Events: Kritika Kultura Launches Issue 29 (rescheduled)

September 14, 2017

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is rescheduling the launch of its 29th issue to Oct. 5, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The launch, followed by a simple reception, is open to the public.

KK 29 features essays by Adam Lifshey on the intersections of American empire and American feminism via literature by Filipinas in Spanish; Ricardo G. Abad on how theater, particularly the Five Arts Centre of Malaysia, interrogates a nation that preaches racial harmony, on the one hand, yet practices racial inequality, on the other; Laurence Marvin Castillo  on  the development of the giant monster genre in film in relation to postwar geopolitics; Paulus Sarwoto on the literary representation of GestapuGestok or G 30 S PKI in Indonesia through the works of vernacular writer, Umar Kayam; and Mark John Sanchez on local and international political issues within Philippine based grassroots opposition to the Marcos dictatorship. 

The Forum Kritika on “The Globalization and Localization of Hallyu” is guest edited by Ingyu Oh. The section features an introduction to the essays by Oh. Essays in the forum are: Wonho Jang and Jung Eun Song’s take on the potential of the webtoon as new Korean wave in the process of glocalization; Ute Fendler on Hip-Hop from South Korea; Paolo Laforgia and Keith Howard’s reading of K-Idol, Amber Liu’s contribution in the changing of the feminine ideal in the K-Pop world; Ingyu Oh’s take on the Hallyu Fandom in Indonesia (with reference to Palestine); Suwan Kim on the new Korean Wave in the Middle East and its influence in Medical Tourism in Korea; Weibo Ye and Sou Hwan Kang on the survival of SM Entertainment in the Chinese market; Hee-chul Sim, Soel-ah Kim and Byung-min Lee on the K-Pop Strategy from the view point of cultural hybridity and the tradition of Gwangdae and Ki-Duk Kim and Sang-Joon Bae on Hallyu and Korea’s traditional culture.  

The Monograph Section features Joseph Ching Velasco’s reading of Charlson Ong’s speculative fiction and Christian Jil Benitez’s preliminary dalumat (deconstruction) of the notion of bayan

The Literary Section features authors whose works open new possibilities in literary form and approach. The contributors in the literary section are Gabriela Lee and Gabrielle Leung. 

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

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