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Archive for May, 2009

 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).

Korean Wave

Korean Wave

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Three top actors from Korea, Japan, and the United States joined forces to promote their new film in Japan. Lee Byung-hun (right), Takuya Kimura and Josh Hartnett were on hand in Tokyo on Wednesday for the world premiere of “I Come with the Rain.”

(From the top) Josh Hartnett, Lee Byung-hun and Takuya Kimura

(From the top) Josh Hartnett, Lee Byung-hun and Takuya Kimura

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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.

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“Boys over Flowers” hotty Lee Min-ho went to Thailand for the fiming of a CF for Dunkin’ Donuts.

Lee Min-ho in Thailand

Lee Min-ho in Thailand

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Actor Kim Bum (aka Kim Beom) of the “Boys of Flowers” fame is emerging as a new Hallyu star.

Kim Beom (aka Kim Bum)

Kim Beom (aka Kim Bum)

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Former “We Got Married” star Shinae also got married on May 28 with her boyfriend Park Jae Gwan who is two years older than her.

The wedding took place at Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.

The lovely Shinae in her wedding dress

The lovely Shinae in her wedding dress

 

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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.

The popularity of "Family Outing" and Super Junior reflects social change in South Korea

The popularity of "Family Outing" and Super Junior reflects social change in South Korea

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