With a strong sound of the timpani, the 2017 Hanyang Wind Orchestra raised its curtain on Sunday, September 17. Wind Orchestra is named after the characteristics of the instruments used in the performance. Wind instruments such as the flute, oboe and clarinet fill most of the stage with percussion and some string instruments. “Wind Orchestra can fulfill both artistic and public needs in music as percussion and wind instruments create dynamic sounds.” Said Park Min-ji, from the Department of String & Wind Intsruments. Members of the Wind Orchestra, collaborator Lim Jae-woong (Department of String & Wind Intsruments, 4th year) and conductor Kim Eung-du (Adjunct professor, Department of String & Wind Intsruments) are on stage for the rehearsal. Pieces with diverse emotions Dynamica written by Jan Van der Roost was the first song to welcome the audience with a bright and powerful mood. The piece instantly filled the KBS hall in Yeouido with joy and glee, making the audience anticipate the next number. The song then turned into another phase where it instantly changed the whole atmosphere. Minor codes running off fast imposed a nervous feeling, as if the orchestra was being chased by something. Concertino da camera introduced one of the stars of the night, Lim Jae-woong (Department of String & Wind Intsruments, 4th year). Lim played fast and complicated notes with a saxophone and made it look so easy, almost without a blink. As the main collaborator, Lim competed against more than 10 students for the spotlight. “It sounded like an OST from a TV soap opera. The grand music was almost overwhelming” said Lee ye-rim (10), daughter of an anonymous graduate from the Department of Urban Planning. “We came to see one of our old friends, and decided to take our kids for educational purposes.” The Lee family is taking a photo at KBS hall during the intermission. Lee Ye-rim (10) in the top middle and the anonymous alumni, far right. The following piece, Angels in the Architecture presents a somewhat unfamiliar instrument called ‘whirlies’. This instrument creates a beautiful wind sound that falls perfectly with the soprano’s voice (featuring as ‘angel’) and the title of the song. The composer Frank Ticheli noted that the whirlies are supposed to represent the halo of the angel, too. Irmak Akoglu, an exchange student majoring in biomedical engineering revealed that this is her first time at an orchestral performance, and said, “the songs they chose were amazing. It gave me so many different emotions." University of Texas Wind Ensemble is performing Angels in the Architecture with the composer and conductor, Frank Ticheli. The white ribbon-like instruments being waved around are the whirlies. (Photo courtesy of The University of Texas Band) An interactive performance After the 15 minute intermission, four songs were given: Lento, Scherzo, Mesto and Allegro Giocoso as part of the Third Symphony. Then, loud applause broke out for a long time, long enough for the conductor Kim to introduce every member of the orchestra. "Encore!” “Bravo!” as several audience members shouted out their excitement. Part of the brochure of the 2017 Hanyang Wind Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of College of Music) Two encore songs followed, including Hanyang’s official school song. The first one was absolutely the most impressive encore of all time. Conductor Kim held a microphone and showed gratitude for all the people who came to see the performance, and he excitedly went on to say, “I want to take you all to an amusement park. If I give you a sign, please scream for 30 seconds as you are riding a rollercoaster. Please do scream out loud as much as the lights can fall out from the ceiling!” The performers moved their body back and forth while playing the instruments to truly bring out the mood for the audience and when Kim signed, they raised their arms and screamed enthusiastically. Along with ovation that again lasted for a long time, this year’s Hanyang Wind Orchestra closed its curtain. "All seats of the performance are free of charge and based on invitation every year to enlarge the opportunities for Hanyang students and faculty members so that they can be exposed in this unique form of orchestra,” said Park. If you have missed this year’s show, there still is a chance soon on November 2, as the orchestra was invited to a college orchestra festival. Kim So-yun email@example.com Photos by Park Young-min
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- 2017.0919Delivering Dynamic Spirits Through Their Breaths
- 2017.0918Hanyang hosted 'Univerisity Club Recruitment Fair'
Hanyang University hosted 'Univerisy Club Recruitment Fair' on September 6th at Seoul Campus, Seongdong-gu, Seoul. Over 60 university student clubs participated in the fair. ▲Freshmen are looking the chart of student clubs ▲New students are filling out the club membership documents at the table tennis club booth ▲A member of Judo club is introducing the club to freshman ▲ A member of skin-scuba diving club is introducing the club to freshmen ▲New students are waiting for consultation at the surfing club booth.
