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TOURIST DISTRACTIONS: TRAVELING AND FEELING TRANSNATIONAL HALLYU CINEMA. Youngmin Choe. Duke University Press, Durham, 2016. 312 pp. with 87 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780822361114 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 170257. Publisher's description: In Tourist Distractions Youngmin Choe uses hallyu (Korean wave) cinema as a lens to examine the relationships between tourism and travel, economics, politics, and history in contemporary East Asia. Focusing on films born of transnational collaboration and its networks, Choe shows how the integration of the tourist imaginary into hallyu cinema points to the region's evolving transnational politics and the ways Korea negotiates its colonial and Cold War past with East Asia's neoliberal present. Hallyu cinema's popularity has inspired scores of international tourists to visit hallyu movie sets, filming sites, and theme parks. This tourism helps ease regional political differences, reimagine South Korea's relationships with North Korea, China, and Japan, and blur the lines between history, memory, affect, and consumerism. It also provides distractions from state-sponsored narratives and forges new emotional and economic bonds that foster community and cooperation throughout East Asia. By attending to the tourist imaginary at work in hallyu cinema, Choe helps us to better understand the complexities, anxieties, and tensions of East Asia's new affective economy as well as Korea's shifting culture industry, its relation to its past, and its role in a rapidly changing region.
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Worldwide Number: 170256
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