Below is an interesting and visual report on the global rise of Korean pop culture by the Korean Culture and Information Service. It covers the rise of KPOP (Korean pop music) and super idol groups such as Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee, SpaceBigStar, Kara, TVXQ, 2PM, Wonder Girls, f(x), Big Bang and 2NE1; the Korean B-Boy dance movement; K-Dramas such as My Lovely Kim Sam-soon, Boys over Flowers, Jumong and Emperor of the Sea; and Movies such as the recent film Priest, the famous Korean movie Brother and the horror The Host. Though it doesn’t seem to cover the topic of sex scandals that I wrote about in a previous post.
The report also gives a good history lesson and provides some interesting infographics showing KPOP YouTube downloads by country, which illustrates how the popularity is spreading, especially with the rise of social media such as Twitter.
One interesting section also explains how Korean dramas have become popular in Arab society because of the conservative nature of the dramas since they focus on a period in Korean culture that was heavily influenced by Confucius teachings.