Explore modern Japan and South Korea through early popular music to today’s K-pop and J-pop…

About the Instructors

Dr. Jayson Makoto Chun is a professor at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, specializing in Asian history and culture. He has written the book A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953–1973, and also articles on Asian popular culture. He has taught university courses on anime and J-pop, has been featured on Japanese television, and has been the keynote speaker at a K-pop conference. He is currently doing research (cough cough) by watching K-pop videos.

Dr. Patrick Patterson, Professor of History at Honolulu Community College, specializes in Japanese popular music between 1887 and 1952. Dr. Patterson has taught classes on J-pop, History and Film, World History, and Asian Studies for 15 years. He has written a book on the beginnings of popular music in Japan, is working on and writing about One Punch Man as well as changes in the popular music marketing process, and is researching Japanese journalism in the prewar period. Dr. Patterson enjoys watching film and learning Japanese songs for karaoke in his spare time.

For inquiries: email
Dr. Jayson Chun, jmchun@hawaii.edu
Dr. Patrick Patterson, ppatters@hawaii.edu, or (808) 845-9417

Summer 1 (online – synchronous)

This media-heavy course examines changes in modern Japan and South Korea through a historical investigation of popular music. We’ll explore popular music from chart-topping idols, boy bands, and rock groups as well as “traditional” Korean teuroto and Japanese enka music and the lesser-known subcultures of folk and computer music.

Students are encouraged to use songs and examples of music production to support what they learn about the production of popular music and its transnational influences and markets. Assignments include a deep dive into fan chat and bbs sites where we use fans’ own words to understand the value of artists and their music to the people who purchase it.

Fulfills the general education requirements: OC, TXT0

Updated 12/04/2020