What Will We Leave Behind
A visit to the commemoration exhibit of the late singer, Yoo Jae-ha
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In Korea, there is a saying, “A hide is left when a tiger dies, and a name is left after a person’s death.” In reference to this quote about life, the “Us, Here Forever” exhibition, in commemoration of the 30th passing year of singer Yoo Jae-ha, gives us all something to think about while cherishing the legacy that the late singer left behind. Held at the Hanyang Museum, located next to the International Department building, the exhibition began on November 10th and is planned to last until June 30th, 2018. Open to all students and visitors, it operates from 10AM to 5PM on the third floor of the museum.
The exhibition is part of a project called, “The People of Hanyang”, dedicated to celebrating and appreciating the people of Hanyang who had left their marks in the world. Yoo is the third person to receive this honor, following the late poet Park Mok-wol and Professor Lee Man-young. Park Mok-wol was an esteemed poet who left a myriad of verses committed to the depiction of nature and nostalgia, and Lee Manyoung was the very first Korean computer scientist.
The exhibition displays a number of Yoo Jae-ha's old items.
A corner is comprised of winners from the Yoo Jaeha Music Contest, each making their contributions in Yoo's memory.
The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to his afterlife, when his music received the most attention. A display illustrates the establishment of the Yoo Jae-ha Scholorship as well as the Yoo Jaeha Music Contest, created by his father and now led by his brother. The Yoo Jae-ha Music Contest has been held every year since 1989 and continues to seek out and support gifted musicians. A corner provides headphones where visitors can listen to a compilation track of winners from the contest, singing their own versions of songs written by Yoo to express their appreciation towards him. Furthermore, there are visual projections of Yoo’s performance in a televised music program as well as clips of winners of the Yoo Jaeha Music Contest.
Through an interview with the Hanyang Museum curator, Choi Hyo-young, it was revealed that the piano, guitar, LP tracks, and photos of Yoo Jaeha were provided by his family through the Yoo Jae-ha Scholarship Committee. She expressed that the most difficult part of the exhibition preparation was the lack of available data and materials due to Yoo’s short life and career, and the contributions made by his family were a great help in the process. She added that although Yoo’s music was somewhat quiet and gloomy, he was a funny and energetic person in real life. She hopes that people can get to know more about Yoo as a person and is happy to see that the exhibition is drawing a regular number of visitors.
The street performance played a list of Yoo's well known tracks.
As a part of the promotion for the exhibition, a street performance, or busking, was held by music clubs of Hanyang, where students sang the songs of Yoo. It drew a large crowd despite the biting cold and was deemed meaningful to the audience as well as the performers. One of the performers, Kim Won-il (Clothing and Textile, 1st year), commented that although he had always liked Yoo as a singer, he was not aware that Yoo went to the same school as him. As a fellow Hanyang junior, he felt proud to have been given the opportunity to perform in his celebration.
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