Introduction: Creative labour in East Asia

Jeroen de Kloet*, Jian Lin, Yiu Fai Chow

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this introduction to this special issue on creative labour in East Asia, we explore how the creative industries discourse, and related debates around creative labour, continue to be haunted by a Eurocentric cum Anglocentric bias. The critical language of this discourse often directs all discussion of “inequality”, “precarity” and “self-exploitation” of creative labour towards a critique of “neoliberalism”, thus running the risk of overlooking different socio-political contexts. We point at the urgency to contextualize and globalize, if not decolonize, creative work studies, including the debates surrounding precarity. This special issue explores the nuanced situations of governance and labour experiences in the cultural economies of East Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Media and China
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Creative Labour
  • East Asia
  • Neoliberalism
  • Precarity


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