K-Pop's Soft Power
Manticore-Griffin, Neil, In These Times
This spring, the Hollywood Bowl hosted a big-budget festival "for all generations" featuring a familyfriendly parade of torch singers, hippop crews, and boy and girl bands. But instead of a shot in the arm for America's pick-pocketed music industry, it's a showcase for the boom of cultural exports from what CNN dubs "the Hollywood of the East": South Korea.
K- Pop- named after (Japanese) J-Pop before it- has attained fashion first status in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. More surprisingly, acts are making inroads into the self-sufficient charts of Japan - and more unpredictably, starting to occupy the imagination of a neo-capitalist China.
K- Pop's rise began …
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Publication information: Article title: K-Pop's Soft Power. Contributors: Manticore-Griffin, Neil - Author. Magazine title: In These Times. Volume: 35. Issue: 6 Publication date: June 2011. Page number: 32+. © Institute for Public Affairs, Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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