120328 A Clean Voice for an Advanced Nation: Singing in South Korean Christianity

A Clean Voice for an Advanced Nation: Singing in South Korean Christianity
March 28th, 2012

Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies

    • Date: 03/28/2012
    • Time: 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
    • Location: Room 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University
      Nicholas Harkness, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

  • Description:  
  • Further Information:This lecture focuses on the role of the voice in South Korean Christian culture. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in Seoul’s Protestant churches and colleges of music, I explore the way European-style classical singing (songak) relates to certain idealized qualities of modern Christian personhood and national advancement. Among these Christians, it is claimed that the advanced nation is joyful, healthy, stable, and clean—and so should its voice be. I discuss both the aesthetics of sound as well as the ethics of bodily practice.

credit: Nicholas Harkness

Momma’s Source: Nam Center for Korean Studies


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Editor’s Note: [JYJ] Of the Fans, By the Fans, For the Fans Symposium

Just out of curiosity, I looked for the professor who is lecturing on “Of the Fans, By the Fans, For the Fans: The Republic of JYJ.  After all, we as a fandom would like to be fairly represented by the lecturer, right?

I found her profile/student eval at Los Angeles City College. Here is the link:

Rate The Professor Lee Seung-ah retrieved March 26, 2012 from http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1539872


FROM: Nam Center For Korean Studies  University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor Michigan


 Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media

April 6, 2012

Pond Room, Michigan Union

University of Michigan

Hallyu (the Korean Wave), a term coined to describe the widespread popularity and regional/trans-regional influence of Korean cultural products, has recently come into its own as a subject of academic inquiry and broad intellectual interest. However, while much attention has been paid to the impact of the Korean Wave on Korea’s national image or domestic economy, as well as its implications for transnational cultural flow, there has been little discussion about the impact of new communication technologies, such as social media.

Hallyu is indeed entering the new age of social media. For the last few years, Facebook, Twitter, youtube, cyworld, and myriad social networking websites have boosted the dissemination of Korea’s popular media contents to regions where the traditional media– theatrical distributions, TV networks, and DVD/VCD sales– had never reached before. Korean films, TV dramas and variety shows, online games, comics, and popular songs are now being shared, distributed and consumed in cyberspace at an unprecedented pace.

“Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media” conference seeks to comprehend and interpret the meaning of this new and powerful cultural industry. The conference will stage interdisciplinary dialogues among scholars of cinema, media, and visual studies, and of area studies and communication studies, by implicating multiple approaches in deciphering the intricate web of contemporary media ecosystems.

Panel 1: Conceptualizing Hallyu 2.0 (9:00-10:40)

New Perspective on the Creative Industries in the Hallyu 2.0 Era: Emerging

Korean Power vs. Continuing U.S. Dominance

Dal-yong Jin (Simon Fraser University)

New Wave Formations:

K-Pop Idol Bands, Social Media, and the Remaking of the Korean Wave

Eun-Young Jung (University of California, San Diego)

The State of Fantasy and Emergency: “I’m gonna make history” in Girls’ Generation

Soyoung Kim (Korea National University of Arts)

Panel 2: K-Pop Reconsidered (11:00-1:00)

The Token Non-Conformist: The Packaging of Korean Boy and Girl Bands

Roald Maliangkay (The Australian National University)

Of the Fans, by the Fans, for the Fans: The Republic of JYJ

Lee, Seung‐Ah (Los Angeles City College)

Fashioning the Wave of K-Pop beyond Asia:  Strategic Importance of Diaspora

Jeffrey J. Kim (SKKU and University of London)

The K-POP landed in Latin America: Subculture and New Subjectivities

Maria Pilar Alvarez (University of Buenos Aires)

Panel 3: Cultural-Industrial Geography of Hallyu (2:00-4:00)

The Making of a Popular Cultural Commodity: Korean TV Drama Production

Youjeong Oh (UC Berkeley)

From Diaspora TV to Dramafever.com: Consuming Korean Dramas in North America

Sangjoon Lee (University of Michigan)

Consuming the Other: Israeli Hallyu Case Study

Irina Lyan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

How a Podcast Started a Revolution: New Media and Electoral Politics in South Korea

Youngju Ryu (University of Michigan)

Panel 4: Hallyu 2.0 and its Discontents (4:20-6:00)

Of Transmutability of Hallyu: Political Culture and Cultural Politics

Jung-bong Choi (New York University)

Hating the Korean Wave in Japan: The Politically-Incorrect Yon-sama Parody in Nerima Daikon Brothers

Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University)

Korean Wave and the Rising of Online Anti-Korea Nationalistic Sentiments in China

Lu Chen (University of Hong Kong)


Sangjoon Lee  Department of Screen Arts and Cultures

Abe Markus Nornes  Department of Screen Arts and Cultures

Nojin Kwak  Nam Center for Korean Studies/Department of Communication Studies

 Events & Programs

Momma’s Sources:

Hallyu 2.0  The Korean Wave In The Age of Social Media Schedule retrieved March 26, 2012 from http://iiumich.edu/ncks/eventsprograms

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[News] 120207 JYJ’s Jaejoong attends a State Dinner with Turkish and South Korean Presidents

[News] 120207 JYJ’s Jaejoong attends a state dinner with Turkish and South Korean Presidents


On February 6th, JYJ’s Jaejoong was invited to dinner at the Presidential Palace in Turkey along with South Korea’s president Lee Myung Bak and the president’s wife.

Jaejoong toured Turkey with President Lee, held a cultural fan meeting, and attended a state banquet.

Turkey’s Korean Council said, “Turkey’s favorite Korean artist, JYJ’s Jaejoong, was invited and a fan meeting was held. We hope that the fan meeting has contributed to the spread of Hallyu and will help better bonds between Turkey and South Korea.

President Lee Myung Bak held a special lecture at Ankara University, where he introduced Jaejoong himself. Jaejoong then shared his reflections on Korean culture, and in return, learned some  Turkish phrases from the students.

After the lecture, Jaejoong attended a state dinner with Lee Myung Bak and Turkey’s president, along with other Turkish officials.

Jaejoong revealed his thoughts on his stay saying, “When I entered the banquet, I was greeted by the Turkish president and President Lee Myung Bak, who greeted me saying, ‘You came’. I was really nervous to be in such a position, but I eventually relaxed because everyone was so friendly and called me ‘JJ’, so I had a good time. Over these three days, many people told me how JYJ is really popular [here] — I hope to come back soon with the rest of my members to hold a concert.

Jaejoong’s agency C-JeS Entertainment stated, “We have heard that JYJ and Jaejoong played a big role in popularizing Korean music and dramas in Turkey. Also, Jaejoong has met many important people at the banquet and they took a photo together to remember this special occasion. Jaejoong has completed his cultural mission.

Jaejoong will now focus on preparations for JYJ’s concerts in Chile and Peru in March.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate
credit: allkpop

Momma’s Source: sharingyoochun.net

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