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2017-04 10

[Student]Marathon, Veni, Vidi, Vici!

“At least I ran all the way” is a famous quote by Murakami Haruki, a famous novelist who gets motivated to write through running. Moon Sam-sung (Department of Sports Industry, 4th year) is also a runner who doesn't believe in quitting. Although he injured his fibula (a bone parallel to tibia) 5 weeks before the Seoul Marathon, held on March 19th, Moon decided to run all the way, and he won the Master’s division. Career as a runner Moon started his career as a runner at the age of 10. Moon was Jung Jin-hyuk's training partner for about 7 years. Jung is currently a marathon runner at KEPCO. Living ust a few meters away from each other in the same neighborhood, Moon was able to run alongside Jung, while holding to his dream of becoming the best runner in Korea. “My partner Jung has been the greatest gift that I could ever hope for. Thanks to him, I was able to win the biggest tournament in my middle school years twice in a row,” recalled Moon. The concept of a running partner is of great importance since partners motivate each other to reach their fullest potential and achieve the best in a shorter period of time compared to training alone. Moon remembers his childhood years as a runner. One tip that Moon gave when dealing with injuries was to never stop exercising. Even if you are injured, according to Moon, workout routines must be kept although not to your fullest capacity. “Your running ability will eventually return once you are able to train again. There is no need to be pressured mentally even though others may be training harder than you are,” said Moon. He claims that marathons all come down to mental strength after the 35km mark. “Anyone can train to run up to 35km. It’s after the 35km mark that people fail,” said Moon. He likens that stage as “not being able to eat anything for one week, being out of breath, and hammers being thrown on the legs with every step." Hard work pays off The 2017 Seoul Marathon was the first tournament where Elites (Korea Athletics Federation Runners) and Masters (Non-professional runners) started the race at the same time. Moon won the Masters division this year. Right after entering Hanyang University in 2011 on a full-scholarship, Moon quit his career as a professional runner due to a knee injury. After five years of inactivity, Moon started preparing for marathon running again last year. “Although people warned me not to run in this race, I wanted to try my best due to the hard work that I had put in my training sessions.” Moon, running in the 2017 Seoul Marathon. During his period of inactivity, Moon worked as personal trainer and recently started working as a coach at 'Bang Sun-hee Academy'. After completing military service, he tried saving up money for university by working as a personal trainer. “As I worked, I realized that I should eventually attend university and get a degree,” said Moon. He started running half marathons last year, and, in order to be ready for the full marathon, he had to lose about 10kg. “I prepared for the Seoul Marathon for about 100 days, and I was proud to win the race and prove my skills as a coach,” said Moon. In the first month, Moon trained on sprints, the second month on endurance, and the last month on both speed and endurance. Moon wishes to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Although it has been a hard race so far, life itself is a marathon, and Moon plans on preparing for the realization of a bigger dream. “I want to participate in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 along with my former partner Jung,” said Moon. With such vivid dreams, we have yet to await Moon’s next step as a professional runner. Kim Seung-jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Hana

