Collectively known as Hallyu, Korean music, television programs, films, online games, and comics enjoy global popularity, thanks to new communication technologies.
In recent years, Korean popular culture has also become the subject of academic inquiry. Whereas the Hallyu’s impact on Korea’s national image and domestic economy, as well as on transnational cultural flows, have received much scholarly attention, there has been little discussion of the role of social media in Hallyu’s propagation.
For Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media, Sangjoon Lee and I brought together a slate of authors to explore the ways in which Korean popular cultural products are shared by audiences around the globe; how they generate new fans, markets, and consumers through social media networks; and how scholars can analyze, interpret, and envision the future of this unprecedented cultural phenomenon.
Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2015).
Hallyu 2.0’s endeavor—to "explore how Korean popular-cultural products have been circulated, disseminated, and consumed by audiences around the globe"—is eminently timely and worthy. The volume has an important contribution to make to scholarship on the Korean Wave. It will be of interest to scholars and students as well as an eager global base of fans keen to read more academic approaches to Korean popular music and dramas.Stephen Epstein