For Your Reading Pleasure: A Hallyu Bibliography, Part 5: GENDER and SEXUALITY

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

Welcome to Part 5 of my ongoing series of bibliographic entries about Hallyu.   These entries are listed by year, not by author (TIP: If you know about a title or author and you want to see if it’s included in this listing, use the CTRL + F function).

To learn more about my searching parameters, information-gathering processes, and your ability to access these items, see my earlier essay titled For Your Reading Pleasure: Introducing A Hallyu Bibliography.”  Click for Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3  and Part 4 of the bibliography.

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This is a working post, so if you would like to submit items to this list or to the bibliography, please contact me directly at

NOTE:  In order to make it easier to locate authors (and where possible), I’ve modified these APA Style citations by adding full author names where possible.


Cho, Eun Sun. (2005). The stray bullet and the crisis of Korean masculinity. In N. Abelmann and K. McHugh (Eds.), South Korean Golden Age Melodrama. pp.99-116. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Hilts, Janet Flora. (2006). Seo Taiji 1992-2004: South Korean popular music and masculinity. Thesis, York University.

Jung, Sun. (2006). Bae Yong-Joon, hybrid masculinity & the counter-coeval desire of Japanese female fans. Particip@tions 3(2). Accessed 22 August 2012 from

Lin, Angel & Tong, Avin. (2007). Crossing boundaries: male consumption of Korean TV dramas and negotiation of gender relations in modern day Hong Kong. Journal of Gender Studies, 16(3): 217-232.

Murphree, Hyon Joo Yoo. (2008). Transnational cultural production and the politics of moribund masculinity. East Asia Cultures Critique, 16(3): 661-688.

Saeji, CedarBough T. (2009). Korean pop culture: The border crossing heroines of Hallyu. Presented as part of the University of California, Los Angeles’ International Institute program, “Chew on this: A series of artist, academic and choreographic presentations by world arts and cultures graduate students and faculty. Accessed 28 August 2012 from

Chang, Youngchi. (2009). Singles in Seoul: Korean femininity and western postfeminism in popular media. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Crieghton, Millie. (2009). Japanese surfing the Korean wave: Drama tourism, nationalism, and gender via ethnic eroticisms. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 31: 10-38. Accessed 2 November 2011 from

Davies, Gloria, Davies, M.E., & Cho, Young-A. (2010). Hallyu ballyhoo and Harisu: Marketing and representing the transgendered in South Korea. In Black, D., Stephen Epstein and Alison Tokita (Eds.) Complicated Currents. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: Monash University ePress. Accessed 24 August 2012 from

Jung, Eun-Young. (2010). Playing the race and sexuality cards in the transnational pop game: Korean music videos for the U.S. market. Journal of Popular music studies, 22(2): 219-236.

Jung, Sun. (2010). Chogukjeok Pan-East Asian soft masculinity: Reading Boys Over Flowers, Coffee Prince and Shinhwa fan fiction. In Black, D., Stephen Epstein and Alison Tokita (Eds.) Complicated Currents. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: Monash University ePress. Accessed 24 August 2012 from

Maliangkay, Roald. (2010). The effeminacy of male beauty in Korea. The Newsletter, no.55 (Autumn/Winter): 6-7. Accessed 22 November 2011 from

Manietta, Joseph. (2010). Transnational masculinities: The distributive performativity of gender in Korean boy bands. Thesis, University of Colorado. 

Chan, Brenda. (2011). Of prince charming and male chauvinist pigs: Singaporean female viewers and the dream-world of Korean television dramas. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(3): 291-305.doi: 10.1177/1367877910391868

Kim, Joo Mee & Shin, Se Yeong. (2011). The study on fashion, beauty, design and emotional image by external image type of Korean male idol stars. Fashion Business, 15(6):71-84. abstract here:

Kim, Yeran. (2011). Idol republic: the global emergence of girl industries and the commercialization of girl bodies. Journal of Gender Studies, 20(4): 333-345. DOI:10.1080/09589236.2011.617604

Kim, Jeongmee. (2012). My Lovely Sam-Soon: Absent sex and the unbearable lightness of sweet Korean romance. In J. Aston, B. Glynn and B. Johnson (Eds.) Television, Sex and Society: Analyzing Contemporary Representations. pp. 111 – 124. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Lie, John. (2013). Why didn’t “Gangnam Style” go viral in Japan? Gender divide and subcultural heretogenity in contemporary Japan. Cross-Currents: East Asian  History and Culture Review, (9): 44-67. Accessed 16 June 2016 from .

