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2017-07 17

[Alumni]Life of Living in a Movie

The movie <Edward Scissorhands(1990)> was a sensation when it first came to the public with its realistic computer graphics in the early 1990’s. Among the captivated audience, there was Choi Dae-chul, an alumnus of the Department of Dance, who dreamed of being an actor just like Scissorhands. After years of training and praciting, Choi made his appearance in various musicals, movies, and TV shows and now has grown up to an actor with a nickname called the “fairy of broadcasting ratings”. Choi at the 2015 MBC Drama Awards Acting with endurance Besides the nickname of “the fairy of ratings,” Choi is also referred to the prince of Ajumma. Ajumma means middle aged women in Korean. It was because some of his most popular TV shows were targeted to the middle aged women viewers. Choi’s intricate actions and good-looking appearance mesmerized the audience. “I feel really thankful to such nicknames. I think was I was lucky enough to have opportunities to be on the television,” said Choi. Choi was passionate in both dancing and acting, as he loved art. “After some time of contemplation, I decided to major in dance. However, I hurt my arm in my senior year, and I decided to change my goal, to become an actor,” reminisced Choi. For eight years, Choi looked for places at musicals where he got to act from minor to major roles. “With the dancing skills that I have, I thought musical wouldn't be a whole new world to me. However, it did took me a long time for me to get a major role,” said Choi. During such arduous course of trainings, rather than being frustrated, Choi always tried to learn more. "I would often watch other senior actors at the backstage to see how they move and act to make my own acting better." All his efforts did not betray Choi overall. “As I was waiting for my opportunity to come, I always asked my seniors about acting. Thanks to their advice, and especially to actor Oh Man-suk, whom I respect the most, I was able to successfully portray the major roles,” said Choi. Life like a movie Even when talking about the darkest moments of his life, Choi never lost his smiles. “I consider my life as a movie, there must be ups and downs. Without them, the movie would be boring,” emphasized Choi. Because he always know that life can be thrown into waves of difficuties and it can eventually make him stronger, Choi was able to cope with the difficulties composedly. As an actor, Choi thinks that setting limits to capable roles is the demise of his occupation. “I always try to take different and unique roles to expand my spectrum of acting. I have acted a rich, gang, ascetic, father, and more, but there are still more roles that I want to try on, especially a disabled patients that need subtle expressions, movements, and understanding,” said Choi. According to Choi, the most imperative factor in acting is sincerity. “There’s only one of me in the whole world which makes my acting unique. If I put my sincerity into actions, that becomes the role that a person called Choi Dae-chul is acting, which is very important,” explained Choi. Choi's large spectrum of acting is what makes him a stronger actor. One of the biggest motivation for Choi's passion, is his family. “I have a family that always supports my acting career. Also, because every offer that production companies provides me is precious, I always try to take the job,” said Choi. Also, whenever Choi feels like popularity can overwhelm himself, he always reminds of his 20s and 30s when every little chance seemed like a rain in a desert. Such efforts and sincerity made what Choi has become now. Epilogue “In a movie called life, the director, actor, and producer are all me. I am the one who knows myself the best and thus, I shouldn’t be ashamed of myself by being untruthful,” emphasized Choi. To him, being sincere is not only important in acting, but in general life. He hopes that students of Hanyang University will always try to put efforts into everything they do. “My movie will end with the epilogue of myself closing the eyes before facing death. There, all the good and bad things I have done will flash by my memories, and I hope the good deeds of mine will be remembered more,” said Choi. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-07 10

