Food Culture in Korean TV shows that affects Chinese

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Korean serves as a hit in the global scope. Along with the dissemination of South Korean culture, an increasing number of people start to learn about Korean food. Specifically, they show more interests in Korean food after viewing K-dramas as well as South Korean TV shows.


Generally speaking, Korean food has very clear characteristics. For instance, Korean Food is very nutritious because it does not contain monosodium glutamate or other strong flavor sauces. Also, Korean food is rich in diversity, which provides a great amount of choices for individuals. With the vast dissemination of South Korean culture, Korean food gains increasingly popularity all around the world. Particularly, Korean kimchi, Doenjang soup, roast meat, fried rice cake, and ginseng chicken soup are popular Korean food .


The above Korean food can be frequently found in oversea Korean restaurants. Vegetables and fruits are in low diversity in Korean food. In fact, most vegetables and fruits are hard to grow in South Korea due to the weather issues. However, Korean food is still good for people’s digestion. It is commonly believed that Korean food is much healthier than Western food.


In order to disseminate the culture of Korean food to the globe, Korean food should inherit traditional cooking methods. In the meanwhile, new issues should be applied in traditional Korean food. For instance, Japanese food culture can be applied in the cooking of Korean food. Sashimi can be used in the cooking of rice in stone pot.


“Where Are We Going, Dad” Chinese TV show Industry Affected by Korean Culture

Culture serves as one of the most significant aspect in human’s life. With the development of global media, the world’s different cultures disseminate vastly. Specifically, popular culture from South Korea greatly affects the media industry in China.

In fact, more than 200,000 videos are uploaded on (Chinese YouTube ) every day from different parts around the globe. Particularly, Korean dramas take up about 49% of the total uploaded videos. The most successfully developed IP was Where Are We Going, Dad?

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In the year of 2013. This show is the Chinese version of a South Korean reality show. Chinese media took five days to produce this show into a movie form. Therefore, it was mocked as ‘an extended version of the TV show’. To some extent, Chinese media creates the trend that reproducing TV shows in the movie forms in the movie industry. The film Where Are We Going, Dad? has done box-office wonders.


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Also, the film’s sequel was on its way to cash in on the festival season at that time. However, this new model of film-making has irked traditional producers as well as directors. According to the famous director Feng Xiaogang, he thought this kind of films are poisoning China’s movie industry because no investor is willing to finance ‘serious’ or well-made’ movies any longer.

In brief, South Korean culture greatly hits the movie industry in China, which results in a new trend on film-making. However, a balance between business and art still needs to be obtained.

Korean Cosmetics Gain Increasingly Popularity in Chinese Market

In the modern society, South Korean cosmetics have gained increasingly popularity in the Chinese market along with the dissemination of Korean wave. Specifically, K-dramas are well received by the Chinese audiences. The costumes and make up of those Korean actresses leave a deep impression on the Chinese audiences and Chinese audiences discover that most Korean actresses use South Korean cosmetics Ordinary females want to become as beautiful as those Korean actresses.


As a consequence, they have a strong desire to purchase and use South Korean skincare and cosmetics products. For instance, the popular K-drama My Love from the Star has resulted in the increasing sales of South Korean cosmetics, such as Iope lipsticks.


In recent years, Chinese market takes shine to South Korea’s cosmetics. For instance, China becomes the third-largest beauty products market for South Korean cosmetic brand Laneige. About 60% of Chinese female consumers tend to choose South Korean products, which show the popularity of South Korean cosmetics. Speaking of the reasons, South Korea’s cosmetics are produced in high qualities and affordable for most Chinese consumers. Additionally, there is a diversity of types of South Korean products, which provides more choices for the consumers. Most importantly, the ingredients of those cosmetic products are natural, organic, and mild.china-cosmetic-market-report-2013-5-638

As a whole, South Korea’s cosmetics products are much suitable for Chinese consumers compared with Western ones. There is no doubt that the perspective of South Korean cosmetics is quite promising even in the global market.

Cultural Business in South Korea

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The development of South Korea’s culture brings a positive impact on the economic growth in South Korea. In fact, South Korea has become the one of the world’s great economic success examples. South Korea is considered as the only nation with economic growth in excess of five percent. Undoubtedly, South Korea’s rapid development of economy provides a positive environment and conditions for the operation as well as development of cultural business.


In the field of cultural industry, South Korea has re-invented itself as the cultural epicenter of Asian culture. K-pop has obtained a great success all over the continent. Similarly, K-dramas are viewed by Asian and global audiences. Moreover, South Korea’s movies are the enormously popular throughout Asia. As a whole, the level of South Korea’s cultural impacts will continue to grow rapidly.


