasingly important for us to understand the characteristics of contemporary East Asian popular culture, and in particular its transnational nature. In this handbook, the contributors theorize East Asian experiences and reconsider Western theories on cultural globalization to provide a cutting-edge overview of this global phenomenon.

The Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture will be of great interest to students and scholars of a wide range of disciplines, including: Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical approaches to East Asian pop culture, Koichi Iwabuchi, Eva Tsai, and Chris Berry

Part I: Historicization and Spatialization of East Asian pop culture

1. Historicizing East Asian Pop Culture, Younghan CHO

2. East Asian popular culture and inter-Asian referencing, Koichi IWABUCHI

3. Hybridity, Korean Wave and Asian Media, Doobo SHIM

4. Been informal and formal cultural economy: Chinese subtitle groups and flexible accumulation in the age of online viewing, Kelly HU

5. Digital Diaspora, Mobility and HomeYouna KIM

Part II: The development of national production and its regional circulation/connection

6. Films

6a. Ways of S. Korean Cinema: Phantom, Trans –Cinema and Korean BlockbustersSoyoung KIM

6b. Welcome to Chollywood: Chinese Language Cinema as a Transborder Assemblage, Chris Berry

6c. Globalism, New Media, and Cinematically Imagining the Inescapable Japan, Aaron Gerow

7. TV dramas

7a. Bordercrossing, Local Modification and Transnational Transaction of TV Dramas in East Asia, Anthony FUNG

7b. Confucian Heroes in Popular Asian Dramas in the Age of Capitalism, Hsiu-Chuang DEPPMAN

8. Pop Music

8a. K-pop, the Sound of Subaltern Cosmopolitanism? Hyunjoon SHIN

8b. The legendary live venues and the changing music scenes in Taipei and Beijing: Underworld and D22, Miaoju JIAN

9. Social media and popular activism

9a. Social Media and Popular Activism in a Korean Context, Dong Hyun SONG

9b. Mobilizing Discontent: Social Media and Networked Activism since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Love KINDSTRAND, Keiko NISHIMURA, and David H. SLATER

9c. Social media in China: between an emerging civil society and commercialization, Jens Damm

View III: Gender. Sexuality and Asian celebrity

10. East Asian stars, – public space and star studies, Jocelyn Yi-Hsuan LAI

11. Ribbons and Frills: Shōjo Sensibility and the Transnational Imaginary, Jinhee CHOI

12. Queer Pop Culture in the Sinophone Mediasphere, Fran MARTIN

13. Male and Female Idols of the Chinese Pornosphere, Katrien JACOBS

14. Soft, Smooth with Chocolate Abs: Performance of a Korean Masculinity in Taiwanese Men’s Fashion, Hong-Chi SHIAU

Part IV: Politics of the commons

15. Shanzhai culture, Dafen art and Copyrights, Jeroen de KLOET and Yiu Fai CHOW

16. Regional soft power/creative industries competition, Beng Huat CHUA

17. Popular Culture and Historical Memories of War in Asia, Rumi SAKAMOTO

18. Film Festivals and Regional Cosmopolitanism in East Asia: the case of Busan International Film Festival, Soojeong AHN

19. Trans-East-Asia as method, Koichi IWABUCHI

https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-East-Asian-Popular-Culture/Iwabuchi-Tsai-Berry/p/book/9780415749428

 

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Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music – Edited by Hyunjoon Shin, Seung-Ah Lee

Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music (Hardback) book cover

Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Korean popular music. Each essay covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Korea, first presenting a general description of the history and background of popular music in Korea, followed by essays, written by leading scholars of Korean music, that are organized into thematic sections: History, Institution, Ideology; Genres and Styles; Artists; and Issues.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Road to Popular Music: Regulation, Resistance, and Negotiations

HYUNJOON SHIN & SEUNG-AH LEE

 

