• The Impact of Korean Wave on Malaysian Metrosexual Grooming Attitude and Behaviour: The Moderating Role of Visual Media Consumption

    Author(s):
    LOKE MUN SIN BAHIYAH OMAR
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Digital Humanists, Feminist Humanities, Film Studies, Information Ecosystems
    Subject(s):
    Korean culture, Korean religions, Visual communication, Visual culture, Journalism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Cultural product, grooming behaviour, Korean wave, metrosexual, visual media
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/p4pd-2w31
    Abstract:
    The study investigated the effects of Korean cultural products – namely drama, popular music, and celebrity – on Malaysian metrosexuals’ attitudes to Korean grooming products and also their consumption behaviour. In this study, we developed a conceptual model depicting the relationships of critical variables deduced from the Cultural Diamond Model and the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA). Acknowledging the influential role of media exposure in these relationships, we treated visual media consumption as a moderating variable. The effects were expected to vary according to the level of exposure to the Korean Wave from multiple visual media platforms. We conducted a multigroup structural equation modelled on data from an online survey of 205 Malaysian metrosexuals with low (N=57) and high (N=148) consumption rates of Korean Wave material. The results show that Korean cultural products, except popular music, significantly predict metrosexual grooming attitudes and behaviour. The study also found that high visual media consumption of Korean celebrity news contributes to favourable attitudes to and use of Korean grooming products. The research suggests that globally, metrosexuals might serve as the pioneers of an expanded market for the Korean grooming culture.
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