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2017-10 02

[Student]A Donor and a Champion

“A lot of people say I am already successful, and they congratulate me for my achievements. However, I only think this is the beginning,” remarked Won Doo-jae (Sports and Well-being, 2nd year). Won is the key player of Hanyang’s soccer team and one of the members of the national team, U-18 and U-19. In the summer of 2017, he has also joined the J2 League’s Avispa Fukuoka team, proving his competence. On top of his achievements, Won has made headlines because he has donated one hundred million won to Hanyang University (HYU), claiming that Hanyang is the place of his growth. Ups and downs As everything starts small and trivial, Won’s interest in soccer first sprouted when he was in elementary school. First regarding soccer as his hobby and the subject of his special activity club at school, he stepped into what later became his career path, unknowingly. Entering middle school is when he was determined that he wanted to be engaged in soccer professionally, deeply consulting his parents about his decision for the first time. This led him to enter a middle school that had a soccer team and that provided him the opportunity to receive lessons and training. This continued throughout his high school days. By the end of his high school years, Won was put on the brink of going through a surgery due to his sports hernia (a symptom in the pubis are common to sports players). It was the time he was about to join the national representative’s team, so Won was put in a serious dilemma. His desire to join the team, in the end, overpowered his necessity to go through the surgery. Enduring both pain and fear of his symptom, he says, “was the most difficult time for me so far.” He postponed his surgery to a future time by which his symptom was not only on the right side of his pubis but also on his left. Won's back number in the team Avispa Fukuoka is 6. (Photo courtesy of Sportal Korea) Climbing the long way and overcoming hardship, Won became who he is today. He recalled, “I would say my professional debut game was the most memorable game of all. The game was held in July of 2017 against Yamagata, the home team of the league. I was more excited than nervous because I went through so much harsh training.” Won is currently taking a year off due to his tight schedule of matches and training. He had the urge to become an official soccer player so enthusiastically that it became his priority over academics. “I guess soccer was a louder call,” chuckled Won. He is playing in the league in Japan now! Before matches, Won says he watches a lot of videos of soccer matches and listens to energizing music. Right before going to the match, he makes sounds with his hands to prevent himself from being too nervous. The secret to maintaining his stamina, according to Won, is running in the games, since soccer is a sport that involves a large field and the players incessantly run. “Participating in many games and going through training as a team beforehand helps to keep up my stamina.” During the game, however, he does not have the conscience to think about anything else but to focus on the game. "Untill I reach my full potential!" (second to the right on top) (Photo courtesy of Korea Football Association) Shoot goal to the next stage! “What I find attractive about soccer is its usage of the feet, perhaps the most difficult part of the body to handle, to maneuver the ball so freely,” remarked Won. Soccer is his passion, career, and life. He expressed his gratitude to all his coaches and especially to HYU. “Hanyang is the place of my growth” is what Won said when donating a hundred million won to the school. To elaborate, he described Hanyang as the place he grew up through activities and lessons. Just like he did in middle and high school, he met a great coach and received constructive advice and training that led him to become who he is. His times of acquiring skills and accumulating experience has surely seemed to pay off. “My achievements so far are the beginning of my life. I believe there is a long path lying in front of me, and I can do better, infinitely. To reach my full potential, I’m never stopping or giving up!” cheered Won. His goal is to become a better soccer player than he is today, nourishing his potential with his passion. He believes there is no stop to improving, which explains all his hard work and relentless effort to pave the path that lies ahead of him. "Hanyang is where I grew up." Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-09 03

