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East Asian Pop Culture Expert to Speak Oct. 17

October 11, 2013 — Inter-Asian love dramas will be used to explain East Asian pop culture Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 310 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

Fang-chih Irene Yang, a professor at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University and a visiting scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies in Berkeley, Calif., researches East Asia’s pop culture including music, TV dramas and women’s magazines.

The love dramas “illustrate East Asian pop culture as a sphere of production, circulation and consumption,” Yang says. “They unpack the tensions between the local and the regional, with women caught in this process as consumers, workers and citizens.”    

As a feminist cultural critic based in Taiwan, Yang responds to the modern political issues through popular cultural phenomena, while giving them a historical dimension. She uses gender, class and ethnicity to make sense of the tensions and contradictions that exist in East Asia’s pop culture.

This event is sponsored by the Global and Area Studies Program, the Ruth P. Ellbogen Foundation and the International Studies student club.

For more information about Thursday’s talk, contact the Global and Area Studies program at (307) 766-3423 or email

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