Center for Korean Studies Colloquium Series

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What is the K in K-pop? The Culture Industry, Economic Innovation, and Cultural Amnesia in South Korean Popular Music

John Lie
University of California, Berkeley

Friday, January 18, 2013
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
1881 East-West Road
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Presented by the Center for Korean Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies


How do we make sense of the global expansion of South Korean popular music? By considering its history and the production process, John Lie explains not only the sources of K-pop's export success but also provides a window that illuminates the contemporary South Korean political economy and Korean culture.

Photo: John LieJOHN LIE is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of Harvard University (Ph.D., 1988), his main scholarly interests are social theory and political economy. He is the author of Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots (with Nancy Abelmann, 1995), Han Unbound: The Political Economy of South Korea (1998), Multiethnic Japan (2001), and Zainichi (Koreans in Japan): Diasporic Nationalism and Postcolonial Identity (2008). Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty, Lie was head of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five years and directed the Center for Japanese Studies and the Korean Studies Program at the University of Michigan. He has also taught at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Yonsei University, the University of Oregon, Keio University, National Taiwan University, the University of Waikato, Harvard University, and several other institutions.