[Student]Writing as a Comprehensive Skill

What makes up a good song? Some would say good melody while others say good lyrics. Then, where do good melody or lyrics come from? Kang says, at least for the lyrics, it comes from everyday life. Kang Min-gu (Korean Language and Literature, Doctoral Program), a musician and a poet, unearthed his talent in writing when he was a young boy and developed that talent into his career. His discovery and strength in writing led him to become who he is today, an indie singer-songwriter and a poet by the name of Kang Baek-soo. A friend and the band Kang was schooled in all-boys middle school and high school in Korea, which completely eliminated any possible chance of school romance. When his friend presented a tempting idea, to make a band and perform at a all-girls high school, Kang could not help but accept the suggestion. This seemingly petty reason was the turning point of Kang’s life—this is how Kang began music. “I tried to have different hobbies such as sports and photography but they all didn't last long. Music is the only hobby that captivated my interest.” Entering Hanyang University and belonging to the College of Humanities, Kang naturally joined the band of the department, Dasalnolae. His ability of handling different instruments led him to be the main member of the band, especially in the times when only a few people joined the band. On one insignificant day, Kang saw his fellow member writing a song and making music. “At that moment, it looked easy and I thought, ‘why don’t I try writing a song myself?’” This is how he began writing songs. The lyrics of Kang’s songs come from his daily life as well. Just as he gets inspired by the little happenings in his life, his songs reflect the ordinary parts of his life and arouse a wave of empathy from the people who listens to his music. “I drink with my friends pretty often and every time, on my way back home at nights, I think about the memorable conversations I had because they could give me ideas for the lyrics.” One of his song, titled Wangsimni (click to listen), is a song based on his bitter feeling when he visited Wangsimni after graduating. The lyrics of his songs are easily relatable to those who have similar experience because they are not extraordinary. As an indie musician, Kang performs in music festivals, cafes, and other concerts he is called for. His nearest concert, The Wander Concert, will be held in few weeks on the shore of a cafe located in Incheon. Currently having seven music albums, hundreds of poems written, and four essays in books, Kang is actively engaged in his writing life. (Photo courtesy of Kang) A fine artist As a poet, on a different note, Kang insists on something of his own. When composing a song, he tends to take other people’s opinions into consideration because he aspires to produce music that people can feel attachment to. However, when it comes to poems, his own thoughts are all that matters. “To me, poems are like my identity. I take no other opinions and evaluate and judge my own poems on my own. No other peoples’ opinions are to be incorporated,” stated Kang, sternly. While his songs are for the public, his poems are for himself exclusively. Though he started his band and music by a coincidental chance, he firmly believes that his life path would still have navigated toward writing anyway. As a Korean Language and Literature major with his specialty in modern poetry, he regards his main job as a poet. Kang is preparing to publish his first collection of poems. He has written hundreds of poems so far and he is currently in the process of selecting the best ones of all. “I want to maintain my creative stamina and consistently produce my works.” He wants to be someone who maintains his job and be proud of the stacks of works he produces as time goes by. Reflecting his relatable and interesting songs and their lyrics, his collection of poems sure sounds unique and exciting to see. “Writing is my job. If I write on a manuscript paper, then it’s a poem. If on a music paper, it’s a song.” (Photo courtesy of Kang) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-08 21