2017-04 03 Important News

[Student]Spreading Warmth through Handwritten Letters

On a peaceful street called gamgodanggil of Jongno-gu, Seoul, stands a pink postbox. The black sign shows that after writing letters about one’s worries, the replies will come back within one or two weeks. Pausing at the sign for a moment, people then decide to stop by to disclose their worries to somebody unknown. The postbox named ongi, meaning warmth in Korean, is installed by Cho Hyun-sik (Department of International Studies, 4th yr), after reading “Miracles of the Namiya General Store” by Keigo Higashino by chance. “The overall plot of the book is that the characters from the past write letters about their worries to the characters of the future. I focused on the idea of revealing worries and being comforted through exchanging letters,” Cho said. Cho explaining the reporter about the operations of Ongi Postbox. The power of slowness and sincerity The plan was carried out due to his thought that even though SNS is popular these days, there are few people who listen carefully to others’ stories by heart. On the contrary to today’s social conditions which handwritten letters are disappearing, due to the discomfort that comes from slowness, Kim believes that there is a special value of the letters. “The slowness of handwritten letters would allow people to be relaxed enough to open up their hearts and disclose their stories,” Cho emphasized. Cho is the chief manager of Ongi General Store, with three other managers and 60 or so volunteers or ‘clerks’. The managers and the clerks write replies to the worries of people sent through Ongi Postbox. The installation of the postbox was on late Feburary this year, and the place of its location was chosen due to Cho’s personal preference of the street’s quiet, comfortable, and slow atmosphere. “I found ten people who wanted to be clerks of the Ongi General Store from the Internet, but then we wound up getting lots of letters which were more than we expected, ” Cho said. Merely a week after the installment of the post box, over 150 to 200 letters were sent by anonymous people. People visit the Ongi Postbox to write about their worries. . (Photo courtesy of Cho) “I didn’t know that there were going to be such a lot of letters, and that is why I came to decide more people were needed to reply them. There were no special requirements or even an interview. The most important thing was sincerity which people who applied to become clerks already possessed,” Cho said. As the manager of ongi general store, he spends his time discussing the management of Ongi General Store with other managers every day, and writing letters with his clerks in a café near Iwha Womans University on Monday, Tuesday, Friday. Each day, with a team of 15 clerks composed of different age group, they read, choose the person who is most relatable with the stories of the letters, and then reply their letters for two hours. As for the expenses for operating the postbox, such as the costs of stamps, letter papers, and envelopes, Cho provides through private tutoring. "The most difficult letters to reply were from children who felt that they were too fat and ugly. To the former letter, I wrote that time will solve the problem. To the latter, I replied that she would find other charms as she grows. I spend a lot of time and be careful with what I'm saying when I sending letters to children." (Photo courtesy of Cho) The importance of the freedom of choice in life According to Cho, he puts a lot of value in helping people, continuously participating in volunteering, such as helping prepare events for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. His belief was set after his grandmother’s death. “I was very close to my grandmother because she took care of me when I was young. When she was diagnosed with lung cancer and met her death, I thought a lot about how human life is so limited and how we will benefit from helping each other instead of having meaninglessly competitions, ” Cho reminisced. “My current plan is to increase the number of the postbox, and set up a booth complete with two writing tables as an extension of the postbox. I want people to be more comfortable and thus have more time to write out their worries. I’m preparing a crowdfunding for the project now. Then, I wish that Ongi General Store can develop into a non-profit organization to help comfort more people,” Cho said. "I believe in the value of helping people." (Photo courtesy of Cho) According to Cho, consistent reading and the experiences from his life help sympathize with the letters. "I was a very diligent student before I decided to take a leave of absence. I began to feel skeptical of dull, mindless studying although everybody else believes it is the right answer of life," he said. After he took a leave of absence, he tried running a street vendor, worked in a social enterprise, and went on traveling. He felt that there is no right answer but to live one’s own life. “If I write a letter to my past self, I want to tell myself that although I once worried a lot, all the difficult things turned out to help me instead. Nobody else lives for you, and the one who feel happiness from your life is yourself. So try what you truly want to do without regret or worries, ” Cho smiled. Cho's effort to spread warmth through heartfelt concerns about others' worries shines like sunlight. Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-03 27 Important News

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

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

2017-03 27

[Student]Touring Around Hanyang With 'Tambang Tambang'

