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2019-01 07

[Student]The Next Step to Accomplishing His Dreams for the National Defense Development

In South Korea, mandatory military service takes around two years, which may differ depending on the type or army one is in. The current government had promised to shorten the length of service to solve some of the societal clashes that were aroused, but the obligation still puts a lot of pressure on many students, as age and timing is one of the most crucial factors that affect one’s career in Korea. Some students, however, have taken this opportunity and turned it into a career as a military officer. Luckily, Korea does have several programs that support this career path, and one of them is the “Professional Officers in S&T for the National Defense Program.” Despite its tough admissions process, Bae Jae-kyung (Division of Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year) was selected for the program for the first time in Hanyang's history. Bae Jae-kyung (Division of Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year) is thoroughly explaining the application process for the Professional Officers in S&T for the National Defense program. The Professional Officers in S&T for the National Defense program is executed by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of National Defense. It benchmarks Israel’s elite program called the Talpiot program, which trains recruits who have demonstrated an outstanding academic ability in the sciences as well as in their leadership potential with the goal of developing new technologies for the army. The Talpiot program was inaugurated in 1979 after Israel’s loss in the Yom Kippur War. A similar program was established in Korea with the goal of fostering young talent by turning them into a professional in their field and prevent a severely disadvantaged career due to mandatory military service. Bae’s interest and application for this program was not just out of a whim. His passion for military technology in defense and security stems from his childhood and his father’s teachings. Bae’s father was also an officer and had taught Bae all about patriotism, loyalty, and sacrifice. “My father always taught me that one’s leadership and ability alone can contribute to defending the country. This has always inspired me. After searching for ways to become an officer like my father, I came across this program and decided that it really befitted my interests and passion.” "I am honored to be the 5th batch of the program and the first from HYU to be selected. It's a tough and competitive process. I would like to emphasize my thanks to the dean, staff, and the professors who have helped me throughout this process." The selection process is divided into three rounds. The first round is the document evaluation, consisting of a GPA and personal statement screening. Candidates need at least a 4.0 GPA, as the most who pass have that equivalent score or higher. As for personal statements, it is better to base it on honesty and a field that truly interests you. The second round consists of interviews. After you pass the first round, you go on to a physical examination and personality test. Only after you pass these two can you then move on to the actual interview and the evaluation of duty execution. The interviews are based on the depth of your knowledge from your major and your personal statement. That is why everybody has different interview questions. 60 to 70 percent of the questions are based on the depth of your knowledge from your major, while the remaining 30 to 40 percent are based on your personal statement. There were five interviewers, and the interviews take place in three different locations of approximately 30 minutes. The duty execution evaluation also takes place in a different location and can take a short time, up to 40 minutes depending on the person. The third round is the final evaluation, and after you pass this round, you are admitted to the program. Once admitted to the program, trainees can then study and work at the Agency for Defense Development (ADD). Only sophomores can apply, as they are expected take courses at ADD every vacation until graduation. Then, they carry out joint research with the current researchers for three years upon graduation instead of going to the army for two years. During the three years, they are allowed to study for a master’s or doctor’s degree as well. The first batch was selected back in 2014, and 20 students from the science and tech-related institutions such as KAIST, POSTECH, UNIST, and GIST were selected. As time has passed, opportunity has spread, and now, 20 to 25 male and female students from all over the country from various fields such as electronics, machinery, aircraft technology, and computers are also selected after a tough selection process. Bae looks forward to accomplishing his dream of developing stealth technology at ADD. According to Bae, candidates with an electronics major were selected the most in previous batches. However, as things have been changing along with the program’s progress, about eight mechanics, four computer majors, and one to two from other fields were selected for this batch. “I am very interested in stealth technology. Korea is currently working with the U.S. on developing this technology, but it is still at an elementary level, so I want to join in this research and contribute. I wouldn’t have been accepted without the help of the HYU dean, the College of Engineering's Administration Office staff, and my major professors. It took me a long time to prepare for this program, but it’s all worth it. I hope I can one day help pave a path for our HYU hubaes who are interested.” Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2019-01 07

