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2018-09 10

[Student]Artificial Intelligence Novel Competition Award Winners

Only a few fear that artificial intelligence (AI) will annihilate mankind, but many do worry that it will replace their jobs. Some repetitive and analytical jobs such as writing sports or stock news have in fact been mostly replaced by algorithms. In this era, a team of Hanyang University undergraduate students have developed an AI that can write fiction. From left, Ko Hyung-kwon (Mathematics, 4th year), Lee Kyu-won, Jung Jae-eun, and Yoon Cheol-ju (all three Industrial Engineering, 4th year), the members of the Long Short-term Memory team, on August 17th (Photo Courtesy of Ko) Led by Ko Hyung-kwon (Mathematics, 4thyear), the team named Long Short-term Memory (LSTM), a type of network the team used to enable deep learning, won the silver medal from the KT Artificial Intelligence Novel Contest on August 17, 2018 with their novel titled, ‘The Rebel.’ LSTM was the only team to be composed of undergraduate engineering students among all other competitors. Ko and three other team members, Lee Kyu-won (Industrial Engineering, 4th year), Jung Jae-eun (Industrial Engineering, 4th year), and Yoon Cheol-ju (Industrial Engineering, 4th year) met and formed their team in the IE Capstone Design class, where students must conduct group research on any topic. Ko originally recruited the team with the research focus on AI's writing poems but quickly changed the route to novels when they learned about the competition. Working for about four months on the project beginning in March, the team had spent a lot of time studying what an AI is. “There are a lot of open source algorithms that can create stuff, but as we had no prior knowledge of AI, we had to start from scratch by studying,” reminisced Lee. The hardest part of studying was that there were not many available materials in Korean. Ko remarked, “as a team leader, I had to know more than my team members, so I took online courses from prestigious U.S. universities despite my poor English.” Team members are explaining how they prepared for the competiton. Yoon Yoon Cheol-ju (Industrial Engineering, 4th year) mentioned that good teamwork led to good results. On top of the industriously-acquired knowledge, the team built their algorithm in a quite innovative way. Realizing the inevitability of human intervention, the team tried to minimize it by coding the AI to recommend five possible sentences that follow the previous one. “To make the computer understand the characteristics of sentences, whether it is part of a dialogue or a descriptive sentence, we had to tag all the sentences in the input database,” Ko said. Therefore, ‘The Rebel,' a high school romance fiction, was created. “We had to utilize online fiction for copyright issues, and the vast majority of the available source for the sentences were romantic novels,” mentioned Jung. To the question, ‘Is AI really life-threatening?’ All the team members crossed their heads. Yoon added, “I thought it would be, so I planned to take my career down that road. But as I learned more and struggled myself, I was able to feel the barrier still existing in many ways, especially in the creative work.” The team has now disbanded, and the members are expecting to graduate soon. They all have different plans, but the intense experience has influenced their career path to research or work in a related field. Click to read 'The Rebel' Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Geun-hyung

