Popular Culture Co-Productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia
Distributed for National University of Singapore Press
Through discussions of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Philippine and Indonesian culture industries, the authors in the book describe a major shift in Asia's popular culture markets toward arrangements that transcend autonomous national economies by organizing and locating production, distribution, and consumption of cultural goods on a regional scale. Specifically, the authors deal with patterns of co-production and collaboration in the making and marketing of cultural commodities such as movies, music, comics, and animation.
The book uses case studies to explore the production and exploitation of cultural imaginaries within the context of intensive regional circulation of cultural commodities and images. Drawing on empirically-based accounts of co-production and collaboration in East and Southeast Asia's popular culture, it adopts a regional framework to analyze the complex interrelationships among cultural industries. This focus on a regional economy of transcultural production provides an important corrective to the limitations of previous studies that consider cultural products as text and use them to investigate the 'meaning' of popular culture.
Nissim OTMAZGIN is a Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies and a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Eyal BEN-ARI is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.