[Student]The Barrier-Free Map version 2.0

The Barrier-Free Map, a map specially designed for the convenience of the disabled, has recently released its version 2.0. First planned by the Hanyang University Social Innovation Center and the students of the Hanyang University Disabled Student Association (HUDSA), the map has been upgraded from the first version by widening its range and including the districts outside of school. According to Lee Jeong-in (School of Business, 2nd year), the current vice-president of the HUDSA, the Barrier-Free Map Project was first started with the purpose of creating a map that provides valuable information to the disabled, especially within the campus of Hanyang University. The team consisted of mainly nine students, with eight being the members of the HUDSA and Kim Chan-joo (Department of Architectural Engineering, 1st year) who received recommendations from such members. Lee Jeong-in (School of Business, 2nd year) is explainig how the whole Barrier-Free Map project came to fruition. The nine students first focused upon the whereabouts within campus, checking the existence of features such as the doors, toilets, and parking spaces that are provided for the use of the disabled. Collaborating with the Seoul Map Company ‘Tagging,’ they succeeded in making the prototype of the Barrier-Free Map 1.0, which marks such valuable information additional to the current campus map of Hayang University. Version 2.0 takes off from this particular stage adding information that covers the districts of Wangsimni and several subway stations within Seoul. Receiving support from the SK Happiness Foundation, the second version of the map was completed this year, adding information of such features within the stores of the Wangsimni district. The team also investigated the subway stations of Sindorim, Seokgye, Oksu, and Yaksu, finding the most convenient transfer gates for the disabled users. All relevant information was gathered personally by the team members, visiting all the transfer gates and stores both on and off campus. (click to view the map of Hanyang University Campus and Wangsimni; click to view the Seoul Metro Map for the Disabled) Lee Tan (School of Business, 3rd year), the former president of the HUDSA, said that they had many difficulties when collecting the needed information, as the road pavement was not suitable for those who use a wheelchair. Having to make the map with a small number of team members within a limited time was also a difficulty that the team had to face during the production process. Lee also added that he was surprised at the fact that most places did not provide even the most basic features that are required for disabled users. Lee Tan (School of Business, 3rd year) and Lee Jeong-in demonstrate their hopes that the Barrier-Free Map can contribute to making a world that is 'Barrier-Free.' With the second version having recently been finished, both Lee Jeong-in and Lee Tan have stated that this is not the end of the Barrier-Free Map. They have demonstrated their hopes toward the map being improved and extended towards national districts, coming to the aid of a wider pool of users. When asked of future plans, Lee Jeong-in answered, “we hope that the map does not end in simply notifying the difficulties that many people have within their everyday lives but actually leads to an actual improvement within the facilities. The most ideal plan is to make a completely barrier-free world that does not require such specially designed maps.” Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@daum.net Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-12 24

[Faculty]Thoughts on Korean English Education

Although English is not an official language in Korea, it is still considered a mandatory part of education from primary to college. Especially because English exam scores have become a basic requirement for jobs or any other program applications today, gaining competency in the language is now a competition for Korean students from an early age. Lee Kwang-hee, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and a current member of the board of directors at Korea Munhwasa (한국문화사), a renowned publishing company in Korea, has shared his life story and thoughts on this phenomenon. Lee Kwang-hee (Department of English Language and Literature) is sharing his life story and thoughts during the interview in his office at Korea Munhwasa (한국문화사). Lee’s deep affection for English began in his college years at Hanyang. With his profound love for the school, Lee completed all his bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees at Hanyang University, all in the department of English Language and Literature. According to Lee, his choice of department was not due to his passion but because his highest score was in English, which made him think he had a talent in it. However, life as a student in this department completely changed his path. “You don’t learn how to speak better English in this department. Rather, you learn about the literature and human language, which is part of our life and instinct. In other words, you study about life and human nature, while using English instead of Korean,” said Lee. Despite his skills and competency, Lee had not always planned on becoming a professor from the start. According to Lee, his life as an English department student was always unclear, especially as the Korean economy was at its lowest point at that time due to IMF. Luckily, Lee found some recruitment advertisements for English academies and decided to apply to become an English teacher. However, he had to face constant rejections as he was quite young, and HYU was renowned more for its technology departments than language departments. “In the end, my desperation got me through. I was finally teaching in one of the academies, but because I wasn’t getting enough students or teaching bigger classes, I was barely surviving with the minimum wage,” said Lee. Lee also has over 15 books published that are loved and used by students throughout the country. Fortunately for Lee, he was able to quickly gain his popularity and recognition as an English teacher after substituting for one of the bigger classes. With this turn of events, he quickly became one of the high-earning, popular teachers that taught classes everyday. There were endless calls for him, and at one point, he thought he was living the best life. However, years had passed, and Lee was constantly feeling a void that could not be filled. One day during a class, he realized that he had become a simple technician and a parrot that teaches students on how to solve questions, rather than why they work that way. With a recommendation from his professor, Lee went on to obtain his master's degree at HYU. “I remember why I fell in love with learning English. Learning a language is like developing a whole new world in you. A language has its own system and mechanisms like science, and one should be able to utilize it with intuition. I realized that that is what English education in Korea has been lacking. When I'm teaching, I mostly see students that are simply trained to speak English. They don’t speak the language because they truly understand it. Students treat it like it’s some sort of simple technical equation because that’s what they’ve been trained to do their whole lives, and this applies to all languages being taught in Korea.” "I hope more talented intellectuals or even students with creative ideas for bettering the Brown Study would feel free to contact me. It's an open, digitalized platform for everyone." To the current situation, Lee added that the intellectuals are also at fault. “I think that this kind of problem exists because the studies and realizations that us intellectuals have remain in our own league. There needs to be better communication among the language intellectuals as educators and students." Lee commented that it would be the best if those with a language degree from universities become teachers at English academies and pass on what they have learned in universities to their students. With this in mind, Lee has created an online study platform called the Brown Study in hopes of creating an open, digitalized platform with all kinds of study materials in the language and humanities field that anyone can access. This way, even professors who have retired or any other intellectuals can leave their work online and teach the students who wish to truly learn more than just the simple technicalities. “I hope this can become a communication outlet for both students and intellectuals. I believe that as long as you’re always intellectually curious and keep an open mind, you will always succeed,” said Lee. Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-12 17

