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2016-12 05 Important News

[Alumni]Exclusive Values of Interpretation

September 27th, 2016 was the first day of the televised presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Their dispute was broadcast and interpreted in different languages all around the world. Choi Hyun-jin (English Language and Culture, ERICA Campus, ‘05) is the interpreter who interpreted the debate for Korean viewers. Choi has not only interpreted all three debates of the US presidential candidates, but also aided famous VIPs, including prime ministers of Australia, Canada, Finland, ASEAN's Security General L. Minh, and various Korean ministers. News H met Choi to hear about the life of an interpreter, and the value of their work. Choi is a veteran interpreter who has worked in the field for seven years. The interpreter who translated Presidential Debates The US presidential debates were sources of great interest for viewers but they were intense battles for Choi, who was the one and only interpreter for every round of debates. “There was no time for preparation in the first round, so I focused on the main points and tried not to misinterpret,” she explained. Unlike normal occasions, there was no booth for the interpreters, nor soundproof walls or microphones available. Even so, Choi succeeded in this nearly impossible setting with utmost concentration, and was praised for her performance. Choi also participated in the lasting rounds of the debate. This time she could do even better because she had some time to prepare. She searched for pledges of the candidates, every world issue and news related with America and its politics, from economy, business, to climate change and Korea-related issues. After she was finished she herself felt great pride and honor as an interpreter, and she became known for her work to other translators as well. Climbing up to the summit of her dreams Though Choi is a professional interpreter, strenuous efforts were needed to become one. She first learned that there was an actual job of interpreting in her freshman year. ”I learned the concept of interpreting language in the teenage years I spent in Canada, because I had to aid in communication between my parents and my Canadian teachers. However, I never knew that I could be educated and thus be qualified to interpret in events such as international conferences, ” Choi said. Her professor and mentor, Lee Tae-young, introduced her about how she could enter graduate schools that teach translation and consequently become an interpreter. Since then, she decided on her career path as that. Choi immersed in interpretation work in her booth. (Photo courtesy of Choi) Although Choi was determined to become an interpreter, studying to be qualified for the job was very difficult indeed. “I studied two years at a specialized graduate school for interpreting. The work was so tough that I moved to a house near the school, and even studied during meals, ” Choi reminisced. Her endeavors surely paid off, because she passed the graduation exam and earned a Master's degree in interpretation which is necessary to become a professional interpreter. Now, her daily life consists of attending and preparing for big scale conferences and events from Monday to Friday. Before every occasion, she receives a thick packet of papers, containing information about the event that she has to learn beforehand in order to interpret well. “Language is like a baseline for being able to interpret. One should be equipped with the knowledge of what he or she would interpret, as well as being proficient in the native language, so that the content is delivered to the audience in the best way,” explained Choi. Choi (middle) translating during an ASEAN conference. (Photo courtesy of Choi) An aura of sophistication “Interpreting is not a job that stands out and shines. The work is more like a glow- I’m not the heroine, but more like a light that shines, or an aura behind heroes that always exists to do the job of brightening them,” Choi elaborated. She promised herself in the past to use her talents and skills to volunteer and help people when she becomes an interpreter. “Working as a translator is not easy, but if you like to meet global leaders and create a huge values for yourself and others, it is the job for you. The work really makes you want to improve yourself and pushes you to keep on trying. The work we interpreters do is simply a one-of-a-kind, ” Choi emphasized. Choi’s first dream was to become an interpreter, and the second is to teach students how to change one language from another. Thanks to the dean of her department she graduated from at HYU, she could procure the opportunity to lecture about consecutive interpretation (CI). CI differs from simultaneous interpretation in that the interpreter speaks after the actual speaker has finished speaking a segment. “I want to approach the field of language interpretation academically, such as obtaining a Ph.D. But also, as a lover of HYU, I would be in much delight to teach more of what I know if possible.” Choi's motto is 'an aura of sophistication', meaning that she wants to become a skilled interpretor who emanates a beneficent glow. Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-12 05

[Alumni]Dance as a Protest Medium

Professor Jang Soon-hyang is committed to combining dancing and protesting to build a proper relationship between society and manifestations of art. She received a doctorate degree from the Department of Dance and is currently a professor at the Social Education Center at Hanyang University. Often referred to as the “dancer of life, peace, and unification who always agonizes with the social roles of dancing”, Jang has been participating in numerous demonstrations and protests in attempts to bring societal reform. Dancing and the society When asked to interpret the societal role of dancing in terms of her experiences, Jang’s answer was equivocal. “I’m still looking for the significance and the specific role of dancing as a form of art in our society. One thing I can say is, if the dancing conveys a message that the audience could sympathize with, it will naturally attract more audiences. As for me, dancers do not always need to gain spotlight on a fancy stage, but rather, where their dancing is really needed is their appropriate stage,” remarked Jang. She added that as long as the dancer can express the connotations of their movements, the minimal objective is fulfilled. In 2005, Jang received an invitation from the Geumgangsan opera troupe, North Korea’s one and only performance group that travels abroad to perform, to learn South Korea’s traditional dance. Gladly accepting the request, Jang made contacts with the group and was surprised to find out that some of the members of the performance group were originally from South Korea. If dancing, along with other forms of art, could be the methods to communicate with people from different places, then the societal role of art would be to connect the subjects of social issues and the society. Jang noted that active participation in the society through artwork such as dancing could prevent them from being isolated and alienated from the national community, reiterating her point on the relationship between art and the society. Jang thinks dancers should be more concerned about social issues. Jang's past protest, objecting to the placement of THAAD in South Korea. (Photo courtesy of Jang) A socially conscious dancer Jang has been playing a vital role in resolving social issues in Korea, giving performances that implicate problematic aspects. One of the most recent activities she took part in was the 'Remember the 4.16 Sewol Shipwreck campaign', in which citizens infuriated with the Sewol ferry accident gathered at Gwanghwamun Gate to manifest their rage. Jang joined the group by expressing the people's fury by dancing on their behalf. In addition, she appeared at Gwanghwamun Gate again for the fierce demonstration for current president’s resignation. Since this affair continues to overwhelm the country these days, more people came to join the protest and appreciated Jang's efforts. “After my performance, one of the protesters gave me encouraging hug, expressing her melancholy about the situation of Korea. It was a very worthy moment, because from this, I was able to unite people with my dancing and they showed compassion in return,” recalled Jang. Jang protests for President Park's resignation at Gwanghwamun. (Photo courtesy of Ohmynews) Jang’s ultimate goal is to play a role in achieving the unification of North and South Korea. She hopes to see artworks, including dancing, acting as the constructive force that helps to build an interactive relationship between the two Koreas by reaching out and communicating bilaterally. “I want future dancers to be aware of social issues and try to think about what their role is as dancers within the society. Dancing is not only about being famous for one's beauty and elegance but also about carrying out necessary societal functions as a message conveyer,” expressed Jang. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-11 28 Important News

[Alumni]Ko Kang-min, the Leader of Mabangzen

The history of theatrical plays traces back to Ancient Greece. Since then, different forms of entertainment emerged. From private films to musicals, the demand for performance arts have increased rapidly in the modern era, overpassing a number of theatrical plays. Yet, there is work to retrieve from the golden age of plays, and Ko Kang-min (Business and Administration ’01, ERICA Campus) is one individual who supports it as the CEO and producer of the theater company, Mabangzen. It is also known as a 'playfactory' where original plays are created from scratch in order to promote the theatrical plays of Korea. For Shakespeare, the world was a stage, and all the men and women were actors. For Ko, the stage is his life, bringing life to Korean theatrical plays. Ko developed the company successfully based on his experiences. Q1. Can you tell us more about Mabangzen and its origin? Ko: "Mabangzen is a company that produces and performs plays for the public. Our plays are all original plays where we develop everything, from the script to the stage setting, from the beginning to the end. The company was first established in 2005 by the play director, Ko Sung-wong. And it was named after the Korean traditional game Mabangzen, similar to Sudoku, in hopes of promoting the importance of teamwork. Like a game of Mabangzen where all the numbers added on each side must equal in sum, when all the members of the team cooperate to put together a play, the results will follow. Today, there are 46 members in the company including actors, producers, and directors." Q2. What is your role in the theater company? What do you like about your work? Ko: “Currently, I work as the CEO and producer in the company. I like to say that I am a supporter who manages the financial aspects, renting theaters, and finding sponsors, as well as practical aspects such as making the final call of which play to perform. I totally love my job here because I get to interact with the actors and the staff which reminds me of the days when I was just like them. I came to Mabangzen in 2010 after Ko Sung-wong convinced me to collaborate with him in the small theater company. It was a tough decision but when I believed that the goals we had as playwrights matched - forming a systemic method to generate quality plays - I agreed to it. I was also a big fan of Ko Sung-wong’s theatrical pieces. I think we work very well together.” Mabangzen produces original plays based on Korean culture. (Photo courtesy of Mabangzen) Q3. Can you tell us about the company’s work? Ko: “The most well-known piece of our company is called 'Hongdo', a play first introduced to the Korean public in 1936. It is a melodrama and a tragedy. The basic synopsis is about a woman, Hongdo, who is a gisaeng, or Korean geisha, who lives in a melancholic life after a heartbreaking incident with a man. This piece was very popular back in the mid-21st century; however, the writer of the play defected to North Korea which resulted in the public to shut off interest. We have performed this play since 2014 in major venues like the Seoul Arts Center and the Coex Arts Hall, as well as on the international stage in places such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Belarus, Turkey, and Chile.” Q4. You have also acted onstage. When did you first get involved in theater arts? Ko: “Yes. I have experience on stage as an actor as well. I don’t recall the exact year, but when I was in high school, I saw a poster that recruited members for the theatrical play club. I took part in it. It was a small-scale play but from that moment on, I developed my passion for plays. I desired to major in theater and film at university, but my father, who was an officer in the military, was strongly against it. Even though I studied business at Hanyang University (HYU), as soon as I entered HYU, I went straight to the theater club to take part. Then, I began to get involved in all-round plays by acting onstage, building stages, writing scripts, and producing performances. I think the lengthy experiences that I had in theater clubs helped me to acquire the know-how to become a CEO and producer.” Q5. When was the toughest time of your life as a producer? Ko: “I think the toughest time was definitely when we went overseas to perform 'Hongdo'. Out of all the international performances, I remember the first one, in China, as the one that I consider unforgettable. It was the first time our crew went abroad for performance, which was why the preparation process, which depended entirely on my abilities, was a burden. From getting visas to controlling the excessive exhilaration of young members, I even remember crying one night in the hotel bed! Aside from this trip, though, the job as a producer is always hard-hitting. The company has to receive financial support from external sponsors, and the concern regarding the successes and failures of each plays are something I must endure every day.” A scene from 'Hongdo', one of the masterpieces of Ko's production. (Photo courtesy of Mabangzen) Q6. Adversely, when was the most memorable moment? Ko: “I feel like I've focused too much on the depressing parts, but there is a reason why I still love my job and theatrical plays. Generally, after the end of each performance, I sit at the back of the room and watch the faces of the audience as they walk out of the venue. When I see their faces explicitly showing awes, I am the happiest person alive then. I didn't foresee the success of our plays internationally. Traditional plays are about Korea and we, the members of Mabangzen, are the bridge that links the our culture and a foreign one. It is arduous, but it brings me joy and great memories.” Q7. What makes theater arts special? Why do you think the public should enjoy watching theatrical plays? Ko: “For me, I loved watching plays because it was like taking a break from mundane life as a student. I used to watch about few hundred plays back in the old days. The funny thing is that I recently watched a blockbuster film at a cinema after years of not watching movies. Honestly, I was shocked to see the spectacular scenes and action that captivated most movie-watchers. That’s when I understood why people go crazy about these films. Even so, plays are not movies or musicals. It has its own 'something' to it. Even for me, it's extremely difficult to say which factors make plays valuable. All I can say is that there is that 'something' that only plays can portray and deliver to the audience. And our job is to continue to seek out the exclusive style of our plays, to let the audience know what plays are all about.” Q8. What are your goals for the future? Ko: “Practically, I want to enhance the quality of plays by improving the conditions of our company members. I am planning on building a villa near Seoul to create an effective practicing space for the entire crew. Members run under tight schedule and to practice in a typical training space requires immense amounts of energy but no time. I think establishing a system like camp training will increase efficiency and teamwork among the members. Other than that, I hope to produce plays that many will enjoy watching." Q9. Any last comments for the readers? Ko: “To be honest, I wasn't a bookish student when I was in college. Even though I majored in business, I attended more of the general classes that included literature and theater arts. Still, I stood strong to my passion and to what I wanted at the time, which naturally led me to where I am today. Right now, I don't know for sure how I will run this company in the next few years. It’s not like I don't have a plan, but usually, nothing happens according to plan. So I think it's important to enjoy the moment you have now and to have full faith in the work you do. We must let our lives flow just like the flow of dialogues in a play.” Under the leadership of Ko, Mabangzen is preparing for a new play. Park Min-young manutdmin@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-11 21 Important News

[Alumni]Creativity Never Sleeps

In a capitalistic society, commercials play a great influence on people’s consumption. Within a film that lasts about 30 to 60 seconds, a commercial gives a certain image to a product or a service. How to make one is a quite complex task and News H asked Kim Jeong-hoon (Theater & Film ‘87), commercial director and the representative of the production group, THE HAPPY about more details. 30 Years Career Devoted to Commercial Making Kim's interest in movies from his years of middle school grew large enough to apply to the Department of Theater & Film of Hanyang University (HYU). Kim mentioned how he was eagle to study movies more in depth. As it was his major, Kim was more associated with activities related to plays and movies than advertising. “I was deeply into plays. During my years at the university. I experienced various roles in plays, from acting, planning, to directing,” said Kim. ▲ Kim is currently the representative of the production company, THE HAPPY. As he was very much devoted to studying movies and plays, his life was irrelevant to commercials until he graduated. “I was even planning to apply to foreign university to study further about the field but little shortage of scores needed was bugging me at the time,” said Kim. It was rather a radical choice for Kim to apply for a producer (PD) position at a commercial agency at his 4th year, when he had to make a decision about his future. Although it was highly competitive to take the postion as it was desired by a lot of the advertisement majors, Kim proudly passed 6 exams and interviews to make a first step in his commercial career. “I think I was able to adjust well as producing commercials share common essence with making movies and plays. They both require ‘creativity’. The name of the two work is different, but people in both fields are ultimately trying to ‘create’ something in ways that is out of the box,” explained Kim. Starting from the PD, Kim’s career steadily went on the rise as he later become a major directors in two different commercial agencies. Finally at 1996, Kim decided to move out from his last company and to establish his own production company, THE HAPPY, which remarked its peak in his 30 years career. Magic through Logic The company is composed of Kim, as a representative director, and several employees, which is smaller than some of the big agencies. “I wanted my work environment to be flexible and free by keeping it small. That is why I decided to make my own company. I, myself do work when I am willing to, so I wanted to provide free and comfortable working environment for my employess as well," said Kim. While the company’s working environment is free and flexible, it does not mean the job is without any stress. Kim said that his daily cycle is mainly composed of brainstorming. “To me, advertisement is like 24 hours. Every day, every moment, I think about advertisement. How to make it and to direct it. I even did a presentation in front of advertisers in my sleep. The psychiatrist I visited 5 years ago explained to me that my light sleep shows how stressful I can be before important meetings,” said Kim. ▲ The photo on the left (front row), is the most recent ad 'Hot Hot' which was a great hit. On its left was the ad that featured public campaign. The bottom two ads were among the most popular ones as well, which popularized tropical fruit drinks (right) to kids soda drinks (left). (Photo courtesy of THE HAPPY production) Even though being a commercial director can be one of the stressful jobs in the world, Kim said he is still enjoying his job as it is adventurous. “To me, there is no one commercial to consider at a certain period. When it is the busiest time of the month, I even had to plan 19 ads simultaneously,” said Kim. There are various commercials Kim have directed. It ranges from food, drinks to public campaigns. Kim said one of the key priority to consider when he is directing, is perfect planning. “I try hard not to make any exceptions when I am filming. When filming the scene with actors and other staffs, I consider it a process of ‘editing’. I draw all the scenes in my head and follow it exactly,” said Kim. “Every scenes should be made with logic, it is made due to significant reason agreed by the whole team beforehand.” In the New Era of Advertisement There were several turning points in his 30 years career but Kim said one of the most important time is now. “A lot of the advertisement nowadays is changing its form into mobile ads, which spreads quicker. As the change is quite vast, a lot of the domestic commercial directors tend to work with foreign companies because of the lack of the number of conventional ads they can work on,” explained Kim. Kim said it is important to jump on the new bandwagon to survive in the field. “Old days were good, but I think change is what makes one improve oneself.” “Moreover, I could be one of the oldest among commercial directors. There are a lot of directors quitting because of their age, but I don’t think creativity is something that is confined to one’s age,” said Kim. “Creativity never sleeps, one of my goal is film in the day of my 60th birthday party.” ▲ Kim's passion toward advertisement will be continued. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-11 20

[Alumni]Park Myung-hoon, the Chief Composer of Korean Symphony Orchestra

The Korean Symphony Orchestra is one of the most renowned orchestra in the country with a history of about 30 years. Many talented musicians have been a member of it to represent Korean classical and modern music. A position in the Orchestra is highly coveted by young musicians. Last month in October, Park Myung-hoon (Department of Composition ‘05) has been appointed as chief composer in the Korean Symphony Orchestra (hereafter “the Orchestra”). As his first, the gifted composer will receive an honor of creating a song that will be played by the Orchestra between 2018 and 2019. It is truly a point of pride for Hanyang University (HYU), especially for the college of music and News H interviewed Park to celebrate the great achievement. Q1. How do you feel about being appointed as the chief composer in the Orchestra? Park: “In various Korean orchestras, the system of having a chief composer did not exist until, recently, like 2-3 years ago. It has been difficult for orchestras to fully assign a chief composer in terms of financial and management issues. So, it is an honor for me because there are not many chances to create a song on my own with no holds barred. I think it is a wonderful opportunity in my career and I am very happy about being appointed as the chief composer.” Q2. Can you tell the readers about your specific role as the chief composer? Park: “It is quite simple to be frank because all I have to do is compose a song for the Orchestra to play. It is like a contract where the symphony gives me about one year to complete a song and the orchestra must play the song however I want it to be played. I was given about 30 minutes of time; therefore, my goal would be to concentrate on producing two songs, one song being about 15 minutes, that the Orchestra can perform on stage.” Q3. Are you currently in process of creating the music for the Orchestra? What kind of music do you compose? Park: “I usually compose contemporary music, which is a trend of classical music that started in the early 20th century and continues to this day. It is different from classical music because it adds on the elements of modern music into it. For the Orchestra, I have only mapped out the basic sketch of the two songs. For now, I want the first song to be a piano concerto, music of a piano solo. Other than that, I am still in progress of basic outlining. I have a year given to me, but it is not a long time to create a perfect piece of music, so I need to work harder to complete the song.” ▲ Park has won numerous awards in music composition contests. (Photo courtesy of Park) Q4. We know that you also work as a professor at HYU, what are other works that you do outside of being the chief composer? Park: “Yes. Currently, I give teach “Composition Workshop” at HYU. The lecture is for the seniors and it is mainly about how contemporary music is composed and played in Europe and analyzing why some of that music are not played in Korea. I enjoy teaching the students because I believe that supporting young talented musicians is important in booming up the success of Korean modern music. I also serve as the Artistic Director and Composer in the Ensemble Eins which I have established to promote new contemporary music and give other musicians opportunities to play music in an ensemble. Even though I am extremely busy due to these various work positions, I still enjoy taking part in marvelous groups as a chief composer, director, and professor.” Q5. Can you tell the readers about how your music career began? Park: “I was first involved in music when I was four years old. Like other Koreans of that age, I went to piano school as well as art school. My father was an artist and he wanted me to pursue music because he didn’t want me to go through the difficulties as an artist. While I was playing piano, my interest was more into how the song was made so, I gained composing experiences by participating in music competitions and concours.” Q6. What was it like when you attended HYU? What about when you studied abroad in Germany? Park: “One thing that pops into my head right now is when my friend and I first established a college music club called the Free Composition Group (FCG). It was a club within the college of music to promote song composition and hold annual recitals for the students. We thought active experiences would help the students gain more confidence when all of us step outside the university. The club still exists to this day and it is a strange feeling to see the junior students maintained it for such a long time. After graduation, I studied in Köln, Germany for about 9 years. I really enjoyed the time there because the environment allowed me to freely develop my ability in composition. The friends and professors I have met there encouraged me to find my own color in music.” Q7. What are the most important elements in composing a song? Park: “In any form of art, including music, I think individuality is the most important element. I use the phrase, ‘making it mine,’ a lot with students because a song has innumerable value if it has the composer’s uniqueness imbedded into it. For me, my father’s paintings are my influence for composing a song. This results in a music that only I can create with my own personal experiences. Furthermore, communication is also key in developing the musicians through community connections, peer evaluations, and higher growth. This can produce a piece of work that can not only satisfy the public but also bring out the best in your individuality.” Q8. What is your goal in the future? Park: “I think utmost goal is to simply produce good music for the public to enjoy. I am completely satisfied with where I am now because I want to improve continuously. I remember one my professors in Germany describing one song as being “just you.” I think that is exactly what I want to achieve.” Q9. Do you have any last comments for the readers? Park: “I hear from my students that they are having a tough time with figuring out what to do with life. It is necessary to worry about the financial issues, but I strongly believe having too much concerns on life is not good. One cannot know what it is to work in a field without actually going into the field. Therefore, even though life is difficult and work seems hard, why not try and experience before having too much concern? It will certainly lead you to someplace that you have not expected with more experience.” Some of the songs Park have composed include: “Monta,” “Mach Kein,” and “Seeds” You may listen to his music through videos on YouTube. (←CLICK) ▲ As a chief composer, Park has a set goal ahead of him - producing good music for the public. Park Min-young minyoungpark118@gmail.com Photos by Park Min-young

2016-11 15 Important News

[Alumni]"Nothing but Music"

Singer-songwriter Gaho, Lim Ji-sun (Department of Dance, ’09), is a singer who sings love in a calm yet very sophisticated voice. One of the rising artists in Hongdae, Lim was in fact a dancer for about 20 years in the past. She started dancing from a very young age and thought she would naturally follow the path of being a member of a dance company like a lot of her friends. For Lim, choosing to write and sing songs was more than merely switching her major but was following her belief about what was right. It required enough courage for her to do so. Lim definitely had many ups and downs in the past 5 years since she started to officially work as a singer-songwriter. Her stage name Gaho, meaning blessing of God, shows how much she hoped for the best of luck since she started to make music as a career. Delivering Love Stories in Tranquility Lim officially started her career as a singer-songwriter in 2011, two years after she graduated Hanyang University (HYU). “When I was in my 4th year, I felt much doubt about my major. I could easily foresee the ‘reality’ of becoming a dancer- that my abilities wouldn't be up to becoming a successful dancer. I wasn’t 100% sure that I could neglect that fact,” said Lim. After graduation, Lim wanted to give herself some time to ponder about her life and career. Her first obstacle came with tinnitus, an ear malfunction that made her hear ringing and buzzing sounds that only she could hear. “I was diagnosed with a sudden sensorineural hearing loss that occurred due to stress.” With a stage name Gaho, Lim is currently performing in small concert halls in Hong dae. “Despite this, I was still interested in singing and music. I was deep into indie music and was a huge fan of the Korean singer, Nell. He inspired me to sing my own story,” said Lim. Her condition deterred her from working the best she could. Lim could only rely on sounds that were louder than 120 decibels. “I had to solely depend on loud beats that was made by drums to sing and play piano along with it. After about 6 months of working as a singer, I found that I could slowly but more clearly hear sounds better. I thought it was a miracle. I remember myself crying from pleasant surprise.” Currently, she can only hear sounds with her right ear but is trying to retain the current status with constant care and medication. Step by Step Making music was just a hobby for her at first, as she had a very shallow knowledge of music and composition. Lim’s method of composition began from recording melodies of her humming and then transforming it to a score with the help of her friends who majored in music. “I knew it was a rather reckless choice for me to take as a means of living, but singing and writing songs soon became the biggest motivation and joy of my life,” said Lim. After releasing about four albums and digital singles, Lim was faced with another stumbling block. “I felt insecure about my career. I was at the end of my 20s, and I saw all my other friends getting married and settling down unlike myself. I was afraid that my career wasn’t going to be able to support my living,” said Lim. Such thoughts almost led her to make her 5th album ‘I will only cry for 4 minutes’ as her last one. “I thought that album would be the last, but I was lucky enough to find a company that was willing to support my music production.” After a contract with a music label, Lim could concentrate more on her work with less financial burden that she had had before. Lim became more confident about her music and also became more professional with sessions and bands that came along with her in her performances. 'Your Night' is her upcoming lullaby album, and 'Suddenly' was her most recent album. (Photos courtesy of Gaho) Derived From Real Experiences “A lot of my songs were written from my own experience, which recorded thoughts and feelings when I was heartbroken because of my relationship with my lover,” said Lim. As she tends to work when her emotional state is most intense, Lim mentioned she usually works with her other musician friends late at night. Among her songs that express complex emotions after breakups, there is one that is noticeably bright. “The song ‘Do you feel the same?’ was the song I wrote when I met a guy from Sweden in Korea. He invited me to Sweden with his own expense and traveling to Sweden with a person I cared a lot about was one of the most delightful moments in my life. I recorded melodies and lyrics, and made a song out it when I came back to Korea.” After Lim’s most recent album ‘Suddenly’ that was released in September, she is currently working on a new album that is to be released in December. ‘Your Night’ will be an album with four lullaby songs for adults. “I hope my songs could lead people to fall asleep well by releasing the stress they had that day,” said Lim. Also, Lim is undergoing steady vocal training to improve her singing skills and voice to become a better musician. “I know I have a lot of points to improve on, and I am willing to do so to become a musician that can impose a strong impression on people,” concluded Lim. Lim advised HYU students to have the courage to step out of their 'comfort zone' for more freedom and possibilities. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-11 14

[Alumni]Aria Brewed with Diligence and Modesty

Luciano Pavarotti, one of the three tenors of a popular operatic singing group, and Jo Su-mi, a Grammy Award-winning South Korean soprano, are the world famous opera singers in history. These two renowned opera singers, including others such as Mirella Freni and Hong Seong-hun are the winners who received first prize in the 67-year-old Viotti Music Competition. Jo Chan-hee (Vocal Music, ‘16), along with these legendary figures of music, won first prize in the Viotti music contest held from October 21th to 29th, in Vercelli, Italy. News H met Jo Chan-hee to hear about his life and his music. ▲ Jo, winner of 67th Viotti music contest. (Photo courtesy of Jo Chan-hee) Q1. Congratulations, could you please introduce yourself to the readers? Also, tell us how you felt about your win. Right now, I feel thankful for everyone who congratulated me on winning the award. The reason for my participation of the contest was to check my ability before going abroad to study vocal music in depth. I still cannot forget the moment when my name was shown as a winner, and I feel a bit embarrassed because I was quite nervous during the contest. I could have given a better performance. Q2. How did you prepare for the contest? I did not actually prepare for the contest like preparing for a test. Rather, I always practice singing about two hours every day. My mother, who is a leader of an opera group, gives music lessons to me. Then I look for the meaning of the lyrics of the songs in Italian, German, French, and Russian. Because arias consist of lines from poems, I write the verses over and over to remember them. Memorization, feeling the beat of the music, and delivery are very important. Therefore, I read these words out loud, think a lot about the pronunciation of vowels and consonants. I also use Youtube as a reference, searching for the songs that I have to practice. Although these activities seem like a great deal, I find them very enjoyable. Q3. Could you introduce us the song you performed in the contest? In order to participate in an international music competition, you have to practice the work that is selected by the host. The song I sang is Don Giovanni by Mozart. The part I performed is an aria by the character Leporello, a servant of the womanizer Don Giovanni, who introduces his master’s various love interests. The lyrics are lewd and also humorous. Q4. Was there anything interesting aspects of the contest, and were there any difficulties while participating in the event? The interesting aspect while joining the competition was that we were asked to record videos of the city of Vercelli, and in the finale contest, the scenery that we recorded was put up as a background while we gave performances, like a film festival. The difficult thing was controlling my condition before the contest, such as adjusting to the weather. Q5. Living as an artist, and especially as an opera singer, is very honorable. However, there must be some difficulties in the life of artists. What do you think are the hardships of living as an opera singer? Seeing my professor Ko Seong-hyeon, and my parents, the life of an opera singer is very honorable. However it is also burdensome in terms of responsibility as well. An opera singer‘s body is a musical instrument in itself. So I consistently need to take care of my body and control myself. That way, I will be able to deliver happiness and sadness altogether to the audience. Q6. How did you start studying vocal music? What is the driving force that pushes you on? I’m a bit different from others because I have two sets of parents instead of one. I spent my youth with my real parents, but their situations did not permit them to educate me further. Because of those reasons, I was adopted by my step parents from my middle school 3rd year. My step parents did not have any children, so they regarded me as a gift from God. They truly cared about me and they were the ones who taught me vocal music. My step grandfather was an honorary professor at a university and changed my introvert personality to be more active, fostering leadership through education. I believe that thanks to them and my grandparents, I could accomplish all the things that I achieved now. I love and thank them with all my heart, and always try hard to repay their love. Q7. What is your dream and what are your future plans? I am going to enroll in the HYU graduate school of the same major next semester. In addition, next year, I am planning to participate in famous music competitions in Korea, such as contests hosted by Joongang and Dong-a newspapers, or by Gwangju and Daegu provinces. I am also going to study abroad someday. I have a lot to learn, and I still believe that I need to try very hard to accomplish my future dreams. If I can endeavor as much as I have done until now, I would say that... I really want to become an opera singer. ▲ Jo dreams of becoming an opera singer in the future. (Photo courtesy of Jo Chan-hee) Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr

2016-11 07

[Student]Winner of KBS Motion Picture Festival

The award ceremony of the 13th KBS Motion Picture Festival was held on October 21st to announce the winners of full-length and short films. The festival, which involved the preliminary round and the media education workshop, was a long-lasting event that began in May and ended in October. Lee Hyun-woo and Min Jeong-eun (both in the Department of Media and Communications, 2nd year) teamed up to create a short film which won the Grand Prize in the university student sector. Their winning short film was titled Passion Has No Age, and it portrayed the story of aged people stepping over the limits of age within the society. In the scenes, there is an aged man and a woman who each enthusiastically participate in an activity: dancing and playing the guitar. Just like any typical college student, the two elders give a genuine expression of what passion is all about- minus the age. Q1. Congratulations on wining the prize! How do you feel about it? Lee: After we received the prize, I was still confused about whether we really did win it. Now, the joy gets more abundant each time I think back on the award ceremony. Min: Our realistic goal was to just pass the preliminary rounds, but after winning the award, I thought it was a dream for about a week. Through this wonderful experience, I hope to have instill more confidence in producing better projects in the future. Lee (left) and Min (right) won the Grand Award for Short Film, winning one million won as a prize. Q2. Can you tell the readers about the short film, Passion Has No Age? Min: Our current generation of people tend to consider aging as a incompetent process, trying helplessly to avoid it in all possible ways. In contrast to this idea, this short film tries to encourage the notion that aging is not that bad. Like the elders in the film, when you passionately pursue various activities, like art and sports, aging can be charming unlike presumed notions of thought. That is the simple message that we wanted to portray through our 2-minute film. Q3. What was the filmmaking process like? Lee: I saw the poster of the festival on a school bulletin board and instantly, it reminded me of Min because I knew her to be skillful in producing motion pictures. That is how we got together to form a team to participate in the festival. Also, the storyline of the film came to us coincidentally after watching a online video of an aged man dancing on a street. That was the start of our film. Min: The entire process of casting to finalizing the film took us about three weeks in total. Once the casting was completed, we already had a set concept and technique we wanted to use to video the scenes. We had to use a tool that could slide along with a camera like a handcart, and Lee contributed a lot to the editing process. I feel that we worked well together as a team because our strengths covered each other’s weaknesses. Q4. Did you have any difficulties in creating the film? Lee: Casting was the toughest part of the entire process. We wanted to cast an aged man who appeared in the online video Min and I watched, but he rejected our request. So I had to take a long trip to his house to talk to him in person. Searching for his house was a problem, but what’s more was that it was too late by the time I reached the place. I thought of giving up and finding a replacement, but thankfully, Min spent some time calling and persuading him to be in the film. Q5. How were university studies helpful in producing the film? Lee: Because our major is Media and Communication, most of our classes and lectures center around the basic theories of filming and video editing. I didn't know anything about filmmaking when I first entered the school. Now, thanks to the professors, I am able to produce some quality films. Min: In addition to the school classes, we are also involved in the school department’s Motion Picture Society. I am currently the president of the Creation of Motion Picture and Sound Society. The society helps the members to improve the practical sides of filmmaking. We share our thoughts on the techniques of filming and actually produce videos together as a group. Q6. What are some tips for students who are interested in creating a film like you have done? Lee: I have seen some awesome videos that have failed to go past the preliminary rounds of the festival. From that, I learned that good films are not all about the quality of filming itself but about the story that lies within the video. Min: For those who are preparing for a competition, I would recommend them to understand what kind of motion pictures that the competition itself is looking for. Also, it is important to consider how the message of the film is delivered to the viewers. The two students are only sophomores- they have more achievements to make in the future. Q7. Can you tell the readers about your plans in the future? Lee: Right now, I want to focus on improving my skills in filmmaking by participating in the school filming society. I think having more experience in motion pictures will benefit me in the future. I am also thinking about applying for the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) because I need to go to the military. That, too, will be a great experience for me. Min: Like Lee, I will continue to study filmmaking by watching various films made by different people with distinct messages. I also want to take a double major in Theater and Arts to learn professional film and producing. Due to copyright protection, the film cannot be posted on the article. However, the winning film will be screened on November 10 on the KBS1 channel at 3 p.m. Park Min-young minyoungpark118@gmail.com

2016-10 31 Important News

[Student]Future Robot Engineers of HYU

The 2016 International Robot Challenge (IRC) was held at Ilsan Kintex from October 14th to 16th. At the finals, the team 'Free Rider' that was formed of six seniors from the Department of Robot Engineering at Hanyang University, won the President award as first place. 2,300 contestants from 11 countries, including Japan and Singapore, participated in this competition. The group leader, Choi Min-jun, and the other members Cheon Hoi-young and Kim Min-ji, spoke about how they cooperated in the contest to be awarded first place. Setting up a Glorious Foundation IRC is a prestigious contest which has been held for 11 years, hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. It is comprised of three stages, the participant test, the preliminary round, and the finals. The winners were decided according to the number of missions they accomplished, the complexity of the tasks, and the speed of completion. Preparing for the contest requires participating teams to possess high creativity, perseverance and cooperation skills. Choi, Kim, and Cheon are talking about how the team cooperated by allocating the operations into processing images and programming motions. The team Free Rider was named to softly urge Cheon to work harder, because he joined the group one month late due to the exchange student program. However, what the team accomplished is ironically the exact opposite of its name. “Our team consists of the first people to graduate from our new, four-year-old major that is robot engineering. So we had no seniors to ask for guidance. With the help of professors, though, we could solve hardship in the process. That is why we strived to do our best, and we are happy to have achieved the results that match our efforts,” Choi said. “Since this is the last time we would be able to participate in a contest due to us being seniors, we were determined to accomplish fruitful results,” he added. Like a Parent of a Robot In the participant test, practicing how to recognize and find the objects utilizing two methods, using colors and dots to draw graphs, were important. “The performance of the given robot in the contest that was used from the preliminary round onwards was not particularly good. It was difficult to make the robot’s motions.” Therefore, the team first focused on the stability of the robot by programming very slow movements. “In the finals, we tried to solve the problem of slowness by compressing pixels to increase the speed eight times along with the technology to make the robot move several times at once when it sees an obstacle,” Choi explained. When the other teams benchmarked the group’s previous strategy of maintaining stability, Free Rider added speed on top of balance. There were various missions to complete in the contest in limited time, such as crossing a red and green bridge the width of 50 and 20 centimeters, leaping over a 12-centimeter huddle, and kicking balls. (Photo courtesy of Choi Min-jun) According to Kim, the team experienced many failures on the first day of the finals, which was the day to decide who would move on to the last day where winners were chosen. The team practiced until all the lights of the tournament site were turned off. Their tenacity was one of the core reasons why they were deemed first place. “We spent lot of time with our robot. We saw it fall and roll doing the missions. Opening its leg and taking off its lid to change its batteries, I felt like I was a parent looking over my child on a field day and was suddenly overwhelmed by emotions,” recalled Cheon. Research for Robots to Help People Kim and Cheon have been interested in robots since they were in middle and high school. Studying the robots, Kim and Choi thought the field of robot engineering was very enjoyable and truly suited their aptitude. In contrast, Cheon came to believe that the field of robots has depth and difficulty. The three are dreaming of entering graduate schools and becoming robot engineers. “Technology has advanced enough to actualize our ideas into real robots. The field of robot engineering is very attractive in this sense,” Cheon said. Kim is planning to join a lab which researches about robots that aid in disastrous situations. Choi’s objective is to develop wearable robots that can aid people who have difficulty walking. Cheon wants to study biometrics robots, which imitate the motions of animals. Choi, Kim, and Cheon are planning to develop robots that would help people. “The ability to program and produce robots is important. However, creativity also makes a great difference, like when we solved a mission by making the robot roll, not by going around the obstacle,” said Choi. Kim advised that it would help to both take classes and participate in contests. Cheon said that being meticulous would be a great advantage for a robot engineer. Being the first to win in a huge scale contest in their major, Free Rider members would become true forerunners in the field of robot engineering. Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-10 30

[Student]Exploring Busan

As an attempt to promote and publicize the film culture of the city and to communicate with the citizens, Busan has been hosting the Media Contents Contest Exhibit since 2002. Marking the 15th this year, Busan opened another contest with the theme 'Oh My Busan! My One and Only Busan' with hopes of seeing the city in unique and idiosyncratic perspectives of each contestant. Winning the Grand Prize, the collaborative film work by Lee Sang-kyun (Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, HYU ERICA, '14) and Lee Jin-soo (Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, HYU ERICA, 4th year) titled 'The Decisive Moment I’ve sought', received positive comments from the judges. The contest was open from June 10th to September 9th and the awards ceremony was held on October 21th. (https://youtu.be/X1vMC7LB0TI) Killing Two Birds with One Stone With great interest in making films, both Sang-kyun and Jin-soo individually had a hobby of producing video clips, holding several records of winning prizes in other contests in the past. Their interest and hobby sure was of great help and acted as a catalyst toward their prize-winning path. The inspiration for their piece seems fascinating: a poet, Kim Min-joon (Journalism and Broadcasting, ERICA Campus, ’16). The entire film is devoted to a traveling story of the poet, where he gets inspired by every little thing he encounters in Busan during his journey for his poem. Kim and the two Hanyangians’ travels to a lot of unknown yet charming places in Busan, especially inland areas far from the well-known tourist attraction, adds to the video’s outstanding characteristic. It was even hard for them to pick the best or the most memorable place because all of them were marvelous. Their trip to Busan has been truly meaningful and productive. The title 'The Decisive Moment I’ve sought' signifies the value of every moment in life and all the little things that motivate one to do great things. This is how the video was produced all together, as both contestants traveled every inch of the city with Kim, the poet, and instantaneously became inspired by the beauty they captured at each moment. The concluding line of the poem in the video reads: “Every place you run into becomes your inspirational source- this is Busan.” “We were very excited to participate in this contest because it also meant something else. It gave us the reason and opportunity to explore Busan and experience the true beauty of it. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t manage to include every single scene we witnessed in the video, but we are extremely pleased with the result. The process of making this film was surely laborious and exhausting, but at the same time, we really enjoyed ourselves,” remarked Lee. It took them four days to film all the necessary scenes and three days to connect them to produce the whole video. Regarding this year’s success as another stepping-stone, both Lee are planning to set further challenges for themselves and produce more films. Their trip to Busan was a big success in that it was both enjoyable and fruitful: although their main purpose of exploring Busan was to participate in the contest, the journey itself became a trip. They are planning to participate in more video-making contests in the future. More Film-Making in the Future Not everything went as they wished during their trip. The weather was inclemently hot, and the lack of fresh ideas hindered them from progressing. Faults were also discovered while editing. They were even faced by uneasy anxiety as they were not guaranteed to get a tangible result, despite all their effort and investment. However, all these factors turned into a worthwhile effort when they were awarded with the grand prize. “The judges complimented on the deep, inherent meaning, which made our work stand out. There were many other competent works to be considered as winning candidates, but the storyline relating to the poet of our video enticed them to pick ours instead of the others,” explained Lee. As proven by their interest and achievements, their career path is heading toward making more films. Both Sang-kyun and Jin-soo plan to participate in more film-making contests and build their career, taking every chance and opportunity they see. Jin-soo, who is a senior, is specifically looking forward to becoming a professional video producer while being willing to participate in more contests in the future. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na