Popular Culture of the Korean Society Summer Session I, 2017
Ewha Womans University _____________________________________________________________________________________ Class Meetings: MTWR Instructor: Mihyang Ahn Dates: 6/21 - 7/17, 2017 Office Hours: By appointment Classroom: TBA Email: email@example.com Class Time: 12:30-15:00 _____________________________________________________________________________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to help students to understand and analyze contemporary Korean Popular culture, specially focusing on the Korean Wave. In this course, students will examine different types of contemporary Korean popular culture including TV dramas, music, films, comic books, food, and internet and ask how they are related to Korean life as well as how they participate in the global circulation of culture, identity, tradition, and modernity. COURSE GOALS 1. Understand current trends in Korean popular culture situated in both local and global context. 2. Critically analyze Korean popular culture through various types of cultural texts 3. Develop the ability to conduct a sociological research using cultural texts. REQUIRED MATERIALS A course pack is available on-campus at Canon Copy Shop (ECC B4). ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION Thought papers: Students are required to write two thought papers for this class. These papers should include 1) 1 page summarizing at least one of the readings for the previous week. These summaries should demonstrate that you comprehend the most important points of the articles/chapters and 2) 1 page of your critical reaction to the reading. You can critique the ideas or expand on the ideas with a connection to current events or personal experiences. (20%) Group presentation: Students are required to sign up for a group on the first week of class. Each group should prepare a presentation addressing one area of Korean popular culture. Each presentation should be approximately 30 minute long and include a time for leading class discussion about the topic. (30%) Individual Research Project: Students are required to write a final research paper (5-6 double spaced pages, not including the title page or reference section) that presents either 1) a comparative analysis between Korean popular culture and other local culture or 2) a more focused research about one area of Korean contemporary culture (e.g., film, music, television drama, comics, etc). (35%) Attendance and Participation: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. If absence occurs, it is the students responsibility to contact the instructor in order to make up lost work. Attendance is
important because many class sessions will involve class activities or discussions that students will have the opportunity to participate in. (15%) COURSE SCHEDULE Week 1: Introduction: Contemporary Korean Culture June 21 Course Introduction
Contemporary Korean culture Readings Hahm, Hanhee. 2003. Korean culture seen through Westerners eyes. Korea Journal 43: 106-128. Viewings: The Dynamic Culture of Contemporary Korea (2013) June 22 Korean Wave and Globalization Readings Shim, Doobo. 2008. The Growth of Korean Cultural Industries and the Korean Wave. Pp. 15-31 in East
Asian Pop Culture: Analyzing the Korean Wave, edited by Chua Beng Huat and Koichi Iwabuchi. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Viewings: Korean Wave, Hallyu (2012) / On the Road (2014) Week 2: Korean TV Dramas / Korean Films June 26 to June 29 Readings Leung, Lisa. 2008. Mediating Nationalism and Modernity: the Transnationalization of Korean dramas on
Chinese (Satellite) TV. Pp. 53-69 in East Asian Pop Culture: Analyzing the Korean Wave, edited by Chua Beng Huat and Koichi Iwabuchi. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Lee, Sangjoon. 2015. From Diaspora TV to Social Media: Korean TV Dramas in America. Pp. 172-191 in Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media, edited by Sangjoon and Abe Mark Nornes. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Paquet, Darcy. 2005. The Korean Film Industry: 1992 to the Present. Pp. 32-50 in New Korea Cinema, edited by Shin, Chi-Yun and Julian Stringer. New York, NY: New York University Press.
Viewings: Drama Jewel In The Palace (2003) / Movie Old Boy (2003)
Week 3: Korean Pop Music / Korean Comics July 3 to July 6
Thought paper # 1 DUE (July 3, 1pm) Readings Jung, Eun-Young. 2015. New Wave Formations: K-Pop Idols, Social Media, and the Remaking of the
Korean Wave. Pp. 73-89 in Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media, edited by Sangjoon and Abe Mark Nornes. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Noh, Sueen. 2007. To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question: What Is Happening with Korean Comics (Manhwa), Today? International Journal of Comic Art 9 (2): 454-477.
Viewings: Hip Korea: Seoul Vibes Rain / Secretly Greatly (Webtoon/ Movie) Week 4: Korean Food / Internet in Korea July 10 to July 13
Thought paper # 2 DUE (July 10, 1pm) Readings Cwiertka, Katarzyna J. 2008. The Global Hansik Campaign and the Commodification of Korean
Cuisine. Pp. 363-384 in The Korean Popular Culture Reader, edited by Kyung Hyun Kim and Youngmin Choe. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Kang, Inkyu. 2008. It All Started with a Bang: The Role of PC Bangs in South Koreas Cybrecultures. Pp.55-75 in The Korean Popular Culture Reader, edited by Kyung Hyun Kim and Youngmin Choe. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Viewings: Culinary Asia Korea (2011) / This is Korea-PC BANGS Week 5: Group Presentations July 17
Individual research project DUE (July 17, 1pm)