Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis


International Language Studies

First Advisor

Pedro Navia


The term hallyu, meaning Korean wave, was originally coined in the 1990s to describe the proliferation of South Korean popular culture throughout the world. This project focuses specifically on Hispanic populations within North and South America where--despite lack of geographical or cultural proximity to South Korea--Korean movies, dramas, and music have obtained widespread popularity. With respect to K-dramas, this project juxtaposes thematic elements between the K-drama Boys over Flowers directed by Jeon Ki-Sang and Latino telenovelas to determine if K-drama popularity can be ascribed to similarities in motifs between K-dramas and telenovelas.

Subject Area

Korean drama--Comparative studies; Latin American drama--Comparative studies; Jeon, Ki-Sang. Boys over flowers; Television soap operas--Latin America

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