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Cultural Conflict between Korea and China and the Competition in the Cultural Industry

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2018, (69), pp.173-198
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.069.06
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 11, 2018
  • Accepted : May 16, 2018
  • Published : May 31, 2018

Lee Ruda 1

1중국 북경대학교 예술대학원

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ABSTRACT

In the 2000s, the popularity of South Korean TV dramas in China had been maintained in line with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government’s cultural development strategy. With this background, this study analyzed how the Chinese academic world researched South Korean TV dramas for promoting the domestic cultural development, and intended to identify not only how fierce the competition in the cultural industry between Korea and China would become but also whether there is a high possibility that cultural clash would happen between the two nations. For the purpose of this research, this study analyzed the three items like the followings. First, this study analyzed the trend of research by the major Chinese journals on South Korean TV dramas. Secondly, the studies on South Korean TV dramas were made under the context of the cultural development strategy pushed for by the Chinese Community Party during the period of President Hu Jintao. Thirdly, this study examined the competition in the cultural industry and the possibility of cultural clash between Korea and China. From 2001 to 2012, a total of 120 thesis on South Korean TV dramas were published in the major journals of China and research on analyzing the reason for the popularity of South Korean TV dramas accounted for the highest percentage (19.2%). Besides, theses that examined South Korean TV dramas from the perspective of the cultural industry and traditional culture emphasized the necessity and importance of the cultural industry development and the revival and succession of the traditional culture. This had some connections with emphasis on the soft power while the CCP pushed for the development of the cultural industry and revival of Chinese culture from 2000. As a result, the possibility of cultural clash is getting higher because of the competition of the cultural industry with South Korea as well as how both countries are sharing the culture because the CCP is promoting the cultural power of the nation.

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