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East Asian Pop CultureAnalysing the Korean Wave$
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Beng Huat Chua and Koichi Iwabuchi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098923

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098923.001.0001

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Winter Sonata and Cultural Practices of Active Fans in Japan:

Winter Sonata and Cultural Practices of Active Fans in Japan:

Considering Middle-Aged Women as Cultural Agents

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East Asian Pop Culture

Yoshitaka Mōri

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter outlines what the Korean Wave has been like in Japan and tries to situate the Winter Sonata phenomenon within a Japanese context. It illustrates how the fans are actively involved in various cultural practices such as organizing fan meetings, learning Korean culture and language, and participating in Winter Sonata fan tours in Korea. It also argues that the emergence of new cultural subjectivities of middle-aged housewives and their political possibilities should be taken seriously in their own right. It specifically asks how Winter Sonata was being watched and talked about by the individual fans. It is difficult to judge whether Winter Sonata will produce better political relations between Korea and Japan. However, it is clear that a significant number of middle-aged women, who have often been marginalized and even looked down upon as merely media consumers, have started a variety of interesting cultural practices after the phenomenon.

Keywords:   Winter Sonata, Korea, Japan, middle-aged women, Korean culture, Korean Wave, cultural practices, fans

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