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General Guidance for K-Culture Studies

This article is a general guide to K-Culture studies that you should check out in Week 2
Welcome back to ‘K-Culture Studies’.

Today, we’ll introduce you to the captivating world of K-pop, a genre of music that combines visual and auditory elements to create an immersive experience. With its upbeat rhythms, fast beats, catchy hooks, and vibrant aesthetics, K-pop has gained widespread recognition through digital platforms like YouTube.

This session will examine the intricate cultural and political aspects of K-pop. Despite the influence of Western pop, K-pop is frequently regarded as a cultural ‘hybridization’ due to its conveyance of Korean cultural meanings and sentiments via Korean-language lyrics.

Furthermore, we shall investigate the heterogeneous and fervent K-pop fandom, which transcends cultural boundaries and unites fans from across the globe.

Our learning objectives for this session are to:

  1. Comprehend the fundamental terms associated with K-pop studies;
  2. Acquire knowledge about the K-pop fandom culture;
  3. Understand the concept of Jogong culture.

Upon the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  1. Grasp the essential terms of K-pop studies;
  2. Attain a profound understanding of the K-pop fandom culture;
  3. Recognize the global influence K-pop has achieved.

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