Rap(p)ing korean wave: National identity in question

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In this chapter, I have tried to demonstrate the gendered nature of the public sphere which leaves women no place to speak as authorities. Through deconstructing the meanings of the Korean wave articulated in Taiwan, I point out that, the most dominant discourse of the Korean wave is the discourse of economic nationalism which uses a rational and gentle mode of address to legitimize its domination through the rhetoric of the nation. However, this national space belongs to a few elite men only. The second discourse of the Korean wave, despite its employment of scatology, is elevated to the debate about cultural nationalism and circulated within the respected cultural space for (male) intellectuals. Male vulgarity is redeemed through its articulation as the essence of Taiwaneseness and is subsumed under the logic of the economy when articulated to the discourse of economic nationalism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEast Asian Pop Culture
Subtitle of host publicationAnalysing the Korean Wave
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9789622098923
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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