[Alumni]Until Ballet Can Capture the Heart of Everyone

Three ballerinos were dancing with the utmost concentration. The leader displayed mild charisma, never taking his eyes off the other two dancers who were showing graceful and understated motions. Kim Kil-yong (Department of Dance, ‘92), is the head of Wiseballet Theater who creates and directs ballet performances that the general public can enjoy. Intriguing ballet performances for the public Wiseballet Theater is famous for its unique ballet shows combining b-boy dance, tap dance, tango, and hip-hop, cooperating with other dance crews, such the famous Korean b-boy crew, Last For One. “Each ballet troupe prepares their own version of The Nutcracker during Christmas season. Our performance was complimented for its engrossing and compact organization of choreography that mix-matched ballet with other genres of dances,” Kim said with a proud grin. Kim is the leader who takes responsibility of Wiseballet Theater. (Photo courtesy of Wiseballet Theater) Since Wiseballet Theater focuses on the popularization of ballet, the diverse performances it covers range from creative and contemporary to classic ones with explanations. One of the most inspiring showcases that the troupe presented was Once Upon a Time in Ballet. Kim called the performance, a ‘ballet-cal’, meaning that it combined ballet and musical, with diverse other dance genres as well. In addition, the troupe presented street ballet performances in Hongdae, Hyehwa, and Suwon. “Some dancers were hesitant about the idea that they had to dance on the sidewalk in front of passing bystanders. However, seeing how the people loved the show, they became enthusiastic to participate in the next shows, ” Kim chuckled. A dance competition between two rivaling families is the main plot of Once Upon a Time in Ballet. In this scene, Cheolsu and Yeonghee is dancing together, expressing their secret love. (Photo courtesy of Wiseballet Theater) From a ballet starter, growing to become a professional performer At first Kim did not have an interest in ballet or even dance. After going to technical high school, Kim realized he did not quite fit in so he searched for another path in his future. Since Kim had a taste for art, and his mother once learned ballet, he decided to study ballet. “I can’t say I fell in love with ballet as soon as I first started practicing, especially due to my masculine personality. But as I got to know ballet more and more, I found out ballet was actually very stylish, then I gradually became enthralled in its charm,” Kim reminisced. Possessing both capacity and effort, he eventually became the member of the renowned Korean National Ballet. “But somehow, as I spent four years as the dancer of Korean National Ballet, I felt like there was an empty space in my heart. I was given the best outfit, the most impressive stages, and the admiration of others, but at the same time I felt there was something missing, ” Kim said. The fruitful result of following his heart With such concern, he talked to his professor Cho Seung-mi at HYU about his problem. “Professor Cho is my mentor of my lifetime. After hearing all my troubles she asked me to join her in creating the Cho Seung-mi ballet corporation, ” Kim revealed. “The time I joined in the troupe as a choreographer and performer was one the happiest moments of my life, ” Kim faintly smiled. According to Kim, he learned Cho’s creativity and mindset about giving art performances. “One time I remember is that she made an extra show for people with physical difficulty. At first, because I was the lead dancer I felt too exhausted and tired, but when I saw the audience trying to clap with difficulty with their eyes filled with admiration, I burst into tears, ” Kim reminisced. Kim created Wiseballet Theater with his friend Hong Seong-wook after leaving the Cho Seung-mi ballet corporation. (Photo courtesy of Wiseballet Theater) Unfortunately, Cho faced an early death due to cancer. After her death, He left the troupe and created his first ballet show about the stories of living as a ballerino in Korea, ‘Some things that can happen to you’, with his three friends. The show was a huge success, which made Kim to think of making his own ballet troupe. Consequently, he and his friend, Hong Seong-wook, the art director, initiated Wiseballet Theater in 2005, which continues to this day. Wiseballet Theater gives a great number of inspiring performances even comparing to huge ballet companies. The reason for this is Kim's belief that the troupe is there for the purpose of the enjoyment of its audience. Along with those shows, Kim is currently directing Swans ballet troupe, the first amateur ballet troupe in Korea, to give opportunity to ordinary citizens to perform ballet on stage. To the students dreaming of becoming ballerinas and ballerinos, Kim advised, “Ballet is not an easy road to take in life. I once strived to become the best in ballet, but I now believe that the important thing is to enjoy oneself and find happiness when dancing.” Kim at the inauguration ceremony of Swans ballet troupe in January. According to Kim, the passion of the members of Swans ballet are so great that they give energy to Wiseballet Theater. (Photo courtesy of Wiseballet Theater) Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-07 03

