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"What is the Korean wave?"

Translation:한류는 무엇입니까?

December 16, 2017



What IS the korean wave?


You know, K-pop & things like that - Korean culture.


Is translating it "wave" operating under the mistaken assumption that 韓流=>한류 is an abbreviation of 韓國流行=>한국유행 which would make more sense in another language than Korean as it's spoken in the South?


A few definitions of "한류" / "Korean Wave" for anyone curious (copied from several sources):

  • "Beijing journalists first coined the term Hallyu, or Korean Wave, in the late 1990s as they discussed the sharp rise in global popularity and interest in Korean culture and pop-culture."

  • "The Korean Wave (Hallyu) refers to the global popularity of South Korea's cultural economy exporting pop culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas, and movies."

  • "The Korean Wave (Korean: 한류; Hanja: 韓流; literally meaning "wave/flow of Korea") is the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the 1990s. First driven by the spread of K-dramas and K-pop across East, South, and Southeast Asia during its initial stages, the Korean Wave evolved from a regional development into a global phenomenon, carried by the Internet and social media and the proliferation of K-pop music videos on YouTube."


Is 뭐 있습니까 wrong?

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