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Asia’s media and entertainment industry heading for V-shaped recovery?

Jennifer Tan Stanisic, AsiaOne – 27 January 2021 The entertainment industry has been one of the worst affected during Covid-19, with live music, theatres, cinemas and film and tv production all brought to a stand-still. However, in the Asia-Pacific region where countries have managed to effectively control the virus, the industry has started to get…

The ‘BTS law’: are K-pop stars serving a new kind of army?

Eunice Wu, Palatinate – 14 January 2021 In a culturally progressive move, the South Korean government have passed a new law named the ‘BTS Law’, meaning K-Pop entertainers can postpone their compulsory military service. This new law comes into effect after the culture minister stressed the contribution of such performers to the Korean economy and…

K-pop fans question the importance of the K

Yoon So-Yeon, Korea JoongAng Daily – 26 January 2021 Just as the popularity of K-Pop has transcended across borders, a few Korean fans have instead turned inward and conservative over the industry that has boosted South Korea’s economy massively. Despite this, others say it’s important to accept the global success of Korean idols as “the…

The death of K-pop

David Tizzard, The Korea Times – 24 January 2021 In comparison to the dazzling lights of K-Pop concerts and the bright colours on their social media feeds, this article on The Korea Times by David Tizzard is a somewhat more sombre account of the industry’s global achievements. Tizzard uses the theme of changing trends to…