Crystal S. Anderson (PhD, The College of William and Mary) conducts research in transnational American Studies, Black internationalism 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 and find out more about my academic life at my professional website, csaphd.com. Please direct questions, comments, requests for speaking engagements, consultations and virtual classroom visits to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Some of my scholarship can be found in traditional forms. My 2020 book, Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop (University of Mississippi Press), examines the influence of R&B and hip-hop on contemporary K-pop music. 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.