[Alumni]A Shining Star in Operas and Musicals

A Verdi opera ‘Rigoletto’ came to an end on the 30th of June with loud applause from the audience. A renowned vocalist, Kim Soon-yeong (Department of Vocal Music, ’06), famous for both musicals and operas, caught the attention through the character named ‘Gilda’. She acted out the pure and innocent girl through her voice, leading the opera to a great hit. A soprano, stepping into a musical Opera vocal performers would frequently think that they would not be able to perform again in operas once they expand thier activities to musicals. However, Kim completely broke the stereotype through the character ‘Christine’ in the musical ‘Phantom’, which was premiered in 2015. She was casted by EMK music company through the music video ‘First Love’, composed by Kim Hyo-geun (Click to listen). “A lot of acquaintances tried to persuade me not to do it since they thought I wouldn’t be able to perform again in operas. But I didn’t want to miss an opportunity of new experiences," said Kim. Kim explaining her opportunity of starting musicals Of course, Kim was not a perfect actress from the beginning. She faced extreme hardships as she had to step into an entirely different area. The tempo of the musical was much faster than that of operas along with the increased number of acting scenes. “I wasn’t able to keep up with the other actors at first. The choir even ridiculed me during the practices. However, as I got better through persistent practice, the pure, passionate character of Christine became soundly mine and I gained more confidence.” Kim reminisced. She also mentioned that she was able to understand the character more deeply because of the fact that Christine came from the countryside, just like Kim who moved from Daejeon to Seoul to achieve her dream. As a result, Kim attained absolute success and became the only actress who took the role of Christine again in the second presentation of ‘Phantom’ this year. She remarked that she was able to act in a much more relaxed manner throughout the second presentation as she was extremely tensed up in the first one. Kim praised the features of musicals through her own experience. “I was never bored of acting even though I played the role of Christine numerous times. It felt new everytime with different actors of ‘Phantom’. They allowed me to feel different emotions each time I act on stage.” Kim performed as Christine 98 times in total, but she is confident that she enjoyed each and every performance. A scene of the musical 'Phantom'. The phantom of the opera 'Eric' is teaching songs to 'Christine' in the picture. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim’s significance of operas and musicals “I would never be able to choose between operas and musicals. They both have their own charming points.” said Kim. Formally, even when both performances practice for the same amount of time, operas usually have only 2 or 3 plays while musicals have much more plays; 50 for each presentation in the case of ‘Phantom’. Therefore, Kim pointed out that she can fully absorb the character of musicals throughout the acts but only feels like rehearsals with operas. Kim also pointed out the different focuses of each plays. Operas focus more deeply into music, while musicals put their priorities on acting. Therefore, Kim puts every ounce of her energy into her songs in operas. She explained that she can reach a state of catharsis through the concentration of her voice in the music. On the other hand, as musicals focus more in actions, Kim felt that they tend to be more energetic, diverse and colorful. Kim praised both areas for their own unique traits. "No one told me to sing. I just loved singing so much I searched for chances to sing." Kim anticipated that she would continue performing in both areas of operas and musicals. Her aspiration is later to be referred an all-rounder. “I’m not the best in any area. However, I think that’s the very reason I was able to try both of them, and make satisfying results.” Kim wished that she could inspire more of her junior colleagues to broaden their views and to challenge themselves in various areas. “Performances nowadays show a collaboration of various areas. Fitting to the trend, I wish opera vocal performers can also show active performances in areas other than just from their own.” Kim concluded. On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-06 20

