Media and Creative Industries in East Asia is a webinar series co-organized by the Centre for Film and Creative Industries (CFCI) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and the Asian Cinema Research Lab (ACR Lab) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. From September 2021 to November 2022, this webinar series presents nine seminars showcasing cutting-edge research on East Asia’s media and creative industries.
K-pop began as a part of Korean local popular music in the late 1990s, but has become a global popular music genre firstly in East Asia since the early 2000s then even outside East Asia since the early 2010s. Especially, after the big success of BTS and other bands in the late 2010s K-pop is considered one of the hottest rising musical genres in the world.
Though valuable scholarship on film distribution in Mainland China has grown, the history of import circulation between 1978 and 1993 remains critically under examined. As the PRC began its gradual shift towards a market-based film industry, imports were a source of both political suspicion and economic attraction.
Everyone agrees that South Korea has a very active policy on the cultural industries. The Korean government’s dedication to foster the nation’s cultural economy, its ambitious goals and its commitment to public cultural investment have been well documented. In this talk, however, I want to draw attention to the importance of the ‘hidden policies’ that have played facilitating roles in ‘institutionalising’ the cultural industries.