Hallyu Chapter Goes to Press!

The edited collection, The Global Impact of South Korean Popular Culture: Hallyu Unbound (Rowman and Littlefield, edited by Valentina Marinescu), containing my submission, “HallyU.S.A: America’s Impact on The Korean Wave,” goes to press this September and should be available soon. [The Global Impact of South Korean Popular Culture Hallyu Unbound ] fills a gap in the existing literature and proposes…

Girl Culture, Individuals and Neoliberalism

As part of my research for my book project, Crazy/Sexy/Cool: Transnational Femininities in K-pop, I’ve been reading up on girl industries and girl cultures. Such scholarship invariably places these in a neoliberalist context, and this has a bearing on female K-pop groups.  On one hand, K-pop girl groups are created by Korean agencies to appeal…

Beyond the Chinese Connection Reviewed on Asian American Literature Fans

Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production was recently reviewed on Asian American Literature Fans.  stephenhongsohn wrote: Crystal S. Anderson’s brilliant monograph, Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University Press of Mississippi, 2013), is on the forefront of the growing trend devoted to comparative race studies and seeks to show the asymmetrical but…

Crystal Anderson Speaks About Afro-Asian Dynamics at Colorado College

Crystal Anderson is the author of the book, Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-­Asian Cultural Production. In this study, Anderson explores the cultural and political exchanges between African Americans, Asian Americans, and Asians over the last four decades. She talked about these dynamics at First Mondays at Colorado College in March 2014.

Authenticity, Crossover and Rhythm and Blues

  Authenticity is a major theme in scholarship on rhythm and blues (R&B), which poses some interesting challenges for my work on how R&B travels transnationally.  Some writers define authenticity in R&B solely in terms of the experiences of African Americans, deeming crossover beyond the black community as pandering to the mainstream (read white people)….

Beyond the Chinese Connection Reviewed in MELUS

My book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production, was recently reviewed in MELUS, Journal for the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.  Julia Lee writes: Anderson’s work to connect Lee’s filmic oeuvre with cultural productions of a much later period initially might seem quixotic to literary scholars used to working…