The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture

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5.47 X 8.51 X 0.79 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Euny Hong is a journalist and author with international experience in web, print, and television news. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal Europe, International Herald Tribune, New Republic, Boston Globe, and The Forward. She is the author of one previous book, the novel Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Korean.

"Incisive and humorous... An excellent case study of calculated entrepreneurial moxie." --The New York Times Book Review

"Full of facts and entertaining to boot, it's definitely a gem."

"An insightful book...[Hong's] brief chapter on Korea's han against Japan is both the best and most concise explanation I've read of the two countries' complicated and ancient feud." --Bloomberg Businessweek

"The rare book that's hilariously funny and also makes you smarter about world economies." --Vulture

"An incisive, colorfully written account of South Korea's cultural ascent." --Grantland

"Fabulously snarky...Hong is perfectly positioned to understand this complex Korean psyche while retaining enough distance (and cynicism) to evaluate it." --Helen Brown, The Telegraph (UK)

"Highly entertaining." --The Guardian (UK)

"Hong's breezy book is a good place to begin to understand this rising nation." --The Times (London)

"A witty chronicle of how pop culture shaped South Korea's meteoric rise from a war-torn nation to a technological giant." --The Forward

"Euny Hong playfully and insightfully dissects her native culture... There's much more to it than just 'Gangnam Style.'" --Charleston City Paper

"The Birth of Korean Cool is a sparkling gem that falls into the must-read category... A satisfying and thought-provoking book by a first-rate journalist whose style is irresistible and informative all at once." --Pop Matters (Nine out of Ten Stars)

"It's Hong's voice, a funny, smart, often conflicted and witty combination of personal essay and observational journalism, which makes the book unique." --Clayton Moore, Kirkus Reviews

"Being both an outsider and an insider, Hong is the perfect guide to explain South Korean culture." --The Toronto Star

"Hong is a funny and uber-snarky observer and is as clever as clever can be...[As] laugh-out-loud funny and as spicy and memorable as the best homemade kimchi." --Library Journal

"A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow." --Kirkus Reviews

"Full of insight and shocking facts, The Birth Of Korean Cool is a hilarious, gutsy, eye-opening account of Korean drive and success. I couldn't put it down. Euny Hong is a force of nature." --Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of The Triple Package and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

"If you're not fascinated by Korea yet, you damn well should be. The most innovative country on earth deserves a hilarious and poignant account on the order of Euny Hong's The Birth of Korean Cool. Her phat beats got Gangnam Style and then some." --Gary Shteyngart