KPK: Kpop Kollective houses research by Dr. Crystal S. Anderson on digital cultural studies projects, which focus on Hallyu (Korean Wave) popular culture. The research examines the hybridized nature of Hallyu cultural production, its blending of various global cultures with Korean culture and the impact of global cultures on Hallyu. She is the Editor-in Chief and Contributing Writer for the KPK: Kpop Kollective WordPress Blog, which publishes scholarly research and digital essays on Hallyu by members of KPK and provides useful information for those new to Kpop culture.
Digital Humanities Projects
Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of Kpop (Omeka) is a digital exhibition on the cultural history of Hallyu Kpop.
iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom (Omeka) is a digital humanities project that maps the global spread of Kpop fans, collects infomation on individual fan cultures and curates artifacts created by fans in an effort to understand global fan attitudes and practices. Individuals and fan groups interested in being interviewed or contributing digital fan objects (i.e. fanmade video or fan art) should email Dr. Anderson at: email@example.com.
KPOPIANA (Exhibition Editor, Crystal S. Anderson): This Omeka site houses detailed information on artists, groups, agencies, and members of the Korean music industry collected and organized collaboratively by members of KPK. It also features content curation in special exhibits. (Coming soon)
KPK: Kpop Kollective YouTube Channel (Manager, Crystal S. Anderson) centralizes and organizes Kpop videos housed in YouTube.
Ongoing Research Studies
Using qualitative and cultural studies methods, Dr. Anderson studies born-digital materials (websites, blogs), cultural texts that migrate to digital spaces (music, videos, Kdramas, film), culture industries, industry and creative personnel (i.e. the artists) and international audiences, many of whom primarily experience Korean popular culture as a digital phenomenon.
The Korean Popular Music International Fanbases Study explores the appeal of post-1997 Korean Popular Music (Kpop) for international audiences. Dr. Anderson asserts that Kpop appeals to international audiences because of its hybridized nature, which combines elements of American (often African American) and Korean culture. Because international audiences engage Kpop in a mostly digital format, they form digital communities, discourses and cultures. Her research fills a void in the current body of knowledge of global popular music and culture by interrogating fanbases for Kpop outside of East Asia. See Hallyu Kpop Survey.
The Korean Drama International Audiences Study explores the appeal of contemporary popular Korean television dramas (Kdramas), 2005-present and how international non-Korean speaking audiences understand them. Dr. Anderson assert that Kdramas of all genres (historical, romantic comedy, comedy, melodrama, action) appeal to a variety of global audiences of both genders. In focusing on international audiences and a variety of Kdrama genres, this project fills a void in the current scholarship on Kdramas, which tends to focus almost exclusively on modern melodramas. See Hallyu Kdrama Survey.
This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at Elon University, North Carolina, United States. If you would like to see the IRB documentation for this project, click here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Chairman of the IRB, Stephen Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-278-6431.
Hallyu Survey Results
Institutional Review Board Approval
- IRB Addendum for Research Subjects 16 and Over: KIFIRBAddendum
- IRB Revised Application: KIFKpopIRBReSub
- Consent Form (18 and over): KIFconsentform, KIFconsentform2
- Assent Form (16-17): KIAassentform
- IRB Addendum for Research Subjects 16 and Over: KIAIRBAddendum
- IRB Revised Application: KIAKdramaIRbReSub
- Consent Form (18 and over): KIAconsentform, KIAconsentform2
- Assent Form (16-17): KIAassentform
Addendum Letter to IRB: Addendum to Kpop and Kdrama IRB Applications