Over the past decade, an increasing amount of Korean popular cultural content, including television dramas, movies, pop songs, and their associated celebrities have gained immense popularity. This has happened not only in China, Japan and other East and Southeast Asian countries, but also in Iran, Egypt and Zimbabwe and others. News media and trade magazines have recognized the rise of Korean popular culture in the world, dubbing it the “Korean wave” (“Hallyu” in Korean).
Archive for May, 2009
It has been over a year since (“Lovers in Paris”, “Princess Lulu” and “General Hospital 2”) star Kim Jung-eun started her own music talk show, “Kim Jung-eun’s Chocolate,” on SBS, and she has just recorded the 59th episode. With viewers’ ratings in the 5 percent range, the program has proved its potential to go the distance.
The craze for plastic surgery, suicides of celebrities, and singers and actors doing “comedy” gigs on entertainment programs seem to be separate areas of the local showbiz industry. But they are closely interconnected through the same mechanisms in this fast-changing information and technology era.
Kim Yeon-soo, a culture critic, has picked out five keywords commonly permeating our lives to explain and define current popular trends.