Since the implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), there has been an increase in the trade of physical goods as well as cultural and intellectual goods. U.S. companies like Rondo Music and Wenger Corporation are enjoying increased sales in Korea and are meeting with their Korean partners more frequently. Also, the influence of Hallyu on U.S. music is readily apparent with collaborations between PSY and Snoop Dogg, JYJ and Kanye West, and many more. The KORUS FTA has opened the doors to Korean culture, and U.S. musicians are integrating Korean instruments and sounds to broaden their horizons.
One of my first interactions with Korean culture was re-scoring the influential 1956 Korean film, Madame Freedom.… Read More