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Boomtown Songs on the South of the River: The History and Geography of the “Gangam Style” Popular Music in South Korea

Date: 4:30pm PDT October 21, 2013 Location: Miller Hall Room 105

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Gangnam, meaning south of the River Han that runs through the capital city of Seoul, represents the spoils of the South Korean economic ‘miracle’ and a crucible for new cultural trends. Interestingly, Psy’s 2012 global hit “Oppan Gangnam style” drips with parody of this Gangnam phenomenon that began in the 1980s. Tracing the history of the Gangnam style, we will map out a cultural geography of Gangnam to find how South Korean popular culture has become a global force.

Pil Ho Kim is a Scholar in Residence, East Asian Studies.

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