[Student]When a Lion Goes to School

The student-made YouTube channel that represents Hanyang University, “When a Lion Goes to School," now has over 14,000 subscribers. Uploading video content related to school life in Hanyang University, Choi E-re (Department of Industrial Engineering, 2nd year), who often undertakes the role of an emcee in the video making process, spoke about the process of starting a Youtube channel that Hanyang University students can relate to, and the story of owning and growing a channel led by students themselves. The YouTube channel, "When a Lion Goes to School" currently has more than 14,000 subscribers and 29 videos. (Photo courtesy of "When a Lion Goes to School") Choi E-re (Department of Industrial Engineering, 2nd year) talked about the YouTube channel that he and his crew run, known as, “When a lion goes to school" on December 14th, 2018. The beginning It was this March that things first started with the “When a Lion Goes to School” channel on Youtube when three students from the Department of Industrial Engineering came up with the idea. Unquestionably, editing is a crucial part of making video production, so they even went on to contact the dean of the Department of Media Communication to gather editors for their crew. For the first video, which is titled, “We asked Hanyang University engineering students," was uploaded on April 20th. They introduced the stereotypes that people usually have of students from the Department of Engineering. When they were first starting out in YouTube, one of the major concerns was regarding whether to target Hanyang University students or college students in general. They ended up targeting Hanyang University because a channel dedicated to introducing academic information to the life styles of Hanyang University students did not exist. There are a total of eight members who work as a team for “When a Lion Goes to School.” Rather than assigning a specific role to each members, they strive to all work together. Working together through the whole process has both pros and cons, according to Choi. It can be hard to gather ideas effectively since there are so many people participating, but it does give them the feeling of accomplishment by working as a team and watching the channel grow together. Process of making a video Making and uploading a video takes two weeks. The members have to hold a meeting on Sundays to share their ideas on new content, and after that, they decide on a topic and begin writing a questionnaire for the interviewees. “When a Lion Goes to School” team recruits guests through social media, they first begin by uploading a form asking for volunteers that match with the theme of the video for that week. They then contact the guests, find the right schedule, and ready themselves to film by completing the questionnaire with 9 to 10 questions and finalize a written script that helps emcee the whole process. They edit the video using photoshop, captions, background music, and special effects. Then the video is uploaded that weekend. The filming of the video in a studio (Photo courtesy of "When a Lion Goes to School") As one of the more memorable times since starting this channel, in one of the early videos titled, “Hanyang University Culture Sock!,” the crew had to look for exchange students from foreign countries but did not know how. They started to look in Hanyang Plaza, a global lounge of Sarang-bang, the lobby of the International Building, the amphitheater, and so on. Exchange students who joined the interview later thanked the crew for making a memorable experience for them in Korea. For a future video, the crew hopes to interview graduate students who have successfully found their position in society. "We want to loosen up the seriousness that the topic of employment brings and make a helpful mentor video for undergraduates,” said Choi. Future goals “When a lion goes to school” team would first like to grow into a channel that all students in Hanyang University are aware of. They would then like to widen their target viewers and share the stories of college students in general. “One common wish that all crew members share is that we hope the channel will continue on even after the starters of this channel graduate and leave. That is our strongest wish.” Said Choi Ee-rae. Warm hearted comments that students from Hanyang University wrote on the initial videos are still remembered by the crew members. One comment said that these videos could be the competitive edge for our school. “Thank you for giving us great support. I don’t wish for much but I hope you keep watching our videos with open hearts.” The crew members of "When a Lion Goes to School" (Photo courtesy of Choi) Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-12 10

