Asian Popular Culture: New, Hybrid, and Alternate Media

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John A. Lent, Lorna Fitzsimmons
Lexington Books, Nov 29, 2012 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Asian Popular Culture: New, Hybrid, and Alternate Media, edited by John A. Lent and Lorna Fitzsimmons, is an interdisciplinary study of popular culture practices in Asia, including regional and national studies of Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia. The contributors explore the evolution and intersection of popular forms (gaming, manga, anime, film, music, fiction, YouTube videos) and explicate the changing cultural meanings of these media in historical and contemporary contexts. At this study’s core are the roles popular culture plays in the construction of national and regional identity. Common themes in this text include the impact of new information technology, whether it be on gaming in East Asia, music in 1960s’ Japan, or candlelight vigils in South Korea; hybridity, of old and new versions of the Chinese game Weiqi, of online and hand-held gaming in South Korea and Japan that developed localized expressions, or of United States culture transplanted to Japan in post-World War II, leading to the current otaku (fan boy) culture; and the roles that nationalism and grassroots and alternative media of expression play in contemporary Asian popular culture. This is an essential study in understanding the role of popular culture in Asia’s national and regional identity.

 

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Contents

Gaming in East Asia
17
Japanese
35
Changing Views of the Fanboy in
59
Media Censorship and the Folk Song
79
Brechtian
109
A Samurai to the Ends of
145
Table of Contents
159
Index
175
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John A. Lent is publisher and editor of the International Journal of Comic Art and founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Animation and Comics Association. He was a university professor for fifty-one years.

Lorna Fitzsimmons is associate professor and Coordinator of Humanities at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.

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