CKS Colloquium: Japanese Responses to Korean TV Drama

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring col­lo­qui­um series con­tin­ues on Thurs­day, March 17, 2011, with a pre­sen­ta­tion titled “Japan­ese Respons­es to Kore­an TV Dra­ma: From Indus­tri­al and Polit­i­cal Per­spec­tives” by Pro­fes­sor Seong­bin Hwang of Rikkyo Uni­ver­si­ty. The col­lo­qui­um will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Con­fer­ence Room begin­ning at 4:30 p.m.

Seong­bin Hwang is chair of the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Media Stud­ies at Rikkyo Uni­ver­si­ty in Tokyo. He holds a degrees in soci­ol­o­gy from Rikkyo Uni­ver­si­ty and in pol­i­tics from Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty. His research and pub­li­ca­tions have dealt exten­sive­ly with news media and tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming. He is cur­rent­ly a vis­it­ing schol­ar at the East-West Center.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion, Pro­fes­sor Hwang will assess the cur­rent state of Kore­an dra­mas, which peaked in pop­u­lar­i­ty in Japan around 2005 and have start­ed to show signs of dimin­ish­ing atten­tion. He will exam­ine their cur­rent sta­tus chiefly from the per­spec­tive of the mar­kets that have import­ed these pro­duc­tions. Fur­ther­more, com­par­isons will be made with Japan­ese dra­ma pro­duc­tions in order to look into the indus­tri­al and polit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of inter­na­tion­al dra­ma dis­tri­b­u­tion and accep­tance in the region, as well as the poten­tial and the issues involved.

This event is free and open to the pub­lic. Paid park­ing is avail­able in the lot next to the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, 1881 East-West Road, on the UH Manoa cam­pus. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.