- 2017.0913Two of Hanyang's Humanities·Social Science Departments Ranked in the ‘Best’ Category
Hanyang University’s department of public administration and department of Tourism ranked ‘the best’ in the ‘2017 Joongang Ilbo Korean University Rankings by departments for Humanities and Social Science’ published on September 7th. The Department of Economics & Finance and the Department of History were ranked as ‘good’, while the Department of Economics (Erica Campus) and Department of Philosophy were ranked as ‘fair’. To celebrate the 52nd anniversary of Joongang Ilbo, a four year course on humanities · social science department evaluation was focused on department on economics, public administration, hotel management, tourism, history and philosophy in 70 major Universities in Korea. In the Joongang Ilbo Korean University Rankings for 2017 by departments for the department of Public Administration , Hanyang University (Seoul), Korea University (Seoul), Yonsei University (Seoul), Ewha Womans University and Chungang University were evaluated as 'the best'. The department of Public Administration at Hanyang University ranked at the top of the list in first place in the evaluation index among students per faculty (17.3 students) and tuition to scholarship ratio (40.2%). In addition, the net employment rate (60.8%) and the retained employment rate (96.3%) ranked 10th. Due to most students in this department taking the public administration exam, the department conducts ‘Mock PSAT (Public Service Aptitude Test)’ for first grade students. Seokeun Kim, director of the Department of Public Administration at Hanyang University said, “We introduced mock PSAT because many students are frustrated when they take PSAT in their senior year.” In addition, students in the department of Public Administration must interview one career worker of their choice during the career development seminar. The students should research carefully from the recruitment, selection to the person’s day-to-day work, the people he/she meets for work, job station, to job turnover. According to the article of Joongang Ilbo, featured on September 7th, this is related to the fact that the employment rate and the retained employment rate of the department of Public Administration at Hanyang University were highly ranked in the evaluation index, and many excellent departments, including the department of public administration at Hanyang University, offer many opportunities to experience the public administrative field, directly. In the department of hotel management · tourism evaluation, which was conducted for the first time this year, Hanyang University (Seoul), Kyunghee University (Hospitality Management), and Pusan National University were ranked "the best". According to the article featured in Joongang Ilbo, all three universities including Hanyang University, which ranked at the top of the evaluation list, showed excellent achievements in domestic and foreign research thesis performance by professors and were awarded many research grants by the government, the local governments, and companies. Hanyang University's Department of Tourism received the highest praise in the evaluation index in terms of retained employment rate(89.2%), international dissertation per professor (3.07 theses), and research grants per faculty member (KRW 15.36 million). It also ranked in 2nd place in domestic thesis paper (3.94 pieces) per professor, 4th place in dropout rate (1.7%), and 4th in suburban research expenses (62.29 million KRW) per professor. The professor of Hanyang University’s department of tourism wrote three international papers and four domestic papers per full-time faculty member in 2015. Seong-Hyup Hyun, the professor of Hanyang University’s Department of Tourism, has made excellent achievement by publishing 12 SSCI-grade international papers in a year. The professors with excellent research achievements and those who are in charge of national research projects in the past two years get reduced lecture time and increased funding. The university also supports up to 20 million KRW ‘research fund for settlement’ for new professors who have been appointed for two years. In the evaluation for the Department of Economics, Korea University (Seoul), Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University (Economics), Sungkyunkwan University (Global Economics), and Yonsei University (Seoul) were ranked as ‘best’. Konkuk University (Seoul), Kyungpook University, Dankook University, Pusan University, Sogang University, The University of Seoul, Chungang University, and Hanyang University (Seoul) ranked as ‘good’. There were 14 universities, such as Hanyang University (ERICA) ranked as ‘above good’. The department of economics and finance, which ranked ‘good’, ranked no.1 in the ratio of participating in on-the-job training (24.1%) and no.5 in the net employment rate (75.2%). The department of economics (Erica Campus), which ranked ‘Fair’, ranked no.7 in participating in on-the-job training (18.6%). In the evaluation of the Department of History · Pusan University, Sogang University · Seoul National University (Department of National History) · Seoul National University (Department of Oriental History) ranked as ‘the best’; 8 universities including Konkuk University (Seoul) · Kyungpook National University · Kyunghee University · Korea University (Seoul · Department of history) · Korea University (Seoul · Department of Korean History) · Seoul National University (Department of Western History) · The University of Seoul · Hanyang University (Seoul) were ranked as ‘good’. Hanyang University’s Department of History, which ranked as ‘good’, ranked 7th in the research funds per professor (97.44 million KRW), and 9th in the paper citation counts (1.10time). In the evaluation for the Department of Philosophy, Konkuk University (Seoul), Korea University (Seoul), Sungkyunkwan University (Confucianism, Oriental Studies) were ranked as ‘the best’. Five universities, including Kyungpook University, Sogang University, Seoul National University, Yeungnam University, and Chonnam University, were ranked "good"; nine universities ranked as ‘fair’ including Hanyang University (Seoul). In terms of the Department of Philosophy evaluation index, Hanyang University ranked No. 1 in retained employment (100%), No. 9 in the paper citation counts (1.52 time), No. 10 in tuition to scholarship ratio (21.5%) and No. 10 in dropout rate (2.2%). Meanwhile, the evaluation of the Department of Humanities and Social Science, were evaluated by 14 indicators for those Social Science Departments such as Economics, Public Administration, Hotel Management, Tourism with scores on a scale of 200 points. The Department of Humanities, such as History and Philosophy were evaluated by 11 indicators with a scale of 190 points. In the evaluation of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, domestic journals, books and translations were also used as key indicators. Based on the combined score of each indicator, the top 10% classified as ‘the best’, 25% as ‘good’, and 50% were classified as ‘fair’.
- 2017.0911Find Your Perfect Job, Bright Future!
"The desire of Columbus for the discovery of the world is reenacted through Hanyangians!” Here is the ambitious motto of the Job Discovery Festival of Hanyang University (HYU) in the era of exacerbating unemployment. Every September, the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) design and host the Job Discovery Festival to provide students of HYU a chance to seek information and real life stories on 154 companies and occupations in South Korea. News H visited the event held on the 5th and 6th of September to become a Columbus of the job market. Both local and international students are zealously paying attention to the recruiters and their consultation. Discovery of occupation, summary of information This year, 154 companies have participated in the career fair, which was a 23 percent increase compared to last year. The most intricate part of the fair was that it prevented any exclusion of students in employment as its theme this year was ‘diversity.’ Along with the booths for Korean students, designated booths for the handicapped students and foreigners were also prepared. The fair included individual consultation with the recruiters, providing truthful information that cannot be found on official reference. Professional advice for employment documentation that many students find difficult to prepare was also given. “The Job Discovery Festival has always provided great opportunities for students to comprehend more specific information on companies while recruiters can meet their possible candidates through the fair,” said Shin Yong-jin of the CDC. The fair is hosted every September, considering the primary employment season of South Korea. “The main reason to hold the festival in September is because of two reasons. First, majority of Korean firms recruit personnel in the second semester, and second, the CDC believes that this fair will arouse students’ attention on the beginning of term,” reminded Shin. Out of the 154 firms who participated, 12 of them were active in recruiting handicapped students. The booth for the disabled students was arranged to explain to them the spectrum and the process of employment. Also, several Japanese companies also took part in the fair to employ Korean students due to the aging population. “The place, exclusively prepared by the OIA for foreign students, provides them deeper information on careers they could pursue in South Korea with all the information translated in various languages for their convenience,” explained Park Jin-ju of the OIA. Advice from the bottom of alumni’s heart The recruiters of the fair from each company were mostly graduates of HYU. As the Job Discovery Festival was gaining momentum, juniors and seniors flocked together to hear sincere advice from the alumni. “It was a great experience for me to learn about the plethora of firms in Korea. Also, information that cannot be found online was provided by our alumni recruiters along with their heartfelt encouragements,” said Hwang Jong-min (Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4th year). Also, Umeh Zeno from Nigeria (Economics