2018-09 10

[Faculty]The “Future Medical Scientist Award” Winner

Professor Lee Won-june (Department of Ophthalmology) received the “Future Medical Scientist Award” on August 22nd, 2018 at the Shilla Hotel where the 10th Future Medical Scientist Awards Ceremony was held. He has been working at the Hanyang University Medical Center treating patients with glaucoma and cataracts since the beginning of the year. Lee shared an insight about what it is like to work as a fellow and to work in a department that specializes in a simple fruit of a certain illness. Professor Lee Won-june (Departmnent of Ophthalmology) joined NewsH on September 7th, 2018 for an interview at Hanyang University Medical Center. The “Future Medical Scientist Award” is special in that it limits its potential award winners to “fellows.” The award was given to encourage the fellows to lead the future of Korean medical science. Fellows are evaluated by many crucial factors including impact factor (number of citations), journal impact, factors related to the fellows' backgrounds like the hospital they work for, and more. For those of you not familiar with the concept of a fellow, a fellowship is what you call a period of medical training that a medical specialist may choose to undertake after residency. As Lee puts it, it is a position that is “caught in the middle,” since it is neither a professor nor a resident. The treatment of a fellow is not well off either, he said. It is a position to work, train, and study. Lee felt rewarded after receiving the award with all the hardships he had dealt with as a fellow. Aside from how well the thesis paper is written, Lee explained that the whole process of writing the dissertation during your fellowship period helps you grow. As a fellow himself, he tried to write in a well-organized manner so that other professionals could easily understand and relate to the thesis. Since writing a thesis is a mandatory step that all must take in order to fulfill the career of a medical professional, there are some theses that seem to be written just for the purpose of writing a thesis. However, professor Lee emphasized the importance of taking into account the freshness of your ideas, its usefulness, practicality, and how helpful the thesis could be for patients when writing a dissertation. Professor Lee works in the Department of Ophthalmology, but to be more specific, he majors in glaucoma and cataracts. After undergoing residency in ophthalmology and trying out for fellowship, professor Lee had to decide what he wanted to major in as a fellow. Being an expert in glaucoma was a fascinating idea for him since glaucoma is a department that majors in one single illness. Also, there are no permanent solutions for glaucoma, so an expert in this field can keep a long-term relationship with patients. “The fact that there is not yet a definite cure motivates me to work and study glaucoma harder.” Professor Lee is showing NewsH his award-winning thesis and the tools he used for his research. Lee’s hard work seems to be paying off as he has received many awards from various award ceremonies. In April of 2018, professor Lee also received an award from the 119th Symposium held by the Korean Ophthalmological Society. The research findings from his dissertation that he received an award for was published in “Ophthalmology,” the most well-known academic journal in the field of ophthalmology. Lee is now the only ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma at Hanyang University Medical Center. He said that he feels he has a heavy responsibility to lead the way for his glaucoma patients that he will come to see and treat for a long time. Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-09 04

[Student]Hanyang Lions Spreading Wings to the World

For those who aspire to take their life out to the world, studying or working overseas can be a great option. However, not everyone actually gets to live abroad because of so many elements to consider such as language, being apart from friends and family, and the lack of information. This week, News H met two proud Hanyang students, Heo Byeong-geun (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) and Cho Kyung-min (Mechanical Engineering, 4th year) to listen to their stories of how they tackled all the barriers. From left, Cho Kyung-min (Mechanical Engineering, 4th year) and Heo Byeong-geun (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) Off to New York to become a researcher Heo was accepted to New York University for a PhD in politics with a full scholarship this year. A scholarship package is given to all students in the doctorate program. He remarked that during his days in the military, he realized that he wanted pursue his career in Political Science. After being discharged from the military, Heo actively started to prepare for graduate school. “Along the way, I learned that I can go directly for a doctorate degree without a masters,” smiled Heo. Post graduate institutions require a Curriculum Vitae (CV), a form of resume, to assess one’s academic career. Nonetheless, Heo had little to write about, with him being an undergraduate student. “I had to knock on some doors,” mentioned Heo. He eventually got to join some projects with his professors. Although he started his preparation right before his senior year, he recommends others to start as soon as possible. “The sooner the better.” Japanese company to start a career Cho Kyung-min also made up his mind to work in Japan when he as a soldier. “A year of working holiday in Japan gave me some sense of what it would be like to work in Japan, and I loved it,” mentioned Cho. The key part in the preparation for him was ‘self-assessment.’ Cho wrote down ten of the most important events in his life and analyzed his characteristics into fifty words based on them. Cho emphasized the importance of this practice: “knowing oneself thoroughly from an objective point of view enables one to find the right job and to answer interview questions with stories and sound reason.” Both Heo and Cho emphasized that one need to go out and knock on doors and ask around for information, rather than relying too much on the internet or private matching organizations. “Simply wanting to escape the situation does not help. You need to prepare thoroughly and with confidence in the path you are choosing,” said Cho. Cho is starting his work with the Sumimoto Group, one of the four largest electronics companies in Japan as a researcher. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Geun-hyung

2018-09 03

[Student]Unhappy? Pack Your Stuff, and Leave!