As for foreign investors, doing cultural business in South Korea can be a huge challenge because the domestic cultural business almost takes up the whole market in South Korea. On the contrary, domestic cultural business operates and develops successfully with the political support from the South Korean government.  Most domestic corporations fully focus on the entertainment field. As a consequence, domestic cultural business is closely associated with K-dramas, K-pop, and Korean movies. For instance, most cultural corporations focus on the training of K-pop groups. Similarly, domestic televisions concentrate on the production of K-dramas and TV shows. Therefore, it is extremely hard for foreign investors to start their cultural business in South Korea.


Korean Plastic Surgery Culture — A Two-edged Sword


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       Speaking of a nation’s cultural image, South Korea is famous for its plastic surgery culture. South Korean plastic surgery firstly emerged in the early 1960s. The culture of plastic surgery has the history of 55 years in South Korea. To some extent, the plastic surgery culture can be generally viewed as a two-edge sword.

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Plastic surgery describes a medical specialty. Particularly, the correction or restoration of form and function are closely associated with plastic surgery. There are various types of plastic surgery, such as aesthetic surgery, cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery and so on.


As usual, individuals decide to accept plastic surgery so as to make themselves much more beautiful and elegant, which enhances their confidence. With the beautiful appearance, they may receive more respect and appreciation from others. They can live a better life after taking successful plastic surgeries


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        However, plastic surgery can do great harm to individuals. It is very possible that individuals will encounter sequel problems (such as mental illnesses and facial paralysis) after accepting too many plastic surgeries or taking surgeries unsuccessfully. For instance, a great number of people will encounter plastic surgery obsession after their first surgery. Therefore, they tend to accept plastic surgeries again and again so as to correct a perceived defect in their appearance. Those people are very likely to have psychological disorders and eventually they will ruin their lives due to plastic surgery.

The Secrets For Making Successful K-dramas

K-drama is closely associated with distinctive features. Those distinctive features make regular Western television series or soap operas. K-drama can be set in historical settings (usually known as Sageuk series)


or in modern societies (usually known as contemporary series). There are three basic types of K-drama, such as romantic comedies/sad stories, action series, and fusion science fiction dramas. K-dramas are very popular all over the world, partially due to the dissemination of the Korean wave.


Speaking of the reasons for success, K-dramas are elaborately designed and produced. The design of drama characters greatly attract a great number of global audiences. All the characters are portrayed in unique personalities. For instance, male characters are usually handsome, brave, honest, kind, and patient. In addition, the plots and stories of K-dramas are well designed. Audiences can gain happiness and entertainment from watching romantic comedies. Similarly, they will be touched by sad stories. That is to say, audiences can fulfill their emotional needs by watching K-dramas.


The mise-en-scene also helps K-dramas to gain the popularity among global audiences. For example, the characters’ costumes and make up also make K-dramas attractive and impressive to the audiences. In addition, the background settings reflect traditional and/or modern Korean culture. For instance, the old Korean houses show Korea’s traditional architecture styles. Similarly, modern buildings reflect the rapid development of Korea.


Brief History of K-pop


Since South Korea’s culture has disseminated vastly all around the world, K-pop has gained more popularity among global audiences. K-pop is a musical genre originating in South Korea. This type of music is usually characterized by various audiovisual elements. In addition, all genres of “pop music” can be basically reflected in K-pop. There are various types of K-pop, such as pop ballad, hip-hop music, rock, electronic, dance-pop, metal, and R&B.


K-pop can be generally traced back to 1885. Henry Appenzeller created folk songs and those songs were mixed with popular Western melody and Korean lyrics. In 1925, the first K-pop album appeared. Park Chae-seon and Lee Ryu-saek produced “Yi Pungjin Sewol” In the mid-1920s, Masao Koga mixed traditional Korean music with Gospel music, which brought a positive impact on disseminating K-pop to the world. In the 1950s, American music was greatly disseminated in South Korea. Therefore, K-pop absorbed traditional characteristics of American music. In the 1960s, K-pop developed rapidly along with the rapid growth of South Korea’s economy. In the early 1970s, K-pop became much more influential to the younger generations.


In addition, a great number of young K-pop singers appeared. Those young singers were greatly affected by American culture and life style so they put American issues in K-pop. Later, ballad singers great emerged in the 1980s. The 1990s witnessed the turning point of K-pop. K-dramas greatly helped the dissemination of K-pop. In the 21st century, K-pop has already become one of the most influential music in the world.