Nowadays, with the official launch of Pokémon Go in Korea, augmented reality games have become more familiar to people. ‘Tambang Tambang’ (tambang being a Korean word, meaning 'explore') is an augmented reality game which leads users to tour around the Hanyang campus while completing missions. The application was released on March 15th this year. Tambang Tambang was created by four students: its founder and leader Shin Kang-soo (Department of Policy Studies, 3rd year) and three members, Noh Ung-gi (Department of Sports Industry, 3rd year), Kim Na-yeun (Department of Applied Art Education, 4th year), and Yoo Eun-seo (Department of Applied Art Education, 4th year). Shin and No spoke about the stories behind Tambang Tambang. Let’s go tambang in HYU Playing Tambang Tambang is fairly easy, which makes it greatly accessible. One simply has to take a photo of a required sculpture or an object suggested in silhouette to pass each course. Once one completes a mission, he or she will be allowed to continue onto the next destination within the game. A major characteristic of the game lies in its feature that allows users to gain further information about an object or a specific place while playing the game, visiting the actual spot at the same time. The picture shows the future game display model. Displayed on the left is the overall map, and the mission page is shown on the right. (Photo courtesy of Tambang Tambang) The initiative model of Tambang Tambang is currently based on the HYU Seoul Campus. “As there are hundreds of high school or middle school students visiting HYU, we thought it could be hard for them to tour around the campus more effectively without a proper guide,” said Shin. Tambang Tambang aims to target those students, as playing the game will naturally lead them to learn about the campus as well. Currently, as one of the main way to advertise the game, they have collaborated with Saranghandae, the school's student ambassador group. “We designed the courses along with Saranghandae, the courses will include the school’s important spots like the Lion’s Rumble, Paiknam Library, and 88-stairs. The game will be later used in the campus tour program by Saranghandae,” said Noh. From assignment to business Four students with different majors first met one another through a lecture called ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, where students were expected to build and plan their own social business. “Our final assignment was to present our whole plan in front of the professor and the director of HYU social innovation center, Seo Jin-seok. After the presentation, Shin and his members received a suggestion from the director to make their project as an application. “I was really excited to be given the opportunity to proceed with the project. It wasn’t the first time that I had participated in a start-up business, but it was new for me to be the founder while leading the whole team,” explained Shin. Noh (left) and Shin (right) said that the release of Tambang Tambang was only possible because of every members' effort. For Shin and the members, making proper content, like the campus trajectories, and developing an application based on that was surely arduous work. “We had to spend hours actually visiting places we hadn't actually had a chance to visit. We got help from an existing walking course called Doollehgil, HYU’s campus trails that encompasses the campus’s 8 scenic points,” said Noh. Through enough research and incorporation of recommendations they received from their fellow students, Shin and his team were soon able to discover more spots worth taking note of. Making the overall contents of the game was the job of Shin and Noh. Designing was taken on by Kim and Yoo, who are capable of dealing with related computer programs. With financial support from HYU Social Innovation Center, they are currently being helped out with other technical problems through outsourcing. Shin shows how to complete a mission on Tambang Tambang. Learning through playing Currently, Shin and Noh said the number of downloads for Tambang Tambang stands at about 200. Of course, they aren't fully satisfied with the results, which is why they have been planning on creating bigger business models to upgrade Tambang Tambang. “We thought of creating Tambang Tambang as part of another game to introduce museums that exhibits materials regarding history, especially Korean history,” said Shin. Just like how Tambang Tambang can be played on HYU's Seoul Campus, the new version will work as a medium between museums and visitors. “We found out that the current methods of learning Korean history contributes negatively to its understanding among teenagers. There are various reasons for that, but the most critical one is that it usually fails to retain students’ attention as the subject itself is oriented towards memorizing,” said Shin. Tambang Tambang aims to increase students' interest in Korean history by making the learning process more entertaining. Certainly, there is still a long way for Shin and his team to go. “Three months was definitely not enough time for us to complete all the necessary work. We'll have to upgrade the game on many different aspects such as its music and effects,” mentioned Noh. “In the near future, we hope to become successful enough to support students who are living far away from Seoul to give them a chance to come to HYU,” said Shin and Noh. Tambang Tambang will be developed continuously in tandem with the team's higher goals. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Hana