[Alumni]Passing the 41st Actuaries Examination

The new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS17) will be implemented for insurance companies by 2022, which will change the debt evaluation standard from a prime cost to a market price. This means more actuaries are in need in order to prevent an increase in debt and reduction in capital for insurance companies. Under such conditions, a banner that congratulated those who passed the 41st actuaries examination at the ERICA campus put a smile on many. Two students among the three listed are among the first accepted from the Department of Actuarial Science. (From left) Kim Bo-geun (Department of Actuarial Science, 4th hear), Seo Ye-ji (Department of Actuarial Science, '17), and Joo Hyung-min (Master's Degree in Insurance and Finance) The first-round exam scores out of a 100, and all subjects except English must be above 40 points with the average being above 60 in order to pass. Those who passed the first round exam are qualified to take the second round exam within the next 5 years, including the year that they passed the first exam. All 5 subjects must achieve a score of 60 or higher in order to pass the final exam. The first-round exam consists of 5 subjects: The first subject includes insurance contract law, insurance business acts, and employee retirement benefit security act. The rest are insurance mathematics, principles of economics, accounting principles, and English, which is a subject that can be replaced by official English test scores. In the first-round exam, Kim Bo-geun and Seo Ye-ji both found accounting difficult because they usually study the subject by writing out descriptive answers to problems, whereas the exam had multiple choice questions. They repeatedly practiced solving various questions and tried to memorize the format. The subjects covered in the second-round exam are actuarial risk management, actuarial mathematics, pension science, actuarial model theory, and lastly, financial management and financial engineering. The interviewees all agreed that financial management and financial engineering was the toughest part to study. “You only need a 100 in order to pass the exam, but the examination covers 300,” said Kim Bo-geun. Seo Ye-ji (Department of Actuarial Science, ’17) and Joo Hyung-min (Master's Degree in Insurance and Finance) prepared for the exam while working at an insurance company, and Kim Bo-geun (Department of Actuarial Science, 4th year) is currently attending the last semester before his early graduation and has already found a position at an insurance company. Seo and Kim began to learn more about what an actuary does when they were sophomores in college, and the department of Actuarial Science actively supported the career paths of students in becoming actuaries. The interviewees emphasized that becoming an actuary gives you pride that you have a specialized job. As for their struggles for the exam, Kim said he did not go through a slump, thanks to the timely trips that he took once in a while, and an hour of daily exercise that helped him stay healthy inside and out. Seo prevented any slumps by trying not to be shaken by her emotions and having enough sleep. Joo agreed that he was not stressed much during the exam preparation period. He said that he had fun studying for the Society of Actuaries (SOA), which is an American actuaries exam because it felt as if he was studying English. “The passing of the SOA exam was a big motivation for me to do better in the Korean actuaries exam.” The SOA exams cover a lot of content that the Korean exam is tested on. All three of them passed the SOA exam as well. Although there are unexpected fluctuations in actuaries exams each year, the exam is gradually becoming easier. A total of 124 people passed the exam this year, which is 62 more people than last year. Studying for the exam is important, but business practice and work experience is what gives you an advantage when looking for a job, said Seo Ye-ji. “I was surprised at first by the gap between the real work and the things I studied. Company work is much more complicated than just finding an answer in a book. I recommend you to look for work experience whether it is part time work or working as an intern at a company. You need to have an idea of how things work around here.” Seo Ye-ji went on to say that she wants to thank the school and the professors for making a department that majors in actuarial science and for building an atmosphere where students could effectively chase a dream of becoming an actuary. Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-12 04

[Alumni]Onestar on a Steady Rise

BTS, TWICE, Super Junior – these are only a few of the K-pop idol groups that enjoy global attention. Before influencers became a thing, becoming an idol was one of the top dreams of young Korean teenagers. However, as many have tried, it is extremely hard to pass through cut throat competitions, let alone hit the charts with a song loved and supported by the public. Lim Han-byul (Department of Information Sociology, ERICA campus, '15) was one of the exceptional cases that proved that years of hard work and a sprinkle of talent can get you to places. Ever since Lim was young, he had a strong passion for singing. Naturally, he wanted to become a singer and was officially able to become a trainee at the age of 19. Luckily for Lim, he was able to make his debut in just a year as the main vocal in an idol group called “Monday Kiz.” “My trainee period wasn’t that long as it only took me a year to debut. I don’t think I was that good, but I’m guessing they saw some potential in me. The group also needed a main vocalist, so I was lucky. Of course, life as a trainee and a student wasn’t easy. I had to take many breaks from school because the training itself was strenuous." “I've worked so hard to earn my nickname as a 'vocal-textbook,' and I will always strive to do so.” Lim Han-byul (Department of Information Sociology, ERICA campus, '15) (Photo courtesy by Most Contents) After five years of his life as an idol, Lim made the decision to stand out as a solo artist. On his first few attempts during practice, he realized how difficult it was to finish one song. “After years of on-stage experience, I never thought finishing one song by myself would be a problem. It hit me hard that I was basically formulated into singing as a group member, not a solo artist. It took me a year or two just practicing until I finally got on track. That’s also when I started my YouTube channel,” said Lim. Lim's cover on M.C THE MAX - No Matter Where (Video courtesy of Lim's YouTube channel) Lim is not only known as an ex-member of Monday Kiz, but also as a YouTuber with over 157 thousand subscribers. “I think it was around 2015 when I opened my channel. Back then, YouTube hadn't gained its popularity yet, and there weren’t that many covers on it either. I wasn’t looking for fame. I was simply looking for a platform where I could share my progress with my fans, and YouTube seemed like a great opportunity,” said Lim. As an interesting fact, 97 percent of Lim’s viewers are known to be male. To this fact, Lim commented, “I think it’s because I mostly sang pieces that guys would like. I don’t think I’m the best singer out there so they see how hard I try and feel that vicarious satisfaction. Some also practice with me.” “Multiple failures actually made me stronger. I was able to make many valuable artist friends and focus on studying music." (Photo courtesy of Lim) Lim is also an acknowledged and steady-growing singer-songwriter as well as a vocal guide. He was known for having participated in numerous songs of V.O.S., JYJ, Sunnyhill, Super Junior, NCT Dream and many more. “I didn’t have anything to lose. After Monday Kidz disbanded, I started from the very bottom again and worked as a trainer and a vocal guide. Right now, I am working with Mono Tree, a global music production and publishing company also known for working with a lot of SM artists. My new digital single, “The Way to Say Goodbye” is also with that company,” said Lim. “I'm trying to find the right balance as a singer and a songwriter. My experience as an artist in such broad fields has taught me how to look at the bigger scheme of things over the years and to think from a staff member's perspective." “The Way to Say Goodbye” is a song that depicts the story of a person on his way to end his relationship. As it is Lim’s first digital single, it took a special place in his heart. According to Lim, since he is not a genius, he gets his inspiration after hours of focusing, contemplating, and editing. His new single was also a product of many weeks of listening to numerous “good” music on top of a rough sketch that fairly reflects his turbulent twenties. Lim plans on releasing his next single album early next year. Despite the continuous build-up of success as a solo artist, Lim was astonishingly humble. Throughout the interview, he did not stop mentioning how much he needed to improve. When asked if such manner of speech could indirectly bring negative influence on his self-respect, Lim chuckled and said, “I am the type of person to easily feel proud and maybe even a bit conceited. If you really think about it, I had years of experience as an idol, as a vocal trainer, a guide, and a singer-songwriter. But this is also because I had failed as an idol which left me in a place to keep pushing myself. In my case, there’s only a fine line between failure and success. The moment I think I’m actually doing great, I start slacking off and be well on my way to failure again.” "Good music is whatever sounds good to you." (Photo courtesy by Lim) “We all have different values, so I don’t really believe in giving advice. However, there is one thing I do want to say and that’s to get your priorities straight, and act upon it accordingly. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because opportunities do come and when they do, make sure to take it.” The Way to Say Goodbye - Onestar / Lim Han-byul (Video courtesy by Lim's YouTube channel) Hee Jae - Lim Han-byul Cover (Video courtesy by Lim's YouTube channel) Mono Tree's Facebook Page Most Contents (Lim's management company) Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-12 02

