Professor Hyung-Gu Lynn of the University of British Columbia will address the growth of webtoons in South Korea. One of the fastest growing sectors among the cultural industries, the market for webtoons reached US$42-million in 2013. Dr. Lynn will identify the causes of growth within this sector, with a particular focus on digital infrastructure, the dominant commercial model of the industry, state policies, and the diversity of content.
Hyung-Gu Lynn is the AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. Dr. Lynn's research focuses on Korea and Japan, ranging in chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present, and in subject matter from international relations to contemporary popular culture. He is also the Editor for the journal Pacific Affairs, a leading academic journal in interdisciplinary studies of contemporary Asia, and the Asia Pacific Memo, a digital public outreach platform/newsletter.
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