2017-03 20

[Alumni]Passion, Love, and Yacht

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

2017-03 13 Important News

[Alumni]Director who Sheds Light on the Meaning of Life

The stage boiled with explosive energy and fervor with the dance-like movements the actors made. “In the times of despair and hopelessness, do not be engulfed in the typhoon of rage, but confront the reality that each and everyone is not your competitors, but all the same, scarred souls like yourself. You can find happiness through reconciliation and forgiveness.” Actors threw questions of God, meaning of life, and mankind. Every moment of the seven-hour-play left the opportunity of deep contemplation as the audience slowly digested the meaningful contexts provided by the fiery speech of the actors. This philosophical world of The Karamazov Brothers on stage was weaved by the hands of a theatrical director and a professor of Sungkyul University, Ra Jin-hwan (Department of Japanese Language & Literature, ERICA, ‘91). Theatrical director and professor, Ra Jin-hwan. The seven-hour-play about the human nature The Brothers Karamazov is a story of the conflict about hatred, love, and money between three brothers, Dmitri, Ivan, and Alyosha, Smerdyakov, two women named Katerina, Grushenka, and their father, Fyodor. It is Ra’s third work of the series about humanistic introspection of humans which is based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s works, such as Demons and Crime and Punishment. “Dostoyevsky is my favorite author. This is because there is no other author who achieved well-made contemplation and analysis about the inner side of human nature as much as him, and also about the relationship between man and God with such a scale,” Ra explained. Costing three years until full completion, the play is the longest of the aforementioned three plays of Ra. He was determined to produce the play after a near death experience caused by an unfortunate medical accident. “When a human’s body is in loss of strength, one contemplates about the essence of life. I wanted to tell people about the story of life with the masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov, and decided to go for it after the incident,” Ra reminisced. The Brothers Karamazov observes the nature of human, and the meaning of life. The picture above is the scene where Ivan and Smerdyakov is arguing about who was the real cause of the death of their father. (Photo Courtesy of Ra) Actor to theatrical director Ra first encountered experiences with plays when he was participating as a member of a theater group during his university years. “I joined the group because I did everything from singing in a school choir to drawing in an art club, but never experienced acting before,” he said. Although acting was very enjoyable, the whole process was very overwhelming. However the thought that he could have done better lingered in his heart, and stimulated Ra to continue on his theater group activities. “I decided to focus on studying to enter graduate school, but my friend left me a copy of The Victors by Jean-Paul Sartre on my desk. I read it and was so moved by the critical mindset about justice that I participated in acting in the play once again.” That moment was what led Ra to follow a career path of theatrical arts. He decided to do what he was most confident and interested in. While studying abroad in Paris as an actor, Ra felt that the final decision maker of a play was the director, not the actor. “I wished to create a play that reflected my own ideals and beliefs. That is why I became a director instead of being an actor,” Ra said. Focusing his attention to performing arts and artistic movements, he devised his unique aesthetic style called theater dance. “Theater dance was the effort to harmonize image and narrative together in order to allow Korean audience to better understand new kinds of abstract plays in a more international dimension,” Ra said. Theater dance expands actors' expressions of inner state of the characters and the symbolic, metaphoric meanings of texts through dance and choreography. (Photo courtesy of Ra) According to Ra, the essence of a play is to give resonance to the question of the nature of human. “I want to be a theatrical director who can tell the audience the answer to the question with my own aesthetical expression system,” he said. Ra is planning to create another play that is based on Dostoyevsky’s work called The Idiot. For those who are pursuing a career of acting and directing plays, Ra advised, “Sustain your interests and carry it on for a long period of time. You have to go through audition by audition, play by play. Everything is new, so think incessantly, fight, and be strong. There are no answers, and do what you want to do to be happy.” Curtain call of The Brothers Karamazov. Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-03 13 Important News

