This article examines the Kim Sisters, a trio of female performers from South Korea, as a case study to explore the transpacific exchange of ethnic talent between the United States and Korea during the Cold War. It illustrates how U.S. military occupation, popular music, and Cold War diplomacy were visibly intertwined in entertainment television programming. The performances of the Kim Sisters in variety shows as a display of ethnic spectacle under the mask of internationalism constructed a false projection of race relations while the United States sought to win the cultural Cold War. The Kim Sisters navigated the complex structures of American Orientalism that television ascribed to them.
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Research Article| August 01 2018
Transpacific Talent: The Kim Sisters in Cold War America
Pacific Historical Review (2018) 87 (3): 473–498.
Benjamin M. Han; Transpacific Talent: The Kim Sisters in Cold War America. Pacific Historical Review 1 August 2018; 87 (3): 473–498. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2018.87.3.473
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