iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom

iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a qualitative study that seeks to understand global fan attitudes and activities through surveys and interviews and a digital humanities project that aggregates and curates information on global online K-pop fan communities.

iFans: Qualitative Study 

While there are many global fans of K-pop, individual K-pop fandoms are not the same. The Case Studies qualitative study seeks to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. It focuses on the following groups, all of whom have global, active fanbases and represent a range of K-pop groups: 2NE1, Aziatix, BigBang, Epik High, f(x), MBLAQ, SHINee, SNSD, SS501, Shinhwa, Super Junior and TVXQ. See iFans Survey.

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iFans: Digital Humanities Project

K-pop is a global phenomenon, but currently there is no resource that aggregates and curates  information on online K-pop communities.  The Case Studies Exhibit provides digital tours and analysis of selected fansites that support 12 K-pop groups. The Fandom Directory organizes online K-pop fan fandoms, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and blogs/fansites by artist and by geographical location.

Korean Popular Music International Fanbases Study

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.

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Korean Drama International Audiences Study

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.

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Addendum Letter to IRB: Addendum to Kpop and Kdrama IRB Applications

All qualitative research has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at Elon University, North Carolina, United States. 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 baileys@elon.edu or 336-278-6431.

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