The new (Korean) wave: A global social mobility story please Look after Mom

Nancy A Abelmann, Jeongsu Shin, Harry E. Preble

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Abstract

In this article we examine Shin Kyung-Sook's international bestseller Please Look After Mom as a South Korean "New Wave" cultural product. We appreciate the novel as a very particular kind of culture drenched product - although not of the "traditional" variety. We take up both the Korean and English language discussions of the work's enormous success, which focus on both the book's particularistic and universalistic appeal. We argue instead for a cultural particularism and universalism of a different variety: not traditional Korean culture or the universal appeal of motherhood sentimentalism, but rather cosmopolitan striving. We examine the novel as an account of educational and maternal striving and consider its global popularity in that light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-418
Number of pages20
JournalKorea Observer
Volume43
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Cultural proximity
  • Education
  • Korean wave
  • Literature
  • Motherhood

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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Abelmann, N. A., Shin, J., & Preble, H. E. (2012). The new (Korean) wave: A global social mobility story please Look after Mom. Korea Observer, 43(3), 399-418.

The new (Korean) wave : A global social mobility story please Look after Mom. / Abelmann, Nancy A; Shin, Jeongsu; Preble, Harry E.

In: Korea Observer, Vol. 43, No. 3, 01.09.2012, p. 399-418.

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Abelmann, NA, Shin, J & Preble, HE 2012, 'The new (Korean) wave: A global social mobility story please Look after Mom', Korea Observer, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 399-418.
Abelmann NA, Shin J, Preble HE. The new (Korean) wave: A global social mobility story please Look after Mom. Korea Observer. 2012 Sep 1;43(3):399-418.
Abelmann, Nancy A ; Shin, Jeongsu ; Preble, Harry E. / The new (Korean) wave : A global social mobility story please Look after Mom. In: Korea Observer. 2012 ; Vol. 43, No. 3. pp. 399-418.
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