Author: CeeFu

KPK Global Recruitment: Spring 2014


Are you a motivated, committed, detail-oriented person? Want to use your love of Korean popular culture for something important?  KPK: Kpop Kollective is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about Hallyu (Korean wave) popular culture or interested in digital humanities to support KPK’s mission to collect and organize digital material and publish scholarly musings about K-pop and digital humanities.


Jewelry: Diamonds Hanging Tough

Jewelry, KPOPIANA,
Jewelry, KPOPIANA,

Girl group Jewelry was formed by Star Empire Entertainment in the spring of 2001, consisting of four members Park Jung Ah, Lee Ji Hyun, Jung Yoo Jin, and Jun Eun Mi. The group has gone through several member changes, including tenure by Seo In Young (Elly). . . .

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!

Jaurim: Raining Down With Rock


Korean rock group Jaurim (Purple Rain Forest) includes members Kim Yoon Ah, Kim Jin Man, Goo Tae Hoon, and Lee Sun Kyu. Before their breakout song “Hey Hey Hey” in 1997, Jaurim was well-known in South Korea’s independent music circles. Jaurim’s albums have been produced under the Soundholic Entertainment label, which is owned by Goo Tae Hoon. . . .Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on K-pop.


Young Turks Club: A Boy’s Legacy

Young Turks Club, KPOPIANA,
Young Turks Club, KPOPIANA,

Young Turks Club (YTC) is the brainchild of former Seo Taiji and the Boys’ member Lee Juno, who began his own entertainment company after his group’s disbandment in 1996. Young Turks Club members included Lim Sung Eun, Song Jin Ah,Han Hyun Nam, Ji Joon Goo, and Choi Seung Min. . . .

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!



Special issue of Journal of Fandom Studies

Guest Editors: Crystal S. Anderson and Doobo Shim

This special issue responds to the well-established and global subculture of fans of Korean popular music (K-pop) and Korean television drama (K-drama). K-pop and K-drama are the products of Hallyu, a cultural movement from Korea directed towards the global stage that originated in the late 1990s.  Recent global successes of Korean artists such as Psy, Girls Generation, 2NE1 and BigBang as well as K-drama actors such as Lee Min Ho and Jang Geun Suk represent only a portion of the vibrant and diverse fandom.  This special issue seeks to examine the uniqueness of K-pop and K-drama fandoms and their contribution to global fandom scholarship.


CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: Hallyu America! The Global Flow of K-pop @ Binghamton University


Manse in the USA!: What K-pop Means in the United States

April 12, 2013 ♦ Binghamton University

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD ♦ Elon University

Despite its status as a subculture, Korean popular music of the Hallyu era (K-pop) has a significant cultural impact in the United States. Combining elements of Korean and other cultures, it appeals to fans of varying ages and ethnicities. Using surveys and analysis of online K-pop culture originating in the United States, this paper will show that hybridization explains the appeal of and the backlash against K-pop. K-pop appeals to American fans because it is simultaneously similar to and different from American popular culture. American fans recognize elements of American culture and they embrace Korean cultural elements. At the same time, critiques of K-pop in the United States target those very elements, mocking K-pop and its fans for the ways they diverge from mainstream American cultural norms. For many in the United States, K-pop represents a complex negotiation with a Korean global culture.

Using Screencasting for Research and Teaching

While the world has been familiar with online video for a while now, “screencasting” is a relatively new term in our technological vocabulary. Screencasting is similar to a screenshot, but instead of having static images, it’s a video of what is happening on your computer screen. This can be a powerful tool to teach people using visuals and audio. At least that’s how Dr. Crystal Anderson, a professor in the English department, uses it.

Read more at Elon University – Instructional and Campus Technologies!


CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

Hybrid Hallyu: The American Soul Tradition In K-pop

2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

Washington, DC • March 27-30, 2012

Crystal S. Anderson, Ph.D. • Elon University

Hallyu (Korean wave), a Korean cultural movement directed towards global audiences, represents hybrid and transnational sensibilities.  Ever since the debut of Seo Taiji and the Boys in 1992, Korean popular music (K-pop) has been influenced by American soul and R&B.  This paper examines the soul tradition in contemporary K-pop by interrogating the adoption and adaptation of the genre by several K-pop groups.