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Steve Jobs made it clear that if the answer was “no” for too many times, you had some changes to make in your life. Kim Jung-bum (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Master’s program) lived up to the advice of Steve Jobs. He worked at Hyundai, one of Korea's leading companies, for three years, after which he quit his job to go on a world tour for a year to learn more about marketing, a field he truly wanted to engage in. After his life-changing trip, Kim managed to publish a book titled World Tour Plan Book with five other travelers. Kim Jung-bum (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Master’s program) talked about his life-changing expedition on August 29th, 2018. Before he left for his life-changing journey, he used to work at Hyundai from 2010 to 2013. “Hyundai is a dream company for many people out there. It did offer great pay. However, when I asked myself if I was enjoying myself at work, the answer was a 'no.'” He deeply felt that where he worked was very limited in terms of space and information. He felt the need for more insight in marketing, so he went on a tour to learn more about the automobile market industry. The book, World Tour Plan Book was written solely for those having trouble making plans and forming routes for their trip. Kim wrote about how to resolve the difficult problems people faced when going on a trip, and recommended ways to transport efficiently when traveling. “Since I, myself, have suffered the most over which route I should take, this book had to specifically include how you plan where you should go during your voyage.” The book includes pictures that were mostly taken by Kim and the co-authors themselves. The book has five more co-authors, all of whom were members of a Daum cafe named “World Tour Study.” The time and the places that the six authors traveled were all different in their form, but they realized that they know so much about where they visited that it was a waste not to write a book about their now new expertise. Kim traveled to 30 countries and 150 cities in just one year. For him, the different places he had visited had to do with countries where the automobile market was known to be advanced. Of course, he learned much more than just new information about the automobile industry. He saw sites of superb scenic beauty as well as the unique cultural heritages of many countries and met local people who looked at life a little differently from himself. “My real dream was to work in the sales department. A new dream I had earned from my worldwide tour was to become a consultant who helps people find out what kind of trip they desire, and ease any of their worries for the planned trip. I have achieved both of my dreams because I now work as an overseas technical salesman at a new company and also as a consultant at a company named Nextrip to help design the perfect trip for travellers.” (A link for more information) Kim is holding his book, the World Tour Plan Book, which contains many tips of all the key places, food, budget, transportation, and accommodations for a trip. “It’s shameful to say, but I think I was living my parent’s dream, not mine. After the journey, I was finally living my own life.” Kim recommended visiting a local university when travelling to a new country and having a talk with students there. He realized that by talking to university students that they had very different points of view when facing life struggles, and this opened Kim up in terms of having more alternative options when making life choices. Kim encouraged Hanyang students to be “as insane as you can be.” He went on to say, "if you are not crazy about something, you probably cannot do it." He emphasized the value of four years of university life. Being a student means you have open potential and limitless opportunities. “My journey was priceless in that it helped me think in a whole new way, and it also gave me time to know more about the good and bad about myself. I recommend that you experience it yourself by simply going on a trip.” Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-08 30 Important News

