This lecture will consider AKB48 and Girls' Generation - two leading idol groups in Japan and South Korea, respectively - and what they suggest about the contemporary cultural situation in the two Northeast Asian nation-states.
About the speaker
John Lie received A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His primary intellectual interests are social theory and political economy. Currently he is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he previously served as the Dean of International and Area Studies. His recent publications include Zainichi (Koreans in Japan) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008), Modern Peoplehood: On Race, Racism, Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity, paper ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), and K-pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014).