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KPK Goes To KPOPCON on January 28, 2012!!!

KPOPCON
University of California, Berkeley
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hello Hallyu!: Kpop Fictions, Facts and Fans in the Global Academy

KPK Presenters: Crystal S. Anderson, PhD, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., Mark Jaehoon Byon, Kuylain Howard

All Kpop fans are tweenage Asian girls. Idols are manufactured and have no talent. Male Kpop idols aren’t “real” men. Kpop music is unoriginal. It doesn’t matter where you get your Kpop news.

What do you really know about Kpop fans, artists and the industry? How – and why – has Kpop spread around the world? KPK: Kpop Kollective will host an interactive session that will reveal surprising details about the heart of the Korean wave: the fans. We’ll talk about the unique connection Kpop fans have to the music, take a look at issues surrounding the evolution of the Kpop image as it has migrated to the United States, and explore the roles of social media and Internet publishing in the spread of Kpop music. Cover dance your way to our session and find out how We Do Hallyu!

Find out more at KPOPCON.com!

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About DrCeeFu

K-pop Prof. Wuxia Woman. Queen of Afro-Asia. Post Soul Princess. CeeFu is Crystal S. Anderson (PhD), a public intellectual who writes on Asian popular culture. When she is not at her day job, she writes about Asian popular culture. On her blog, High Yellow, she publishes pieces on K-pop, K-drama, wuxia series and Asian film. You can view her portfolio at Digital Writing by CeeFu. She also makes some of her scholarly work on Korean popular culture available to the public though projects like iFans: Mapping K-pop's International Fandom (a series of surveys on global fandom and a digital project that curates material produced by global fans), Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of Kpop (a digital project that traces connections among artists and groups across genres, generations and geographies through visuals, music and choreography), House of Hallyu (a site that features fan activity) and kpop chronicles (a project that archives fan narratives). She is also director of KPK: Kpop Kollective, where scholars and select members of the public publish musings about K-pop and digital humanities and collaboratively collect and organize digital material. She also manages KPOPIANA, a collaborative and interactive database about groups and artists of Hallyu-era K-pop. As an associate professor at Elon University, she conducts research in comparative ethnic studies. In addition to her recently published the book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University of Mississippi Press, 2013), she has several book articles forthcoming on masculinity in K-pop and the impact of rhythm and blues on K-pop. She teaches courses in Asian literature, American literature, American Studies and African American literature.

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