[Alumni]Impassioned teacher of love

As third graders in high school, students often bear precarious agitation in their minds when choosing career, picking majors, or entering universities. Heartfully understanding this distress and sincerely wanting to lessen the load of unease, Kim Kyung-hoon (Department of education, ‘01), a teacher at Haneul Academy, has composed a song with meaningful lyrics for his apprehensive students. Bringing students to tears and causing a touching sensation in their hearts, the song sure seems to last in the students’ mind for their entire life and be a valuable memento of their high school times. As a teacher and a musician As a teenager, Kim always dreamed of becoming a teacher, as much as he aspired to become a musician. Not being able to pick one of the two, he concluded that he would be both at the same time: a teacher who composes music. “I was motivated by my high school teacher who also wrote and published several books. His main job was teaching and his side job was writing. That was the exact lifestyle that I pursued.” He began to compose songs when he was a teenager and nurtured the other dream concurrently. "High school students today bear much more stress than we did in the past in our school days." With his first music album released in 2008, by the name of Acoustic Project as a solo artist, Kim intermittently composed songs dedicated to other people. The name Acoustic Project, does not only mean unplugged music, but also means to include all acoustic matters, all sounds of music. The digital single album he released last month, titled ‘To the Sky’(Click to listen) is a song dedicated to his third-year students at his school, with the music video featuring his students. Witnessing what his student are going through and understanding how tough it is, Kim was determined that he would write a song for them. As a teacher, Kim always tries to teach students how to live happily, not stressfully. Though it may seem as if entering a good university is the greatest hardship and the most important step of achieving success, it is only a stepping stone which last only temporarily. “I tell students to look beyond and find what will bring them happiness in the long run. Life is not an equation that needs perfect calculation answers and,” remarked Kim. Kim is working on his song in the workroom. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim recording his song with his own voice. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Be brave and not timid, To the Sky The title ‘To the Sky’ epitomizes the lyrics of the song, coinciding with the name of the school—Hanuel in Korean is sky. Students who do not know about their potentials consider themselves as the ugly duckling and remain close to the ground but I wanted to make them aware that they will one day soar to the sky like a beautiful swan. “When I sit my students individually for counseling, the first thing they do is crying. It shows how frustrated and anxious they are. I wanted to reflect their mood and portray it in a song with a hopeful message in hopes of encouraging them.” The lyrics are largely divided into two parts: the first half of the song from the perspective of the students, and the remaining half of the teacher’s. The intention of doing so was to reach the students’ heart more directly and to sound as if the song was reading their minds. In that way, bigger wave of sympathy and emotion could be aroused in students’ hearts. Each line of the lyrics is meant to resonate with the mood of the students in the first half of the song, when it is describing their feelings from their very perspective. In the second half, cheerful messages from the perspective of a teacher, from Kim’s perspective, is delivered, heartening each students who is struggling amidst her angst. "To the sky, my dear students!" Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-06 12

[Alumni]Groundbreaking English Tutoring

'English nausea' is a buzzword in South Korea, which refers to the fear of English communication and education. In 2016, a mobile application called Tutoring was launched by co-CEOs Choi Kyung-hee (Division of Journalism and Mass Communication, ‘04) and Kim Mi-hee (Division of Advertising and Public Relations, ‘06). After its release, Tutoring began to engage attention from numbers of users with English nausea, attaining 55,000 charged clients in June 2017. News H met CEO Choi Kyung-hee to analyze the success and future of Tutoring. Novel platform of English education Choi’s original occupation was developing teaching materials at the Chosun Ilbo Corporation. Choi's ultimate dream was contributing to the educational revolution in South Korea. While Choi was travelling around the globe for diverse experiences to achieve her goal, Kim reached her with a business idea. “Kim was an engineer at Samsung and I was an educator, which made me contemplate over the business. However, with these two contrary dispositions, we reached an agreement that this could work out,” reminisced Choi. "Our ultimate goal is to create a sensation like 'Uber' in the educational mobile application field," said Choi. In the mobile application market where success and failure are borderless, the two CEOs presented decisive strategy- ‘lower the cost, increase the pay’. Since the business model is online operation system, Tutoring can offer low costs for the users and high pay for the contracted instructors by reducing human labor costs and offline management costs. “Attractive cost allows the clients to be involved into our application easily. However, the constant updates of English contents are also what draw attention from the users,” said Choi. Tutoring offers more than 80 different themes and various teachers that clients can choose and based on that, they practice English communication through phone calls. The philosophy behind Tutoring is that education should not be carried out in the perspective of a teacher, but in the eyes of a student. Thus, conversational contents are steadily developing and increasing based on current trends. Also, the imperative criteria for choosing the on-demand instructors are their witness and active voice. “Since English education is based on phone call conversation, active voicing and charming communication skills are extremely significant along with the educational contents,” emphasized Choi. Tutoring has more than 55,000 charged users, and is consistently augmenting its popularity. (Photo courtesy of Tutoring) Becoming a future-oriented analyst Since the on-demand mobile learning platform is fast-changing, intricate analyses of the market, competitors, and its products are momentous. “All businesses nowadays involve artificial intelligence to comprehend its market. Since it wouldn't be odd if a business in this market suddenly collapses or succeeds tomorrow, strategies like growth hacking is vital,” said Choi. Growth hacking is a process of rapid experimentation across marketing channels and product development to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business. By using AI, workers at Tutoring consistently confirm their growth and weakness. “When we think of marketing, people usually associate with PowerPoint presentations and SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat of a firm) analyses. However, those days are over with the advent of AI. All we, the marketers, need is sensible adaptation to numbers that AI provides and making correct decisions stemming from that process,” explained Choi. Choi emphasizes the value of experiences in order to stand fearless before failure. When Choi was at Hanyang University, she was an unconstrained student who found the meaning of her life in travelling and experiencing things. However, through those invaluable experiences, she is able to confront the fear the word ‘failure’ gives off. “I want to advise the Hanyangian students that starting a business will automatically bring failure and pain. However, it’s important to know that an accumulation of experiences will take over the fear.” Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-05 14

