An Introduction to K-Pop Culture with Dr. Stephanie Choi

An Introduction to K-Pop Culture with Dr. Stephanie Choi


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Just what is K-pop? This lecture will explore the broad term for music and culture, based around the Korean language. We’ll explore the many facets of k-pop, from its origins to the ‘idols’ and their musical training and education to worldwide fandom. This is a suitable conversation for anyone interested in learning about one of the most significant cultural movements today.

How has K-pop become a global phenomenon when the majority of fans cannot speak Korean? Based on Dr. Stephanie Choi’s ethnographic research and interviews with K-pop idols, industry workers, and fans, this conversation will look at the nature of digital media and the participatory culture of today’s global youth. We’ll also explore the K-pop culture in which fans become active consumers and promoters of their pop idols.

Led by ethnomusicologist Stephanie Choi, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the fascinating world of K-pop culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the industrial system, fandom, and affective economy of K-pop.

Dr. Stephanie Choi is an ethnomusicologist, specializing in intimate labor, gendered fandom, and the media circulation of K-pop. For her research, Choi has interviewed more than sixty people in the K-pop world, including idols, entertainment company CEOs, A&R directors, music video directors, show producers, and most importantly, fans. Her project was sponsored by several institutions, including the Korean Foundation and the University of California Humanities Research Institute and won the best paper prizes including the Ki Mantle Hood Prize, the Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize, the Association for Korean Music Research Prize, and the Wong Tolbert Prize (honorable mention) by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her interviews are featured in the New Yorker, NBC News, the Korea Herald, the South China Morning Post, the Billboard, the Korea Times, and more.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Great Insightful Seminar!

This seminar gave great insight into the history of K-Pop and the many facets of how it has grown into the fastest growing music market today. From the business to the social aspects, Dr. Choi discussed how K-pop differs from western music not only in aesthetic, but in artist development as well. It was very enlightening and such a great presentation.

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There was lots of interest in this for me (knowing almost nothing about K-pop!). I couldn't make the live seminar and was disappointed that the videos didn't really work in the recording (poor sounds, slow frame by frame visuals). I also found Dr Choi's delivery a little hesitant and low energy, which was a pity.
However, her research is very interesting and altogether it was an eye-opener for me.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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K.G.
Great Insightful Seminar!

This seminar gave great insight into the history of K-Pop and the many facets of how it has grown into the fastest growing music market today. From the business to the social aspects, Dr. Choi discussed how K-pop differs from western music not only in aesthetic, but in artist development as well. It was very enlightening and such a great presentation.

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B.
Something different

There was lots of interest in this for me (knowing almost nothing about K-pop!). I couldn't make the live seminar and was disappointed that the videos didn't really work in the recording (poor sounds, slow frame by frame visuals). I also found Dr Choi's delivery a little hesitant and low energy, which was a pity.
However, her research is very interesting and altogether it was an eye-opener for me.