[Alumni]Hanyang Alumni in WFUNA

From a young age, many students dream of working for an international organization such as the United Nations (UN) . Lee Young-jin (International Studies, ’12) has been actively engaging in spreading the goals of the UN and educating civil society as part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) since 2016, as a Training and Education Associate. He shared his experience and tips to his fellow dreamers at Hanyang this week. News H interviewed Lee Young-jin (International Studies, '12) at the World Federation of United Nations Associations office, a sister organization of the United Nations. Is WFUNA part of the UN? “Many people get confused about whether WFUNA is part of the United Nations, but it’s more like a sister organization,” smiled Lee. While the UN works with countries and facilitates relationships and cooperation among its member nations, WFUNA is more focused on the relationship between people and the UN. The organization also functions as the head of more than a hundred United Nation Associations all over the world. Lee is working in the Seoul branch, which is one of three secretariats of WFUNA: New York, Geneva, and Seoul. As the only secretariat in Asia, the Seoul office works to spread their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially focusing on the young. Lee, as a Training and Education Associate, is in charge of educational programs that promote and strengthen the UN's values and educate the participants to help them become global citizens in the form of the Model United Nations (MUN). He came back just last week from New York, with the Youth Program at the UN: Korea. Lee Young-jin (top right, International Studies, '12) with his students from the Youth Program at the UN: Korea. (Photo courtesy of Lee) Focusing on specialty When asked what made him work for a global nonprofit organization, Lee mentioned his long experience with the MUN. Lee has been participating in numerous MUN programs since the first year of high school, and he once even hosted Hanyang's MUN when he was the vice president of the Division of International Studies. He also worked as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Korea to organize Model UNESCO in his junior year. “One has to have his or her own specialty in order to work with international organizations,” Lee emphasized. With his abundant experience with MUNs, he was offered a position as a trainer in the WFUNA Youth Camp, which he is now in charge of. That was the beginning of his career in the field. His fluency in Korean, English, and French is also a strength when it comes to working in such an organization. “Working in WFUNA Seoul requires excellence in both English and Korean, and if one wishes to work in Geneva, French would be important too,” mentioned Lee. He pointed out that good scores and so-called "specifics" required to work in major corporations in Korea is not valued as much in the field. Rather, Lee encouraged students to focus on their work experience and specialty. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-08 13

[Student]Making A Connection Through Separation

Three senior students of the Department of Interior Design Na Myeong-hwa, Ahn Ju-bin, and Park Do-hyun received placed second in the Urban-Regeneration Exhibition held by Seoul City on 17th of July. Teaming up with Professor Hwang Hyun-seok (Department of Interior Design) and a Lim Joo-young (Department of Interior Design, '18), they were the only team consisting of only students to receive a prize in this exhibition. Park Do-hyun, Ahn Joo-bin, Na Myeong-hwa (Department of Interior Design, 4th year) from left, received second place for the Urban-Regeneration Exhibition held by Seoul City this 17th of July and became the sole student-only team to receive a prize. The targeted area of the exhibition was Majang-dong, an area in Seoul which is famous for its large meat market. However, because the market was not formed through attentive urban planning but rather disorderly, Majang-dong has long been an area of conflict between the area's residents market's merhcants. The main purpose of the exhibition was to ameliorate such confrontation by designing a building in an open space in Majang-dong owned by the city of Seoul . Divided mainly into two stages, the participating teams were required to submit an overall idea of how they were to use the open space and confront the problem that Majang-dong has long faced. Only 12 teams, out of the 66 that initially applied, made it to the second stage where they provided actual blueprints and images of their planned building. The three students became the only student-comprised team to not only make it to the second stage while competing with other architectural firms and construction offices but to win a prize. The team had the main theme of connection through separation. By separating Majang-dong into two floors, one for the residents and the other for the merchants, they believed the conflict would also be lessened. “The product market was not a place that one would enjoy passing by due to both the unpleasant visual and olfactory aspects. Even from the merchants’ perspective, the residents passing the market would have been a disturbance to their livelihood,” explained Park. The Majang-Bridge, which connects the Cheonggye-Stream with Majang-dong has the theme of connection through separation. The students separated the region to provide separate spaces for the merchants and residents, which would alleviate the long conflict that has been ongoing between them. The two floored building would allow the merchants to maintain their livelihood on the first floor without being disturbed, while the residents would be able to freely pass through the area in a much more pleasant environment on the second floor. Despite the fact that they would become literally separated, this would be a beginning for building an atmosphere of respect towards each other instead of the unpleasant confrontation that the residents and merchants of Majang-dong have been facing. Although the students have managed to achieve an outstanding result from the exhibition, they were surrounded by pessimistic concerns from their professors and colleagues during the early phases of preparation. “Due to the awareness that such exhibitions and competitions have a high entry barrier, many students are prevented from participating in them. We also faced many difficulties, yet having confidence with our challenge led us to positive results,” maintained Park. “Keeping the strength to see it through to the end is also important,” added Na as advice. When asked about their future plans, the three students answered that they are now preparing for their graduation exhibition, which is held October 2nd-4th at Hanyang Museum. Based on their experience, it seems that the three students are preparing themselves to once again go beyond the expectations of others and achieve outstanding results. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-08 06