and Finance, 1st year) remarked, “even though I was only a freshman, I could learn a lot about employment and its process here in South Korea. I was impressed with the fair’s scale and I wish to visit here again annually.” Umeh is meticulously observing the employment process of the LG Company. Numbers of alumni gladly welcomed their juniors to their career booth. Kang Min-chang (Department of Mechanical Engineering, ‘14), currently working at SK Plant-Mechanical Team, has also disclosed his sincere advice to his juniors. “I remember wandering around at this festival, desperately looking for where I wanted to be employed two years ago. I am happy to be here now, helping my juniors with their career, and I’ve been advising them to apply their full strength at the interview to make a good impression on employers,” said Kang. Kang wishes that Hanyangians who successfully obtain employment will gladly help their own juniors for their future. The Job Discovery Festival of 2017 was packed with students, revealing the reality of the high unemployment rate. South Korean and foreign Hanyangians willing to be employed locally may have to be faced with moments of failure. However, numbers of frustration cannot defeat the sense of accomplishments in further life. Just like, after the storm--comes calm. The future of Hanyangians will shine bright despite the hard times of this era! Kim Ju-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Choi Min-ju
- 2017.0911Making a Better Environment to Live In
Until the 21st century, the world has gone through excessive amounts of civilization. People were able to make various visible developments while failing to keep the environment without pollution. Professor Kim Ki-hyun of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, therefore, focused on the environmental problems through his paper, “Biochar as a Catalyst”. Through the paper, he introduced a new material that could better purify various impurities. Biochar is a compound word of ‘bio’ and ‘char’, which is biology and charcoal. This material is a type of waste that is produced when you burn any biological materials that possess carbon. Just as charcoal is made when you burn trees, biochar is made when you burn biological materials. Through this not-so-helpful looking waste, people can purify the environment. When soil is polluted with something, such as oil, pesticides or heavy metal, biochar can be effectively used to absorb these contaminations. They combine well with toxic substances; therefore, it allows purification of soil only though scattering these materials in the soil and skimming them out again. The picture of the process of making biochar. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim introduced his overall research related to biochar. He studies various metal organic frameworks, which are much like biochars, used to purify polluted environments. “There are over 20 thousand types of metal organic frameworks, and I am currently working on which framework will be the most effective when purifying pollution,” explained Kim. Moreover, he talked about electronic cigarettes which are a relatively newly introduced invention. As there isn’t a proven result of the components within the electronic cigarette, Kim is working on the methods to discover the dangers of them. Kim said, “There isn’t a precise database related to electronic cigarettes. They could also consist of numerous cancer-causing agents and harm, just as original cigarettes does. I intend on discovering these substances and, furthermore, purify them.” Kim, however, does not solely research on this one material. He pays attention to the general issues within the society. His main interest lies on various aerial issues such as air pollution, fine dust, indoor pollution and stenches. Kim said, “There, indeed, are a lot of problems regarding pollution related issues. However, there are also a lot of methods that can be used to solve these problems. My goal is to make effective solutions through comprehensive research.” He explained that the biochar mentioned in his paper is only a small example of his overall goal. He intends to research on more new materials and solve various social issues. Kim hopes people could have correct information on the environment. Kim hopes that people would have a better understanding of environmental pollution. “When the dust level exceeds 100 microgram per 1 cubic meter, the Ministry of Environment suggests to refrain from going out. However, when people wear masks right after they smoke to protect themselves from fine dust, they breathe in eight hundred to nine hundred micrograms of dust. Due to excessive amounts of information, people sometimes make contradictory actions,” explained Kim. He wished that more environmental education would be made in the pursuit of proper knowledge. He added that Hanyang University students should give more interest towards the environment. “Let’s keep the air clean, with correct information!” On Jung-yun email@example.com Photos by Park Young-min
- 2017.0918[Card News] A volunteer group, ‘Welcome Handae’, “Can I give you a hand?”
