20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: East Asia Popular Culture has gone global on an unprecedented scale. From local television celebrities to international superstars; from global music hits to film festivals; the last few decades has seen a radical change in how popular culture is created, disseminaded and received in the East Asian nations and beyond. This module will examine East Asian popular culture from a variety of angles and will engage in debates on nationhood, cultural adaptation, recievership, `soft power', production, distribution and consumption. Areas of study will include Hallyu, J-pop, anime and manga, kawaii, cosplay, Beijing Olympics, sex work and video piracy.

Staff Contact: Kate Taylor-Jones
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study, Media screening
Assessment: Course work

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