[Student]Receiving the Best Student Paper Award: First Prize

Four of the juniors from the Department of English Language and Literature, Kim Su-bin, Kang Na-rim, Park Su-bin, and Lee Kyu-won, received the Best Student Paper Award: First Prize from the academic competition recently held by The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK) on the 12th of May. The competition had the main theme of presenting a paper on any aspect of American society. The four students focused their paper upon how sex education is taught in American schools, and compared the relatively progressive programs to the relatively conservative ones. For the conservative side, Park and Lee targeted Mississippi and Texas, respectively, while Kim and Kang concentrated on Massachusetts and California for the progressive side. Interesting differences were found between the conservative and progressive states. Mississippi and Texas, the conservative side, focused their sex education upon self-control and moderation rather than on contraceptive methods. According to Park, it seemed as if the politicians from the conservative states were sensitive to the topic and found it uncomfortable to set a curriculum for the subject. On the other hand, Massachusetts and California were much more open to providing detailed sex education to school students. Rather than preaching to students to simply remain abstinent, the two states focused on teaching students how to have a healthier sex life. Taking a step further, some schools in Massachusetts not only taught methods of contraception but also provided birth-control tools to students. Such differences led the four students to conclude that educational curriculums should be free from political bias and become more unified within the American society. (From left) Park Su-bin, Lee Su-bin, and Lee Kyu-won (Department of English Language and Literature, 3rd year) shared their experience of recieving the Best Student Paper Award at the academic competition held by the American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK). They stressed the importance of selecting a theme interesting to both the writer and readers. It was Professor Lee Hyung-seob (Department of English Language and Literature) who first suggested the students participate in this competition. Once they started their research, the four students received only minimal help from the professor. This allowed the students to have higher levels of responsibility and devotion towards their research. “When sharing our work at the actual competition, it seemed as if the other teams had actually received help from professionals. Conducting the whole paper through our own strength allowed us to become more proud of our results,” stated Kim. When asked to give advice to those who are interested in academic competitions, Lee and Kim emphasized the importance of setting an interest theme, as continuous interest in the subject is the key to producing better results. Park also mentioned good teamwork, which requires a lot of responsibility. At last, the four students concordantly said their dedication to the research was the key factor that bore such a positive result. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-08 06