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- 2017.0918The Dark Side of Teenagers
Teenagers in Korea are often called--‘the future of their country'. Most students study hard to achieve their dreams and to become a proud member of their country. However, recently, the eyes of Korean citizens were focused on a few teenagers. Crimes were made by those who were not even adults. Students of age 19 and under have shocked the whole country through their cruelty. However, through the juvenile law, their sentences have been, and most likely will be, asked for a reduced sentence. Therefore, the public is currently requiring a modification in the current juvenile law, so that they could properly be punished. The attention towards Busan and Gangneung According to the police, two middle school students living in Busan requested an arrest warrant, one on the 11th and another on the 15th. They announced that five students including the two were suspected of the crime. It was told that they assaulted a fellow school student with construction materials, chairs and glass bottles for around an hour and a half. A resident notified the police, but the students pretended to be onlookers and turned themselves in three hours later. An even more shocking fact is that this assault was not even their first incident. They had assaulted the same girl two months ago. However, as the girl reported their wrongdoings to the police, they retaliated on the girl again, this time calling a lot of attention to the whole country. A capture of the CCTV of the Busan assault incident. (Photo courtesy of SBS) Due to this incident, another that occurred in July came to the surface. It was reported that six students from Gangneug, who were middle and high school students, assaulted a middle school student for seven hours. Their reasons for the assault was that the victim had not given them the money she needed to give, and told rumors about one of the perpetrators to others. For these reasons, these six students chose not to have a conversation, but to spit, punch and threaten her with scissors. They had also tried to undress her along with sexual harassments. The assailants were indicted without detention, and the victim was diagnosed with a two-week hospitalization, and is currently going through psychotherapy for two months. Both incidents have a lot in common. All incidents had numerous perpetrators which included them posting their actions on the SNS. The ages of these criminals are getting lower, resulting in growing concerns. A judge who specializes in juvenile crimes, Cheon Jong-ho, also emphasized the current status of teenagers’ SNS. “The students revealed their own crimes in an open space. This shows a huge problem in the characters of the students, and furthermore, the dissolution of their family and society.” He explained that these crimes should be related to other issues of the society as well, not only in the crimes themselves. Teenage crimes these days include numerous assailants. (Photo courtesy of Monday News) Teenage crimes and the juvenile law The current criminal law prohibits punishment of children under the age of 14. Therefore, an alternative was made to the judge that these children are under the juvenile law. Through this law, juvenile protective disposition can be made for a maximum of two years in the juvenile reformatory. For the teenagers over 14 and under 19 are feasible of a criminal punishment. However, also through this juvenile law, their possible maximum sentence is 20 years. The assailants of the Busan and Gangneung assault incidents, therefore, will not end up in a prison as a result. However, two different developments are possible. First of all, through the juvenile law, they could be on a teenage trial and result in probation or sent to a juvenile reformatory. In this case, they would not have a criminal record since the juvenile reformatory has a purpose of correcting the actions of a teenage criminal. In another case, they could go through a criminal trial, and end up in a juvenile prison, which is a prison for teenagers between the age of 19 to 23. This is just a prison made to separate them from adult criminals and has the same force as a normal prison. They would, therefore, be sent to a normal prison when they are over the age of 23. A picture of a juvenile prison. (Photo courtesy of Segye News) These serious teenage criminals have caused a lot of citizens to protest to modify the juvenile law. However, this problem is a matter that requires a lot of consideration. First of all, we need to clearly identify that the cruelty in teenage crimes is increasing, as it just might be the matter of citizens finding out these crimes more easily because of the SNSs. Second, we also need to find out if teenagers are making critical crimes because of weaker punishments. Nevertheless, an effective solution must be made. Blindly lowering the age of severe punishment can cause problems to the overall legal system since the age of 19 indicates allowance of new legal activities. Therefore, small adjustments, such as the change in maximum sentences, should be made in order to give the judges more discretion. Teenagers, as the future of our country, should be protected and be led into the right path. On Jung-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2017.0918Lounges, Where Are They?
