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Girls Generation Wonder Girls GD Top Hyuna What do these names all have in common The brush of popularity of hallyu that has spread Korean culture all over the globe and they are contributing to it Although some critics may state that the installation of some tactics of Korean pop are destructive the influence of past political events combined with the hybridization of American and Korean values in the music industry has allowed Korean pop to become one of the most popular music genres of today Before going into details about the popular music its trend needs to be explained first Hallyu or the Korean Wave is the widespread frenzy of South Korean culture It can be used in reference to with any type of media or culture involved and has now evolved to include language and cuisine but the focus of this research paper is skewed down to the music To begin with the hybridization of K-Pop culture and hallyu the term was actually coined by Chinese media from which it turned up due to its insert hereKorean music was not much until this recent 20 years up until now The emergence of K-pop and hallyu can be lined up with a few historical events that have led to Koreas current cultural-economic success Post WWII Japan had ended their reign as an imperial power over Korea which allowed other foreign states to enter Korea and assert their influence over the country in this case that country was AmericaKPop can be started through the development of certain political events1945 Post-WWII Japans end of colonization of KoreaEnter the late 1980s the democratization of Korea enable foreign influences due to the past policies that Japan had instilled blocking all foreign influencesLastly there was the IMF crisisthe national humiliation which has caused the initial progression of this thing called the Korean WaveEarly Korean pop music consisted of music ballads influenced by Western styles like folk
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