Dear NY/NJ area based readership,
Here’s an event you should definitely attend this weekend — it’s EastCon, a student-run and organized conference that focuses on bringing critical perspectives to East Asian pop culture. They’re the only annual conference of their kind in the country, and are having their first conference this weekend in Lewis Library on the Princeton University campus April 26-27!
We will be looking at the contemporary music scene, including the Kpop artists who have been the focus of global attention, as well as the popular and underground music of Japan, China, Korea and elsewhere. This will be an opportunity to build and develop research on the vibrant cultural environment in East Asia. This conference will include a myriad of activities from keynote speakers, presenters, intellectual discussions facilitated by academic moderators, and an ending social mixer. — EastCon website
Here are five reasons you should register to attend EastCon:
- They are the only undergraduate conference of their kind in the US.
- keynote speaker Mr. Woo Taek Kim – the CEO/Producer of NEW (Next Entertainment World). Mr. Kim has produced some of the most popular films in Korean cinema history, and his latest film, “Miracle in Cell No. 7” (“7번방의 선물”) recently broke records to become the 3rd most viewed film in Korean history.
- Faculty panel – Prof. Leheny (EAS), Prof. Manabe (MUS), Dr. Wrenn, Dr. Dwyer, and Hae Joo Kim.
- Presenters from all around the US and world will be speaking
- fun workshops!
The schedule is as follows:
Panel 1: Exotic Economics and New Cultures
- “Neoliberalism and the Effects of Plastic Surgery in Korean Pop Music” by Rupa Jogani
- “Assemblages of the Popular: Pluralism, Musical Identities and the Question of the Fourth World” by Bee Vang
- “The Tsugaru-jamisen Field: Toward a General Understanding of the Relationship of Artist, Industry, and Habitus” by Joshua Solomon
- “The Rise of Asian Pop music and the rise of Asian economies– the entertainment industry and national economic development” by Zhijun Xu, Qiaoxi Guo, Yingjuan Wang
- “Drumming and Desire: Cinematic Representations of Taiko” by Michaela Karis
Panel 2: Transnationalism
- “Korean Pop: Translation of Culture through Fandoms” by Lindsey Crowe
- “Inclusive Exclusion: How Gangnam Style Broke the Language Barrier” by Alexander Hintenach
- “Global Fans: “Celebrity,” Fan Culture and K-Pop” by Gillian Stone
- “Korean Pop Idols as Transnational Products” by Jennifer Stanley
- “Localization of Korean Pop Music in Hong Kong” by Phoebe Chau
Panel 3: Gender
- “Sexualized Backlash against K-pop” in Japan by Tetsumi Yamaguchi
- “How Perceptions of Femininity are influenced by pop artists” by Xinyan Peng
- “Kawaii in Japanese Popular Culture” by Cassandra Newcomb
- “K-pop stars influence on Korean and Danish fans view on plastic surgery and beauty ideal: A comparative study” by Jeannie Wagner
Panel 4: Technology and Digital Mediums
- “Hatsune Miku” by Chad Ralston
- “Show me Your Moves!: Japanese Music and Dance as a Global Culture through Dance Dance Revolution” by Edward Ly
- “Music in Anime: Unveiling It Messages” by Elizabeth Nelson
- “Digital Divas and Singing Computers — Entering the Online World of Vocaloid” by Anica Odell-Smedley