Korean Popular Culture in Digital Humanities

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

This past spring, I attended my first THATCamp at the University of Virginia.  I was nervous. Although I’ve been a humanities person practically all my life, I was unsure if the collaborative projects I manage on Hallyu (Korean wave) popular culture on the Internet qualified as a digital humanities enterprise.  After attending THATCampVA,  I realized that my projects embraced  several central elements of digital humanities.    

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KPK Goes To KPOPCON on January 28, 2012!!!

KPOPCON
University of California, Berkeley
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hello Hallyu!: Kpop Fictions, Facts and Fans in the Global Academy

KPK Presenters: Crystal S. Anderson, PhD, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S., Mark Jaehoon Byon, Kuylain Howard

All Kpop fans are tweenage Asian girls. Idols are manufactured and have no talent. Male Kpop idols aren’t “real” men. Kpop music is unoriginal. It doesn’t matter where you get your Kpop news.

What do you really know about Kpop fans, artists and the industry? How – and why – has Kpop spread around the world? KPK: Kpop Kollective will host an interactive session that will reveal surprising details about the heart of the Korean wave: the fans. We’ll talk about the unique connection Kpop fans have to the music, take a look at issues surrounding the evolution of the Kpop image as it has migrated to the United States, and explore the roles of social media and Internet publishing in the spread of Kpop music. Cover dance your way to our session and find out how We Do Hallyu!

Find out more at KPOPCON.com!

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!