In this episode, we talk to Dr. Chuyun Oh, an associate professor of dance theory at San Diego State University and the author of K-pop Dance: Fandoming Yourself. Dr. Oh is an expert on K-pop dance and its cultural significance. She discusses the history of K-pop dance, its distinctive features, and its global appeal. She also talks about the role of K-pop dance in identity formation and community building.
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- Some Gen 2 K-pop classics, including some juxtapositions with SNSD and 2NE1
- The distinctive features of K-pop dance
- K-pop Dance Covers on social media as a virtual “stage”
- The role of K-pop dance in identity formation and community building
This episode is for anyone interested in learning more about K-pop dance. It is also a valuable resource for dance students, scholars, and fans.
As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Chuyun Oh focuses on performance ethnography, activism, and racial and gender identities in transnational popular dance. Her work has appeared in Dance Research Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, Dance Chronicle, The Journal of Popular Culture, Communication, Culture & Critique, The International Journal of the History of Sport, The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and The Journal of Fandom Studies. She is a recipient of the Top Paper (2019) and Top Contributed Performance three times (2016- 2018) from the Performance Studies Division at National Communication Association. As a pioneer of K-pop dance research, she was the David Sanjek Keynote Speaker in Popular Music at the 64th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2019. Her work has received positive media coverage in LA Times, Financial Times, Allure, SD Voyager Magazine, Voice of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and more. She serves on the editorial boards of Text and Performance Quarterly and Review of Communication. She is a co-editor of Candlelight Movement, Democracy, and Communication in Korea (Routledge, 2021) and the author of K-pop Dance: Fandoming Yourself on Social Media (Routledge, 2023).
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