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WEN Hua

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139811

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139811.001.0001

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From Barbie Doll to the Korean Wave

From Barbie Doll to the Korean Wave

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(p.166) (p.167) 7 From Barbie Doll to the Korean Wave
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Buying Beauty
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Wen Hua

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139811.003.0008

China was integrated into a global market economically as well as culturally. It is exposed to the influence of the omnipresent beauty ideals and consumer culture in the west. The rapid increase of Barbie sales in China indicates that the global capitalist market has brought China an ultimate fantasy of Western female beauty. Moreover, in recent years, the popularity of Korean TV dramas and pop music shows that the global cultural encounter also takes place within the non-Western world. Furthermore, by examining a Chinese cosmetic surgery reality TV show, the chapter explores how the development of the Chinese cosmetic surgery market has been intertwined with transnational flows of people, media, capital and techniques.

Keywords:   China, Cosmetic surgery, Barbie, Ideals of beauty, Korean wave, Globalization, Cosmetic surgery reality TV show

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