Monday, March 14, 2011

UCLA Lecture Invitation: Ninjas and superheroes. Korean TV dramas and RAIN

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More and more, South Korean mega-Pop icon Jung JiHoon (Rain, 비) is becoming a true study subject in connection with schools and universities across the world.

First, there was author Sun Jung's study, Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumptions: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, KPop Idols, published this past December by Hong Kong University Press and selected as one of the main textbooks for media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

And now, the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California, the UCLA School of Law, and select UCLA student groups are getting in on the action by using Rain, his movie Ninja Assassin, and other Korean fare to discuss the challenges of exchanging popular culture between the U.S. and Asia.

On April 5, 2011 at 7 PM in Los Angeles (sign-in and a light reception will begin at 6:30), this fun panel at the UCLA School of Law, which is for anyone interested in learning what it takes to move movies, music and television across the Pacific, will be presented by Michael Chang of major Hollywood film studio Warner Bros. (distributor of Ninja Assassin), and attorney Ekwan E. Rhow of specialty litigation firm Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg (Rain’s counsel here in the United States), as well as Yaphett Powell of FOX Broadcasting and former MBC America counsel Robert J. Kang.

The session is free; entertainment professionals and interested laypersons are invited, and it is also accredited for students.
» The "Moving Movies, Music and Television Across the Pacific" Facebook event page is HERE.
» Detailed information on event location and where to RSVP is on the Pacific Highwinds website HERE.

This is wonderful news. Ninja Assassin, a true product of cross-cultural effort, is indeed a perfect example when it comes to this type of discussion. As a matter of fact, due to his own determination to make himself available to many people across the world during the span of his career, one might say that Rain is a product of cross-cultural effort.

Congratulations, JiHoon!

Stephe /
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