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Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Asia Pacific Studies
As a culture that seems to pride itself on how it is perceived, South Korea barely addresses and typically silences the issues of mental illnesses. This research will address these questions : 1) What is the stigma surrounding mental illnesses in South Korea n society? and 2) How does that affect the Korean pop artists and , in turn, the thousands of fans that idolize these artists? Current discourse demonstrates th e significant levels of prejudice towards and negative perceptions about mental illne sses in South Korean society; being labeled as such can be grounds for job dismissal and lead to bullying and ostracization . Utilizing journal articles, per sonal narratives, fan discourse on articles and forums , this paper argue s that South Korea’s stigma and discrimination against mental illnesses has created a dangerous situation for a portion of its citizens. This paper applies Bourdieu’s theory of habitus in order to closely examine both how South Korean society view s and why they silence the issue of mental illnesses. Furthermore, Gillogly's Fluid Personhood: Co nceptualizing Identities is used as a lens to frame K - Pop idols’ situati ons and the pressures t hey face . Offering new perspective s on the subject, these research findings can lead to more open dialogue on the issues of mental illnesses , which will not only open up new opportunities in the health care industry but can also lower suicide rates and improve the quality of life in South Korea.
Nguyen, Natalie, "The Hidden, the Shamed, and the Dead: An Exploration of Mental Illnesses in South Korea and Their Impact upon K-Pop" (2018). Master's Projects and Capstones. 885.
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