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.