Hallyu as a Government Construct: The Korean Wave in the Context of Economic and Social Development

9781137350275

Walsh, John, “Hallyu as a Government Construct: The Korean Wave in the Context of Economic and Social Development,” in Yasue Kuwahara, ed., The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

I have yet to receive a copy but one should be on the way shortly. Here is the abstract:

The Korean government has continued to work hard and mostly perspicaciously to continue to propel economic development in terms of both aggregate GDP growth and in enhancing the sophistication of production, the value added to goods and services and the increases in creativity and innovation. This was seen in the development of the online computer games industry, for example, which built upon existing strengths in education and the animation industry and developed them through extensive provision of government services and the agencies to administer them. The Korean Wave or Hallyu phenomenon is a further example of the involvement of the public sector in affecting economic and societal change in the country with a view to further elaboration of economic development.

Keywords: chaebol, Hallyu, industrial policy, Korea, K-Pop

More details: http://us.macmillan.com/thekoreanwave/YasueKuwahara#biography.

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