Transnational audiences and Asian American performance in the musical "KPOP"

  • Miyoko Conley University of California, Berkeley
Keywords: Identity, Idol, Media, Race, Theater


This essay contends with the question of how K-pop, audience performance, and race are intertwined by examining the award-winning musical KPOP. Through its immersive multimedia structure, KPOP reveals how the complex and racialized intertwining of mediated idol and mediated audience complicates the performance of Asian and Asian American identity, and ultimately leads its audience to a different space than an us-versus-them binary.