[Student]Seeing the Future Through the AR Lenses

Augmented Reality (AR) looks wondrous in movies (for instance, the screen on Iron Man’s helmet). However, the current technology is yet to catch up with the movies, and trying on the AR smart glasses in real life could be a heavy, uncomfortable, and dizzying experience. The attempts to make these experiences extra light, comfortable, and high-quality has finally bore fruit – the CEO of LetinAR, Kim Jae-hyuk (Department of Industrial Engineering, 4th year) is the hero. LetinAR, co-founded by Kim and his friend and the Chief Technology Officer Ha Jeong-hun in 2016, is a start-up company that invented and produced the AR lenses. The company has recently received investments worth 3.6 million USD from Kakao Ventures, DSC Investment, Korea Asset Investment Securities, Naver Corporation, and Platinum Tech Investment, all thanks to the self-developed 'Pin Mirror (also known as PinMRTM) lens' which has been acknowledged for its phenomenal breakthrough in the AR-lens techniques. The Pin Mirror lens. Kim Jae-hyeok (Department of Industrial Engineering, 4th year) clarified that a newer version will resemble ordinary glasses much more, compared to the old version in the picture. (Photo courtesy of LetinAR) Kim explained that the original wearable AR smart glasses had many problems. “The glasses were too big, screens were too small, or out of focus. On top of these, they were hard to manufacture.” So Kim came up with a different approach, using the pin-mirror-effect technique, in which the microdisplay light is projected directly to the eye lens via a mirror tinier than a pupil. Whereas the former lenses blurred the image when the object was too near (similar to how the human eyes blur out anything that gets too near to the pupils), the new method allows the lens to stay in focus regardless of closeness, as well as of individual eyesight. Along with the more comfortable vision, the lenses became smaller, closely resembling the ordinary glasses and had a much increased productivity. “During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, many renowned scholars tested the lens, leaving truly impressed by its performance. They said billions of won along with the complex and latest technologies invested could not overcome the limitations of the AR lens. What we have done is provide a simple, yet powerful solution to it all,” recalled Kim. Demonstration of the LetinAR's technique in the Mobile World Congress 2018. (Photo courtesy of LetinAR) They expect to have a formal announcement of the completed technology for full-fledged commercialization next January. “AR is yet an unexplored field, but the future seems bright,” assured Kim. “Just like how we have moved from desktops to laptops, and from laptops to phones, we constantly seek portability. As with the phones, the AR glasses will lead the future trend, and they will be absorbed in our daily lives.” Thus, the goal of LetinAR is to initiate that trend, added Kim. Indeed, it is a matter of time until we will all be wearing the light and comfortable 100-inch-screen on our eyes with the help of LetinAR glasses. Kim's goal is to develop a more portable AR lens and raise LetinAR as the trend-setting company. Lim Ji-woo il04131@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Geun-hyung

2018-11 26

[Alumni]Byungsin Chum: the Dance of the Handicapped

Originating from ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago, the Korean traditional dance later evolved into various forms, such as the court dance performed for the royal family and court officials, the folk dance including Talchum (mask dance), and the renowned Buchaechum (fan dance). Korean traditional dance has many attributes in common, mainly focused on conveying the emotions of the people along with the flow of Pansori (Korean genre of musical storytelling usually performed by a singer and a drummer). This is in sharp contrast with contemporary music, resulting in something that people only see on rare occasions. Yoon Han-sol (Department of Sociology, '90), a play director renowned for his past reinterpretation pieces of traditional art, produced another reinterpreted masterpiece on Byungsin chum (the dance of the handicapped) which has brought about both acclaim and criticism. Yoon at Seoul National Theater Byungsin chum (the dance of the handicapped), is a Korean folk dance that was performed by lower class peasants to satirize the yangban (Korean nobility). Although the dance depicts the yangban as the handicapped such as midgets, hunchbacks, the deaf, and the blind, it does not simply mimic and ridicule them. Back in the days, the handicapped were basically any individual who did poorly in society, and it gave the audience innocuous laughter. Now the times have changed with just the name of the dance being offensive enough to many people, and Yoon’s remake of it has brought about criticism in this respect. To this, Yoon did not think much of it as he has said that the dance was simply a way of storytelling in the past when there was less sensitivity on the terminology. "Directing plays acts as a self-reflecting opportunity for me. If I want to deal with topics on the unjust and corrupt, it’s impossible without keeping myself in check. It allows me to live a bit more as a righteous person." Prior to working on the “Byeongshin Chum,” Yoon directed “Ways of Storytelling, Ways of Singing” in 2014. According to Yoon, it was not because he was solely interested in Pansori or Korean tradition itself, but rather, he wanted to know why people could not personally relate to it. “We all know that it’s important that some of our tradition must be succeeded to the future generation. Quite a lot of money is being spent for this purpose, but people just don’t seem to be able to relate nor form any kind of connection to it much. So I decided to learn all about the Pansori and our tradition myself. In my plays, I showed the audience the whole process of learning Pansori, which luckily allowed the audience to understand more about the play and the songs being performed. Then I decided to move on to traditional dance.” Greenpig (name of the group that performed "Byungshin Chum") actors (Photo courtesy by Green Pig Facebook page) That is how “The Byeongshin Dance” came to be. Originally, this dance was designated as an intangible cultural asset by the government, but it was later cancelled because there was simply no successor. “I chose to work on this dance because it was not included in the genealogy of Korean traditional dance. The fact that I’m trying to interpret the dance in the name of tradition and culture may offend some traditional dancers, but I just wanted to focus on how we can all systematically pass on our culture in this modern society,” said Yoon. That is why Yoon incorporated a Kinect sensor in his play. The Kinect sensor captures full-body 3D motion, facial and voice recognition, and can be seen in games such as Xbox. Just like how one can play dance battles with Xbox, one would be able to copy and learn traditional dances. “If you go on YouTube nowadays, you see so many tutorials on all kinds of dances. This boosts the accessibility for people which I think is one of the most important conditions in passing on a culture.” Yoon was not always about producing innovative reinterpretations of plays. According to Yoon, he initially wanted to become a renowned producer. “In 2000, I went to study in the States, and that’s when 9/11 happened. It was just around the block and it really shocked me. How could anyone have that much hatred to kill thousands of people? I just couldn’t understand, and that’s when I started to question more about our society. My perspective on the world completely changed and so did my path as a play director,” said Yoon. "I’ve been looking into migration issues for quite a while now. I’ve dealt with it in some of my previous plays but want to focus on migrants and refugees in Korea and Korean refugees abroad next year." “Another incident that influenced me was after interviewing a father of the Sewol Ferry victim. When people watch devastating stories of another person like this on television, they empathize and maybe even shed tears. But the problem is the human theater effect. When the show is over, people think they are fully empathizing with society’s issues and are not turning a blind eye on them. It helps them to justify themselves for not acting on the issue. That’s why I think as a director, we shouldn’t just create content that brings light upon these issues, but it should be so that the audience is thrown with good questions that they can take back home and really think about it.” When asked for his advice and tips for students interested in his field, Yoon said, “from time to time, I hear students saying that I’m a role model. I don’t really know if this is a job that I can easily recommend. However, I can say that what’s important is that you have to have a story you want to tell, and this doesn’t just appear out of the blue. There needs to be a special relationship. A relationship with a person or an issue doesn’t just happen as well. You need to be truly interested in them, and this isn’t something you can fake.” Check out Greenpig Facebook page Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-11 26

[Student]Designing the Future Through HY-WEP

Being a university student means being open to various opportunities. This may also include developing professionalism through internships. To grant its students of such chances, Hanyang University’s Center for Academic Placement Support offers internships from smaller firms such as startups to major conglomerates through the Hanyang Work Experience Program (HY-WEP). Choi Jae-ran (Department of Industrial Engineering, 4th year) is one of the numerous students who has seized the opportunity. Choi Jae-ran (Department of Industrial Engineering, 4th year) completed her HY-WEP experience with EPIKAR in both the United States and South Korea from March to August of 2017 and participated in the National Research Foundation of Korea Work Experience Contest in November, 2018. Choi’s internship experience is a special one as she was able to work in the United States with the company called EPIKAR, a startup company that develops innovative mobility technology to alleviate efficiency. After her invaluable experience from March to August of 2017, Choi received the first prize in November of 2018, representing Hanyang University at the National Research Foundation of Korea: Work Experience Contest with the presentation topic, “Find My Roadmap.” Choi talked about her experience of working with EPIKAR and what she gained from the overseas internship through HY-WEP. Choi was responsible for designing the website of EPIKAR, the company she worked with through HY-WEP. (Photo courtesy of Choi) During her internship period, Choi was responsible for planning out “infotainment” (a combination of the words: “information” and “entertainment”) projects on automobiles’ onboard diagnostics analysis dashboard and control panels. She was able to attend the Michigan Show Car Project and planned and designed the show car’s user interface dashboard. As a result, Choi learned about the current automobile industry and market in depth. Along with cooperating and working with designers, these experiences have helped her develop work professionalism. After the internship, Choi gained an avid interest in the field of UX (user experience design) and plans on improving the related skills. Choi learned about the field of UX (user experience design) during her HY-WEP experience and hopes to further develop related skills. (Photo courtesy of Choi) When asked what some of the benefits of HY-WEP are, Choi answered, “in the majority of cases, HY-WEP is related to startups, so the task and role you receive may be quite diverse. This enables interns to experience a broad range of work which will surely be helpful in the long run.” In addition, Choi advised those who are applying to emphasize the importance of setting the goal straight away as well as what can be achieved from the internship in the self-introductory paper. For the upcoming HY-WEP, the Center for Academic Placement Support is offering an eight-week internship opportunity for Hanyang University students who have completed more than four semesters. The first round of the application period is to end on November 30th, 2018, and the additional application period will take part in December. More information can be found on the HY-WEP website. Seok Ga-ram carpethediem@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Geun-hyung

2018-11 12

[Alumni]From a Windsurfer to a Sports Commentator

Watching a live sports broadcast is thrilling at times, but it may be difficult to keep track of the flow of the match and the movements of the participating players without some explanation. This is where the role of a sports commentator comes into place. Sports commentators work to deliver accurate information to spectators with a running commentary of the game and play a crucial part in all live sports broadcasts. Hanyang University alumnus, Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, ’11) has been working as a sports commentator for STN SPORTS channel starting from the beginning of 2018 and has commentated live broadcasts such as the 2018 Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the K-Leave FA Cup in South Korea. Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, '11) stated that taking sports related courses in his major greatly contibuted to his career as a sports commentator. Prior to his career as a sports commentator, Kim was a windsurfer representing Hanyang University. Kim started windsurfing in middle school largely due to his parents’ recommendation, as they also enjoyed the sport as a hobby in the past. During his university years as a windsurfer, Kim competed in various competitions and even received a gold medal in a national windsurfing competition hosted by Gachon University. After graduating in 2011 with a major in Sport Coaching, Kim became a windsurfing coach for Gwangnam High School and prepared student players for the Asian Cup. However, while concentrating on player development for three years, Kim began to gain interest in the field of broadcasting as he had always enjoyed watching live sports matches. “While preparing to become a sports commentator, I was deeply inspired by the SBS announcer, Bae Kee-wan, also a Hanyang University alumnus renowned for his commentary of past figure skater, Kim Yuna’s performances. I monitored a lot of his commentaries because he was well aware of the current trends in broadcasting,” stated Kim. (Left) Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, '11) is commentating during Round 27 of the K-League Football National League. The road to becoming a sports commentator was not an easy one. Not only are a few sports commentators selected by broadcasters but also a thorough understanding of various sports is required to deliver swift commentaries to viewers. However, he was able to succeed and began his career at STN SPORTS channel. Although there is always a tacit pressure not to make mistakes during the live broadcast, Kim said that he gets more energetic after hearing the crowd cheer on near the broadcasting booth. One of the most memorable moments as a sports commentator was when the South Korean swimmer Cho Won-sang earned a silver medal during the live 2018 Asian Para Games. “It was surreal to see the South Korean flag go up during the medal ceremony,” said Kim. When asked about what important aspects sports commentators should have, Kim emphasized that loving all kinds of sports and enjoying the different atmospheres of the games is important. Moreover, having a deep knowledge of football, basketball, and baseball is crucial. “I recommend getting a referee certificate to those preparing to become a sports commentator because it will act as an advantage,” advised Kim. Kim Woo-jin (Major in Sport Coaching, '11) hopes to commentate live matches of South Korean players in the future Olympic Games. Kim is currently striving to become a sports commentator in a wide range of sports. The main goal for Kim is to be able to effectively deliver South Korea’s winning moments in international sports events, and he hopes to be able to broadcast the future Olympic games live. Seok Ga-ram carpethediem@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung