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ERIC Number: ED379718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Karaoke and Interpersonal Communication in East Asia.
Ma, Ringo
An exploratory study investigated the interpersonal meaning of karaoke to its participants in East Asia. Current research suggests that the popularity of karaoke in East Asia is associated with the cultural value of harmony and the indirect mode of communication in this region. Subjects, 51 East Asian undergraduate-level students who had participated in karaoke, were interviewed concerning the social contexts in which karaoke takes place, the functions of karaoke in those social contexts, and the extent to which karaoke participants communicate interpersonally in a karaoke session. Interviewees reported that they sang karaoke to celebrate or release tension. Karaoke was found not only to be able to provide topics for conversation but also to become communication per se. Besides generating new verbal and nonverbal messages among participants, lyrics adopted for karaoke may well become the participants' own messages. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A