[Student]Cinderella Law and its Failure

Growing up as a boy who loved to play games, Hong Sung-hyeob (Economics and Finance, Master’s Degree) has been growing his interest and passion for games until he sought his career in the company Nexon, one of the most successful online game producers of Korea. He recently published his master’s thesis on the topic of ineffectiveness of the Cinderella Law in Korea (shutting down of online games for adolescent from midnight to six in the morning) and revealed that the law is far from reaching its goals of guaranteeing teens’ sufficient amount of sleep by reducing the time for online games. “Games are my life!” Nexon was Hong’s first job, which he sought out of his pure enthusiasm for online games. During his interview for the job, Hong’s answer for the question why he applied for Nexon was fascinating: he was born for games, which genuinely reflected his heart for games. While Hong was working in the company, he did not belong to the game development department. Instead, he was doing subsidiary tasks such as managing games and their exports and creating events in the games. As a game lover, however, he wanted to do more than just ancillary jobs and do something worthwhile, incorporating his studies of Economics and Finance. The unprecedented topic he chose for his master’s thesis is regarded as an unique one, as it is somewhat irrelevant to the field. Nonetheless, Hong mentioned, “a lot of professors expressed their positive opinion toward my paper because it was something they’ve never handled before and the fresh topic was being dealt with from the perspective of our field for the first time.” As soon as he entered the graduate school, Hong was determined that his thesis paper would deal with any topics related to online games, because he wanted to research and analyze what he was truly interested in. When it was time for him to decide his topic, he realized that the Cinderella Law is one of the controversies regarding online games, as there has been heated debates on whether the law should be abolished or not. He puts an extra significance on the fact that he chose what he loved for his thesis incorporating what he studied at school. In other words, researching and analyzing statistics and data related to online games from the perspective of an economist was something special for Hong. Hong expressed his passion for games along with why he chose this topic for his paper. Cinderalla Law without returning Cinderellas The whole point of the Cinderella Law was to ensure sufficient amount of sleeping time for adolescent students who love to play games throughout the nights, as sleep critically affects their development. However, as Hong proved in his paper, the law was nowhere near reaching its goal. Statistics show that the amount of time adolescent students sleep before and after the law was implemented was, bizarrely, the same, indicating that the law is simply being futile and pointless. Hong used Korea Media Panel Survey Statistic’s data as the basis for his paper. The statistics testify the age range to time slot of online game players. By analyzing these data, Hong was able to extract the amount of sleep adolescents got before and after the law was implemented. The result, surprisingly, was only five or six minutes difference, and even that difference cannot be accounted by the law. There are three main reasons why the Cinderella Law is ineffective: students take advantage of their parents’ ID or residence number to get around the law, they play smartphone games as much as online games (smartphone games are not targeted by the law), and only domestic games are subject to the law. These reasons account for the failures of the law, clarified Hong in his paper. Hong's master's thesis deals with ineffectiveness of the Cinderella Law. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-07 31

[Alumni]Introducing Tyle, a Card News Designing Tool

Card news is a combination of texts and images in one sight, visualizing the message with the goal of enabling easy reading and understanding. Concise condensation of information in the form of storytelling could be effective when used properly, giving rise to the new contents format of card news. As it looks brief and simple on the surface, production of card news is sometimes undervalued, despite of efforts needed from planning and organization to designing. Skills, of course, would help to make a distinguished card news, but designing is another story which requires more than just technical abilities. Lee Hueng-hyun (Department of Advertising and Public Relations, 10’), has created a card news designing service for those who are nonprofessional marketers and dubbed it Tyle. Lee Heung-hyun is the creator of card news desining tool, Tyle. Two defeats, one victory “I was expecting a great hit, because I had a good feeling with my business partner. However, miracle didn’t happen that easily,” he sighed. Lee and his friend Woo Hyuk-jun first started a small joint business by the name of Tubloo in 2014, which was a small enterprise developing application software. The first two software business Tubloo launched were failures, as Lee boldly expressed. The first business was of children’s animation and the next one of contents platform—neither of which was successful. However, their third one Tyle was different. Tyle is a card news creating service where by simply entering texts and choosing designs, the user could reap a finished outcome of desired card news. It is geared towards people who are non-professional in designs, lessening the trouble of appealing to the aesthetic. Automation of production greatly increases usefulness and practicality, not to mention convenience and ease. The name Tyle was derived after a long contemplation of looking for an uncommon word, as an attempt to exclude all other services in the search engine when searched. Though it contains no extraordinary meaning, the significance is that it suits the service and the businessmen are satisfied. “Me and my partner were so enthusiastic at first that we thought anything we create could be a big success. However, after the two previous failures, we realized the two of us aren’t that special,” confessed Lee. The duo wanted to provide a service that was original and out of box, with the ambition of starting a new trend. They focused on what the market demanded, instead of focusing on what they want to do. The two defeats taught them that they should chase their abilities. In the interim, the idea that designing belongs solely to the professionals occurred to them, providing a raw scheme. This developed into the idea of Tyle, which targeted marketers who are not professional designers. "Not all combination of texts and images become a good card news." Still on the journey “We were on our own when planning for the project but we had a lot of help from professional designers with their counseling when creating the designs of the card news,” explained Lee. The current Tyle is said to be the sixth prototype model, because it was far from perfect in the beginning. It is hard to tell how long it took to create Tyle because rough sketch was virtually done in one day and it could be the finished product. It is all about improving and adding extra function to make the service better afterwards, which still goes on even today. In order to create an effective, more compelling card news, Lee pointed out a few tips. First, it is important to understand the true advantage of card news to reach its full potential. As it is a visualized message conveyer, using too much texts is absolutely not recommended. Moreover, choosing appropriate topic is crucial. If the content requires long texts and sentences, putting them in card news can be pointless. It should always be concise and easily readable. Lastly, understanding the main objective of creating card news must be fully identified. It will help to bring up the intended effect. “Jumping from 1 to 95 is achievable, but that last leap of 5 is never-reaching. I want Tyle to be outstandingly exceptional and superior, not just cool to use. I want to improve the service and fill up the remaining gap to reach 100 by adding and upgrading the quality of designs,” planned Lee. "Tyle is ever-improving!" Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-07 10

