For Your Reading Pleasure: A Hallyu Bibliography, Part 8: KOREAN DRAMA VIEWERSHIP and HABITS

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

University of South Carolina Lancaster

Welcome to Part 8 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, and Part 7 of the bibliography.

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 kaetrena@mailbox.sc.edu

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.

Lee Minu and Chong Heup Cho. (1990/2003). Women watching together: An ethnographic study of Korean soap opera fans in the United States. In Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez (eds.) Gender, race  and class in media. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. 

Kim, Youna. (2002). Women, television and everyday life: Korean women’s reflexive experience of television mediated by generation and class. Thesis, University of London.

Park, Jung-sun. (2004). Korean American Youths’ Consumption of Korean and Japanese TV Dramas and Its Implications. In Koichi Iwabuchi (Ed.) Feeling Asian Modernities: Transnational Consumption of Japanese TV Dramas.  Pp. 275-300. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Park, Sora. (2004). China’s Consumption of Korean Television Dramas: An Empirical Test of the “Cultural Discount” Concept’, Korea Journal 44: 265–90.

Han, Kyung-Koo. (2006). From housewives to butterflies: Hallyu and the fantastic journey to Korea. Korea Journal, 46(2): 269-274.

Kwon, Dong Hwan. (2006). Is it too early to talk about “Hallyu” in the Phillipines? Koreanovela and its reception among Filipino audience. Cultural Space and Public Sphere in Asia

Shim D. (2006). Korean women television viewers in Singapore. Cultural Space and Public Sphere in Asia. 

Kim, Dae Do and Su Na Mi. (2007). Consuming Korean TV Dramas in China: Analysis of a new cultural flow, “Hanryu”, in the Asian context. pp. 233-261.  

Lin, Angel and Avin Tong.  (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.

Shim, D. (2007). Korean wave and Korean women television viewers in Singapore. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 13(2): 63-82.

Hirata, Yukie. (2008). Touring ‘Dramatic Korea’: Japanese women as viewers of Hanryu dramas and tourists on Hanyru tours. In C.B. Huat and K. Iwabuchi (Eds.) East Asian Pop Culture: Analyzing the Korean Wave. pp. 143 – 156.. Aberdeen: Hong Kong University Press. (see also, Tourism)

La Torre, Nichole S. (2008). Hallyu: Discourses of Korean drama viewership in China. Thesis. Accessed 7 December 2016 from http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/20412/M.A.CB5.H3_3489_r.pdf?sequence=2

Kim, Do Hyun et al. (2009). Television drama, narrative engagement and audience buying behavior: The Effects of Winter Sonata in Japan.The International Communication Gazette, 71(7): 1-17. Accessed 7 December 2016 from http://utminers.utep.edu/asinghal/Articles%20and%20Chapters/Kim-Singhal-et-al-2009-Winter-Sonata-0purchasing-behavior-Gazette-1.pdf 

Lee, Soobum and Hyejung Ju. (2010). Korean television dramas in Japan: Imagining “East Asianness” and consuming “nostalgia.” Asian Women, 26(2): 77-105. 

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

Hung Jen Su, Yu-An Huang, Glen Brodowsky & Hyun Jeong Kim. (2011.) The impact of product placement on TV-induced tourism: Korean TV dramas and Taiwanese viewers. Tourism Management, 32(4): 805-814.

Hien, Phan Thi Thu. (2012). Feminitive attraction of Hallyu (Korean Wave) in Southeast Asia. University of Social Sciences. Accessed 7 December 2016 from http://en.hcmussh.edu.vn/3cms/?cmd=130&art=1344907879368&cat=1329473737740

Lee, Sangjoon. (2012). From diaspora to Drama Fever: Consuming Korean dramas in North America. Presented at the Nam Center for Korean Studies’ Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media Symposium. (Watch video of this presentation)

Chuang, Lisa M. & Hye Eun Lee. (2013). Korean wave: enjoyment factors of Korean dramas in the U.S. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37(5): 594-604.

Kuotsu, Neikolie. (2013). Architectures of pirate film cultures: encounters with the Korean wave in “Northeast” India. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(4): 579-599.

Yoo, Jae-woong, Samsup Jo, and Jaemin Jung. (2014). The effects of television viewing, cultural proximity, and ethnocentrism on country image. Social Behavior & Personality: an international journal, 42(1):89 – 96. 

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Crystal Anderson Talks Hallyu With ITYCRadio

Crystal Anderson spoke about Afro-Asian culture, K-pop and K-drama with Michelle Clark-McCrary, host of the podcast ITYCRadio, which can be found via ITYC (Is That Your Child).  The podcast covers issues related to race and social justice.  Listen to the entire podcast here.