Every student of Hanyang University (HYU) might want to pay attention to what this article is about to unfold: the collection of lounges throughout the campus. There seems to be a lot of students who do not know what to do during their not-too-long but not-too-short time between classes. For those who need a place to pass their time before their next class, for those who think cafes are too loud and libraries too suffocating to lock themselves for assignments and studying, and for those who are tired--consider the following options! Rest & Information 501- Paiknam Library; 701- HIT building Located on the first floor of the Paiknam Library, the Lee Jong-hun Lounge awaits students with open arms. Accommodating divided spaces for group projects, rows of desktops, mini cinemas, and big open spaces with various shapes of chairs and desks, students are free to use the facilities as they please. DVD CD’s can be rented if a student brings the CD case from the shelf and presents his or her student ID card at the renting desk. Those who need to write a paper could do so on the desktop, and those who want to read could pick out a book from the shelf or even go upstairs and borrow a book and read it in the lounge. Do not miss the piano by the window with headphones waiting for those who want to enjoy music! Divided spaces and desktops are next to each other. (Photo courtesy of Paiknam) Eight mini cinemas and a DVD CD room are next to each other. (Photo courtesy of Paiknam) A big, open space with sofas and an undivided table are in one area, with a piano by the window. (Photo courtesy of Paiknam) Just behind Paiknam, HIT (Hanyang Institute of Technology) building offers two lounges: HIT Lounge and Yang Min-yong Lounge. Located in the lobby of the HIT building, the Lounge displays innovative products and inventions created by students and others and VR (virtual reality) machines. Students could try the VR device; please make sure to put on the face mask! Taking up some space by the wall are an exhibition of figures made with 3D printers. Figures made with the 3D printer and the VR experiencing machines are available. Inventions made by students are displayed. Moving on, to the left of HIT Lounge, Yang Min-yong Lounge welcomes its visitors. Providing students with spaces to work, either individually, or as a group, the open space with a window-walled lounge gives warmth to the students who come. The inner part of the lounge, divided into the A,B,C,D zones (Action, Bridge, Challenge, and Design, respectively) allows students to have consultation with counselors of various corporations and obtain information about employment. Different shapes and sizes of tables and chairs are arranged. ABCD zones are in order. Alone & Together 212- Engineering Building 1 Going over the hill into the Engineering Building 1, Noh Young-baek Lounge is situated on the first floor of the building. Those working on a group project or looking for a comfortable space to read with their shoes off--this place is ideal. Harboring divided spaces with the tables for multiple people, Noh Young-baek Lounge looks like a perfect place for group projects and discussions. In addition, when not only your mood feels suffocating but also your feet feel the same, give them some break in this lounge. The staired space in the innermost part of the lounge allows students to relax with their shoes off, even lying down if desired. Groups of students are studying together, while some others are reading individually with their shoes off. Art & Technology 208- Fusion Tech Center Chung Seung-il Arts Space is a space presenting the harmony of art and technology, as its name indicates. Located on the first floor of the Fusion Tech Center, the lounge provides an open space for students to chill out and chat. The sun-embraced space harbors round tables and chairs, parasoled tables, and the individual research room. The big window creates a warm, bright mood. Business & Global 706- Business Building; 108- International Building Next, going to the Business building, there is the Shinhan Lounge on the second floor. Featuring group study rooms, debate rooms, and a reading room, the lounge offers more of a quiet and focused mood for those who need to get down to business with their assignments and study. If there is no space in the Paiknam Library, Shinhan Lounge could be another option. Lastly, entering the International Building, the Global Lounge is the first thing in sight. Fitting to its name, the lounge has a walled-time of various countries, with each time fixed on the spot of the corresponding country. As one big open space, no privacy is guaranteed but students could get together and work on their tasks, either individually or together. Both international and Korean students can be seen in the lounge, using multiple languages. The time-map wall and several different languages make the Global Lounge more global! The open space of Shinhan Lounge outside the study reading room. Small and big tables and sofas are in the Global Lounge. Coming Soon Yet to be constructed are the Hanyang Startup Town and the Hanyang Theater, each located in front of the HIT building at the back of the Olympic Gymnasium, respectively. Both are currently under construction, which are planned to be finished in October this year. Their names indicate new and different places from the lounges previously mentioned! See you in October! If you are wandering around because you do not know where to kill some time, or if you want to take a break before your next class, visit one of these lounges. They are perfect for resting, studying, and working on group projects. What better places are there than lounges when you have an hour or two on campus. Jeon Chae-yun email@example.com Photos by Oh Sang-hoon, Choi Min-ju Design by O Chae-won
