Diasporic Youth and Resistance Via K-Pop Cover Dance

Apr 26, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a lecture detailing the global sociological influence of Korean Pop music with Chuyun Oh, assistant professor of Dance at San Diego State University. The conversation will be moderated by professor Julie Burelle from the UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance.

With the emergence of YouTube fandom, K-pop has become a platform for exploring alternative identities among global youth. This presentation examines how various K-pop cover dance groups and fans employ Transnational Asian Studies, postcolonial hybridity, migratory dance and ethnography. By adapting K-pop dance, lyrics, fashion, makeup and fandom culture, youth around the world migrate K-pop cover dance and construct a diasporic, hybridized, alternative cultural identity. They challenge the localized notion of docile racialized and gendered girlhood/boyhood and socialize and build a sense of community and perform multiple personae. Through K-pop cover dance, they experience a process of becoming with an alter ego, which extends and traverses the location of cultural identity within a fixed geography. This liberation, however, is often achieved by juxtaposing K-pop with Other – a reminiscence of Orientalism – with its dramatic, exotic and sensorial pleasure. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by: The Transnational Korean Studies Program, UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities and the UC San Diego Library.

Contact: Jin Moon, (858) 534-1811, jinmoon@ucsd.edu