Rethinking media flow under globalisation: rising Korean wave and Korean TV and film policy since 1980s
Kim, Ju Young (2007) Rethinking media flow under globalisation: rising Korean wave and Korean TV and film policy since 1980s. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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The rising popularity of Korean contents in Asia known as Hanryu ('Korean
Wave'), which was partly supported by Korean cultural policy, has many
implications with regard to cultural policy in periphery countries under
globalisation and the open-door versus cultural diversity debate. This thesis
assesses how recent cultural opening under globalisation in Korea has affected
Korea's cultural industries both quantitatively in terms of economic performance
and qualitatively in terms of cultural content, identity and diversity. These
questions are examined in the context of the changing relationship between the
cultural industries and cultural policy in Korea since the end of the 1990s. The
research draws upon statistical data, historical material and interviews.
By researching how the Korean experience has developed, this thesis attempts to
look at Hanryu not just as a phenomenon in its own right, but also considers the
secondary impact of this phenomenon on perceptions of culture and identity. In
particular the thesis considers Hanryu in terms of the cultural influence on
neighbouring countries manifest through tourism and a new interest in Korean
language and culture. Such cultural effects are less easily measured than
economic data but are important to an understanding of causes and effects of
Hanryu. Finally this thesis places the Korean experience in the broader context of
cultural policy in periphery countries responding to globalisation and the
relationship between national cultural policy and the global cultural economy.
It is still too early to reach conclusions on the future of Korean cultural industries
based simply on the recent trends However, since the mid 1990s, the Korean
cultural industries have been transformed dramatically. Cultural policy has
contributed to this trend and strengthened the competitiveness of Korea's cultural
industries. At the same time the thesis considers some of the limitations and
criticisms of Hanryu, including potential loss of cultural diversity and an anti-
Korean backlash in some other Asian countries.
The Korean cultural industries have benefited from imitating the Hollywood
system and developing a distinctive hybrid cultural content and business model.
This has made possible an alternative approach to policy and management which
lies between two extremes of protectionism and free market ideology. The thesis
comments on some of the difficulties and limitations in sustaining such a balance
and concludes by considering the sustainability of Hanryu both in Korea and in
the broader Asian context.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Mass media and globalization -- Korea, Television and globalization -- Korea, Cultural policy, Personality and culture|
|Official Date:||May 2007|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Cultural Policy Studies|
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|Extent:||421 leaves : charts|
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