Fatima Bhutto — New Kings of the World
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
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There is a vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world. Truly global in its range and allure, it is the biggest challenge yet to America’s soft power dominance of Hollywood, McDonald’s, and blue jeans. New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop is a book about these new arbiters of mass culture arising from Asia—India’s Bollywood films, Turkish dizi (soap operas), and South Korean pop music. Carefully packaging not always secular modernity with traditional values in urbanized settings, they have created a new global pop culture that can be easily consumed, especially by the many millions coming late to the modern world and still negotiating its overwhelming challenges.
Author Fatima Bhutto profiles Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, by many measures the most popular movie star in the world; goes behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey’s biggest TV show, watched by upwards of 200 million people across 43 countries; and travels to South Korea to see how K-Pop started it all and how “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video with one billion views.
Fatima Bhutto will be in conversation with Nermeen Shaikh, co-host and news producer at Democracy Now! Followed by a book sale and signing.Buy tickets/get more info now