Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games
Cedarbough T. Saeji - 13 Cosmopolitan Strivings and Racialisation: The Foreign Dancing Body in Korean Popular Music Videos
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CEDARBOUGH T. SAEJI
13 Cosmopolitan Strivings and Racialisation: The Foreign Dancing Body in Korean Popular Music Videos1
In 2013 and early 2014, popular music from the Republic of Korea (hereafter Korea), known as K-pop by its many fans, has increasingly incorporated obvious non-Koreans (white, black, and Latino/a) into music videos. These individuals are typically back-up dancers or characters in the story shown in the video. This diversity has emerged in the genres that have been subsumed into the bricolage of K-pop, in the production teams, and increasingly in the performers themselves. K-pop, practical to the core, has so far subscribed to the cultural diversification of performers only within a narrow frame: performers should look Korean, but major groups now include performers who are Korean-American, Korean-Thai, Chinese and even Chinese-American. Other performers have lived abroad and may be better able to appeal to foreign audiences.
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