For Your Reading Pleasure: A Hallyu Bibliography, Part 12: KOREAN MUSIC

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

University of South Carolina Lancaster

Welcome to Part 12 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, Part 4,  Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 , Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11 of the bibliography.

Buk (Korean drum). Photo credit: HeungSoon, Pixabay.

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

Morelli, S. (2001). “Who is a Dancing Hero?”: Rap, Hip-Hop, and Dance in Korean Popular Culture’, pp. 248–57 in T. Mitchell (ed.) Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Howard, K. (2002) ‘Exploding Ballads: The Transformation of Korean Pop Music’, pp. 80–95 in T.J. Craig and R. King (eds)  Global Goes Local: Popular Culture in Asia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Ho, Wai Chung. (2004). A cross-cultural study of preferences for popular music among Hong Kong and Thailand youths. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Lee, H.-E. (2005). Othering ourselves: Identity and globalization in Korean popular music, 1992–2002. United States — Iowa, The University of Iowa

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

Jung, Eun-Young. (2007). Transnational cultural traffic in northeast Asia: The “presence” of Japan in Korea’s popular music culture. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Baumann, Max Peter. (2009). Korean Music, Intangible cultural heritage, and global awareness. pp. 64- 83. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Finchum-Sung, Hilary F. (2009). Image is everything: re-imaging traditional music in the era of the Korean wave. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 31: 39-55. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Hwang, Okon. (2009). No “Korean Wave” here: Western Classical music and the changing value system in South Korea. Southeastern Review of Asian Studies, 31: 56-68. Accessed 4 April 2012 from

Lee, Jung-Yup. (2009). Contesting the digital economy and culture: digital technologies and the transformation of popular music in Korea. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 10(4): 489-506.

Shin, Hyun Joon. 2009. Popular music in East Asia: Transbordering musicians in Japan and Korea searching for “Asia.” Korean Studies, 33:101-123.

Shin, Hyunjoon. 2009. Reconsidering Transnational Cultural Flows of Popular Music in East Asia: Transbordering Musicians in Japan and Korea Searching for “Asia”. Korean Studies, 33(1): 101-123. Accessed 22 August 2012 from

Kim, Pil Ho and Hyunjoon Shim. 2010. The birth of “Rok”: Cultural imperialism, nationalism and the glocalization of rock music in South Korea, 1964-1975. East Asia Cultures Critique,18(1): 199-230. 

Bergen, Hannah N. 2011. Understanding Korean society through popular music. Situations, 5 (Winter): 82-90. Accessed 7 April 2020 from[1].pdf 

Jung, Eun-Young. 2011. The place of sentimental song in contemporary Korean musical life. Korean Studies, 35: 71-92. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Leung, Sarah. 2012. Catching the K-Pop wave: Globality in the production, distribution, and consumption of South Korean popular music. Senior Capstone Projects. Paper 149. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Jang, Wonho & Kim, Youngsun. (2013). Envisaging the sociocultural dynamics of K-pop: Time/space hybridity, Red Queen’s Race, and cosmopolitan striving. Korea Journal, 53(4): 83-106.

Maliangkay, Roald. (2013). Defining qualities: The socio-political significance of K-pop collections. Korean Histories, 4(1): 3 – 14.

Oh, Ingyu & Hyo-Jung Lee. (2013). K-pop in Korea: How the pop music industry is changing in a post-developmental society. Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, (9): 105-124. Accessed 16 June 2016 from

Park, Gil-sung. 2013. Manufacturing creativity: Production, performance, and dissemination of K-pop. Korea Journal, 53(4): 14-33.

de Carvalho Lourenço, Patricia Portugal Marques. (2015). K-pop music digital marketing role in Brazil: Case study: Kim Hyun Joong. Dissertation, ISCEM. Accessed 7 April 2020  from

Epstein, Stephen. (2015). Us and them: Korean indie rock in a K-pop world. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 13(48): 1-19. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Tan, Marcus. (2015). K-contagion: Sound, speed, and space in “Gangnam Style.” The Drama Review, 59(1): 83-96. Accessed 16 June 2016 from

Cho, Janice Kim. (2017). “Sure it’s foreign music, but it’s not foreign to me.” Understanding K-pop’s popularity in the U.S. using a Q sort. Thesis, Brigham Young University. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Lee, Wonseok. (2018). Diversity of K-pop: A focus on race, language, and musical genre. Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed 7 April 2020 from 

Ryu, Jungyop, Capistrano, Erik Paolo, & Lin, Hao-Chieh. (2018). Non-Korean consumers’ preferences on Korean popular music: A two-country study. International Journal of Market Research,62(2): 234-252.

Boman, Björn. (2019). Achievement in the South Korean music industry. International Journal of Music Business Research, 8(2): 6-26. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

Gardner, Hyneia. (2019). The impact of African-American musicianship on South Korean popular music: Adoption, hybridization, integration, or other? Thesis, Harvard Extension School. Accessed 7 April 2020 from

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