Format-Export of Korean TV Entertainment Program and Its Effect on the Spread of Hallyu in China He, Jingham; Kim, Sanghyeon; Jang, Wonho;
This study reviews the so-called 'format-export' of Korean TV entertainment programs to China, and ahalyze its effect on the spread of Hallyu in China. Format export has developed as an alternative for the export of Korean TV programs when the Chinese government restrict the broadcasting of foreign TV programs. In so doing, the study conducted surveys about the format-exported programs in Shanghai and Zhengzhou with the sample of 381 university students. The survey shows that the popularity of entertainment programs is so high as to compete with the popularity of K-pop. Respondents in Zhengzhou tend to watch format-exported programs first and then try to watch original Korean programs, while respondents in Shanghai are more likely to watch original Korean programs. This results suggest that format-export can help the spread of Hallyu in the inland local cities in China.
Hallyu;TV Program Format;Localization;Culture Diffusion;