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010)


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 Title My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox [내 여자친구는 구미호], My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
 Genre  Romance, comedy, fantasy
 Episodes  16
Network  SBS
 Main Cast
  • Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dae Woong
  • Shin Min Ha as Gumiho (The nine-tailed fox)
  • No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo
  • Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In
  • Byun Hee Bong as Cha Poong (Dae Woong’s grandfather)
  • Yoon Yoo Sun as Cha Min Sook (Dae Woong’s aunt)
  • Sung Dong Il as Ban Doo Hong
  • Hyo Min as Ban Sun Nyeo
  • Kim Ho Chang as Kim Byung Soo
 Director  Boo Sung Chul
 Screenwriter  Hong Mi Ran, Hong Jung Eun
 Official Website(s)  http://tv.sbs.co.kr/mygumiho/
 Fan Website(s) http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-612074/kdrama-2010-my-girlfriend-is-a-nine-tailed-fox-gumiho (Forum)
 Description  As a child, Dae Woong frees a Gimiho (a nine-tailed fox) and injures himself in the process. Gumiho transforms into a beautiful woman and gives him a magic bead to save him, in return for her freedom. He agrees to help her learn how to be human, and their romance blossoms.

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AWARDS

  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor Award – Drama Special (Lee Sung Ki)
  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actress Award – Drama Special (Shin Min Ah)
  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Seung Ki and Shin Min Ah)

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East of Eden (2008-2009)


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 Title East of Eden [에덴의 동쪽]
 Genre  Action, romance
 Episodes  56
Network  MBC
 Main Cast
  • Song Seung Hun as Lee Dong Chul
  • Shin Dong Woo as Dong Chul – 5 years old
  • Kim Bum as Dong Chul – 15 years old
  • Yun Jung Hoon as Lee Dong Wook
  • Park Gun Tae as Dong Wook – 10 years old
  • Park Hae Jin as Shin Myung Hun
  • Won Duk Hyun as Myung Hun – 10 years old
  • Han Ji Hye as Kim Ji Hyun
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Ji Hyun – 10 years old
  • Lee Da Hae as Min Hye Rin
  • Lee Yeon Hee as Gook Young Ran/Grace
  • Dennis Oh as Mike Packard
 Director  So Won Young
 Screenwriter  Na Yun Sook, Lee Hong Ku
 Official Website(s)  http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/eastofeden/
 Fan Website(s)  http://www.spcnet.tv/forums/showthread.php?25071-East-Of-Eden-MBC-(Lee-Da-Hae) (Forum)
 Description Dong Chul vows to take revenge on Shin Tae Hwan, the man who killed his father. His younger brother, Dong Wook, becomes a prosecutor in order to help his brother. But, there’s a twist: Dong Wook is actually Myung Hun, the son of Tae Hwan and was switched at birth with Dong Chul’s real brother. Will the ‘brothers’ still work together to get revenge?

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AWARDS

  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize) (Song Seung Hun)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actress (Lee Mi Sook)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Actor (Jo Min Ki)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Acress (Han Ji Hye)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Park Hae Jin)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actress Award (Lee Yeon Hee)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Park Geun Hyung)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Yoo Dong Geun)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Shin Eun Jung)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: PD Award (Yun Jung Hoon)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Special Child Actor Award (Park Gun Tae, Shin Dong Woo, and Nam Ji Hyun)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Song Seung Hun and Lee Yeon Hee)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Song Seung Hun)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Lee Yeon Hee)
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Writer of the Year Award (Na Yun Sook)

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Jejoongwon (2010)


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 Title Jejoongwon/Jejungwon
 Genre  Medical, Historical
 Episodes  36
Network  SBS
 Main Cast
  • Park Yong Woo as Hwang Jung
  • Cha Jae Dol as young Hwang Jung
  • Han Hye Jin as Yoo Seok Ran
  • Yeon Jung Hoon as Baek Do Yang
  • Dulake Sean Richard as Doctor Allen
  • Kang Nam Gil as Watanabe
  • Jang Hyung Sung as Min Young Ik
  • Yoo Tae Woong as Kim Ok Gyun
  • Kim Seung Wook as Hong Young Shik
  • Jang Hang Sun as Hwang Hung Byu
  • Cha Hwa Yun as Hwang Jung Mo
  • Jung Suk Yong as Lee Kwak (Jak Dae)
  • Suh In Suk as Baek Kyu Hyun
  • Lee Hyo Jung as Baek Kyu Hyun
  • Kwon Hae Hyo as Oh Chung Hwan
  • Yoon Gi Won as Yoon Je Wook
  • Won Ki Joon as Jung Po Gyu
  • Kim Gab Soo as Doctor Yoo (Seok Ran’s father)
 Director  Hong Chang Wook
 Screenwriter  Lee Ki Won
 Official Website(s)  http://tv.sbs.co.kr/jejungwon/
 Fan Website(s)  http://dazzlingmeteor.blogspot.com/2010/01/36-episode-jejoogwon-from-january-4.html
 Description Set in the Joseon era, Baek Do Yang rejects his noble status in order to work in the Jejoongwon hospital, with Hwang Jung (son of a butcher) and Seok Ran, who starts as an interpreter but wants to become a doctor.

