The University of Michigan will be holding a Symposium on the Hallyu Wave on April 6. One of the seminars offered during the 2nd panel is entitled: “Of the fans, by the fans, for the fans: The Republic of JYJ.”
JYJ3 Note: Prof. Seung-ah Lee has presented the same topic at UC Irvine. Event description is below:
The nationalist celebrations behind K-pop hide uncomfortable and troubled reality of the Korean entertainment industry. Far from being a paradise for aspiring young artists, SM Entertainment is a powerful industrial machinery that maintains complete control over the products it manufactures—the dancing and singing teenage boys and girls who are carefully marketed as “idol groups.” Prof. Lee’s lecture examines the JYJ fandom as an emerging social movement and analyzes both the mechanisms and logics internal to this movement.
Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan confirmed that the seminar will be recorded. The video recording of the event will be posted on the University Web Site: HERE