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The Korean Wave and Its Implications for the Korea-China Relationship

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Authors
Jang, Soo Hyun
Issue Date
2012-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.19 No.2, pp. 97-113
Keywords
Korean WaveHallyuPopular CultureCultural IndustriesKorea-China RelationshipCultural SimilarityCultural SynchronizationNationalism
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to examine the phenomenon of the Korean Wave (hallyu) in China and

explore its implications for the Korea-China relationship. As a cultural phenomenon, hallyu had a

significant bearing on the perception of Korea by Chinese people. Korean TV dramas, films, and pop

music served as a special window through which Chinese audiences gained an understanding of

Korean society and formed a sense of cultural familiarity towards Korea. It also helped generate

cultural synchronization between the two countries. As an economic phenomenon, it stimulated

collaboration as well as competition between the Korean and Chinese cultural industries.

Collaboration in the production and distribution of TV shows and films continues to be widened and

diversified. Finally, hallyu served as fertile soil for cultural politics, as it was often entangled with

disputes in other realms of the Korea-China relationship, including such issues as cultural heritage,

history, and nationalism.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96546
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.19 (2012)
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