[Alumni]Professional Math Teacher for All

Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) is Korea’s public broadcasting network that provides various educational materials like animations for children and lectures for students and adults alike. On EBSi, one of the internet sites of EBS, TV lectures are saved online for high school students nationwide, who are preparing for their upcoming suneung (Korean SAT). The instructors who are selected to lecture on EBSi are equipped with skills, filled with passion and fully prepared to teach the public. Nam Chi-yeol (Department of Mathematics, '05) is one of those qualified EBSi lecturers and a schoolteacher who tutors math and mathematical essay writing. Aimless student to responsible teacher Nam was a so-called math whiz when he was young, studying high level math problems until three to four in the morning, dreaming of becoming a math teacher. But there came a time when he lost his interest in studying. After getting a score of 0.38 in his GPA and having part-time jobs for a while, Nam became deeply concerned about his life. Worried, he thought about the time when he enjoyed math and productively navigated his life. Coming to the conclusion that he should become a math teacher, Nam studied to reach the top in his department and realized his dream after preparing for the national teaching qualification exam. Nam enjoyed teaching and getting along with students when he was first assigned to a middle school, his various experiences in life during his wandering helping to understand his students more. Nam another life as a mathematics expert began when he started working at a high school after five years of teaching. He tried various teaching methods with his students, including a math educational volunteering club. In addition, Nam opened an Internet Math Café and posted handmade math materials to assist his students’ studies. Nam explains his teaching philosophy. Then, there was an event that induced Nam to spend a year fiercely studying and thinking how he will teach mathematical essays in addition to his original subject, searching through most of math textbooks and workbooks in Korea. “Mathematical essay is typically taught through visits by instructors outside of school. I thought it was a pity that they could not take care of the students to the very end. It was because of the limitation of teaching only for a few classes,” Nam said. What Nam wanted was to take responsibility of students until they graduated and succeeded in university admissions, so he decided to teach the subject by himself. His students proved Nam’s efforts by attaining good results in their university entrance examinations. During the process, Nam felt that he wanted to teach math at EBS. “The school I am working at is not exactly educationally developed. I wanted to help students in similar situations, or even worse, such as those who are living on islands or in farming and fishing communities,” Nam said. Nam, preparing his math lecture in an EBS studio. (Photo courtesy of EBS, 'heemang suhak' Naver post homepage) The teacher who works harder than his students After successfully passing through three highly competitive stages of becoming an EBS instructor (resume, teaching rehearsal test, and interview), he experienced difficulties working both at school and at EBS. “Each day, two hours were spent on the road, because the location of the school and EBS company building was far away. Additionally, I had to teach both math and mathematical essay lecture series, and film three or four lectures at one time,” Nam revealed. Nam was thankful of the opportunity to teach and help more students, even though he returned home at around midnight, exhausted. Nam spends about five hours preparing his lectures by solving mathematical problems several times, researching and extracting lecture materials from various math workbooks. He has currently worked on nine lecture series and has written a workbook on mathematical essay and suneung math. In order to allow students to find true enjoyment in math, Nam believes in understanding the core principles instead of simply memorizing formulas. Consequently, he focuses on students’ ability to logically infer and deduct, honing the capability to communicate mathematically. Nam thinks it is important to put himself in the students’ shoes, and tries to continuously research better ways to teach, like watching other teachers’ lectures and putting teaching aids into use to spark students’ interests in math, regardless of their math comprehension skills. “Before I become old, I want to exert myself to mathematical education. After I retire, I want to volunteer math teaching to needy students,” Nam said. Firm in his conviction to teach students like his own sons and daughters, Nam's efforts live on to become Korea’s best math teacher. Nam aspires to be the best math teacher in Korea. Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-04 25

