Rita's Research Writing

Sunday, November 19, 2006

1. Those exports began to attract tourist traffic from across Asia, drawing more than 1 million people a year to television-themed destinations such as the park in Yangjoo, tourism officials say. In 2004, film and television program exports, along with merchandise and tourism earned South Korea $1.87 billion, according to the Trade Research Institute, a government think tank. (Osnos, Evan. (n.d.). Asia rides wave of Korean pop culture invasion. Asian Diversity. Retrieved October 15, 2006 from the web: http://www.adiversity.com/magazine/article.htm?ID=645838512.)

Osnos reported that the Korean dramas have raised up the popularity of TV-themed attractions. At the same time, their exports of cultural productions helps South Korea make a big number of profit which includes Korean goods and tourist attractions. (Osnos, 2006)

2. The "Korean wave" of pop culture -- known in South Korea as hallyu -- is a point of national pride, helping introduce the country to the world and breaking down historical grudges with its neighbors. The soaps have also boosted the popularity of South Korean movies and singing acts.(Hua, Vennesa. (2005). In a lather over South Korean soap operas Exported TV dramas captivating huge audiences around Asia -- and beyond. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 7, 2006 from the World Wide Web:http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/28/KOREANSOAP.TMP.)

According to Hua, the Korean pop culture, also know as the “Korean wave” and hallyu, defeats China and Japan cultures, displays the world their beauty and, at the same time, increase their supporters. (Hua, 2006)

3. South Korea, historically more worried about fending off cultural domination by China and Japan than spreading its own culture abroad, is emerging as the pop culture leader of Asia. From well-packaged television dramas to slick movies, from pop music to online games, South Korean companies and stars are increasingly defining what the disparate people in East Asia watch, listen to and play. (Norimitsu, Onishi. (2005). Roll Over, Godzilla: Korea Rules. New York Times.)

Onishi said that the South Korean culture showed in a series of TV episodes, movies, popular music, online games and so on is the dominator of Asia because they want to display the whole Asian people their fantastic culture, and make they be Asian people’s way of life. (Onishi, 2006)