Ciecko & Lee, “Han Suk-kyu & the Gendered Cultural Economy of Stardom & Fandom”

August 17, 2008

I was most interested in this article’s description of the changing attitudes about acceptable masculinity in Asian (or at least Korean) culture. Kan was on top of the world with his portrayal of the “traditional” valued traits, but when the wind shifted, his fandom nearly evaporated. The rise of “a more masculine feminine,” the “male antihero” and the “flower boy” raise disturbing questions about gender issues surfacing all over the world (truly a global issue?).

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