[Alumni]CEO of Design Egg

Among fierce competition in the entertainment and design industry, there came a glittering 'star' company: Design Egg. With the launch of the program “Tap Tap Como” on the Seoul Broadcasting System, the CEO of Design Egg, Jung Je-won (Department of Entertainment Design, ERICA Campus, '07), is working on his creative design tasks more ardently. News H met him to hear the path he has taken, and the future he is paving for. Jung is explaining the path he has taken to found Design Egg. When others break an egg, it is fried egg, but when you break it, it is a chick Company Design Egg has been founded on 2007 and its task force is divided into two spheres: commercial and contents. The commercial part concentrates on the tasks handed over by other subcontracting companies, while the contents part focuses on its creative self-development. “With the financial surplus earned from the commercial sector, we invest all our ability to develop new animations, designs, and contents within our creativity. Thus, the contents part is what we value the most,” said Jung. The name 'Design Egg' was founded 10 years ago, when Jung and three of his fellow colleagues gathered round. “There’s a saying that when an egg is broken by others, it becomes fried egg, but when it is broken by itself, it becomes a chick. We tried to embed this meaning in our company- blooming prosperity and creativeness,” emphasized Jung. Design Egg's booth at a character fair is boomed by children. (Photo courtesy of Jung) Due to Jung’s experience at the Designing industry, he cherished the hope to ameliorate the poor environment. “After the graduation, I worked at the designing company to build wider personal connections and experiences. But, the low income and harsh welfare made me grasp the magnitude of this industry,” said Jung. In the attempt the set the better example and path to his juniors, he decided to found a company of just environment with his colleagues. When you’re lonely and tired, Como will tap-tap you Animation created by Design Egg “Tap Tap Como” brought Jung and his crew a significant amount of opportunity and fortune. However, the production process was a continuous adversity. The target was children and the animation itself was six to seven minutes long, which was immensely longer than what Design Egg has been producing for their commercial goods. Even so, they made steady progress. “To define children’s tastes, we aired an incomplete piece in kindergartens and tried to communicate often with moms around us,” noted Jung. As a result, the heart of the animation was born: the Tap-Tap dance of Como. <Tap-Tap Dance of Como, Video courtesy of Design Egg> Como in the animation is the main character and a baby chick. Como’s friends are Toto, who came from the urban area, Wormy, a worm whom Como did not eat but became friends with, and Uba, who is a warm-hearted baby duck. Together, they learn the goodness in life, solicitude, and love. “Babies are the kindest beings. I have a faith that this purity in animation will remind adults of the innocence and naivety they once had.” Jung strives for the betterment of the entertainment design industry for his juniors. Jung’s ultimate goal is not limited- it adds up as he seeks betterment. “It is the most blissful moment when my babbling baby giggles when Como is being played.” Developing Design Egg into a sustainable and welfare-based company like Disney or Zebra is now propelling Jung onwards. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-04 17

