Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2016

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Kang, Jiyeon

Second Advisor

Peters, John D

First Committee Member

Havens, Timothy

Second Committee Member

Muñoz, Kristine

Third Committee Member

Witt, Doris


This dissertation examines the ways in which food media—as publications, broadcasts, and blog postings and discussions with the theme of food—interact with Korean food culture and women’s understanding of their own lives. I analyze these relations within the framework of glocalization, which conceptualizes foreign and local influences as equal elements of change, and thus differs from a concept of globalization which might assume an unequal power relationship between Asia and the West. By analyzing the texts of a cookbook, baking blogs, and a television drama, I explore the relations between foreign and modern influences on traditional Korean food culture and the changing roles of women in the family and society from the 1990s to the 2010s. Through these case studies, I argue that food media reflect and concretize the meaning of traditional or national Korean food culture in its interaction with foreign and modern food cultures, domestic values of Korean women among different generations, and glamorized ideals of class culture and lifestyles. Using food media, Korean women discuss food culture and the lives of women, thereby allowing certain food media to become instructional texts and learning spaces. I argue that both food media and the Korean women who use food media negotiate, redefine, and educate Korean women about traditional and newer food culture, and a set of ideal roles for women.


ix, 202 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-202).


Copyright 2016 Hojin Song

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