A Comparison of Clothing Styles and Values of Korean and Japanese Youth Subcultures

Judy Park

Abstract


Korea and Japan are two countries in Asia with a long shared history and what seem from afar to be similar values, such as modesty, filial piety and diligence. However, a more in-depth look into the two countries shows that Korean and Japanese people in fact have different minds and values. Both countries have five to six established youth subcultures in the 2000s that reflect Korean and Japanese society, and the pressures, values and lifestyles of youths. The aim of this study was to compare the youth subcultures of Korea and Japan, focusing on their clothing styles, and interpret why the differences in styles exist, using aspects of their respective social circumstances, status of youths, and traditional values as indexes, and to ultimately help deepen understanding of the relationship between clothes and culture, youths today, and the issues and trends that most affect youths in Korea and Japan.
Key words: Korea; Japan; Youth; Subculture; Style; 2000s

Resumé: La Corée et le Japon sont deux pays en Asie, avec une longue histoire commune et qui semblent avoir des valeurs similaires, telles que la modestie, la piété filiale et la diligence. Cependant, un regard plus en profondeur sur les deux pays montre que les Coréens et les Japonais ont en fait des esprits et des valeurs différents. Les deux pays ont de cinq à six sous-cultures établies des jeunes dans les années 2000 qui reflètent la société, les pressions, les valeurs et les modes de vie des jeunes coréens et japonais. Le but de cette étude était de comparer les sous-cultures des jeunes en Corée et au Japon, en se concentrant sur leurs styles vestimentaires, et interpréter pourquoi il existe des différences dans les style, du point de vue de leurs conditions sociales respectives, du statut des jeunes, et des valeurs traditionnelles, afin d'approfondir la compréhension de la relation entre les vêtements et la culture, les jeunes d'aujourd'hui, les enjeux et les tendances qui affectent le plus les jeunes en Corée et au Japon.
Mots-clés: Corée; Japon; Jeunes; Sous-Culture; Style; 2000s

Keywords


Korea; Japan; Youth; Subculture; Style; 2000s;Corée; Japon; Jeunes; Sous-Culture;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ccc.1923670020110702.006

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