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Yongsan Garrison served as the main channel for dissemination of American culture and development of Korean pop culture.

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By Cecilia Soojung Lee
Korean modern culture is undeniably influenced by USA. And Yongsan Garrison served as the main channel for dissemination of American culture and development of Korean pop culture. Even though Korean pop music is taking very important part of Korean pop culture studies, researchers like myself depend on oral-interviews and other materials given from only few musicians. We need more vivid testimonies from various audiences. We need recorded video or pictures of those performances inside and outside of the base. If we could archive rare and precious documents and sounds related to the music and performance scene in Yongsan Garrison and its neighbor, it’ll be possible to draw a picture of Korean pop music in a deeper and easier way. Gangnam Style didn’t just come out. There were many of senior musicians who fully digested the music of the era working in clubs since 1955. The gene of K-pop can be traced back to this place.

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