The Spring 2021 Asia Pop series will explore the rapid development of video culture in East Asia in the past decade. In particular, it pays attention to the marriage between new information technology and social networking, the rise of short videos and how it transforms users’ perception and consumption. Guest speakers will discuss special topics such as fandom culture, internet celebrity, digital eyeball economy, and the TikTok controversy, in East Asia and beyond. The series will deal with the paradoxes between connection and isolation, control and freedom, fear and desire, shared identity and constructed individuality, production and consumption, and virtuality and affect.


Join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time via Zoom!

2/10: Dr. Joshua Neves, Concordia University, Montreal (registration)

2/24: Dr. CedarBough Saeji, Indiana University, Bloomington (registration)

3/10: Dr. Shuyu Kong, Simon Fraser Universtiy, Canada (registration)

3/17: Virtual Screening of People's Republic of Desire with filmmaker Hao Wu (registration)

3/31: Dr. Keisuke Yamada, University of Pittsburgh (registration)