Why Is Korean Wave Popular In China?

It is also referred to as “Hallyu” (Hangul: 한류; Hanja: 韓流; RR: Hallyu), from the Korean pronunciation. The term was coined in China in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists surprised by the fast growing popularity of South Koreans and South Korean goods in China.

Nowadays, Korean culture is influencing young Chinese people very much, and it is called “Korean Wave”. Why is Korean Wave so popular?

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Firstly, South Korea is a close and friendly neighbour of our China. The wars between two countries were before more than 1000 years. For the past one thousand years, the two nations have been on familiar terms. In the Ming Dynasty, Chinese army supported Korea and fought against Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豐臣秀吉)’s army of Japan. Later, the Ming Empire was destroyed by the Manchus, but the Lee Dynasty (李朝) of Korea still kept the year-title (年号) “Chongzhen” (崇祯) which was the year-title of the last emperor of Ming, and Korean still kept the hair-style and clothing-style of the Ming Dynasty. In more than two hundred years, Korean prepared in secret for supporting Chinese people to expel Manchu invaders. Our Chinese have a word “Friends in adversity”, and Korea was such a friend. Even if in the future the two nations have some conflicts, we can’t forget the past sincere friendship.

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