The March issue of Pacific Affairs is a medley consisting of one regular article, a perspectives piece, and a special section comprised of three papers under the theme, “East Asian Cultural Industries: Policies, Strategies, and Trajectories.”
The issue opens with an article by Renato Cruz De Castro entitled, “The Aquino Administration’s Balancing Policy against an Emergent China: Its Domestic and External Dimensions.” Using current Philippine foreign policy as a case study, the author addresses two theoretical questions: why small powers balance major powers despite the latters’ military preponderance? And how do small powers balance an emergent and potentially revisionist great power?
The next article is a perspectives piece co-authored by Kyung Ae Park and Mark Bennett titled “Engaging North Korea with High-culture Soft Power: Knowledge Sharing with Pyongyang.” In their piece, the authors propose that an effective method of engaging North Korea exists in the form of high-culture soft power, and through the specific mechanism of knowledge sharing. Proposing that Pyongyang can be a ‘willing interpreter and receiver’ of soft power, the authors high-culture soft power engagement with North Korea by analyzing the utility of knowledge sharing as a tool for engagement and long-term influence. Strategies for successful knowledge sharing with North Korea are also examined through an in-depth case study of the University of British Columbia’s ongoing Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program.
What follows is a special section dedicated to an examination of East Asia cultural industries. Following a brief introduction to the special section by its guest editors, Dal Yong Jin and Nissim Otmazgin, the first article “Anime in the US: The Entrepreneurial Dimensions of Globalized Culture,” author Nissim Otmazgin draws upon interviews with key Japanese and American personnel in the anime industry, field research, and market surveys to examine the organizational aspect of the anime market in the United States since the mid-1990s, with particular attention paid to the role of entrepreneurs, who are imperative for bridging organizational rigidities and cultural differences in global markets. The central argument presented is that entrepreneurship is a central feature in the process of transnational penetration, distribution, reproduction and consumption of cultural commodities and genres. The expansion of anime in the United States—the biggest consumer market in the world and home to some of the world’s most powerful cultural industries—provides an excellent opportunity to examine the globalization of Asia’s cultural industries and, more basically, allows us to look at how globalization in the cultural and media industries actually works.
The second paper examines the shifting government policies in Korea regarding the “Korean Wave” (hallyu). In “The Power of the Nation-state amid Neoliberal Reform: Shifting Cultural Politics in the New Korean Wave,” author Dal Yong Jin, investigates the primary role of the nation-state in the cultural industries and the Korean Wave in the context of the broader social structure of society amid neoliberal globalization. It especially analyzes whether neoliberal ideologies, which emphasize a small government regime, have completely altered state-interventionism, known as developmentalism, regarding the Korean Wave.
In the final paper of the special section, “Cultural Policy and Film Industry as Negotiation of Power: The Chinese State’s Role and Strategies in its Engagement with Global Hollywood 1994–2012,” author Wendy Su explores global-local interplay by analyzing the changing role of the Chinese state, its evolving cultural policy during its engagement with global Hollywood from 1994 to 2012, and the impact of state policy on the formation of China’s domestic film industry.
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