Rethinking the creative economy in East Asia: Lessons from China, Japan and South Korea

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Rethinking the creative economy in East Asia: Lessons from China, Japan and South Korea

Author | Affiliation:
Yu Shan | Queensland University of Technology

Presenting at:
1D | China’s digital creative industries


Abstract:

The influence of Asia on the world is unquestionable, both economically and in terms of the region’s growing ‘digital power’ and cultural presence. The latter two dynamics are particularly associated with the rise of the creative economy in Asia. Since the early 2010s, the increasingly central role of ICTs in the creative economy in Asian countries is evident in government policies, creative practice, and venture capital investment. In China, this intersection is referred to as the “digital creative industries”, while it is called “creative economy” in South Korea. In recent years, the swift growth of the digital creative industries — particularly media and entertainment sectors — in Asia have been closely linked to the region’s growing creative economy. This digital power is expected to help the growth of national economies by producing cultural products and services for export, creating new jobs, and contributing to positive national branding as a soft diplomacy strategy. This article examines the creative economy through a political economy lens in three Asian countries: China, Japan, and South Korea. It considers the ambiguous relationship between soft power and digital power in terms of sustainable development in these countries. It argues that the flow of digital power across national borders has challenged the market order in terms of production, consumption, circulation. However, whether digital power will have a positive impact on the states’ soft power remains to be seen.

Keywords

creative industries; East Asia; creative economy; digital power; soft power


About the author

Yu Shan

Email: yu.shan@hdr.qut.edu.au

Yu Shan is a PhD candidate at the Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology. She is also a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural Industries, Shenzhen University. Her research interests include creative economy, immersive media, and content production in Asia. Recent publications include peer-review journal article on Cultural Science Journal.

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