Straight Korean Female Fans, Their Gay Fantasies, and K-pop
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Straight Korean Female Fans, Their Gay Fantasies, and K-pop

Lecture by Jungmin Kwon, School of Film, Portland State University

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: SMSU Room 294


About the Lecture

In this talk, Dr. Jungmin Kwon introduces ardent female fans of gay media representation in South Korea and discusses how their fan culture influences and is influenced by global culture, local institutions, and other groups in society. In addition, she examines the ways in which the subculture has contributed to the increasing representation of sexual minorities in Korean mainstream media and the popularity of Korean pop culture abroad. 


About the Speaker

Jungmin Kwon is an Assistant Professor of digital culture and film studies in the School of Film at Portland State University. Her research and teaching interests are in digital media, film, gender and sexuality, media industry, fan studies, and Korean popular culture. She recently published a book titled Straight Korean Female Fans and Their Gay Fantasies (University of Iowa Press, 2019). It discusses female fandom for gay portrayals and argues it contributed to the present visibility of the gay body in Korean media. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Television and New Media, International Journal of Communication, and Journal of Fandom Studies. At PSU, she teaches Contemporary Korean Cinema, Media Industry, Audiences, and Fans, Global Social Media Culture, Gender and Sexuality in Global Digital Culture, Film Analysis, Advanced Film Analysis, and Contemporary Film Theory.


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