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My Lovely Sam Soon (2005)


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 Title  My Lovely Sam Soon/My Name Is Sam Soon
 Genre  Romantic Comedy
 Episodes  16
Network  MBC
 Main Cast
  • Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam Soon
  • Hyun Bin as Kyun Jin-heon
  • Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook (Sam-soon’s mother)
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young (Sam-soon’ sister)
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-sook (Jin-heon’s “aunt”)
  • Lee Kyu Han as Min Hyun-woo
  • Lee Yoong Mi as Jang Chae-ri
  • Wong Jong Rye as Chae-ri’s mother
 Director  Kim Yoon Chul
 Screenwriter  Kim Do Woo
 Official Website(s)  N/A
 Fan Website(s)  kimsamsoon.blogsome.com
 Description One plucky girl, one jerky guy, one pretty girl. . . it doesn’t end the way you think.

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  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize)
  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Screenplay Award (Kim Do Woo)
  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Hyun Bin)
  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Couple Award (Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah)
  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Cast Award
  • 2006 Seoul Drama Awards: Best Mini Series
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actress (Kim Sun Ah)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actor (Hyun Bin)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Actress (Jung Ryu Won)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Daniel Henney)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Kim Sun Ah)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Hyun Bin)
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah)

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A BIG Thank You To Our New Friends At DramaFever!

L to R: Jackie Sia (DF), Nunee (KPK), CeeFu (KPK), Nabi (KPK), David Hou(DF); Photo credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Kpop Kollective

Yes, KPK was quite busy during our trip to New York, but not too busy to make new friends! We were very fortunate to be able to spend some time with David Hou and Jackie Sia of DramaFever. As you probably know, DramaFever is a major online destination for those who are serious about getting their Kdrama on.

David Hou and Jackie Sia, DramaFever; Photo credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Kpop Kollective

We’re pretty sure that David and Jackie work at DramaFever, although they were very circumspect about what they actually did. Um, now that I think about it, we didn’t check them for ID or anything, but they seem on the up and up. 🙂 I’m sure they were just protecting high level DramaFever secrets. Seriously, they were very gracious in talking to us about the Kdrama industry and their hardworking crew. They also gave us the low-down on Ktown. In particular, David is directly responsible for this piece of tomfoolery.

But it wasn’t all business. Look!

Grilling meat at KumGangSan Restaurant in K-town, New York City. Photo credit: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Kpop Kollective.

You may not know it, but David has hidden grillmaster skills!

Thank so much, David and Jackie, for being such gracious hosts to KPK!

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: Challenging Gender Roles in Korean Dramas @ Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

She Is Straight Gangster: Challenging Gender Roles in Korean Dramas

Dr. Crystal S. Anderson

Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

January 8-13, 2012

ABSTRACT

Korean television dramas (Kdramas), particularly those that are historically based, represent sprawling stories that blend history with culture.  Often consisting of high production values and unfolding over 50+ episodes, these Kdramas reconstruct historical narratives and legendary stories.  They also infuse a contemporary sensibility by drawing on nontraditional notions of gender, heroism, cunning and valor.  While such Kdramas are broadcast to Korean audiences, non-Korean, English-speaking audiences from around the world also view these dramas via Internet sites such as Drama Fever and Crunchyroll.com.  These global audiences construct alternative femininities related to the female characters that challenge traditional notions of gender.  Using qualitative methods and discourse analysis, I argue that global audiences construct female characters in ways that challenge traditional notions of gender. In the 2009 critically-acclaimed and popular Kdrama, Queen Seondeok, Korean women are represented as aggressive major power brokers in national politics, rather than passive bystanders, even as they occupy more traditional historical roles for women.  They also exert power over men who are characterized as more powerful both politically and martially, using cunning rather than their feminine wiles. Finally, women also engage each other in ways that showcase their intellectual talents. Such constructions by global audiences allow for more diverse notions of gender in popular culture.

Why Is KPK on YouTube?

As you probably know, KPK does Hallyu. Most international fans of Kpop and Kdrama access their Korean popular through the Internet in general, and YouTube in particular. We know that’s where you are watching Hello Baby and Happy Together! We go where fans go, so we’re now on YouTube! Check out the KPK Channel! Like us! Tell your friends! And watch our channel because we will be bringing our insights to YouTube too!

Boys Over Flowers: The Prologue

Originally published on High Yellow February 2, 2011, Written by CeeFu


I know, I know, I talked about Boys Over Flowers before, but it warrants a revisit, and what better way to do it than with a friend! I have enlisted Nolan Nabi to rewatch the whole pimptastic kdrama again with me, and we will be discussing our thoughts on the good (the pretty boys), the bad (Jun Pyo’s psychotic mother) and the ugly (the completely unsympathetic Jan Di).  Stay tuned!