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Reading Asian Television Drama

Crossing Borders and Breaking Boundaries

Jeongmee Kim
Barcode 9781845118600
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Release Date: 16/12/2013

Genre: Society & Culture
Sub-Genre: Film & TV
Label: I.B. Tauris
Contributors: Jeongmee Kim (Edited by)
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Crossing Borders and Breaking Boundaries. The Asian TV industry is 'unstoppable' reported "Variety" in 2008. This book discloses that Asian TV drama is diverse in form and content, it has value that is local as well as transcultural and its shows have strong appeal in their aesthetics, storytelling, acting and cinematography to large non-Asian as well as Asian audiences. The Asian TV industry is 'unstoppable' reported Variety in 2008, yet still most people living in the West have no idea what the rest of the world is watching on TV: what makes them laugh and cry every day. East Asia, as this book demonstrates, produces drama that is watched by vast audiences. The dramas themselves are diverse in form and content, have value that is local as well as transcultural and strongly appeal, in terms of their aesthetics, storytelling, acting and cinematography to non-Asian as well as Asian audiences. Reading Asian Television Drama offers an informative overview of East Asian television drama and its cultural impact. It examines both the text and context of TV dramas from such countries as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea. Chapters analyse various internationally popular dramas including South Korean 'hallyu' shows like Jewel in the Palace, Winter Sonata and Wedding. Other chapters focus on Asian TV networks within Asia, as well as Asian global cultural exchange and the international consumption of East Asian television drama.They also provide full and varied coverage of the major issues relating to contemporary East Asian television and its cultural formation within Asia as well as in the West.