Sunyoung Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada, and her MA and BA from the Department of Sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea. Sunyoung’s research and teaching interests concentrate on the influence of new media and information & communication technologies on society with attention to youth, labor, and gender issues in Korea and East Asia. She is currently writing a book manuscript based on her PhD dissertation, “The Korean Internet Freak Community and Its Cultural Politics, 2002–2011” which examines the interwoven processes between Internet development and political-economic and socio-cultural changes in South Korea through the formation of new subjectivities of Internet users. Her current research project focuses on the emergence of extreme right-wing Internet politics in South Korea as well as in East Asia with comparative approaches. Sunyoung also participates in a university-wide collaborative and cross-disciplinary group of faculty to forge exciting research agendas in the area of Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL).
This course provides an introduction to the popular culture of South Korea (and a bit of North Korea) in the contemporary era, with an emphasis on the global phenomenon called Hallyu (Korean Wave). Some of the major themes throughout the course will be: (a) the definition of a "popular" "culture"; (b) the globalization of culture; (c) the transition from a classical to popular culture in Korea; (d) the construction of Hallyu in the modem era; and (e) the co-existence of local and global Korean pop culture inside and outside of Korea.
The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants. Topics vary according to instructor, but include aspects of the histories, literatures, languages, religions and cultures of East Asia.