Ahn, Patty. (2014). Aftermarkets of empire: South Korean popular music and global logics of race and gender in the U.S. media industries. Dissertation: University of Southern California.

Oh, Chuyun. (2015). Queering spectatorship in K-pop: The androgynous male dancing body and western female fandom. The Journal of Fandom Studies, 3(1): 59-78.

Oh, David C. (2015). K-popscape: Gender fluidity and racial hybridity in transnational Korean pop dance. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Park, Michael K. (2015). Psy-Zing up the mainstream of “Gangnam Style”: Embracing Asian masculinity as neo-minstrelsy? Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(3): 195-212.

Oh, Chuyun. (2016). “Cinderella” in reverse: Eroticizing bodily labor of sympathetic men in K-pop practice video. In X. Lin, C. Haywood, and Mairtin Mac an Ghaill (Eds.) East Asian men: Masculinity, sexuality, and desire, (pp. 123 -141). London: Palgrave.

Praptika, Yanti. (2016). The representation of masculinity in South Korean reality show, “The  Return of Superman.” Thesis, Airlangga University. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Ainslie, Mary. J. (2017). Korean soft mascunility vs. Malay hegemony: Malaysian masculinity and Hallyu freedom. Korea Observer, 48(3): 609-638.

Basil, Glynn &  Kim, Jeongmee. (2017). Life is beautiful: Gay representation, moral panics, and South Korean television drama beyond hallyu. Quarterly Review of Film & Video, 34(4): 333-347.

Laforgia, Paola & Howard, Keith. (2017). Amber Liu, K-pop tomboy: Reshaping feminity in mainstream K-pop. Kritika Kultura, 29: 214-231.

Lin, Xi. (2017). Does K-pop reinforce gender inequalities? Empirical evidence from a new  data set. Asian Women, 33(4): 27-54. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Oh, Chuyun & Oh, David C. (2017). Unmasking queerness: Blurring and solidifying queer lines through K-pop cross-dressing. Journal of Popular Culture, 50(1): 9-29.

Strong, Shelby. (2018). Should we pass on ‘passing women’? The stakes of (trans)gender ontologies for South Korean namjangyeoja television dramas. Thesis, Univerity of Illinois. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Almqvist-Ingersoll, Petter. (2019). Conceptually androgynous: The production and commodification of gender in Korean pop music. Thesis, Umea University. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Arambam, Teresa Devi. (2019). Transition of the idea of masculinity in K-pop culture within Indian viewers. Navajyoti,4(2). Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Kim, Hyunsook, Kyu, Thick, & Jang, Haeyoung. (2019). Women’s gender role identity and hallyu acceptance in Myanmar. Asian Women, 35(3): 45-68.

Kwon, Seung-ho. (2019). Hallyu and gender I: Women’s identities in transition in southeast Asia. Asian Women, 35(3): i-iii.

Syed, Md, Azaknshah, Md, & Kwon, Seung-ho. (2019). Hallyu and strategic interpretation of Malaysian modernity among young Malay women. Asian Women, 35(3): 1-24.

Song, Kirsten Younghee & Velding, Victoria. (2020). Transnational masculinity in the eyes of local beholders? Young Americans’ perception of K-pop masculinities. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 28(1): 3-21.

Sari, Nur Fita & Wulan, Nur. (n.d.). The representation of masculinity in G-Dragon’s Crayon Movie Video. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

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  1. florapine says:

    Thanks!! – Janet Flora Hilts

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