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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 1: 3/29/10 Office Hours: Mondays 4:30-6:00 pm (4/5, 4/12, 5/17/ 5/24) 12:00-1:30 pm (4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10) Section: 30 points Midterm: 35 points (April 26 th ) Final Exam: 35 points (June 9 th ) Popular Culture and Music International dominance of American popular culture and music East Asian popular culture unknown outside Asia Music in East Asia o Traditional music o Western classical music o Western/American pop music o Local pop music Pop Music of East Asia o Japan: Idol/Idoru Pop, J-Rock/Visual-Kei, Dance, J-Hip Hop, Okinawa Pop o China: Canto/HK Pop and HK Cinema, Mando Pop, C-Rock, C-Hip Hop o Korea: Balladeu/Love Song, Dance, K-Hip Hop, K-Punk, The Korean Wave J-Pop cuteness o Morning Musume very happy, cute friendship; pink Hello Kitty; innocent Go Girl: easy and repetitive, happy upbeat music Try to look cute o American pop vs. J-Pop: expect to hear great exceptional talent from Americans whereas J-Pop showing above average so main fans can connect to them and have sense that idols can be their friends o Yazima cross-dressers; singers are well-known comedians; female visual image but exaggerate male voice in singing Canto Pop: Leslie Cheung o Very popular East Asia mid 1980s to 1990s K-Pop prettiness over cuteness o Girls Generation Focus of camera on legs beauty over cuteness of J-Pop o Epik High Hip Hop Korean hip hop started early 1990s One of members from America o Music videos made like mini movies, very good quality, like a full story (intro, middle, end) can be 7-10 minutes long Lecture 2: 4/5/10 Last week review o Introduction National images of Asia/East Asia Popular Culture American Dominance (Hollywood) East Asian Popular Culture New developments and growing popularity Transnational flows (local-east Asia-Asia-Oversea Asia-Global) Popular music studies o Various approaches (musical, political, sociological, cultural) J-Pop o Cute culture o Pop culture industry o Idol/Idoru Pop Dream world/fantasy world o Female singers in J-Pop Cute Power o Japan as superpower in the 20 th century o Mid 1980s and 1990s: Japanese pop culture boom in cosmopolitan areas in East and Southeast Asia o Hayao Miyazakis anime and fans My Neighbor Totoro Very cute, warm and fuzzy Family friendly Stories not simple, explore gender or political/social message Always has some kind of lesson Princess Mononoke Japanese popular cultural products o Advanced market and high quality production o Culture proximity: Asian-ness Value system Lifestyle Physical/racial similarities Heroism, magic (e.g. Doraemon: to right wrongs) CUTE! CUTER!! CUTEST!!!...
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