Looking at Culture Through its Stars

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Looking at Culture Through its Stars

"Stars are the guests in my life. I have invited them into the festival of my life which I produce myself, so that they could bless me."
This is how Byun Jae-hyun defines stars in his book 'Critiques on Stars 2-Inviting the stars into my life.'
Mr. Byun is a well known star-critique who currently is working in the Department of Aesthetics at Seoul National University and is a chief editor of the Internet newspaper Dejabo(jabo.co.kr).
His critiques not only discuss his theories of what defines a star, but he pays close attention to the flows of the society which creates these stars.
The book examines the cultural phenomenon of stars by looking at 14 stars, including Choi Min-soo, Kim Hee-sun, Be Doo-na and H.O.T.
His book also emphasizes the importance and the effectiveness of a star joining a social campaign. He does this by writing about the actress Kim Hae-soo, who experienced one night in prison to help raise awareness, and singer Kim Jong-seo, who participates in campaign concerts.
His opinion that the rising popularity of actors like Jung Woo-sung is related to feminism which is a very unique and interesting concept.
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