In recent years, a wave of South Korean pop culture has swept across East and Southeast Asia. In Japan, the wild popularity of a Korean television drama called Winter Sonata has led to throngs of Japanese women packing tourist buses to sites in Korea. South Korean movies, dramas, and music fly off the shelves in Singapore, China and the Philippines. This broad phenomenon is referred to as "hallyu" in Korean, meaning Korean Wave. Listen in as panelists addresss various aspects of the "hallyu" phenomenon in Korea and the U.S., the South Korean government's involvement in the export of Korean cultural products, and the social and economic impact of Korean drama's in Japan and East Asia.
Panelists include: Robert Cagle, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Consul Jung-Il Han of the Korean Consulate General; Laura Miller, Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University; and Man-Sung Son, President of SMS Productions.
Recorded Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.