[Alumni]A Pro in Both Fields; Pansori and Gayageum

Just as a guitar player may also sing beautifully, Choi Min-hyouk is a professional player and singer of gayageum, or Korean zither, and pansori, a type of Korean traditional music. His field of music is called Gayageum sanjo mit byeongchang in Korean. Hi diligence and passion enabled him to master gayageum and pansori to complete the course of Intangible Cultural Property .23 designated by the South Korean government. Recently, Choi was awarded the prestigious Ureuk Grand Prize at the 26th National Ureuk Gayageum Contest, a nationwide competition for gayageum players and pansori singers, held on March 31st to April 1st. Also working as a chief member of Daejeon Yeonjung Korean Music Center, an organization whose mission is to preserve Korean traditional music, or Gukak, he endeavors to deliver the excellence of Gukak to Korea and the world’s general public. For the first time, a male contestant, Choi won the grand prize at the 26th National Ureuk Gayageum Contest. (Photo courtesy of Choi) The 26th Grand Prize Winner of the National Ureuk Gayageum Contest The largest number of contestants consisting of of 214 teams participated in this year's contest. Choi was the first male competitor to win the Grand Prize. “Despite my skills that need more refining, it was luck that awarded me this fruitful outcome. I’ll use this opportunity to work harder and devote myself more deeply.” he modestly revealed. The songs Choi sang and played with his gayageum are 'Hwaryongdo' from Jeokbyeokga in the preliminary round and ‘On the way to the castle’ from Simcheongga in the finals. Jeokbyokga, a Chinese war story, and Simcheongga, a tale which a devoted daughter helps to recover eyesight of her blind father and subsequently becoming a queen in her homeland, are famous pansori songs from the Joseon Dynasty. ‘“Hwaryongdo' depicts scenes of fierce war and ‘On the way to the castle’ vividly describes the blind father well. The two songs made it easier for me to showcase the charm of a male pansori singeri, ” he explained. Choi singing pansori and playing his gayageum. (Photo courtesy of Choi) Efforts To Preserve and Maintain Traditional Music Currently a chief member of Daejeon Yeonjung Korean Music Center, Choi takes part in various music performances in and out of the country and teaches gayageum and pansori. “Today, pansori is perceived as something old and boring by the general audience. As a gukak performer, I believe prejudice is the problem we have to overcome. I am working hard to teach gukak easily and make it more approachable to the general public,” he said. In addition to practicing his music, Choi also focuses on communication and harmony between other members of the group. Choi began practicing pansori when he was ten-years-old, at the suggestion of his father. Choosing pansori as his major, he started studying gayageum after taking classes as his minor. From his classes, he first met his teacher Gang Jeong-suk, who had much knowledge and skills for Intangible Cultural Property No.23 Gayageum sanjo mit byeongchang. Becoming a disciple of Gang, and after four years of training, he was selected as the gukak musician to complete the necessary course as a receiver of Intangible Cultural Property No.23. “My motto is ilchaeyushimjo(一切唯心造), which is a term from Buddhism that means everything depends on how you think. Positive thinking and incessant exertion reap good results for certain,” Choi claimed. Choi also believes that the performer of music needs to be a good person first in order to play good music. Therefore, his prime objective is to become a good person who plays good music. “Nowadays, all gugak majors learn both purely traditional and crossover music. However, I believe that only when the root of the tradition is firmly established can there be room for creative crossover music, ” he advised. Choi believes that the performer of music needs to be a good person first in order to play good music. (Photo courtesy of Choi) Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-03 27 Important News

[Alumni]Effort as the Mother, Modesty as the Father

“In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live.” Ardent love story from the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” has been reborn as a musical in South Korea. Fateful memories that Francesca and Robert recall, perhaps, is full of emotions that ordinary actors can’t express. There is a musical actor Park Eun-tae, an alumnus of Hanyang University’s Business School, who fully absorbed himself into Robert Kincaid. Acting with passion From ‘Phantom’ and ‘Frankenstein’ to ‘The Bridges of Madison County,’ Park has filled his 11 years with 25 performances. Despite the tight schedule, Park is referred by the media as one of the most improved musical stars in South Korea. One of his most favorable pieces is ‘Frankenstein. Musical ‘Frankenstein’ reveals the brotherhood of characters Victor and Henry, which later becomes defamed due to Henry’s modification into a monster. ’“Switching my role from one musical to another is an emotional burden, because I have to become another me. Leaving Henry from ‘Frankenstein’ behind was especially strenuous,” recalled Park. Another musical that Park feels an affection to is ‘Phantom.’ Along with the charming characteristic and background stories of the role Eric, the musical register perfectly suited Park’s voice. “Escaping from the role Eric was a toil, since I was so captivated by his life and my all emotions were devoted to him,” said Park. Musical <The Bridges of Madison County> raises its curtain on April 15th at Chungmu Art Center. (Photo courtesy of Prain Global Incorporation) Under the breathtaking schedule of the musical world, the most recent musical choice of Park was “The Bridges of Madison County.” The musical is about an ordinary mother Francesca, who reveals the course of discovering woman in herself through Robert’s love. “When I was first offered with the role, I refused it because I knew the original Robert is a persona beyond my capacity. However, the production company dramatized Robert into a younger and frisky man, which intrigued all my interests to apply here,” said Park. The new journey of Park is about to begin, as he is practicing daily at Chungmoo Art Center. Things you give up for what you want In his high school years, Park expected to enter the Korea Military Academy or the Police Institute. “Since I was young, I loved getting attentions from the audience and being praised. So I often volunteered for school presidents and more,” recalled Park. However, Park realized that this does not suit his career. Even when he came to the Business School of Hanyang University, he could not give up on his dream- musical actor. He kept singing at the school club as a vocal, and he finally decided to achieve his long-cherished desire after a long contemplation. Becoming a musical actor was a long road, but maintaining his position was an ordeal. On the day of the interview, americano-lover Park was drinking a banana juice for the health of his vocal cords. “Hearing the audience applauding after the curtain call is the happiest moment in my life. However, after delights follow responsibilities,” stressed Park. The hardest part of managing his body condition is maintaining the voice health, since the vocal muscles are not visible. Along with this, art and emotion should be expressed altogether. “In the early age, I thought there are special methods to managing body conditions, but now I grasped that usual habits are the key,” reminded Park. Getting halted for the ‘Frankenstein’ performance due to vocal cord nodules was the most bitter slump Park experienced. “This is the path I chose. Giving up petty happiness with friends, family, alcohol, and other habits is what I sacrifice. In return, I’m compensated with the accomplishments and joy,” emphasized Park. Park is preparing to become Robert Kincaid. Because Park’s major at college was business studies, it was a dilemma for him to wonder whether his practice and development speed is fast enough, compared to other musical actors. However, he realized that efforts never betray. “Concentrate on your own clock only. Other clocks do not matter,” advised Park for those who agonize over their dreams. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-03 20

[Alumni]Passion, Love, and Yacht

Not all university students are able to formulate a definite life goal or create a systematic plan for an ideal future. In fact, most struggle to find out what they truly want to do as they mature and complete their studies while at university. As an ordinary university student, Chang Jae-ik (Department of Sports Industry ’09) went on a trip to Europe when he was in his 4th year at Hanyang and discovered what he aspired to do all his life: sailing all over the world on a yacht. A dream in the Netherlands ▲ Chang (left) made it to the finish line. Chang visited Marseille, France, when he was a senior at Hanyang and witnessed a sight that touched his soul: hundreds of white yachts floating beautifully on an emerald ocean. At the time, he merely thought it would be nice to own one of those yachts and then forgot about it. But when Chang visited Amsterdam in the Netherlands, he caught sight of another mesmerizing view that shattered his prejudice. “I always thought that going on a cruise aboard a yacht was a privilege only for the rich because of its extravagant cost. That was how the prototypical image of yachting is portrayed in movies and dramas,” confessed Chang. What he saw at the port was about 20 yachts getting ready to sail off at midnight, all of which were occupied by individual families. Parents were preparing the yacht for sail and the little children on each yacht were waving from afar to people on land. That sight taught him that yachts are accessible to ordinary people. After coming back to Korea and being discharged from military service, Chang was determined to learn how to sail a yacht and become a yachtmaster. Chang accumulated a small fortune while he was in the army, which he had gladly spent on a working holiday to the Netherlands. Chang settled in Rotterdam and became a member of Rotterdamse Studenten Zeil Vereniging, a student yacht club in Rotterdam. In the process of becoming a yachtmaster under the Royal Yachting Association, Chang had sailed about 5000km, stopping off at a number of countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, Spain and Portugal. ▲ "I wish yachting was more easily accessible to ordinary people in Korea." Entering the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in a team named 'Sonic', Chang acquired another valuable experience. Sonic came 24th out of 88 teams, some consisting of prominent professionals who took part in the race several times in the past. His was the very first to have participated as a Korean team which made Sonic even more special. “Given that there were many amazing yacht professionals participating in the race, I think our accomplishment is impressive and remarkable. I am honored to have participated in such a big-scale competition and thankful to have had a crew composed of wonderful people,” exclaimed Chang. Journeying aboard a yacht “On the voyage, I was engulfed by soot-black nights with millions of stars studded in the sky, even shooting stars on occasion. The yacht was suspended on a bottomless ocean, accompanied by countless dolphins,” reminisced Chang. He stated that the most charming aspect of sailing on a yacht is the advantage of being able to visit every little unknown ports and docks, allowing you to experience the indigenous and uninfluenced culture of any given region. “I stopped at so many countries, giving myself the opportunity to encounter people of all ages who came from a sundry of unique cultures.” Chang gained priceless memories and experiences during his expeditions, which he hopes to treasure throughout his life. ▲ "One day, I'm going to go on an around-the-world journey with my wife." Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na