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Korean Wave Viewed from ‘Comparison of the Eastern and Western Cultures’ -The Possibility of New Popular Culture-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2011, (48), pp.253-276
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 13, 2011
  • Accepted : August 24, 2011

Hyesun Jeong 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper analyzed the particularity appeared in the stories of Korean wave drama contents by comparing the Eastern and Western cultures, and based on this, attempted to explore the possibility of Korean cultural industry from the viewpoint of humanities by identifying the position of Korean wave in the world. Through the comparison of the Eastern and Western cultures, it could be confirmed that Korean culture is characterized by ‘the ultimate of mind,dynamism, and oneness. Also, Korean dramas are products in which various factors such as interest, commercial viability, and trends are put together and I proved that such Korean culture is reflected on the story structure. Korean dramas have great advantages in that they use the world’s common languages such as justice, hope, and pure mind and draw all men to make them heroes of emotion. Accordingly, Korean dramas are currently new popular culture concentrating on oneness of mind, arising from grafting things that are oriental and Korean. At the same time, they also have the possibility of becoming a cultural phenomenon in that they are expanded to, and accepted by the world including Europe and the U.S. beyond Asia. As confirmed through Korean dramas, Korean wave has certainly overcome the stageof fashion that is bound to disappear, and it is concluded that they exist as the possibility of new popular culture.

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