This volume examines the relations between popular culture production and export and the state in East and Southeast Asia including the urban centres and middle-classes of Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, and the Philippines. It addresses the shift in official thinking toward the role of popular culture in the political life of states brought about by the massive circulation of cultural commodities and the possibilities for attaining "soft power". In contrast to earlier studies, this volume pays particular attention to the role of states and cross-state cultural interactions in these processes. It is the first major attempt to look at these issues comparatively and to provide an important corrective to the limitations of existing scholarship on popular culture in Asia that have usually neglected its political aspects. As part of this move, the essays in this volume suggest a widening of disciplinary perspectives. Hitherto, the preponderance of relevant studies has been in cultural and media fields, anthropology or history. Here the contributors explicitly draw on other disciplinary perspectives – political science and international relations, political economy, law, and policy studies – to explore the complex interrelationships between the state, politics and economics, and popular culture.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian culture, society and politics, the sociology of culture, political science and media studies.
About the Author
Nissim Otmazgin is a Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Eyal Ben-Ari is a Professor of Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Cultural Industries and the State in East and Southeast Asia, Nissim Otmazgin and Eyal Ben Ari Part I: Popular Culture and Soft Power 2. Does Popular Culture Matter to International Relations Scholars? Possible Links and Methodological Challenges, Galia Press-Barnathan 3. Popular Culture as a Tool for Japanese ‘Soft Power’: Myth or Reality? Manga in Four European Countries, Jean Marie Bouissou 4. Delusional Desire: Soft Power and TV Dramas, Chua Beng Huat Part II: The Processes of Policy Making 5. Nationalizing ‘Cool’: Japan's Government Global Policy toward the Content Industry, Kukhee Choo 6. Copyright Law as a New Industrial Policy? Japan’s Attempts to Promote its Contents Industry, Kozuka Souichirou 7. Managing the Transnational, Governing the National: Cultural Policy and the Politics of ‘The Cultural Archetype Project in South Korea’, Jung-Yup Lee Part III: Cultural Policy and the Dynamics of Censorship 8. Post-Socialism and Cultural Policy: The Depoliticization of Culture in the Late 1970s and Early 1980s China, Pang Laikwan 9. Banned in China: The Vagaries of Censorship, Marwyn S. Samuels 10. Manipulating Historical Tensions in East Asian Popular Culture, Kwai Cheung Lo 11. Silence and Protest in Singapore’s Censorship Debates, Cherian George