- 2017.0911[Op-ed] Do Not Judge a Book by Its Cover
While walking down the streets in Gangnam, one of the biggest districts in Seoul, it takes no effort to find women with bandages all over their faces and around their heads, completing the look with sunglasses attempting to cover the fresh bruises and swellings. What happened to them? Certainly not a traffic accident, as indicated by their intact body--plastic surgery is what happened. Then the question is, why would they get plastic surgery? Obviously, because they want to be “prettier.” Beauty and charm are considered absolute in Korean society where lookism predominates and overrules all other supposedly more valuable factors. Let us zoom the issue in. The social norms: are you pretty enough? Is lookism bad? Or is it justifiable? Some people argue that it is next to impossible to deny lookism because being attracted to beautiful things and people is an instinctive tendency that everyone has, no matter how hard they try to deny. Others, on the contrary, assert that it is an unfair and inexcusable revolver that massacres those who are not “lucky enough.” It is almost an accepted, yet unspoken fact that attractive, good looking people have small and big perks in Korean society. “When I was a teenager, my teacher used to indoctrinate me that the only way for me to become successful is to enter one of the top universities. However, even after graduating from one of the most prestigious universities in Korea, I was nowhere near successful,” revealed Park Ji-sun, a famous female comedian. “Dear teacher, the answers were right in my face, not in the books!” added Park. This confession was made during one of her shows, which seem to be highly related to lookism. What she meant is that her success was achieved through becoming a comedian, far from studying, because her humor comes from her face. This made a lot of people laugh, instead of puzzled. "My high school teacher emphasized studying hard exclusively to me." (Photo courtesy of breaknews) ‘You need to study hard because you are not good looking’ is something that most people would nod to without negating. Could this be interpreted that those who are deemed unattractive need to be superior in academic achievements because they are “inferior” or behind the game than the others in the race of being handsome or pretty? ‘Same clothes, different look’, ‘the finishing touch to a look is a good-looking face’, ‘worth the face’, ‘it’s okay because they are handsome or pretty’, or ‘appearance is competence’ are all lookism-rooted sayings that people accept as facts in Korea. An article from 2015 reported that a 17 year old girl committed suicide because she had too many insecurities about her appearance, not to mention others that report school bullying is based on lookism, as well as workplace bullying. “Why is she dating him? Oh, maybe he is rich.” is a common logic applied to a couple behind their back when one of the two is judged to be better looking than the other. From an unidentified moment, Korea became a place where everything is evaluated essentially by how it looks on the outside. Where is all this leading to? Lookism plays a major role in school bullying. (Photo courtery of sedaily) Yes pain no gain As some people argue, lookism is undeniable—perhaps, it is something that everyone is aware of but is afraid to go against, because they have all accorded to it before, either consciously or unconsciously, or it is too true to deny. Under societal pressure, one may come to the point where plastic surgery is obligatory. Without plastic surgery, an “unattractive” person may be discriminated and be marked as inferior, or even be criticized if worse. But the thing is, getting plastic surgery would not let that person escape from criticism because plastic surgery is another perfect element for further criticism. The word sung-gwe is a newly coined term referring to those who had too much plastic surgery, often resulting in a face that looks exactly the same. Nonetheless, people choose to go through all the physical and mental pain, only to have more criticism waiting for them. A famous illustration of sung-gwe, implying that they look like clones. (Photo courtesy of timeforum) Plastic surgery clinics are seen in a cluster. (Photo courtesy of sportschosun) There may not be a clever solution for lookism besides the cliché “love yourself” or “inside is what matters the most.” People consider them as meaningless clichés and do not realize the changes they could bring into their lives if taken into account. Rather than changing the outside, reforming the inside would be much more effective. This could sound too optimistic and idealistic because we all secretly admit that lookism may be inevitable. With no choice, appearance could be a means of happiness. However, it should never be the means to misery. Being ugly, going through plastic surgery, being fat, being different are all targets of negative eyes in a lookism-oriented society. Then, what is the use of trying so hard to cram oneself into the fixed standard of beauty and succumbing to the society’s invisible but present demand? What is the honest reason for getting plastic surgery? (Photo courtesy of ohmynews) Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2017.0907Historians of Hanyang and Their New Page of the Book
In the 21st century when the passion for history is decreasing among students due to its utility in employment, there are true historians trying to preserve the value of history at Hanyang University. The heroes are alumni Han Sang-hyeop and Cho Soo-yeon, Ph.D student Lee Seung-ah, and a third year student Jeon Yae-mok. With the passion to learn deeper on history, the four Hanyangians gathered to introduce their career. Cho has been funded by the South Korean government for her mastery degrees at Canada. Winners of the KGSP South Korea has been sponsoring university students from various fields to augment their educational strength. Since the early 2010’s, the government has decided to increase its sponsor on humanities sphere through the KGSP-Korean Government Scholarship program. Two alumni of the Department of History- Han Sang-hyeop and Cho Soo-yeon, have been chosen as the winners to grab tickets abroad for the in-depth studies aborad. Han’s advancement in China Han has received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Department of History at Hanyang University. Throughout the 10 years of achievements at Hanyang, Han is now mapping out his career at Tsinghua University for his doctoral degree. “There are several areas you can apply for the KGSP, but I selected comparative history for my doctoral degree. Luckily enough, I was chosen as the beneficiary of the governmental sponsor, which I owe my gratitude to my professors,” said Han. More specifically, Han’s comparative history refers to the difference in the Nationality Act between the late Qing Dynasty, Netherlands, and Japan. Through intricate studies and comparison, Han is planning to discover the origin and meanings of the term “People.” “I wish my fellow juniors at the Department of History will feel pride in their major, since history is such a special subject that allows us to reorganize the past with given documents,” emphasized Han. Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) provides financial support for students studying overseas for intellectual researches. (Photo courtesy of KGSP) Grafting history and education at Canada After her graduation this February, Cho decided to achieve her mastery and doctoral degrees on education related to history. “My attention on history concentrated on the cases produced outside of Korea, which influenced my decision to study abroad,” said Cho. However, studying overseas requires substantial burden on financial ability which motivated Cho to apply for the KGSP. “It was a great honor for me to be selected as the only student sponsored by the government heading to Canada,” described Cho. Cho is currently studying historical education on multi-culturalism and the world citizenship. “While I was full of questions learning history at Hanyang University, I thought that the answer to all the questions was in education which led all the way here to Canada,” mentioned Cho. The most imperative factors to Cho’s success are HY-WEP (Hanyang Work Experience Program) internships, knowing specific field to study, and patience while studying. “Department of History is a great start for sprout historians to grow upon. I recommend all Hanyangians to use all the opportunities that our school is providing!” Toward the completion of research task by NRF National Research Foundation of Korea, also known as NRF, has been running the Global Ph.D. Fellowship program that supports students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a Korean university in order to foster the nation's core human resources. Lee Seung-ah of the Department of History at Hanyang University has been selected as one of the winners of the program despite the intense competition. The task Lee decided to research on is China’s changes of agricultural technology and social disparities in accordance with the global market. “When I first began my doctoral career and realized that this research needs financial support, I decided to apply for the NRF program for funding. Fortunately, I was drafted for this task and I’m planning for my research presentation on January at Japan,” said Lee. For preparation, Lee picks Hanyang University’s Industry-University Cooperation Foundation’s English interview for the NRF program the most helpful. “Utilizing school’s help is extremely valuable. If students of Hanyang are planning for their research funding, I recommend them to practice continuously with the aid of our school!” National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funds various majors of South Korean universities. Junior of Hanyang toward the brighter future Jeon in his junior year at the Department of History has recently received 100 Years Humanities Scholarship by Korea Student Aid Foundation. Currently studying in his intensive major courses, Jeon has revealed his ardor for history. “I began learning history to understand humans. Deeper I study the past of humans and their events, I start to grasp why different kinds of human beings with various actions are around me,” explained Jeon. Jeon also expressed the special gratitude for his parents and professors. “I was grateful that my parents were proud of me. Also, without the great teachings of my professors, I would never be able to take this scholarship,” said Jeon. For the farther college education and beyond learnings, Jeon is excited to step ahead for deeper lessons at Hanyang. Kim Ju-hyun email@example.com Photos by Lee Jae-oh