Theological Reflections on

Theological Reflections on "Gangnam Style"

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When Psy's (Park Jae-sang) music video qGangnam Styleq went viral, it achieved not only overnight global appeal, but also made the Korean sensation an unexpected pop star breaking into the mainstream American music market. The popularity of Gangnam Style in the American scene has as much to say about our racialized society as is does about the man who fashioned a rap music with an infectious dance routine. Those who oppose this view maintain that Gangnam Style has achieved an overnight global appeal in part because of its catchy tune and a dance that is easy for audiences to imitate. As we listen to his music video, do we Americans laugh at him or with him? In this book, the authors respond to this question from historical and theological perspectives that tackle the pressing issues concerning racial stereotypes, racialized bodies, hegemonic masculinity, and mimicry.It does not matter whether Julie Chen has had one or multiple surgeries; the fact of the matter is that through her surgery and makeup she has transformed herself to look less Asian and more Western. Her makeup artist is able to make her jawanbsp;...

Title:Theological Reflections on "Gangnam Style"
Author:Joseph Cheah, Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-07-11


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