[Staff]Overturning the Established Theory of Psycholinguistics

Imagine a newborn baby who can barely open her eyes learning a language. It may sound intriguing yet preposterous. It was a widely-accepted view in the psycholinguistic field that an infant should be at least more than 12 months in order to acquire certain linguistic abilities. However, Choi Ji-yeon, a post-doctoral researcher of Hanyang Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Lab at the Institute of Performative Humanities, has debunked this convention through her study - Early development of abstract language knowledge: Evidence from perception–production transfer of birth-language memory. Babies can remember their birth language When Choi was contemplating about a research topic for her doctoral degree at Max Planck, a German scientific research center, she decided to pursue a theme in accordance with her interest. It was language acquisition of infants, specifically, a baby’s ability to remember its birth language. In order to proceed with her research, she went to the Netherlands where the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is located. She first gathered a group of 29 people who were adopted from South Korea to the Netherlands between the ages of 3 months to 70 months. This experimental group averaged at 32 years of age, had never learned or spoken Korean in their lifetime after adoption and used Dutch as their native tongue. Another control group was a group of native Dutch people who never had any contact with the Korean language during their infancy. To make sure to establish the experimental conditions, Choi, through interviews, gave assurance that the adopted group had no interest in learning Korean but had great interest in contributing to scientific development. Choi is explaining the process of her experiment. In the experiment, both groups were trained through computer programs and voice recorders to learn Korean phonemes 14 times. Korean contains three phonemes- lax, aspirated, and tense consonants, which is numerous, compared to Dutch. The letters used for pronunciation training were vowels ㅏ,ㅐ,ㅣ,ㅗ,ㅜ (a, e, I, o, u) and the second syllables 라, 해, 미, 조, 수 (la, hae, mi, jo, su). Together, five vowels, five second syllables, and three consonants created a total of 75 Korean pronunciation sounds which both experimental and control groups were drilled on. After 14 training sessions, the adopted group’s production (ability to distinguish speech perception and produce a language) scores improved much more than the control group’s scores. In addition, the experimental group’s speed of score improvement correlated with the training speed. “What was more impressive was that half of the experimental group were adopted when they were linguistic, which was at 17 months or older, while the other half were adopted before six months old, when they were prelinguistic,” said Choi. However, this difference showed no distinction in the ability and speed of Korean acquisition process. This proves that their Korean language ability shifted from perception (ability to interpret a language) to production and that birth language is concrete in nature rather than by nurture. “This is called the re-learning benefit, the main issue of my study,” mentioned Choi. The lonely adventure Despite the successful results, the beginning of this study was a gamble for Choi. “Everyone tried to dissuade me from this research because it was like being on an adventure,” remembers Choi. If such a topic does not have a dramatic result, then it would meant nothing but a repetition of a norm for Choi. However, she had firm faith that she had to pursue what she thought was right. “Right after I finished my research topic presentation at Max Planck, I was psychologically pressured to succeed on this study,” recalled Choi. Choi describes her experiment at the Netherlands an adventure. Another barrier that loomed ahead of her adventure was the difficulty of personalization for the experimental and control groups. “I had to visit each subject population to train them in Korean while in the Netherlands. Travelling around the whole country by train and on foot all day long was a rather daunting experience for me,” said Choi. After Choi visited every single subject group and completed the research, she delivered the recorded results to Hanyang University. She then gathered Hanyangian students to distinguish the recorded pronunciation between native Koreans, adopted Dutch, and native Dutch. As a result, Choi succeeded in clinching the psycholinguistic astonishment in her hand. Some question the result stating that the adoptees could have had more interest in Korea. Another doubt is that the experimental group might have had a significantly high linguistic ability. “However, I could refute that by proving that the experimental group did not have any linguistic progress in other languages,” said Choi. "When you choose to pursue something you are sure of, then you should carry on." Choi emphasizes the importance of patience when doing research. "Never underestimate prior knowledge of the field. We can only advance when we have a basis in former researches and experiments,” states Choi. Choi is currently working on contributing a paper on linguistic perception and its generalization. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-03 08 Important News

