Roald Maliangkay is a Professor at the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific.

Roald specialises in Korean cultural industries, heritage preservation, performance, and fandom from the early 20th century to the present.

He teaches and conducts research on popular culture in East Asia and is frequently asked to give talks on aspects of the Korean wave, including K-pop, advertising, consumption, fashion, and cinema.

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The cute characters helping millennials chill out

An ambitious penguin and a lazy egg are bringing joy to stressed adults. In 2019, K-pop megastars BTS…

7 December 2022


Hellbound makes a meal of Squid Game

When Squid Game became a must-watch sensation on Netflix in September 2021, Koreans rejoiced at having further global focus on…

14 January 2022


It’s Squid Game on for Korean culture in Netflix series

Take a handful of your favourite childhood games like tug-o-war and marbles and turn them into a voyeuristic…

14 October 2021

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