Part I. Histories

1 The Stage Show and the Dance Floor: A History of “Live Music” in Korea

HYUNJOON SHIN

2 Assembling Pop Records in Twentieth Century Korea: A Double is Twice as Good as a Single

KEEWOONG LEE

3 Broadcasting Media and Popular Music: Institution, Technologies, and Power

JUNG-YUP LEE

4 Emerging Social Distribution: The Case of K-pop Circulation in the Global Pop Market

SUN JUNG

Part II. Genres

5 Trot and Ballad: Popular Genres of Korean Pop

YU-JEONG CHANG

6 Korean Rock’s Journey from Group Sound to Indie Rock

PIL HO KIM

7 Modern Folksong and People’s Song (Minjung Kayo)

AEKYUNG PARK

8 Korean Black Music and its Culture: Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop

JAEYOUNG YANG

Part III. Artists

9 Kim Hae-song, An Incomplete Dream of Korean Jazz

JUNHEE LEE

10 Shin Joong Hyun’s Rock Sonority and Korean Pentatonicism in “Miin”

DOHEE KWON

11 Kim Min-ki and the Making of a Legend

OKON HWANG

12 Seo Taiji Syndrome: Rise of Korean Youth and Cultural Transformation through Global Pop Music Styles in the early 1990s

EUN-YOUNG JUNG

Part IV. Issues

13 Korean Pop Music and Korean Identities: A Political-Cultural History of Korean Pop Music and Its Use of Traditional Korean Musical Elements

HYUNSEOK KWON

14 Who’s Afraid of Korean Idols?: Five Keywords for Understanding Korean Idol Pop

DONG-YEUN LEE

15 Controlling or Supporting?: A History of Cultural Policies on Popular Music

SOOJIN KIM

16 The Voice of Popular Korea: Styles, Genres and Contexts

HAEKYUNG UM

Coda

17 Asia and Beyond: Circulation and Reception of Korean Popular Music outside of Korea

SUNHEE KOO & SANG-YEON LOISE SUNG

Afterword

“We tried to catch up, now we should evolve”: A Conversation with Shin Hae-chul

HYUNJOON SHIN & CH’OE CHI-SŎN

https://www.routledge.com/Made-in-Korea-Studies-in-Popular-Music/Shin-Lee/p/book/9781138793033

Conference Travel Information

Visa
The type of visa will depend on the nationality of the visitor. When you search for visa, please visit the official Australian government website https://www.border.gov.au/. All the information that a legitimate visitor to Australia can be found there.
Note: Please don’t go through the various visa finder websites that often ask for money (beyond the normal visas processing fees (if they apply), ask for endless documentation (an issue in itself) and hold up the process.

Transportation
It is recommended to buy a Myki card to use for trains, trams and buses: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki. The quickest and cheapest way to get Caulfield campus from the city is by a 15 minute train ride. About the journey planner, you can check at http://www.metrotrains.com.au/.

Accommodation
Below is a short list of budget hotels between the City and Caulfield campus. There are more options in the City, and you can check at the websites such as hostelbookers.com and hostelworld.com.

Punthill South Yarra
Located near South Yarra train station
Price: Approx $100 per night
Website: http://www.punthill.com.au/specials-and-packages/melbourne-specials/

Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra
52 Darling St South Yarra, VIC 3141 Australia – short walk to the South Yarra train station – can catch Frankston/ Pakenham/ Cranbourne/ Dandenong train to Caulfield.
Price: Approx $107 per night, otherwise approx. $150 (if booked 45 days prior to stay)
website: https://www.tfehotels.com/brands/adina-apartment-hotels?_ga=1.221911000.1397185684.1475624100

Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
Location: 214 Little Collins St, Melbourne. – take train on the Frankston/ Pakenham/ Dandenong or Cranbourne lines to Caulfield.
Price: Approx $100 per night
website: https://www.victoriahotel.com.au/book-now/

Bayview on the park
Location: 42 Queens Road, Melbourne – short walk to tram stop (Tram route 3), that takes you straight to Caulfield Campus, Monash University.
Price: Approx $90 – $125 per night
website: https://book.revato.com/grid?Propertyid=4064&checkin=2016-12-11&checkout=2016-12-12&source=GOO&Label=546193028&roomid=(ROOMID)&languageCode=EN&clientCountryCode=US&currencyCode=AUD

Carnegie Motor Inn
Location: 1102 Dandenong Road, Carnegie – 10 minute walk to Carnegie Station and then catch train to Caulfield or a 20 minute walk.
Price: Approx $130 per night
Website: http://www.carnegiemotorinn.com.au/

Conference News: Registration and more

  1. REGISTRATION FEE
    You can pay the registration fee only by credit card in advance. It is not possible to pay it in cash on site. Monash University will send an email to each registered people about the online payment information. The payment deadline is 25 Nov, which is absolute for preparing catering service during the conference days.
  2. FULL PAPAER NOT NEEDED
    We do not require full papers before the conference. However, we plan to edit special issues on Asian popular music. If you would like to have earlier considerations, please do submit your full papers to Anthony Fung at anthonyfung@cuhk.edu.edu.hk. These papers should fall into one of fourcategories below: Theory and Methodology / Production, Circulation and Consumption / Politics and Power / Identity, Ideology, Affect.

CFP: The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2016 in Melbourne (Australia)

* Note: The deadline is extended to May 25.

CFP: The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2016 in Melbourne (Australia)

Date: 11-12 December 2016, (Sunday-Monday)

Venue: Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Monash University, Caulfield Campus

900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia (Melway Ref: 68 F1)

* For information on travelling to Caulfield campus (how to get to, parking and map), please visit Monash University Caulfield campus and Google Maps.  Getting There will be helpful to travel Melbourne.

 

Organized by:

Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group),

Monash Asia Institute & School of Media, Film and Journalism, , Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Andy Bennett (Griffith University)

Music (Post)subcultures and Scenes in Asia: Towards a Rethinking of Concepts and Theories

PLENARY SESSION: Koichi Iwabuchi (Manash University), Shane Homan (Monash University) et al.

Australia in Inter-Asian Pop Music Flows/connections

 

STATEMENT

We are pleased to announce the 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, which will take place on December 10-11, 2016 in Melbourne, in collaboration with Monash Asia Institute and School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Following the first conference in Osaka in 2008, the second conference in Hong Kong in 2010, the third conference in Taipei in 2012, and the fourth conference in Chiang Mai, we move our next meeting to Australia, a country which geographically belongs to ‘Asia’ and has a large population of Asian backgrounds and many people working with musicians and producers in other parts of Asia.

Founded in 2008, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group) is a research network that at the moment includes 120 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe, America and Oceania. Through its biennial conferences and related activities, the group provides a platform to foster scholarly conversations and collaborations arising from the growing academic interest in Asian popular music both inside and outside Asia.

CONFERENCE THEME (IAPMS∙2016∙Melbourne):

Reframing Asian Popular Music in Time-Place

In retrospect, Shuhei Hosokawa’s 1998 prediction in his book Karaoke Around the World sounds rather premature when he claimed, “There exists no ‘Asian’ pop but various forms of pop music in Asia.” Despite what seemed at the time the unbridgeable cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic differences, decades of intensified trans-Asia cultural traffic has generated some seminal forms of ‘Asian’ pop music that entertain people across the national borders. Furthermore, there emerges a new batch of pop music that bears the influence of these new forms throughout East and Southeast Asia. Through the practices of relentless emulation, adaptation and referencing, some stylitically coherent, regionally based pop music is being created. So we have J-pop (Japanese pop), K-pop (Korean pop), M-pop (Mandarin pop), V-pop (Vietnamese pop), T-pop (Thai pop), I-pop (Indo pop), L-pop (Lao pop) and so on which, despite different prefixes, do not sound and look very far apart from each other.

The emergence of pan-Asian pop in country-coded names is the latest development unfolding in front of our eyes. However, we still do not have a large stock of shared knowledge about pop music of Asia beyond the glossy surface of the hiphenated pop, In particular, we barely know other Asian countries’s or regions’s histories, cultures and traditions of pop music. This lack of shared knowledge is becoming one of the main obstacles to re-imagining and and constructing Asian pop as a concrete entity. Thus, any constructive inquiry into Asian pop needs to delve deep into each country/region’s rich legacy of popular music and render visible what is increasingly being erased, forgotten and buried.

For this purpose, we propose a rethinking of Asian pop through a frame of time-place. Asian people are not familiar with the idea of Asian pop as a common currency as popular music of the continent has been narrativized firmly along the lines of the national and/or the ethnic. By bringing the subnational to the fore, we would like to introduce a new way of thinking/talking about Asian pop and take a step forward from rather abstract and often unproductive categories of the national and the ethnㅑc. Eschewing the existing way of addressing Asian pop in terms of nationality and/or ethnicity, we propose a research agendum of “Asian pop in particular time and place”. Here, Asian pop will appear in the form of, say, ‘1920s Osaka’, ‘1940s Shanghai’, ‘1950s Bangkok’, ‘1970s Manila’, ‘1980s Beijing’, ‘1990s Tainan’, ‘2000s Bandung’ rather than the tired classification of K-pop, J-pop, Canto-pop and so on.

Furthermore, the 2016 conference will be a great occasion to reconsider the inclusiveness of “Asian” and “Inter-Asia” by examining how Australia has been already and always part of Asian pop music flows and connections. Geographically located in the fringe of “Asia” and being a British settler colony, Australia tends to be not included in the study of Asian pop music. However Australia actually belongs to cultural geography of “Asia” for many people of Asian backgrounds live in Australia as long-standing diaspora, second & third-generation Asian Australians, recent migrants, temporary workers and overseas students who enjoy pop music of diverse parts of Asia. Furthermore, musicians, producers and industries has been collaborating with other Asian counterparts. We would welcome any paper proposal that explores the way in which Australia is part of inter-Asian pop music flows and connection. We believe that the examination of a time-space frame in terms of Australia’s involvedness in popular cultural geography of “Asia” will fruitfully expand our perspectives in the study of Asian pop music.

There have been precious precursors of Asian pop and its ilk loved and fondly remembered in a multitude of Asian countries. It could be a good starting point to explore production, circulation, consumption and impacts of these stars and hit songs in construction of Asian pop. Of course, it is far from our intention to force a contrived association between a particular sound and time-place or encourage what sounds suspiciously like a journalistic practice. We would just like to see if this change in perspective would yield any productive outcome and evaluate its potential.

Having said that, any paper that examines popular music’s contribution to construction of life (and death) of people in a particular time-place will be welcomed and much appreciated. The organizer of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2016 in Melbourne would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstract (not more than 250 words) to iapmsconference@gmail.com before 15 May 2016.

Please use the Proposal Form (right click to download) when submitting your proposal. Please use your surname as file name (ex. Chua.doc, Douglas.doc). If you plan to organize a panel with more than two people, please coordinate with the panelists to put all the necessary information on one form (e.g., panel title, paper titles, individual abstracts, panelist information). A panel description is not necessary.

Please email all inquiries to: iapmsconference@gmail.com.

 

PUBLICATIONS AFTER CONFERENCE

In general, the paper submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of a journal that organizing committee is working on. For papers that are intended for consideration for publications, we require these papers to be in one of the following streams:

1: Theory and Methodology

2: Production, Circulation and Consumption

3: Politics

4: Identity, Ideology, Affect

Besides, full paper submission is required for consideration for publication. Full and completed paper can be sent to the conference email on or before the conference dates. However, all papers will be sent for blind review, and there is no guarantee that the papers will be accepted.

 

SCHEDULE

2016.5.25 Deadline for abstract submission

2016.7.15 Acceptance of papers

2016.9.15 Registration

2016.11.15 Submission of papers

2016.12.11-12 Conference Days

REGISTRATION FEE

Committee members: AUD$ 80

Waged members: AUD$ 60

Unwaged members: AUD$ 30

Local Committee

Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University, Australia/Japan)

Shane Homan (Monash University, Australia)…

Organizing Committee

Anthony FUNG (Chinese University, Hong Kong/China)

Jeroen Groenwegen-Lau (Independent scholar, China/Netherlands)

Tunghung HO (Fu-jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University, Australia/Japan)

Kai Khiun LIEW (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Jung-yup LEE (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA/Korea)

Keewoong LEE (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)

Yoshitaka MORI (Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)

Viriya Sawangchot (Independent scholar/ThaiPBS, Thailand)

Hyunjoon SHIN (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)

Eva TSAI (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

Buni Yani (LSPR School of Communication, Phillipines/Indonesia)

ZHANG Qian (Communication University of China, China)

Notes:

English is the only language in the conference as there is no common language among Asia language. Translation service can be provided only during Q&A, in case the presenters need it.

This conference is consciously scheduled before the ACS Crossroads 2016 Conference in Sydney (14-17 December). For more information on that conference please go to: http://crossroads2016.org/call-for-papers/ and https://www.facebook.com/XR2016/.

For the updated information about submission, registration, accommodation, transportation etc, please keep visiting our website: http:www.interasiapop.org.