Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Crystal S. Anderson (PhD, The College of William and Mary) conducts research in transnational American Studies and global Asias.  I focus on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures in media and performance studies, visual culture, popular music studies, audience studies and literature. You can view my complete CV here.  Please direct questions, comments, requests for speaking engagements, consultations and classroom visits (via Skype) to or

bcccoverSome of my scholarship can be found in traditional forms. My 2013 book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University of Mississippi Press), uses the films of Bruce Lee to interpret cross-cultural dynamics in post-1990 novels, films and anime. I have also published articles on Afro-Asian cultural studies in African American Review, MELUS, Ethnic Studies Review and Extrapolation. I have also published book chapters on masculinity in K-pop, the impact of Hallyu on the United States, Afro-Asian visual dynamics, and the impact of black popular music on K-pop.

Because much of this scholarship requires readers to purchase a publication or pay for access,  I also publish my some of my scholarly work on the Internet to make my scholarship more accessible to the public. This site contains bibliographic essays as well as smaller pieces related to my research, including the Seoul Soul Playlist, which features artists included in my current project, Soul in Seoul: Black Popular Music and K-pop.


I manage KPopCulture, an Omeka-based digital humanities project that curates modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital collections of music, visual culture, choreography, promotions, media and fan activity.


Since 2009, I’ve blogged about Asian popular culture (K-pop, K-drama, Korean film, Chinese and Japanese popular culture) at High Yellow.  You can view my digital portfolio of my digital writing.





14 thoughts on “Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

  1. i want to do my dissertation on kpop on the globalisation or westernisation of Kopop but i have no idea what to iclude …..the ideas that I have so far are advertising endorsements, hybridization, fandom, Korea before Kpop … copmparisons please help

    1. Tadiwa,

      We are so pleased that you are considering undertaking a dissertation project on Kpop and globalization. Trena has already emailed you, but I’d like to reiterate that I’d be happy to help you also with methodology, relevant theories or outside readers. Hwaiting!

      1. Hi, Kpop Kollective Team
        Thank you so much for your helpful email I have replied back to the email from Kaetrena with my proposal ideas. I was an exchange student in Korea last semster and I’m very interested in the globalisation of Kpop. Once again thanks ^^

  2. Hi i live in Australia, and I am doing my HSC major work on the globalisation of K-Pop and the rise of international popularity of K-Pop, so I was wondering if you could send me some information too!🙂

    So far I have conducted a questionnaire and focus group to pinpoint which demographic(s) of people K-Pop is most popular with and analysing why. But I am I am also interested in finding out how the internet, media, globalisation, immigration, hybridisation, etc. have been driving forces behind the K-Pop phenomenon.

    I have found it incredibly difficult to find any information on these, so please help me, any information at all that you guys could send me would be appreciated so much!!!

  3. Hi! Just sent an email to your contact address–I’m the editor of an interdisciplinary journal focused on romantic love in global popular culture (, and just discovered the amazing world of K-pop. Would LOVE to get some submissions on K-Pop romance, both for the journal and for our upcoming international conference at York University, UK. So glad I found your site!

  4. Hello!, i’m a student of sociology in Chile and i have to do a presentation for my course of social comunication about sociological comunication theories, cultural studies and medias (and new medias) so i chose k-pop in orden to apply that content, and also because hallyu has reached even my country, so i’m looking for papers, studies, and whatever information that can be useful for my presentation, is more a theorical frame than an empirical study.
    i wish you could help me
    thank you

  5. hello! i’m a doctoral student in socal who studies different waves of korean/american performance (with respect to the postwar afterlives of national division, military dictatorship, and capitalist development)… as well as someone who grew up listening to the ‘golden age’ of kpop during the ’90s. i’m glad i found your site! it’s great resource.

    1. Hi! Thanks for commenting on the site. It’s great to see more people doing work on Korean cultural production (and listening to Kpop!). Check your email for an opportunity you may be interested in!

  6. Hello, like many other students who left comments, I too am doing a thesis on Kpop. I would love to talk and of course, receive your ideas and opinions on what I plan to do. Please email me. Thank you.

  7. Hello, I came across your site and as the others, I am working on my thesis and decided to focus on what effects of Korean popular culture there may be on the fans’ cultural identity. I have already written up my survey and sent it out, but one respondent told me that the survey was passive aggressive and negative. I wanted to know your feedback on my survey questions. And also some possible insights. Will you please email me? Thank you!

  8. Hi, I have came across your site while collecting research data on my dissertation on ‘How Korean is the Korean Wave’ which I am focusing on the dispersal of Korean commercialised popular culture, especially the effect of Korean popular music in America.
    It would be great if I could get some suggestions as to which topics I could focus on and also opinions are opened too🙂

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Irene,

      I would suggest you start with Kaetrena’s Hallyu Bibliography (available on the site) to get an idea of the types of things people have already written on. It may help you to narrow down your topic, and once you do so, you can email me ( and I can assist you further.

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