[Alumni]UI Artist at Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment is one of the most famous and popular game companies in the world. Since its establishment in 1994, it has released many game series such as Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, which all gained huge popularity. The company’s most recent work is Overwatch, which is a team-based shooting game. Since its release in last May, it has been gaining an immense number of users in Korea as well. This week, News H interviewed Jung Seong-hak (Entertainment Design, ERICA Campus, ’07), a UI (User Interface) artist for Blizzard in Irvine, California. Blizzard’s UI artist One of the biggest reasons why many of Blizzard’s games became hugely successful is because of user-friendly interface, and easy-to-learn game environment. Such aspects of a given project are what UI artists mainly deal with. “UI refers to the point of contact between the user and the content. Project artist teams deal with the UX (User Experience), which is the real experience that users get while playing the game. It includes the simplest graphic, from animation to prototyping, which is a process that is supplemented from actual users' feedback,” Jung elaborated. Jung (third from the left) and his colleagues. (Photo courtesy of Jung) It has been 9 years since Jung started to work at Blizzard, and there are points he thinks is the most important part of the job as a UI artist. “The UI artist's work constitutes a big part of the main project, so it's always important for them to keep their work consistent with the whole project. As such, it's important for artists to always try to see the big picture. There are always new and existing users, both of whom we have to take good care of, which is the trickiest part,” explained Jung. The boy who loved art and game Jung loved drawing and playing computer games as a child. His interest in these led him to search for majors university with a relation to his hobbies. During the years at HYU, Jung had many chances to develop his abilities as a designer. “I was the leader of the school club ‘Intro’. We used to create a lot of image work and present it in different exhibitions or contests,” Jung recalled. In his senior year, Jung started to search for suitable companies to apply for jobs, just like other students do, and found Blizzard’s recruitment announcement. Jung didn’t hesitate, sending in the resume right off the bat, which soon took him on a flight to California. Overwatch is Jung's favorite game of late. (Photo courtesy of Jung) Until this day, playing computer games is Jung’s favorite hobby. “I played numerous games in the past and it includes those made by Blizzard and others. Personally, I prefer games with good graphics and stories. Recently, I thought ‘The Last of Us’ from Naughty Dog Inc. was impressive,” noted Jung. As both user and artist at Blizzard, Jung said he is happy that the game Overwatch was such a big hit. “Currently, I like to play Overwatch above other computer games. Since I play it at work, I try not to go on it when I’m home, but it’s just too difficult for me,” admitted the game fanatic. New start, new life in California As expected, Jung’s new life in the United States wasn’t without hardship. He tried to record the experience through different means. Jung’s post on his Facebook account, ‘How I was issued a family relation certificate in the States’ went viral and many people sympathized with the arduous process. Jung also thought of drawing his daily life in California into comics. Jung’s short cartoon was posted on the Korean portal site Naver, with the title ‘Welcome, California’. “When I first got here, I had many new experiences that were hard to deal with, so I thought, why not depict it through a cartoon to give people first-hand information. I'm no longer publishing now, but am thinking of continuing it later,” said Jung. On weekends, Jung likes to visit exhibitions or museums with his wife. (Photo courtesy of Jung) According to some of his cartoons, Jung seemed to have adapted to California pretty well. As soon as Jung landed in California, he could easily find Korean grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and even a Korean sauna. What amazed Jung was California’s beautiful view and its coastline. “I didn’t have much chance to visit beaches when I was in Korea. In California, my home is only 10 minutes away from the sea, so I like going to the beaches a lot with my wife,” said Jung. Happiness is what really matters “As a human being, we all like to explore and search for something to feel a sense of accomplishment. I think computer games are the most easily accessible and cost-efficient form of entertainment that attracts people,” said Jung. His four years at HYU was short, but it was definitely one of the most important moments in Jung’s life. “My life at HYU was full of happy moments and good memories as I met my wife and good friends." As of now, Jung is happy with his job. He mentioned how the company welfare and competent colleagues always give him positive motivation. “I don’t have anything specific to say as a final goal in my life- I just want to live happily, doing what I love." Jung hopes to be a UI artist who makes the best game environment possible for users. (Photo courtesy of Jung) Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-03 06

[Alumni]News Jelly for Data Utilization

About thirty years ago, there were no portable computers but only those that were handled by experts. After affordable personal computers came out, smartphones were developed. Now everyone uses them to surf the Internet or do personal work. Presently, in order to analyze data, expensive programs and specialists such as data scientists are needed. Chung Byoung-jun (M.S. in Electronics and Computer Engineering, ‘11) and Lim Jun-won (Technology & Innovation Management, Doctoral Program), the joint representatives of News Jelly, are the pioneers who are solving this issue and striving for data democratization in Korea. Joint CEOs of News Jelly, Lim (left) and Jung (right). Q. Last time when News H interviewed News Jelly in 2014, it was a new start-up business. Have there been any changes during the last three years? Lim: In the past, we as experts handled data-related operations for our clients from one end to the next. Now, we've created a program called DAISY that makes it easier for people to utilize data as freely as they want. Our customers can use the program by themselves without long, costly training. It automatically visualizes a lot of data at once, combining them into graphs or charts. By utilizing it, data popularization can be accomplished. Lim: Our company is currently focusing on developing DAISY, which is being used by 20 to 30 public institutions, such as the city of Seoul, the National Information Society Agency (NIA), and by various provincial government buildings. In addition to the program, we create interactive content, run data visualization consultations and an education business that teaches students how to solve problems using data. Lim thinks about News Jelly's improvement over the past three years. Jung: We considered whether to raise brand awareness, or develop DAISY during the first year of News Jelly's initiation. We first decided to increase brand recognition by making data journalism content. Then, as we figured out the needs for the program, we started focusing on DAISY from 2015. Q. Tell us the separate areas of business that you are working on as joint representatives of News Jelly. What does the company comprise of? Lim: I work in the management side of the company, such as marketing, business strategy, and sales. Jung is in charge of technological development and services. Jung: News Jelly is comprised of four teams. There is the business development team, which is led by Lim, and the technology team which focuses on R&D, managed by myself. There is also the product development team, and the contents team, which also works on formulating products. Bar graph made by DAISY showing the mortality rate caused by swimming accidents. The color of the graphs -green, yellow, and red- each refers to June, July and August respectively. (Photo courtesy of News Jelly) A line graph made by DAISY. The red line shows the total travel expenses and the green line shows the total tourists' income within Korea. Relevant data was provided by the Korea Tourism Organization. (Photo courtesy of News Jelly) Q. What are News Jelly’s future plans? Lim: Our plan is to include DAISY’s product line-ups that enable easy use of data, not only for public institutions but also for private ones and ordinary people like university students. In addition, we are preparing to expand the program for monetary and medical institutions as well, collecting and analyzing their data to devise specific methods of visualizing data. Jung: We are planning to complete DAISY’s core technology this year. Using that, we can expand our field of business. We need to sophisticate our technology that recommends which visualization method to use, according to what kind of data the program is handling. Right now, we are achieving this by using the logic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that automatically looks into patterns and distinguishes the domain of data. We are going to advance this by applying AI's learning capacity. We will also incorporate Big Data into our data source. Jung explains News Jelly's plans for DAISY's future technological advancements. Q. Any advice to students who are interested in data utilization, and in starting their own businesses? Lim: Nowadays there are many trendy data-related terms like AI and data mining. Before getting too intrigued by those terms, it will be more helpful to study statistics first. Jung: I agree with Lim. I think that following trends that rise and fall in outlook is precarious. What is important is building up an academic foundation before jumping into anything, such as statistics and algorithms. The experience of working for a corporation, and being equipped with knowledge about the operations and the needs of a company are also very important. Other charts and graphs made by DAISY. Click here to visit News Jelly's homepage. (Photo courtesy of News Jelly) Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-02 27

[Alumni]Collecting Coins as Investment

People have their own appetite for broadening their personal fields of interest. Kim Hee-sung (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, '08) has been collecting money for over 10 years. A wide array of commemorative coins, gold coins, silver coins, and bills are all part of Kim’s interests and his collection business called Power Coin. Reporters of News H interviewed Kim to get a closer insight into how his money market operates. Gaining interest It all started off when Kim was in his first year of college. Having had the opportunity to live in the US for about a year, Kim had the chance to participate in various coin shows. These exhibitions were held quite often in most big counties, and at the time, it was challenging to afford collecting coins. “I was just a student then, and for a student, it's very hard to buy gold coins for leisure.” Kim explains about the market prices of coins. After graduating from college, Kim looked up on some of the coins that he had seen in the coin fairs, and discovered that the price had soared higher than when he first saw it. “This was when I realized that coin collection could be a real investment, and started collecting coins one by one,” said Kim. Through the civil engineer certification academy that he opened up in Busan, Kim was able to collect most of the coins that he had wanted. Kim and his wife could not stand the long distance, which is why he started his business in Korea. Fostering insight When going abroad or buying coins through eBay, Kim was sometimes tricked into buying fake ones. After accumulating experiences and learning the know-hows through books, Kim has now developed his own outlook on which are real, and are of more value. “Most people in this field don’t explain the reasons behind why a certain monetary product is an imitation. It’s probably their own know-how that they’re trying to guard,” he added. Kim claims that money auctions tell a lot about reading the market price. Attending money exhibitions that are held in China and Hong Kong also helps to realize the trend for him, as well. Various shapes and sizes of commemorative coins exist. Not all commemorative coins rise in value. Factors that determine the rise and fall of prices are popularity, quantity and quality. For instance, the 1988 Seoul Olympics coin was issued at about 85,000 won, but now it is being traded at around 70,000 won even after almost 30 years has passed. This is because it has been issued in such large quantities that it only holds material value. As for bills, the quality matters a lot. Even if a tiny part of an edge is worn out, the price would drop 10 to 20%. Kim also says that buying gold or silver coins is better investment compared to buying actual gold or silver bars. “Coins are a bit like limited edition items. The price of the materials themselves, plus the scarcity, creates the price. Gold or silver bars can be made in limitless quantities but not the coins,” said Kim. Studying coins are not only good for investment but also monetary insight. Kim claims that pursuing an interest not only in college studies but something beyond it, is more important. As Kim's interest in coins made it possible for him to become the CEO of Power Coin, Kim wishes that more people could expand on the area they like. Kim Seung-jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju