January 25, 2013, by Graham Kendall

The Korean Wave in Southeast Asia: Consumption and Cultural Production

Organised by SMLC Head of Film and TV studies Dr. Mary J. Ainslie, The UNMC international symposium “The Korean Wave in Southeast Asia: Consumption and Cultural Production” was held on January 10th at the Royal Commonwealth Club in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was a huge success and included presentations by delegates from across Southeast Asia, including from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Distinguished scholar Dr. Ubonrat Siriyuvasak from Thailand opened the event and Professor Chua Beng Huat from Singapore provided the closing speech.

Attendees came from various organisations across Southeast Asia and expressed great support for the initiative, which was the first of its kind to focus upon Korean culture in ASEAN specifically.

The event was supported and funded by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus and the Centre for Advanced Studies and Centre for Contemporary East-Asian Cultural Studies at The University of Nottingham, UK.

Thai filmmaker Banjong Pisanthanakun, director of Thai blockbuster hits such as ‘Shutter‘ and ‘Alone‘ also attended the symposium and gave a special screening of his Thai-Korean film ‘Hello Stranger‘ with a Q&A afterwards.

A Call for Papers based upon the event is now in the process of being drafted for a future edited collection, one supported by the World Assocation for Hallyu Studies and Yonsei University in Seoul.

Korean Wave

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