[Student]Passing the 34th Legislative Examination

There are many backbreaking exams that are difficult to pass in Korea, and one of the most notorious and competitive ones is the Legislative Examination (입법고시). Recording a passing rate of 352 to 1 in 2016, the exam seems challenging, if not impossible. On August 2, 2018, News H met with Shin Hong-cheol (Department of Public Administration, 4th year) who passed the 34th Legislative Examination. Shin Hong-cheol (Department of Public Administration, 4th year) seemed lighthearted and humorous throughout the interview. There are three different paths available for the legislative examination: general administrative official, law official, and finance and economy official. “I chose to try out for the general administrative official because I was always interested in the rights of minorities in society. A policy can be made only when basic human rights have a legal basis. I became interested in the legislative examination when I decided I wanted to support creating that legal basis of the fundamental rights,” Shin said. The first exam consists of the Public Service Aptitude Test (PSAT) and an English test which can be replaced by scores of official English tests. The biggest help that Shin received was from a study group formed in Hanyang University. The group was formed a month before the examination, meeting every single day from morning until night. The second part of the exam was a written essay test of five subjects. At school, the schedule is based on that of private educational institutes. In private institutes, it takes three months to have one rotation of studying the five subjects. They perform about three to four rotations in general. However, Shin thought that economics and administrative law were the two most important subjects, so he prepared for them every single day. He chose what he wanted to study later on, after the two crucial subjects were covered. “The rotation method that the private institutions and the school use is inefficient in my opinion, because they finish one subject after the other. You get tested for all five subjects. It is important that you don’t forget the previous subject that you studied,” said Shin. The final part of the legislative examination was the interview. One advantage at this point is that there are not many people competing, as most did not make it through the two prior tests. In addition, the interview groups are announced beforehand, which makes it easier to focus on practice interviews. The hardest part for Shin when preparing for the exam was his uncertainty about the future. There is only one chance a year open to participants, which makes it different from the regular path of finding employment. To overcome this uncertainty, Shin, who lived in the school dormitory, depended on his roommates. They cheered each other up by always preparing a nice, fulfilling meal together. “I believe that any kind of examination is an impartial system that allows you to be assessed on your ability and effort.” “Any kind of examination brings uncertainty. This is especially true when you are studying instead of preparing for finding a position like everyone else, so it is easy to get anxious which can get in the way of your studies. I received much help from the study groups of Hanyang University, and I believe that there are many great groups available for all kinds of exams. Also, the school provides us with online lectures that are much cheaper than those available at private institutes. I hope those preparing for an exam take full advantage of the benefits and support that the school offers.” Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-07 30

[Student]Samer Samhoun, a Young "Korean" Entrepreneur and Consultant

All those who watched the Korean TV show, ‘Abnormal Summit’ might remember the handsome fellow Samer Samhoun from Beirut, Lebanon. After eight long years, Samhoun (Division of Mechanical Engineering, ’13) also graduated with a Hanyang Global Startup MBA in 2015 and took his big leap forward into the Korean society. His life-changing journey started upon his arrival at the Incheon airport. Prior to his rather abrupt decision to come to Korea to study, Samhoun had no knowledge of the language or culture of the country whatsoever. When he received a scholarship from the Korean Government Scholarship Program (known as the NIIED), he took it without really knowing what to expect. Samhoun first began his life as a Hanyangian at the Hanyang University (HYU) language school. There were about 220 foreign students with scholarships in Korea, and they all had to take both Korean and English exams. Their exam scores would decide which university they were to attend. “I know for a fact that I ranked low on the Korean test, but the HYU Office of International Cooperation (OIC) team still picked me to be one of their students,” said Samhoun. Samhoun with his friends on graduation day (Photo courtesy of Samhoun) Of course, as it is a challenge for many foreign students, Samhoun also went through some difficulties in the beginning. “Although my university life was a blast, I did have some hard time getting along with some Korean students, given the language barrier, but the foreign community was quite nice. It was a whole new system and I even ended up becoming one of the first batch of Global Saranghandae, the school’s honorary ambassador group,” said Samhoun. Samhoun’s career in Korea started during his senior year at HYU. After being recruited by Samsung S1 to be part of their Task Force Team, he began to expand his work scope as a consultant for startups, Middle-east related businesses, and also the medical tourism industry between the U.A.E. and South Korea. He is also an entrepreneur as he runs his own translation and interpretation service company. “I am the only foreigner that is a part of the policy forum for foreigners that initiates research and debates, while including various professors and officials from the Ministry of Justice where the effort to make foreigners’ stays in Korea more simple and easy.” Samhoun on the Abnormal Summit (Photo courtesy of jtbc) As for his experience on Abnormal Summit, Samhoun noted that when he was first recommended to be featured on the show, he refused as he wanted to focus on his work and MBA. However, he ended up giving it a try, and left impressed. He recalled his experience of the first few years in Korea 10 years ago, and noted how the TV program seemed to have brought a positive effect on Koreans. “The TV program addressed culture and diversity with deep conversations. 10 years ago, a lot of things such as immigration laws and the banking system were difficult. Even just getting a phone was a hassle and doing anything on your own was impossible. But at the end of the day, I still did enjoy sleepless, safe and convenient Seoul.” Samhoun as a successful and growing consultant and entrepreneur (Photo courtesy of Samhoun) Samhoun is now an active member of the Korean society, waiting for his Korean citizenship to be announced within a year. After that, he plans to expand his business and have the chance to just talk to students, passing on his experiences and stories as a foreign student making his way up in Korea. “I am still at a young age but financials are behind me at this point and want to strive to give back and build a stronger youth in Korea, the one main power Korea has for its future.” He ended with a note for fellow HYU students - “Be proud of your university and of being a Hanyang student. Know that every experience you had and will have is priceless and will never come back again. Our university is not only educating us, but it’s helping us grow and form a strong society, and it’s a fact that the person buying a coffee at HYU plaza or asking you for help today might be on Forbes tomorrow. So always stay active within your community and stay connected. Study hard, party harder, be grateful, and love truly.” Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-07 30

