K-Pop: A Century in the Making (10/25)

Join us and the BU Center for the Study of Asia for K-Pop: A Century in the Making on October 25th, 5pm-6:30pm, at 121 Bay State Road. K-pop’s sustained global popularity from Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to BTS has piqued curiosity of many about its origins and transformations. This talk takes an expansive view of K-pop as an abbreviation of Korea’s century-long musical tradition – from early twentieth-century folk songs, Japanese colonial-era jazz, 1960’s rock and soul form the U.S. military bases in South Korea, to the emergence of home-grown musicians who would become the masterminds of K-pop entertainment company juggernauts. It is a tradition full of shapeshifting crossovers, ingenious hybridities, and intercultural collaborations, all of which have served as key ingredients to K-pop’s meteoric rise. Please register using the QR code on the flyer below.