International circulation and local retaliation: East Asian television drama and its Asian connotations

Basil Glynn, Jeongmee Kim

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This chapter argues that a drawback of recent scholarly focus on regional distinctiveness and pan-Asianism is that an incomplete picture has hitherto been presented of the role contemporary Asian television drama is playing in transnational cultural exchange. Emphasis on the Asian-ness of Asian television drama, this chapter proposes, has resulted in neglect of aspects of the dramas that are appealing to broad non-Asian audiences. Further, large audiences who ardently watch East Asian drama but who do not fit into very broad definitions of what it means to be Asian have been marginalised. In addition, the chapter asserts that an excessive concentration on the socially positive impacts of the circulation of East Asian drama have obscured many of the less socially desirable and divisive nationalistic discourses that have surrounded inter-Asian cross-border transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Asian Television Drama
Subtitle of host publicationCrossing Borders and Breaking Boundaries
EditorsJeongmee Kim
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI.B. Tauris
ISBN (Electronic)9780755697274
ISBN (Print)9781845118600
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameReading Contemporary Television


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