[Student]Thinking Outside the Circle

Creative ideas can originate from literally everything, depending on the creator’s attitude. When making an advertisement, inspiration can come from other advertisements, one’s experience or thoughts, or other people. For Kim Dong-hoon (Department of Educational Technology, 4th year), the winner of New York Festivals 2017, however, it comes from his dissatisfaction about the society. New York Festivals is one of the most well-known international award competitions for the world’s best works. Winning two Third Prizes in the New York Festivals 2017, Kim has taken a step closer to his dream. Different perspective, different approach Kim’s works by the name of ‘Cover by Artist’ and ‘Missing Models’ each received a Third Prize in the competition. ‘Cover by Artist’ is an advertisement idea proposed to the most popular digital music service in the United States Spotify, which puts the stage performance video of an artist on the space on the screen where there originally lies the cover album of the music to further promote the artist’s work. “If you use a music streaming service, the cover album takes up most of the space of your screen. I personally enjoy listening to live concert music and I suddenly thought if I could turn the idle space into a room for performance videos, this could be a means of advertising while making the service more enjoyable.” Spotify - Cover By Artists from Donghoon Lee on Vimeo. His other work ‘Missing Models’ is an idea derived from the hopes of helping to find missing children. In a poster, there are hundreds of faces of missing children clustered together. That makes it hard for people to take a close look at each one, which got Kim thinking. Kim thought about instances where people take a close look at the figure and came up with home shopping. He applied the concept to WooCommerce, a customizable e-commerce platform for building online business and inserted the missing children’s face as the models’ face in the home shopping sites. In this way, the faces of the children could be better recognized. Woocommerce - Missing Models from Donghoon Lee on Vimeo. Spotify, Woocommerce, missing children, and home shopping are all something that everyone is familiar with. Yet, no one has ever came up with these ideas so far. Kim’s way of thinking and approaching certain situations led him to devise such ideas. “I take a lot of notes in my daily life. It could be under any circumstances, really. Those little notes help me to create helpful ideas later on.” From problem to idea “When I look at advertisements, there are a lot of things that I don’t like about. In general, I see a lot of factors in this society that could be improved. What I do in that situation is that I take note of them and try to solve them in my own way, through making creative advertisements.” This is how his two award winning advertisement ideas came into being. Kim sees every problem as a potential idea for his work and use them as a source of ideas. “I don’t have a particular source of inspiration every time I make an advertisement. My daily life and every aspect of it could be my inspiration that gives me ideas.” Kim wants to make advertisements that could help solve social problems. Kim first got interested in making advertisements after watching one in one of his classes. “It was a chocolate advertisement and it was the first time in my life that I felt like I wanted chocolate just by watching an advertisement. I was amazed by how a short advertisement could convince people to change their minds.” As an Educational Technology major, Kim knows how to think from a learner’s perspective. This helped him to consider what the audience would want from an advertisement, enabling him to produce a more effective result. After making ads, being aware that random moments could inspire him, Kim became more attentive to little details of his life. "My next goal is to win next year's Cannes Lions, which is another prestigious international competition." Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-06 26

[Student]Run, Train, and Box!

With loud cheers from the audience, support from friends and family, nervous excitement throughout the body, and the tense atmosphere on the ring, the match was heated to its maximum and both players were growling with fierce spirit. An avid boxer, Kim Dong-woo (Department of Applied Physics, ERICA Campus, 4th year) has won his way up the tournament of 2017 Rookie Championship match hosted by Korea Boxing Federation and grabbed the champion’s trophy at last. Clenching his teeth and enduring extreme daily training, Kim shared his story as a newly rising champion. Spotlight on the ring “I remember the fatal blow that knocked my opponent down. I might have lost the match had it not been for that K.O.” reminisced Kim. It was at the last moment of his semi-final match that he struck a weighty blow and reeled his opponent backwards, after which Kim forcefully gave a succession of blows that finally knocked him down. “That was my favorite part of the match,” commented Kim. "My strength is throwing heavy punches." For the championship, Kim had a total of three matches at intervals within a couple of weeks. His quarter-final match was an unearned win, his semi-final a memorable win, and his final match the victorious one. After his semi-final, Kim had an injury on his left-hand ligament, which could have posed him a disadvantage. Fortunately, however, there was a one week delay for the final match and Kim gained an extra week until he healed. When Kim first steps on the ring, he naturally feels extreme nervousness sweeping over him. However, he manages to stay calm and hide that uneasiness by lightly running on the edges of the ring. “I need to show my opponent that I’m not nervous and that I’m confident. That’s the key to overcoming your nervousness.” Dramatically, Kim's opponent for the final match was his close friend who trained and prepared for this championship together. “I expected to see him at last, assuming that I would make it to the final match. We both trained really hard, so if we didn’t meet at the last match, it would mean one of us has been defeated, which is enervating,” remarked Kim. To both players, the final match was made more meaningful because they both made it to that round. "I can't stop training, because I can't get rid of the thought that my enemies are training harder." How it all began Kim first started boxing as a hobby as an attempt to lose weight after gaining a lot during exam weeks. As an uninterested starter, he never imagined becoming a boxing champion of Korea one day. After one year of training, Kim acquired his pro-boxer license and found himself completely befallen for boxing. Currently, as a senior at university, Kim is also concerned about his academics. He is facing the dilemma of either dedicating his life to boxing or going to a graduate school of physical education, only to pursue a career related to boxing. As for now, Kim's passion is directed toward boxing and he is doing what he enjoys at the moment. “I know I should care more and focus on my career at this point but I love boxing so much that I can’t stop training for it.” After his victory at the championship, he felt rewarded for all his hard work and was determined that his road to becoming the champion of Korea was further paved. Despite his family’s concerns and disapprovals, he has only reaped positive outcomes and is driven further by his growing passion for boxing. "I will not fail anyone who support me." "My ultimate goal is to become the champion of Korea." Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Sang-yeon

2017-06 20

[Alumni]Impassioned teacher of love

As third graders in high school, students often bear precarious agitation in their minds when choosing career, picking majors, or entering universities. Heartfully understanding this distress and sincerely wanting to lessen the load of unease, Kim Kyung-hoon (Department of education, ‘01), a teacher at Haneul Academy, has composed a song with meaningful lyrics for his apprehensive students. Bringing students to tears and causing a touching sensation in their hearts, the song sure seems to last in the students’ mind for their entire life and be a valuable memento of their high school times. As a teacher and a musician As a teenager, Kim always dreamed of becoming a teacher, as much as he aspired to become a musician. Not being able to pick one of the two, he concluded that he would be both at the same time: a teacher who composes music. “I was motivated by my high school teacher who also wrote and published several books. His main job was teaching and his side job was writing. That was the exact lifestyle that I pursued.” He began to compose songs when he was a teenager and nurtured the other dream concurrently. "High school students today bear much more stress than we did in the past in our school days." With his first music album released in 2008, by the name of Acoustic Project as a solo artist, Kim intermittently composed songs dedicated to other people. The name Acoustic Project, does not only mean unplugged music, but also means to include all acoustic matters, all sounds of music. The digital single album he released last month, titled ‘To the Sky’(Click to listen) is a song dedicated to his third-year students at his school, with the music video featuring his students. Witnessing what his student are going through and understanding how tough it is, Kim was determined that he would write a song for them. As a teacher, Kim always tries to teach students how to live happily, not stressfully. Though it may seem as if entering a good university is the greatest hardship and the most important step of achieving success, it is only a stepping stone which last only temporarily. “I tell students to look beyond and find what will bring them happiness in the long run. Life is not an equation that needs perfect calculation answers and,” remarked Kim. Kim is working on his song in the workroom. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim recording his song with his own voice. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Be brave and not timid, To the Sky The title ‘To the Sky’ epitomizes the lyrics of the song, coinciding with the name of the school—Hanuel in Korean is sky. Students who do not know about their potentials consider themselves as the ugly duckling and remain close to the ground but I wanted to make them aware that they will one day soar to the sky like a beautiful swan. “When I sit my students individually for counseling, the first thing they do is crying. It shows how frustrated and anxious they are. I wanted to reflect their mood and portray it in a song with a hopeful message in hopes of encouraging them.” The lyrics are largely divided into two parts: the first half of the song from the perspective of the students, and the remaining half of the teacher’s. The intention of doing so was to reach the students’ heart more directly and to sound as if the song was reading their minds. In that way, bigger wave of sympathy and emotion could be aroused in students’ hearts. Each line of the lyrics is meant to resonate with the mood of the students in the first half of the song, when it is describing their feelings from their very perspective. In the second half, cheerful messages from the perspective of a teacher, from Kim’s perspective, is delivered, heartening each students who is struggling amidst her angst. "To the sky, my dear students!" Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-05 22

[Student]Writing Songs of Memory

“Under the deep ocean, hundreds of unbloomed flowers…” starts the song Flower of Truth, composed by Park Soo-jung (Department of Applied Music, 2nd year, ERICA Campus). Believing in the necessity of remembering the MV Sewol tragedy, Park, as a young composer, has been writing songs about Sewol in hopes of reminding people about the incident. Collaborating with the youth musicians supporting organization Sing About Chu, Park recently presented her new tribute song Flower of Truth. She expresses her deep sorrow and regret over the disastrous event through the song. Flower of Truth Commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the MV Sewol incident, Park wrote and dedicated this song to the students and their families, as an attempt to represent the consolation and condolences of the public. The overall mood of the song is dismal and depressing as it tries to reflect the reality surrounding the incident. The underlying message she tried to convey was criticism toward society’s changing perspective of the event which grows more and more nonchalant and negligent. She pointed out the nonsensical attitude of some people, and wrote this song in compensation of those negativities. Flower of Truth criticizes the inappropriate attitute toward Sewol and its victims. “I sometimes see ridiculous remarks by people online such as ‘enough with Sewol,’ ‘I’m tired of hearing about this issue already,’ ‘It's had enough attention’ and so on. It makes me angry to see how cruel and indifferent people are.” By including the line “someone’s pain is someone’s mockery,” Park intended to reproach those who spoke improperly of the Sewol incident. Repeated in the song is the lyrics “make it bloom, make it full bloom,” by which she meant the bloom of flowers in people’s minds, the flower of truth, and never forget what happened. “I was taking a nap on the day of Sewol’s third anniversary, and I had a strange dream. In it, I was drowning in the ocean, which gave me enough fear and pain to wake up terrorized. I will never be able to imagine or understand the students’ awful horrors that they went through that day,” expressed Park. Such vividness solidifed in her mind that the pain and terror of the students, not to mention the scars left on their families, should never be overlooked and nor be forgotten. Park and Composition When composing a song, Park gets inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. The little thoughts and ideas that pass by her mind or the objects she sees develop into lyrics and melodies. For Flower of Truth, she found the melody after a shower. As a music major, she has written many songs, the most representative one being The World, dedicated to people who have low self-confidence and many insecurities, to boost their confidence and to shift their minds towards a more positive view of themselves. “I chose to major in composing music because as a high school student, the only joy and hobby I had was playing the guitar and singing along. I was emotionally going through hard times, but I was able to find comfort in music.” As a young composer, Park’s dream is to one day become a composer whose name is synonymous with great music and the music in which people find energy and strength. "I want to compose music that lifts people up." Click to watch Park's Flower of Truth Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Hye-im

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

2017-02 20 Important News

[Faculty]Insight from a Literature Critic

There's a saying that you see as much as you know. From this logic, it could be deduced that when reading a book, one can understand only as much as one has learned. Doubtlessly, in order to be an expert of a field, one manifestly needs extensive reading and the acquirement of boundless knowledge. On this, Professor Yoo Sung-ho (Department of Korean Language and Literature) shared his insight and understanding as a literature critic. Definition of a literature critic “Criticizing is a cordial cooperation between the literary work and the critic,” remarked Yoo. This is how he usually defines literary criticism. It is the act of pinpointing appreciable and admirable facets of the work, sometimes including inevitable reproaches. Yoo clarified that criticizing and condemning each possess distinct characteristics, thereby separating them in their essence. What lies at the center of criticism is the accurate interpretation of the literature, accompanied by the competence in constructing one’s own sentences. Finding the true values of a literary work and animating it into one's own words of criticism for others to read and relate to, is what critics do, as Yoo explained. Moreover, Yoo thinks self-consciousness is also important when it comes to reviewing a literary piece. Asking oneself the reason for analyzing a piece of work and deliberating what contributions the criticism could give to the world is attributable to a distinguished critic. Yoo believes reading with the sole objective to write could never widen a critic’s analytical perspective. Reading should be something that's done consistently, without intention. “I was deeply touched by a book and tried to express that feeling with words. That is how I came to submerge myself in reading and literature analysis.” Formula for criticism “It's often next to impossible to distinguish whether one idea comes from one’s value or taste,” said Yoo. Taste acts as the chief driving force in establishing one’s value. When analyzing a literary text, one’s taste inevitably functions as the judge, with existing values and philosophy added after it. Although taste is a personal and subjective factor, it is indispensable for critics, for every critic has their own style and preference that ultimately define their individuality. A critic should possess knowledge of the text, author, and general trend of the literary field. Knowing the author’s style such as writing techniques, philosophy, and taste will help the critic interpret the written work better. Literature tends to contain more than what is just written superficially in words, therefore necessitating critics to apprehend the core message beyond the visible text. The most important skill a critic should poseess, Yoo hinted, is the ability to express one’s interpretation in fluency. “No matter how outstanding your comprehension and analyses are, mediocre wordings could ruin your criticism. The power of words cannot be ignored,” commented Yoo. On top of everything, when reviewing a literary work, critics often feel tempted to stand on the same platform as the authors, drinking in only the perspective of the original writer. This enables critics to break the boundary of merely interpreting texts, letting them be “authors” themselves and write sentences of idiosyncrasy that exquisitely convey their own analysis. “Extensive reading begets great critics.” Above are two critism books that Yoo wrote. (Photos courtesy of Ridibooks and Yes24 respectively) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Hana