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On 3rd of October, the Love and Hope in Harmony music concert was held at the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-gu. A charity concert held by the Volunteer Corps of Hanyang University Alumni (VHUA), this annual concert has been held since 2012 for alumnis, students, professors and those who have made significant contributions to the development of the organization. With HYU, With Love The annual music concert is held as a fundraiser, so that the profits made from it is used for financing the voluntary services of VHUA. VHUA is a volunteer organization within Hanyang University that helps people in difficult conditions through diverse actions such as delivering briquettes or rice. They also engage in action overseas, including the Philippines and Cambodia. Any alumnus can participate in the organization through either donating or by providing voluntary services themselves. Volunteer Corps of Hanyang University Alumni Orchestra, who played in the music concert. Park Kwang, the director of VHUA, stressed that since the music concerts will continue to be held every year, it would be of great help for students and faculty members to participate in watching the show. “Large discounts are offered to all members of Hanyang University. The concert itself boasts one of the best orchestral music in Korea as well. Even if buying a ticket it can seem a small amount of donation for some, it will be of considerable help for those receiving it,” Park asserted. Park Kwang, director of Volunteer Corps of Hanyang University Alumni Love and Hope in Harmony The theme of the concert was love and hope in harmony, as the name Love and Hope in Harmony suggests. It was divided into two parts, each having a different musical characteristic to it. The first part kicked off with Light Calvalry which is often used as a piece to intrigue listeners through its light and cheerful tune. Then followed Concertstück für Oboe Op.18 that was led by Kwak Yeon-hee, a renowned oboe player and also a professor of Wind & String Instruments at HYU. This piece is well known for the collaboration between the oboe and the orchestra, which blends along with the string instruments harmoniously. The last piece of the first part was Tzigane, a gypsy music, which was played by famous violinist Kim Eung-su. He is also a professor at Hanyang's Department of Wind & String Instruments. Since the piece is played only by the most technically skilled violinists in the world, the audience at the concert would have been able to feel the ecstasy that emanated from the music. Kim Eung-su, violinist and professor at Hanyang University Following the first half of the concert, the second part consisted of diverse songs that originated from different parts of the world. Opera, as well as Korean songs were sung by soprano Kathleen Kim and tenor Kim Woo-kyeong, both of whom are currently professors at the Department of Voice at Hanyang University. The conductor of the orchestra, Choi Hee-jun, is also an HYU professor from the Department of Wind & String Instruments. Since the concert players were chosen among either Hanyang University alumni or professors, a sense of unity was felt among them, thus elevating the music being played. After the concert was over, Lee Tae-woo (Administration, 3rd year), who watched the concert, commented, "I thought that the ticket prices would be expensive but I was surprised to find that they were not. Being able to participate in a charity concert and listening to such wonderful music was a great experience for me." Kathleen Kim (left), Kim Woo-kyeong (right), singing 'Lippen Schweigen' The music concert was meaningful in that it was an occasion where people from HYU got to meet fellow alumni and participate in a movement towards providing a helping hand to those who need it the most. Since the purpose of the concert was not on earning financial profit, but instead was on improving and continuing volunteer services, it seems that the increased presence of students and faculty members would have aided much in its success. Kim Seung-jun email@example.com
Many will agree that kimchi is Korea's most well-known representative traditional food. Despite the pungent smell—that can be unbearable to a non-Korean—it is receiving extensive love around the world. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi that are made of different types of vegetables. Its variety caters to suit the demands of diverse palates. Throughout the years, kimchi has become an indispensable part of a Korean meal. The outdated name for this indigenous food, chaejeo, comes from Chinese characters which mean fermented vegetable. This popular commodity bears a deep-rooted history and offers substantial health benefits to those consuming them. Tracking Down the Culture It is virtually impossible to state exactly when kimchi first came into the picture, since there are many different kinds of kimchi. The definition of 'kimchi' is ambiguous- any fermented vegetable with seasonings can be kimchi. However, an approximate date, according to a historical record, traces back to 3000 years ago, when chopped cucumber was fermented after being marinated. The “kimchi” we know, the type that is made with cabbage, is known to have originated from the ancient times, even before the era of The Three Kingdoms. The most common type of kimchi we know today became an ideal type in the early 1600s, as pepper was commercialized. Pepper powder, the main seasoning, and Kimchi made with it. In order to preserve food against decomposition, especially during winter, Korean ancestors came up with the means of drying food to prevent rotting. Then a more sophisticated method was discovered, which was fermenting- how kimchi came into the minds of the forebears. They needed to store vegetables for winter when greens cannot be accessed. Initially, kimchi was dipped in salt inside a pottery jar, then buried underground for more thorough fermentation. Having rice as the main staple, carbohydrate was the primary nutrient obtained by Koreans during that time period. To supplement other vitamins, vegetables were highly desirable. By satisfying both conditions of long durability and nutrition, making and storing kimchi became a common practice. Kimchi in pottery pots, buried underground during winter. Kimchi and its Health Benefits To endure the day-to-day industrious lifestyle, people need a good source of fuel for their survival. One sufficient source is, not too surprisingly, kimchi. The dish is made from various vegetables and contains a high level of dietary fiber, while being low in calories. One serving also provides more than half of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene. Onions, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers are the main ingredients of kimchi (aside from the main body, cabbage cucumber, and radish), all of which are salutary. These vegetables in kimchi also contribute to the overall nutrition value of the dish. Vegetables that serve as ingredients of kimchi, and the final outcome. Health benefits of kimchi can be largely categorized into catalyzing digestion, preventing diseases, increasing immunity, regulating bio-rhythm, and disinfecting the organs. The nutritious constituents of vegetables in kimchi make this work. They boost and smoothen the digestion by allowing the stomach to absorb and decompose the nourishment thoroughly. The low-calorie aspect of kimchi contributes to clearing the blood vessels, leading to a better circulation of blood. Various lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension can also be avoided. Kimchi enables the whole body to maintain good health, which raises immunity and stabilizes bio-rhythm. One health benefit derived from kimchi summon another betterment, and create a chain reaction therein. Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Jang Hyung-shim of the Department of Education recently published a paper titled “Why students become more engaged or more disengaged during the semester: A self-determination theory dual process model.” She was consequently nominated as Researcher of the Month at HYU. Professor Jang's achievement lies in understanding the motivational processes of student learning and how it is affected by social contexts. More specifically, the research focuses on the relationship between instructors’ motivation styles and students’ functioning abilities in the classroom. Jang, an experienced expert in the specific field of study, spoke about the cause-and-effect relationship between the two subjects. Instructors, specifically school teachers, play a crucial role in student behavior and participation in academics. There is a common understanding, based on past studies, that if the instructor is more authoritative, teaching based on strict rules and procedures, student involvement in class decreases. In contrast, if the instructor provides more autonomous support in education, then students tend to be more engaged in class. The autonomous teaching method emphasizes freedom in a classroom, allowing creativity and critical thinking to flourish. Thus, in this specific study, Jang proposed a new perspective, a dual process model, in the existing self-determination theory. Guiding Jang’s research as a theoretical base, self-determination theory explains how students learning through self-motivated or autonomous learning increases their engagement in class. “The special finding in this research is in the dual process model. We have found out that for an individual student and an instructor, there are two ways in which they are affected by each other,” explained Jang. “For example, students’ engagement in learning can be explained by their experience of week-to-week gains in their need satisfaction guided by the instructor.” In short, the need satisfaction concerning a single student is achieved through autonomous support of instructors. Need frustration or disengagement, on the other hand, is the result of an authoritative instructor. Thus, the dual process within an individual student is shown, totally influenced by social context, which is the relationship with the instructor. Jang is an expert in education who has published numerous papers on improving the education system. Moreover, the findings confirm the existence of reciprocal causality in the classroom. “The reciprocal relation between authoritative teaching and student disengagement is quite strong, as controlling teachers lead to disengaged students and disengaged students lead to controlling teachers,” said Jang. “The reciprocal relation between autonomy-supportive teaching and student engagement is there, but is less strong.” This interesting relationship between students and teachers demonstrates the intertwined roles that influence each other either positively or negatively. “The research was completed using a three-wave longitudinal research with 366 high school students in Seoul participating. A questionnaire was given to each them three times at different points throughout the semester,” said Jang. The questions included a statement of consent, measures to assess the need satisfaction and need frustration, as well as autonomy support and teacher control. After the second stage of data analysis, the results showed the current finding based on the information collected. Jang believes that the results of this study has a lot to offer to both the students and teachers. “The teachers must improve styles of motivation based on two distinct skills. One of them is to have more supportive autonomy and the other is to be less controlling. Also, students must realize that classroom disengagement affects teachers’ motivating style toward them, and this is a rather strong effect,” said Jang. “So if your teacher is oppressive toward you, one reason may be because you are manifesting strong disengagement.” Thanks to the effort of researchers like Jang, necessary improvements continue to proceed in the Korean education system. In that sense, Hanyang University also stands as a leading global institution that is open to change and reform. This study will guide the Korean educational system towards a new transformation. Park Min-young email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
2016-10 03 Important News
The Korean University Basketball League recently ended after a long journey lasting about 6 months within the nation. Participating as one of the top contenders for the league title, Hanyang University (HYU) fought well throughout the season but unluckily, the team missed the chance to take a shot at becoming the champion. However, there is a promising future for HYU’s basketball team due to a star who rose above the surface as a leading player. Yoo Hyun-jun (Dpeartment of Sports Industry, 1st year), a freshman, was designated as the Rookie of the Year by the Korean University Basketball Federation (KUBF). Yoo is the starting point guard for the Hanyang University basketball team. Leading the Team Photo courtesy of Basketball Korea What makes Yoo special is that he is only a rookie who has played only two semesters of college basketball so far. Also, it is uncommon for a freshman to play in the starting lineup; especially as a point guard. In a fast paced game of basketball with five players competing against the opposite five, a point guard takes on the intelligent role of controlling the entire team on the court. The exceptional talent that Yoo has in dribbling and shooting long-range shots helped him to win the most honorable award for a young player- the Rookie of the Year. Yoo said, “I am very pleased that I was able to win the award. I think the only reason why I was able to win it is because of the support from the team and the coaching staff. Yet, I am still disappointed that we weren’t able to win the university league title.” In the Korean University Basketball League, Yoo finished the season with an outstanding record of 14.13 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, and 4.06 assists per game. Furthermore, he played the longest total minutes out of the entire HYU basketball team. These statistics, unattained by any other freshmen in other schools, act as evidence for the award. “Usually, a point guard tends to support the team in the back, focusing on making good passes for assists and defending the opponent players,” said Yoo. “However, I am a bit different because I am more of an attacking-styled player.” During the league games, the accuracy of Yoo's long-range shooting ability made the opponent difficult to predict his moves. At such a young age, Yoo has more basketball strengths that outweigh the weaknesses. Thanks to the leading role of Yoo, HYU finished the league at 4th place with 10 wins and 6 losses out of the 12 university teams. Even though the team hoped to redeem themselves in the playoffs, they lost before the semi-finals. “The team spent days preparing for the season in the beginning of the year. The hard work didn't pay off fully this season, but we are hoping for improvements in the next season,” explained Yoo. “Also, I remember the team winning against Kyunghee University, one of the toughest opponents in the league. It will give us more confidence when we play in the future.” The Super Rookie Yoo began to play basketball at a young age. In elementary school, he became interested in sports by playing soccer, leading him onto the world of basketball. “Ever since I started playing basketball, I have always wanted to get better and better. I strived to be in the starting line-up and I wanted to score as much as possible,” said Yoo. “After graduating from high school, my coach suggested me to enter HYU for my benefit. I heard that the team needed a point guard and I desired to go into a team that I would be of use to.” His passion for active basketball assured him the playing time and the leading role on the team, which ended up attaining a great result. Throughout the season, the media has shown deep interest in Yoo and his achievements. He has been called the “Super Rookie” by the fans and the media, and renowned professional coaches as well as scouts are eyeing on the young player. Choo Seung-gyun, the current head coach of Korean professional basketball team, Jeonju KCC Egis, and HYU alumnus, has praised Yoo and his talents. To this, Yoo said, “I am very well aware of the attention that I am receiving. Yet, I am just trying my best to not allow the pressure to affect my plays. My goal is to help HYU win the league title in the future and to play in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) as a starting point guard. It would be great if I get a chance to win the Rookie of the Year in KBL as well.” With the HYU team, the "Super Rookie" has a bright future ahead of him. Park Min-young firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Youn-soo
Yin-Yang and the Five Elements of the Universe There is a belief originated from China and shared in the Orient called "yin-yang and the five elements theory", or eumyangohaeng in Korean. Old East Asian culture and its people’s lives were deeply based on nature, and the theory explains the natural system which the world is founded on. Yin-yang or eumyang means light and darkness, which are represented by the sun and the moon. Ohaeng means the five elements; fire, water, tree, metal or gold, and earth, which compose the world we live in. Yin-yang and the five elements theory symbolizes and provides interpretations for parts of the universe, such as colors, positions, and time (weather). The five basic colors, called obangsaek - red, black, blue, white, and yellow - are colors that represent each of the five elements from fire to earth, in order. These colors also symbolize five positions - south, north, east, west, and the center. Then, the four positions - east, south, west, and north - correspond to each season- spring, summer, fall and winter. Though the basic five colors are also the traditional colors of China and Japan, they have different hues, meanings and usages in Korea. The five colors of obangsaek represent the five elements (fire, water, tree, metal or gold, and earth) that compose the universe, and symbolize five positions (south, north, east, west, and the center). The Five Traditional Colors and their Variants The colors of obangsaek have each of its own significations. Red, symbolizing creation, passion and love is conceived to be a powerful color that wards off evil spirits. This belief is the reason why Koreans eat red bean soup on the day of the winter solstice. Black stands for wisdom, darkness, and death. Since black indicates death, the color is rarely used in palaces. However, judges wore black to embody honesty and honor. Blue signifies new birth, brightness, and clarity. Blue is typically used in clothes of maidens and vassals in palaces. The bride’s dress and thread decorations hung in marriage ceremonies are also in red and blue. White, meaning truth, life and virginity, is the color that is loved by Koreans the most. Koreans liked to wear white clothes, and called themselves the “white-clad folk”. Finally, yellow or gold represented brightness and rays of sunlight. Gold ropes are used to mark holy sites and places that need protection, such as the house where a mother just gave birth to a child. Ogansaek is another set of five colors that are made from the combination of each of the colors of obangsaek. Two obangsaek colors are mixed to make ogansaek colors; green (yellow+blue), light blue (blue+white), bright red (red+white), sulphur yellow (yellow+black), and violet (red+black). Though obangsaek is more representative than ogansaek as Korea's traditional colors, they are used harmoniously in traditional Korean design. Ogansaek colors are made by mixing two colors of obangsaek. (Photo courtesy of http://cafe.naver.com/colorsun/65688) How the Colors are Used Together Obangsaek and ogansaek are widely employed on hanbok, a traditional Korean outfit, and on food and architecture. Saekdong jeogori, a type of hanbok worn by children, is adorned with saekdong, stripes of many colors. Colors of obangsaek and ogansaek are used to make saekdong, which is believed to drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. A lot of Korean foods make use of the colors as well. The most well-known of these foods is bibimbap, rice mixed with vegetables and meat, which the colors of the ingredients are beautifully arranged. Dancheong, which are patterns such as animals, plants and geometric shapes that embellish wood structures, is painted in obangsaek and ogansaek. The colorful patterns emanate mystique and express the dignity and authority of important structures, too. Saekdong jeogori (1st picture), bibimbap (2nd picture), and dancheong (3rd picture) (Photos courtesy of http://sula.kr/xe/7962,http://sweetcook.tistory.com/, https://pixabay.com/ko/ ) Nowadays, it is difficult to find materials composed of obangsaek and ogansaek. However, the colors remain as motifs for contemporary Korean artworks and symbols. Korea's flag is composed of red, blue, white, and black, which are colors of obangsaek. In addition, the former symbol and motto of the City of Seoul, 'Hi Seoul', was composed of red, yellow, green and blue. Although not as widespread as the past, obangsaek and ogansaek still live on to influence Korean lifestyle. Jang Soo-hyun email@example.com
2016-09 27 Important News
Significant Changes Since its establishment in 1979, there has been several milestones in the chronicle of HYU ERICA’s transportation services. Located in Sangrok-gu, city of Ansan, the campus posed considerable difficulty to students living outside the area. Those dwelling in Seoul or any other city had no other choice but to take the intercity buses to make it to Ansan, then transfer to yet another bus in order to get to the school. There were school buses that reached Incheon, Seoul, and Suwon, but commuting to school without multiple transfers was rare. Adding to such inconvenience, a typical commute included walking between transfers. Once students got off the bus at a stop, most likely at a major landmark, they had to walk quite a distance in order to transfer to a different bus. Fortunately, with the subway line 4 being put in operation from 1988, conditions started to get better. Additional bus stops on the route of shuttle buses was also of some help. Students were transported to landmarks near the school by school shuttle buses for free of charge, but there still were none that went into the campus to let students off. The Dean of Planning Crew, Ho-shik Won, was in charge of reinforcement of approachable public transportation for convenience. It required cooperation with the city government of Ansan to lay a subway line near the campus. “I think the school should be tranquil for better education. The perception that a quiet environment allows for a good studying atmosphere didn't buy in at the time, so the school was not that interested in bringing a subway route close to the school. Besides, students had few complaints due to the operation of free school shuttles,” commented Joon-soo Lee, the manager of ERICA's Planning Team. The Dean of Planning Crew, Won Ho-shik, took charge of improving the transportation service around the ERICA campus. In response to students’ requests, buses run through the city more frequently. As of 2009, bus numbers 10 (from the school to Sangroksu Station) and 21 (from the school to Joongang Station to Oido) became the new addition, which was the first drastic attempt made by the Planning Crew to alleviate poor transportation conditions. Following this hopeful change is the inclusion of another bus route: from the intersection at 10 minutes distance from the school main entrance straight to Gangnam Station. Yet, there still were disadvantages to the brand new routines: it took too long and the students had to walk some distance to get to the bus stop. Following continuous attempts, the efficacy of commuting increased substantially due to the opening of a new subway line, the Suin Line (from Suwon to Incheon and vice versa) in June 2012. And still, the effort extends to this day, proved by another new bus, 3102 which leads to Gangnam Station and resolves the disadvantages of the previous buses. This began operating from September 1 this year. Bus 3102, operating from September 1, 2016, will travel to Gangnam Station at an interval of 20 minutes. Present Conditions and Upcoming Future The conditions seem to be ever-improving, with the consistent effort of the school and the student council of the ERICA Campus. The most recent change, the opening of bus 3102, went through an arduous process. Members of the student council met the Ansan Congressmen and City Councillors to discuss the matters of upgrading the transportation system outside of the school. The Planning Team steadily requested and negotiated with the bus corporation until a desired agreement was reached. The very first trail ride of bus 3102 was witnessed by the President of the Student Council, Yong-ki Jeon, and the Dean of Planning Crew, Ho-shik Won. “The allotted interval can be reduced to less than 20 minutes depending on how many students use it. To wait less and increase convenience, please take the new bus as you please,” said Jeon. Plans for future changes are noteworthy, too. A new intercity bus route connecting the ERICA Campus, Suwon and Yongin is becoming the subject of heated discussion as the next goal. Furthermore, Suin Line connecting Handae Station and Suwon Station is to be completed and opened in December 2017. Also on the list is the Sosa-Wonsi Line that will lay its rails from Bucheon to Siheung to Ansan, which is anticipated to be completed in Feburary 2018. The transportation system around HYU's Ansan campus seem to be improving consistently- stressful inconvenience is to decrease day by day. Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-09 27 Important News
Tourism is a critical industry in any country due to its dual advantages of increasing economic benefits and advertising the nation. The 4th Tourism Big Data Analysis Contest was held from July 22nd to August 25th. It was hosted by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. 530 teams participated in the contest. 7 Hanyang students, who were arranged into 2 teams, Tour 380 and Tour 484, won a Special Prize from Shinhan Card Corporation and a Silver Prize respectively. All members of Tour 380 are researchers from the HYU Tourism Research Institute: Park Chang-hwan, Park Jung-suk, and Chang Ho-yung (Tourism, integrated master’s-doctor’s program). Tour 484 consisted of Kim Jeong-kyu (Tourism, Master’s program), Suk Woo-jae (Tourism, ‘09), Kim Do-hun (Tourism, 3rd yr) and Kang Tae-hee (Tourism, 4th yr) The leaders of the two teams, Park Chang-hwan and Kim Jeong-kyu, spoke about their achievements. Tourism Research and Data Analysis The theme of this year’s competition was “Developing the model for analyzing effects of tourism promotion policies.” The participants were required to develop and make use of agendas for tourism policies. This was done by analyzing tourists’ behavioral patterns with statistics programs using data from sources such as the Korean National Tourism Survey, International Visitor Survey, and Shinhan Card’s database on foreign visitors and their card payments. Tour 380 and 484‘s research was based on the “Korean Grand Sale” policy, which gives various benefits to customers in order to attract foreign tourists and increase their expenses in low-season periods. Kim (left) and Park (right) are explaining their teams' research. “As researchers in tourism, we focused on the flaws of existing tourism policies and developed a new alternative research model,” Park said. According to Park, the problem of Korean Tourism policies is that it is focused on overstating its economic effects. In order to analyze the practical effects of the policies, Tour 380 logically suggested a model and methodology to use big data. “The strength of our research comes from indexes (attractiveness, marketability, expandability) that can analyze the effects of tourism policies,” Park said. Tour 484 focused on card usage data and SNS analysis to find out the foreigners' interest in the Korean Grand Sale, and what sort of problems the Grand Sale had. “We selected 14 representative landmarks in Seoul, and observed where Chinese and Japanese tourists slept, ate, and how they shopped,” Kim said. The team categorized what the tourists were satisfied or dissatisfied about. Eight items were chosen, such as communication. They suggested three policies through the analysis, one of them being the development of specialized marketing for each region. Leaping Obstacles and Reaping Success The competition ran on a tight schedule. For the first three weeks, participants had to prepare and submit summarized reports of their research. By assessing the reports, the judges selected 12 finalist teams. The 12 teams were then required to submit a second report three days after being selected. On the day of the finals, every team gave a 10-minute presentation with five minutes of Q&A. The awards ceremony was also held on the very same day. “The most difficult part was that the tourism data given to us in the contest was very limited, and we could not jump to conclusions swiftly because of it,” explained Park. Kim added, “We had to learn everything new about using the computer statistics program as well. I studied the program for 15 hours a day and taught my teammates. However, when we were finally prepared, we lost our track due to lack of data. A week of sleepless nights later, we finally came up with an idea.” Although the contest was on tourism, the contestants were mostly statistics majors because analytical and computer skills were required. Very rarely do tourist majors participate and win. Not only were the efforts of the two teams fruitful, but the support of HYU's BK+ business enterprise and Professor Jung Cheol of the Tourism Department led to successful results. Tour 380 and 484, winners of the 4th Tourism Big Data Analysis Contest, spent days and nights analyzing data, coming up with solutions, and learning how to use statistics programs. (Courtesy of Hanyang News Portal) According to Kim, the purpose of tourism is the pursuit of people’s happiness. Kim and Park’s objective is to contribute to the development of Korea's tourism sector by appealing adequately to a wide range of people through academic and practical research on tourism. Jang Soo-hyun email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
As one of the major holidays in Korea, family members typically get together to eat, share gifts, and participate in traditional recreational activities. This year, the Office of International Affairs hosted a special event for foreign students on campus in order to give them a taste of a traditional Chuseok experience. Despite the hot weather, many foreign students and staff members gathered together in front of International Building for the event. They shared Korean traditional food and participated in diverse activities. The Chuseok event provided a chance to taste Korean traditional rice cake called songpyeon and international students tried on Korean traditional clothes, Hanbok, and took pictures with their friends. INT 1> Pakistan, Zulfiqur Ali Lashari / Major in Urban Development and Management Q. Do you know anything about Chuseok? A. “Actually, I don't know much, but it' been just few months I've been here. But we've known that this is a traditional ceremony which is held every year and Koreans celebrate it and I know they go out to eat together. They celebrate these days for Chuseok. We are really enjoying these games and these dresses. It’s really good to be here.” INT 2> Pakistan, Khawar Mohiuddin / Department of Mechanical Engineering Q. What is your overall impression about this event? A. “This is good event because we haven’t ever seen in our home country. We are enjoying this event. It’s a good event.“ INT 3> Belgium, El Mamoudi Kaoutar / Department of Mechanical Convergence Engineering A. “It’s good, It’s like with armond I think. I don’t like the rice but it’s good.” Q. Do you know anything about Chuseok? A. “No, I’ ve never heard about it. It’s first time to be here. It’s my first time in Korea.” Q. Is there any holidays similar to Chuseok in your home country? A. “We don’t have Thanksgiving in my home country, Belgium, but there is another holidays like christmas and New Years.” Also, the students enjoyed playing folk games such as Jaegichagi and Tuho. These special events provided unforgettable memories to foreign students. INT 4> Lee Ji-Yun / Office of International Affairs Q. ‘Please explain the purpose of today’s event’ A. “I've seen similar events for foreign students when I was attending college. Many foreign students will stay in Korea alone, apart from their family members, so we have organized this event to help students experience Chuseok.” Lots of foreign students spent quality time by enjoying traditional cultural activities in a convivial atmosphere throughout the event. I hope they will get warm and fuzzy feeling thinking about Chuseok. This is reporter Kim Min-hee from channel H.
In the movie industry around the world, there are countless artists with great minds. Among them, one of the most famous family directors in Hollywood are the Coen brothers. Likewise, Korea also has brothers that have taken over Chungmuro (the Korean version of Hollywood) - the Ryu brothers. Ryu Seung-wan and Ryu Seung-beom are brothers but what makes them so special is that the older brother, Seung-wan, is a director while the younger brother, Seung-beom, is an actor. Not many brothers in the movie industry have such corresponding roles. The story that lays behind their success is so realistic that it is worth taking a look into their lives. Career and Achievements Ryu Seung-wan, the director, has won various awards from 1998 starting with Busan International Short Film Festival Excellence Award to Paeksang Arts Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2016. So far, he has been bestowed with 28 big awards from different film awarding institutions. Not many would realize what this would mean for directors. Many of the awards won by director Ryu is from renowned film festivals, which proves that he has a unique perspective in the field of film, although he has never studied film at university or at any other academic institution. From an early age, Seung-wan developed a hobby of watching movies all day during weekends, and started directing later on when he attained his first camera in high school. This eventually led to his success in independent Korean films. Ryu Seung-wan, a Korean film director (Courtesy of Pennstudio) The younger brother, Ryu Seung-beom, who hadn’t thought of being an actor at first, has won 10 awards in his acting career. Considering his period of inactivity in the last few years, the number of awards that he has won shows that he has become one of the most loved actors in Korea. After his debut, he starred in 33 different movies, 4 television shows and 13 commercial films during the last 16 years. What made Seung-beom so reputable on screen was the ability to play the “bully character” so much more realistically than other actors. Achievement of Dreams There had been many misfortunes with the Ryu brothers. Their parents passed away when Seung-wan was in middle school and Seung-beom in primary school. They were raised by their grandmother and because they were so poor, they had to receive state-held rice to live on. Director Ryu could not go to university, and Seung-beom dropped out of high school. In the year 1999, their life in the movie industry officially started by receiving an award from the Seoul Independent Film Festival. With this as a starting point, they have started filming a full-length film, which was Die Bad (2000). In this film, director Ryu himself had to appear on screen due to lack of funds. Ryu Seung-beom, a Korean actor (Courtesy of New Balance Lifestyle) During an interview with Cine21, director Ryu professed that he used to have much insecurity regarding the fact that he didn't go to university, but now it is the motivation that gets him going and trying harder than those who did. In the interview, he stated that the "Ryu brothers’ life philosophy is to be in second place forever rather than relishing a short period of being in first place. If you're lacking something, that flaw can be the driving force to hold on to your work forever." The Ryu brothers have appreciation and respect for one another, which is well known in the film industry. Works of Ryu Brothers The Ryu brothers started to gain spotlight in their movie career together through Arahan Jangpung Daejakjeon (2004). Many of their films have been appreciated by the audience since then. Up until now, they have worked together in the same movie eight times. Most of the movies that the Ryu brothers have produced used to be action-based but as time goes on, their movies are focusing more on mirroring and criticizing Korean society as it is now. The Unjust, produced in 2010, is one of their most beloved works among the diverse films that the Ryu brothers have made together. It is about backdoor deals involving a prosecutor, a detective, and a supporter in trying to capture a suspect who has committed a serial murder. The storyline, the performance of the actors and the camera techniques melt into the movie harmoniously, that many critiques and viewers have praised the movie highly. The Net (2016) which is about to hit the box office in October, has Ryu Seung-beom starring as the main character. This latest movie is special in the sense that actor Ryu is returning to the screens after spending three years of personal time. The movie is about a North Korean fisherman, Cheol-woo (played by Ryu), whose boat gets caught in a net and crosses the Northern Limit Line near South Korea by accident. In order to get back to where his family is awaiting, he must fight his way through different ideologies of North and South Korea. With growing interest in Korean culture by a multitude of foreigners, the Korean movie industry is something that falls behind the hype of the Korean Wave relative to K-pop or K-dramas. With this in mind, it could be possible that with the Ryu brothers actively participating in the movie scenes, the Korean movie industry could pave the way for better prospects. Seung-Jun Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Man-jung was a famous novelist and a writer from the Joseon dynasty. He is known for his novels written in Hangul, the Korean alphabet. When Hangul was underestimated compared to Chinese alphabets at the time, Kim put much effort in promoting Hangul by writing novels. He suffered in his later life at places where he exiled- Kyung-nam and Nam-hae. To commemorate his accomplishments, Kim Man-jung literature awards is being held annually in Nam-hae since 2010. Lee Byung-cheol (Korean Literature, Ph.D.), a professor and poet won the first place in the 7th contest. Choosing to be Demoted from Reality “Just like Kim continued to write while he was banished from the outside world, I think being a poet is choosing to stay away from reality. This should be more evident today, when everything changes so fast in the 21st century,” Lee said. In Lee’s perspective, there are many objects, people or issues in real life that do not get much attention even when they deserve it. “Poets are the people who give new meaning and value to those subjects, introducing them to people through their poems.” As he mentioned, Lee always tries to focus on reinterpreting objects or scenes in his own perspective to see what other people have not found in objects. Lee is currently juggling several jobs, working as a columnist, professor, and poet. Lee started to write poems when he was a highschooler. Just like other students who were preparing to enter universities in their 3rd year of high school, Lee had to ponder about his major. “When I had to choose my major, I looked back upon my years in middle and high schools, and remembered that I always won awards in literary contests." It was a rather simple motive for him to choose Korean literature as his major. "When I took my first poem class at university, it was a pleasant surprise for him to learn what a poem really was. I realized how beautiful and valuable a poem can be, and thought it was worthy enough to devote my youth to it.” From Debut to Present In Korea, writers make their debuts through different methods, like singers or bands do. Some of them try to make their debut extra special by competing in annual spring literary contests held by a range of different newspapers in Korea. If a writer wins the contest, his or her work appears on the newspaper at the first day of a given year. Lee also made his debut through the annual spring literary contest but failed to gain much attention as it was from a small and local newspaper. Thus, he attempted to make a second debut by applying to the 2014 New Poets Contest, and won first place. As it was from the renowned publisher called Moonhak Soochup, famous for publishing the Harry Potter series in Korean, it helped Lee to continue producing more work after his feat. As the Kim Man-jung Awards is quite famous among novelists and poets in Korea, it wasn’t the first time Lee submitted his work to the contest. Since 2012, Lee participated in it annually. “I was glad that my work was judged fairly. All the works submitted in the contest was judged with no names of writers being known,” said Lee. Six works of his, including ‘To a person who lives in Maksabal island’, was reputed by the judges to be very delicate while having the power to maneuver readers to read it once again. By winning first place, Lee also won 14 million won, which resolved the financial difficulties he had. It is generally hard to expect a lot, or even a stable income by being a writer. Thus, as a lot of other writers do, Lee works as a columnist and a professor, as well as being a poet. As a columnist of the Kyung-buk Daily News, he started to write columns starting in January 2016 about how he views certain issues in the field of politics, culture, economy and society. Once a week, he lectures about the basics of poems to college students. “It is only my second semester in, but I really enjoy giving lectures as I can tell people how poems gave me certain lessons in my life. If given a chance, I want to continue to work in universities as a professor,” asserted Lee. Lee advised HYU students to focus on activities that can only be done when they are attending school. A Poet Who Strives to Inspire “One of the main issues in my life right now would be writing my paper for the doctorate degree in a year, or a year and a half. I also will try to form a more stable environment to focus on writing more poems. To do that, I will have to keep searching for jobs that I can handle along with poem writing,” Lee said. "As a poet, I want to be someone who leaves a good image to poem readers. I hope people will repute me as a poet who can inspire others. I know it is a hard goal to accomplish but that’s a vision I will be heading towards,” concluded Lee.
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