[Student]The Dreams We Hold

From July 21st to 22nd, students from Hanyang University’s Department of Theater and Film performed a play they produced named The Night Stars (밤별), at Sungsoo Art Hall. The play was held in cooperation with Seongdong Foundation for Arts and Culture and in commemoration of the institution’s third year anniversary. The actors from the Department of Theater and Film are Kim Soo-jin, Jeong Sol-ah, Kim Yul-ah, Kim Joo-hun, Kwon Do-gyun, Kang Jeong-mook, Hong Sang-hyeon, and Kim Se-hee. The director and playwright Kim Ha-ram (Department of theater and film, 2nd year) spoke about the motives for writing the script for the play and what she learned after the performance. The journey of The Night Stars began last year when it was selected by the Creative Development Program at Hanyang University, which was then chosen to be officially presented to the public. The play goes back and forth between the past and present and gives the characters a chance to look back on their childhood and the dreams they used to have, which contrast strongly with the reality they are currently living in. The play The Night Stars is about "stars," which can either mean someone’s dream or a person valuable to another, but come to be lost as time goes. The actors that took part in the play told us that they practiced four hours a day during the semester, and more during vacations. They were all laughing when they traced back their memories to when Kim Ju-heun, one of the lead actors in the play, spoke about the time when he had an allergic reaction on stage, only to find out that the play setup was made of oak and birch wood, which he was allergic to. The director of the play Kim Ha-ram also wrote the play's script. “I was always a kid with a dream, so I thought I was sparkly,” she said when speaking about the motives of writing the script. “However, as I grew up, the person that I wanted to be had faded a little. I felt like I wasn’t shining anymore, and I hated that. I wanted to write a play about the stars, which led me to think that the dreams that we had as children are stars, but that the city’s lights could be stars, too.” The last scene of the play shows two main characters looking over the stars and the lights coming from the city, thinking that those two lights are similar in a way. (Photo courtesy of Kim Ha-ram) The play ends with a scene where the two main characters have grown up to be quite different from the people they dreamed of becoming as children. Two imperfect beings may have settled for the present, but they realize after watching the city’s lights in the night sky that city lights can be stars, too. The play gives the audience the lesson that the hopes and dreams they had as children are special, of course, but that the people they have become in the present is just as special. The strong story line engaged the audience, and the actors’ fluent, professional acting made them laugh and cry throughout the play. The eight actors of the play are posing in front of the photo wall of Sungsoo Art Hall. “A play is an act possible when people gather to form one. I believe that a play is a life, and you can’t really live life without people. I used to think of only my goals, but now I think I’ve learned to take a look around at my surroundings, while running for my goals,” said Kim Ha-ram. Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju