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2017-12 19

[Special]Concluding the end of 2017

With little over a week left in 2017, everyone is busy preparing to celebrate the passing of a year and the approach of a new one. Now that final exams are coming to an end, students of Hanyang are also joining in the fun, each preparing an end-of-the-year festivity of their own. Whether you are planning to go out drinking with your friends, spend time with your family, or stay home alone, here are some places worth sightseeing to help you get into the holiday spirit, and possibly make valuable memories with your loved ones. Seoul Christmas Festival (2017.12.09 – 2018.01.02) The first recommended location is the Seoul Christmas Festival. As suggested by its quite literal name, it is a festival for everyone, with no cost of admission. Beginning from the Gwanghwamun Metro Station, the festival stretches throughout the Cheonggye Stream, reaching to the streets of Jongno. The Cheonggye Stream itself is a popular visiting spot for many people, perfect for an afternoon walk for desk workers nearby or a date venue for couples. The stream path has become even more alluring, with spectacular lights and Christmas decorations adorned on the walls and even hanging in the air. Furthermore, there are numerous food vendors along the festival, selling snacks such as chicken skewers, tteok bokki and fish cake, roasted chestnuts, and warm beverages. For foreign students, Cheonggye Stream is a must-go location even if it isn’t for the festival; however, with the celebration going on, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience Christmas that captures the essence of Korean culture. For Koreans, Christmas is not as much a family-gathering occasion as it is in the West. Rather, it is usually spent with friends and lovers, enjoyed largely by the youth. Family gatherings revolve around the seasons of New Years, as marked in the lunar calendar, as well as Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok. The festival is right around the corner of Gwanghwamun Metro Station exit 5, and many visitors can be expected to be seen despite the cold weather. The Cheonggye Stream is already a popular attraction for many people. Many people were visiting the festival despite the extremely cold weather. Deoksugung Outdoor Project: Light∙Sound∙Landscape (2017.09.01 – 2017.12.28) Here is another popular sight-seeing spot for many foreigners, as well as Koreans. The Deoksugung, or Deoksu Palace, has served as the royal palace of the King from the year of 1593. It was temporarily used as a detached palace in 1623, and later returned to its royal status with the rise of King Gojong from 1897 to 1907. One of the most attractive aspects of this site is its convenient location, located in the midst of the buildings around City Hall. Not only is it easy to reach, just in front of exit 2 of the City Hall Metro Station, it is intriguing to see a cultural monument surrounded by modern infrastructure. In the same sense as the Cheonggye Stream, it is a worthwhile place to visit on its own, as a cultural asset that well captures the heritage of our nation. However, the outdoor project, a collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cultural Heritage Office of Deoksugung Palace, provides another good reason to stop by. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Korea’s Independence, nine modern artists worked together to recreate the establishment of Korea’s independent government. By adapting modern technology related to lights, sound, and even virtual reality, the project offers an extraordinary experience. As the project is planned to end on the 28th of December, those who wish to visit may need to hurry. The Deoksugung Palace has a large number of foreign visitors as well as Koreans. Inside the antique buildings are modern, flashing lights. One of the art installations, Dream in a Dream, is in the form of virtual reality. Shinchon Christmas Street Festival (2017.12.23 – 2017.12.25) Situated near three major universities, Shinchon is a restless area with numerous students, workers, and shoppers bustling throughout the streets. Street performances, such as busking, magic shows, and dance performances can be seen on a daily basis. The streets of Shinchon also cater to a number of festivals, such as the Water Gun Festival in the summers, or the Handmade Beer Festival held this autumn. Due to the location's popularity and great exposure, festivals held there are usually a big success. The Shinchon Christmas Street Festival is no exception. Held every year, the streets are decorated with huge Christmas trees and spectacular light ornaments. Furthermore, there are carolers in the streets, which is not a common tradition enjoyed by Koreans on Christmas. Although the exact decorations and activities for this year have yet to be revealed, those seeking a Christmas experience shared by university students should definitely make a visit. Christmas time and New Year may bring about homesickness for many foreign students. For Korean students, it is a time to look back and make closure with the past year and make plans for the coming year. Wherever your minds are at in this season of celebration, reflection, and anticipation, here are some places to visit to make new memories with the few remaining days of 2017. Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Chang-hyun

2017-12 11

[Special]Alert on the College Online Community (3)

Every South Korean university has an online student community to share and exchange their experiences, knowledge, and thoughts. All students and graduates have access to the community and most of the contents are published anonymously. However, a series of recent cybercrimes and unconditional, denigrating remarks online are letting down individuals with suspicion of university students’ awareness of their civil responsibility and cyber manners. It is time that administrators from all communities take appropriate actions to halt such social wickedness. Social harm is not a matter of freedom anymore There are two representative online associations in the college society: mobile application called “Everytime” and the individual autonomous student-led university community. For example, Hanyang University’s online student community is called “Weehan.” Both systems consist of online bulletin boards for opinion and experience share, helpful reference and resources for lectures and exams along with general lifestyle boards with secondhand market, room rent, and more. The composition that we have to focus on is the bulletin boards where students are allowed to share their thoughts on any social and political issues. Weehan (top) and Everytime (bottom) are two popular online community of Hanyang University students. (Photo courtesy of Weehan and Everytime) Boards of gerneral organizations are operated based on anonymity. However, the problem arises from unconditional assaults and reproach of a community’s certain people or groups. Behind the mask, some people gain confidence to directly blast at certain specific individuals. If they were to condemn political or social issues arising in the country, world, or even school, the criticism should derive from logical and rational reasons. However, there have been increasing numbers of posts and comments on the online communities that are uncouth and close to being crimes--including sexual assaults and regionalism. South Korea has experienced a rapid economic development in the last 60 years after the truce of the Korean War. Unfortunately, the social development and sense of obligation to keep civic responsibility did not increase as a parallel to the economic development. Gender equality, feminism, regionalism, and academic factionalism became sensitive topics to discuss due to the illogical segmentation between students who are extremely inclined to certain political or social opinions. Thus, the online community where students used to share their knowledge, give helping hands to each other by exchanging academic resources or lifestyle tips became a site of war where students indiscreetly assault each other, which rarely happens in face-to-face communication. Boundaries needed South Korea used to execute a restrictive identification system (also called online real-name policy) to prevent unconditional assaults and cybercrime using language by disclosing part of the name of the writer. However, the law was abolished in 2012 considering it a breach of an individual’s freedom of speech mentioned in the Constitution. However, without any proper restrictions, a few people began to insult others based on regionalism, academic factionalism, lookism, or gender equality. Then the “few” turned into “a lot” which even spread to the online college community. Online communities of universities have recently been criticized for indiscreet posts and comments on factionalism. (Photo courtesy of GettyImages) Then, what kind of regulations do these online websites or applications have? The disclosure of one’s personal information has been outlawed, and the only choices administrators have have been limited into two- warnings and forceful elimination of the posts. However, warnings are barely effectuated as people with meaningless hatred are not concerned with any advices to provoke their conscience. Thus, many online university communities like Weehan of Hanyang University or Ssodam of Sogang University forcibly remove assaultive posts and comments if they fulfill the following requirements. The post should include sexual harassment or insults to specific individuals or groups and should receive a majority of negative votes by people to eliminate it compulsorily. The problem is, even if the post includes assaults or harassments, it still can remain on the website without a majority of dislikes. The quality and contents of the post and the aim of language sword entirely depend on the individual’s rationale and conscience. However, if the online community is to be used as a place where factionalists blame all social tragedies on their disliked group of people, sexually harass others with language, and specifically target individuals and illogically insult them, then it is no more a community where intellectual students learning advanced academics share their knowledge at. The administration of online college communities must create more specific policies to regulate these problems. One solution can be to automatically discern swear words that cause factionalism regarding gender, region, looks, and personal background. Also, warnings that administrators give to a critic should be strengthened in a more severe way. For example, if a user received more than triple warnings, than the administration should consider listing him or her on their blacklist, prohibiting them to upload further posts on the platform. Suitable regulations regarding online university communities should be applied. (Photo courtesy of GettyImages) December 10 is the International Day for the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Hatred towards each other in insulting language and degrading others due to their political standard, gender, or ideas are not what human’s inherent dignity stands for. As the bright future of South Korea, university students should restore their civil responsibility and manners online, and, thus, there should be suitable regulations regarding them. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-12 10

[Special]Experience is the Best Teacher

What could be the most difficult challenge a student can face? Perhaps, it is to get all straight A’s in every class, socializing with new people, making it to graduation, or getting the degrees. Then, what if all these tasks had to be carried out in a foreign language and in a foreign country? It is easy to decide to go abroad for a short trip, but it takes considerable prudence and courage to make the decision to go abroad and reside for studying. From ordering food in a restaurant to attending Hanyang University, the international research students in Hanyang are facing daily challenges in Korea. Three international research students shared their story this week. میں کوریا میں خوش ہوں. (I’m happy in Korea) Saba Haq (Life Science, Doctoral Program) is a research student from Pakistan, whose research primarily lies in the treatment of cancer. Since her youth, Saba has always been interested in biology and not in any other subjects. After majoring in Life Science, she was determined to go abroad to get her Ph.D. The time period during which she was offered the scholarship for foreign students by the Korean government was called the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSV). After coming to Korea, she spent a year in a language school in Busan to learn Korean. Through her experience of studying Korean in Busan, she was able to familiarize herself with Korean culture. She added that staying in Busan was one of her best experiences because she became acquainted with students from all over the world and learned about their cultures as well, while learning Korean. “I also love Korean dramas such as ‘It’s Okay, It’s Love’, ‘Boys over Flowers’, and ‘Secret Garden,” smiled Saba. It has been a little more than two years since Saba came to Hanyang, and there has been many ups and downs in her life. Although she barely has any communication problems because her professor is a foreigner, and a lot of her lab mates are English speakers, she sometimes struggles with her research. “When it’s the end of the week, and I don’t have a satisfying result, I can’t motivate myself for the following week. In such a case, my friends and I encourage each other because we are in a similar situation.” She confessed that compared to her own country, the working hours in Korea are generally longer, which makes her feel exhausted, sometimes. “This could be one cultural difference. In Pakistan, we have time for family after working. But in Korea, people work until eight or later. I wonder when they spend time with their family.” Nonetheless, Saba has had no particular difficulty in adjusting to her new life in Korea. “I think I became a stronger and a more self-dependent person because I taught myself how to survive by myself.” "Hanyang is very nice and friendly. I like my professor and my lab mates. I've learned so much." "不怕慢,只怕站.” (do not fear slowness, fear stopping) Yu Chung-won was a transfer student from the Business School in Hanyang in 3rd year, heading into the graduate school after graduating. Currently researching on the relationship between the street culture and the result of the Olympics, Yu is interested in finding out the impact that street culture has on the number of medals a country could acquire in the Olympics and how the Olympics could affect the streets themselves. As Chinese is her mother tongue, doing the research in English is one of the difficulties she faces. Having to understand English and translating the knowledge into Korean requires a strenuous effort. However, this could be an inevitable aspect of studying in a foreign country. “I want to thank my Korean friend for catching the errors in my paper after writing,” grinned Yu. Her interest in Korea first sprang when she was a middle school student. Being a big fan of the K-pop group named Super Junior, her decision to come to Korea was not only fueled by an academic purpose but also partially by her love for hallyu. Even to this day, she buys albums and goes to concerts. “I went to a Korean language academy in middle school to learn Korean, which was run by a Korean couple. I always wished to live in Korea and experience the culture.” Now that she has fulfilled her dream, she has a lot to talk about her experience. Since Yu is from the southern part of China where it never snows, she was not comfortable with going to the public sauna at first, not to mention the body-scrubbing lady who continuously offered the service, both of which she is familiar with now. She tries to improve her Korean skill by trying to watch the television without subtitles, communicating with her fellow Korean students, and enjoying the culture. Yu is still not certain about her goals after graduating from Hanyang. As for now, she is enjoying her life in Hanyang. "My first impression of Korea and Hanyang was very cordial, full of kind people." ຂອບໃຈ! (thank you) Toulany Thavisay, entering Hanang as a Ph.D. student from Laos, is in his 5th semester now and has done a wide range of research so far in the field of International Management; the broad idea of which is sustainability of the economy in Korea and consumer behavior. As a research student in Hanyang, Toulany has a tight daily schedule: waking up early in the morning and studying late until the night, barely having any free time. When first coming to Hanyang, one difference he noticed was the education system. He confessed that as a foreign student, adjusting to the system was a bit challenging. In Laos, the university makes the syllabus and provides students the syllabus, whereas in Korea, students are responsible for every task from organizing the time table to registering and dropping courses. Nonetheless, he never considers such difficulty as an obstacle, but rather, a positive challenge. “When you’re living in a different country, it’s something you have to go through and learn. I try to view all the challenges that I face in a positive manner.” As a KGSP student and having studied Korean in a language school for a year, Toulany’s Korean is very fluent, going beyond just communicative. “My Korean teacher told me that if I wanted to learn Korean, I had to like Korea first.” He remarked that practice makes perfect and that being good in a language is very beneficial because the more you communicate, the more friends you make and the more things you can explore about the culture. Being fluent in Korean helped him to understand Korean culture better. “What excites me a lot in Korea is the style of living and its infrastructure, in terms of the public transportation and its accessibility and speed of the Internet.” He refused to call the cultural difference a culture shock but rather an experience. After going back to Laos, his goal is to become a professor in the university he graduated from. He is eager to contribute his knowledge and the experience back to his school and expand the educational development in his home country. "Life in a foreign country could be challenging. Keep your goals to motivate yourself." It’s all about the climb Even though taking the first step is always difficult, nothing is impossible. Through consistent effort and continuous challenges, big, hard walls can be broken down into constructive stairs. The international research students of Hanyang will always surmount any difficulties and move toward their goals. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2017-12 03

[Special]Something We Unconsciously Passed by

We’ve now stepped into the midst of a weather that makes us dawn upon a pleasant, warm break-away. Only 30 minutes away from Hanyang University by bus, the D-Museum awaits with astonishing works of art in the name of ‘Plastic Fantastic: Light, Color, Fantasy’. On a wintry but sunny day, News H paid a visit to the museum and had a chance to concentrate on the infinite capability of plastic in this modern world. Plastic? Fantastic! The exhibition shows an aspect of plastic people haven't realize. (Photo courtesy of D-Museum) ‘Plastic Fantastic: Light, Color, Fantasy’, just like its name, shows the creativity within the material we thoughtlessly passed by. Plastic is a material of various household items that are made of anything from bottles to chairs. Due to their relatively low cost and ease of manufacture, plastic has been perceived as a product of an easily used consumption to citizens. Therefore, Kartell, along with 40 other creators, have put effort into creating a new identity for plastic. Through approximately 2,700 pieces of products such as furniture, illumination, graphics and pictures, they have come a step closer to making plastic a piece of art. This exhibition, which provides unpredictable enjoyment, is divided into six categories. It starts off with ‘The Beginning of a Dream, Polymer’. It shows pure whiteness, the initial stage of polymer itself, introducing plastic into the world of art. The following five categories give various perspectives on plastic, presenting our everyday household items and reflecting the change of trends in each era. Starting with familiar items, they have changed our perspectives on plastic into something unique, such as art. The last section, ‘Constantly Evolving’, has hinted on the infinite future of plastic, giving a lingering imagery as we stepped out of the exhibition. The world of plastic Throughout the exhibition, various quotes also caught our eyes along with the pieces of art. The pieces were made for all ages so that the people unfamiliar to art could also easily look around the exhibition. “Design shouldn’t be trendy. Good design should last over time, until it wears out.” -Achille Castigiloni- ”It’s not true what is useful and beautiful. It is what is beautiful that is useful. Beauty can improve people’s way of life and thinking.” -Anna Castelli Ferrieri- “The future is interesting because it is not a mono-directional thing. It’s an expanding thing so you can go in any direction.” -Eugeni Quitllet- “Design is a tool that allows us to reach out and inspire, to touch others and help make lives magical and wonderful.” -Marcel Wanders- “Elegance and honesty are two mandatory parameters for any human production.” -Philippe Starck- “A design career is a process of learning better and better what you now instinctively.” -Mario Bellini- A Tip for Hanyangians There were various photo zones for the people who enjoy taking photos in exhibitions. The light combined with plastic gave phenomenal sensations, giving enchantment to the eyes. I personally visited this exhibition on a weekday before noon and, therefore, enjoyed it peacefully. However, for the people visiting on the weekends, they could struggle from the sheer number of people trying to take pictures with a better background and illumination. To enjoy the exhibition quietly and to take better pictures, it might be a better idea to create some time on the weekdays. This exhibition is held from the 14th of September, 2017 to the 4th of March, 2018. Hanyangians can enter for free by showing their student ID card in the ticket office, from the 22nd of November until the 17th of December. Why don’t you make a quick visit between your classes and enjoy the leisure with the fantasy of plastic? Plastic is not a one-off material anymore! On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by On Jung-yun

2017-11 27

[Special]Keeping a Keen Eye for Uninvited Guests

“Do you support helping 3rd world countries? Sign here.” “Can you tell me how to get to the library?” “Can you help fill out a survey?” At first thought, your instinctive reaction to these questions would not be suspicion unless you have had past experiences with malicious scammers. From the straightforward cult recruiters who step up to you asking if you know “The Path” to strategic swindlers who approach you in a less conspicuous way. These widespread groups with the intent of scamming innocent people are a growing nuisance in our society. These days, the number of these malicious visitors are growing in school campuses, which is a new threat to student and school culture. Distorting people’s faith and feeding on their confusion The largest group of these malicious visitors are the self-claimed missionaries from pseudo religions. This is a completely separate realm from the controversial debates between religions that accuse each other as “not genuine.” What characterizes the pseudo religions or cults discussed here is that these groups not only distort beliefs and worship false gods, they often financially exploit their followers and in many cases leads to the destruction of families. In contrast to traditional missionaries, the major cults existence in Korea is usually distinguished by extreme persistence in dragging people into their so-called “religion”, even to the extent of direct family members. They spend an unusually large proportion of their time studying unapproved interpretations of the bible or committing their loyalty to false worship figures. Usually, these cults become the center of these followers’ lives to a point where they become detached from their family and work. A radical practice of one of the most well-known pseudo religions in Korea was the selection of spouses among young members. In terms of financial exploitation, there are a variety of schemes, from mandating a certain percentage of followers’ incomes as donations to brainwashing them into deliberately donating the majority of their assets. Often, this distorted form of faith leads to divorces and destruction of families. Many schools have started to raise student awareness on the issue of pseudo religions. (Photo courtesy of Imaeil News) So how do these cults recruit followers? Due to the widespread awareness regarding the existence and intent of these groups, cults nowadays veil their purposes behind innocent causes. Over the years, their strategies have become more intelligent, varying case by case depending on the target victims. For pseudo religions, young people are a significant target group that they can greatly benefit by recruiting. Naturally, the number of recruiters have grown in number on college campuses and their strategies have become specialized to be more effective. Here are some of the case experiences shared by Hanyang students. “I was approached by a middle-aged woman who was wearing a suit and holding some files. She told me that she was a career consultant, and that she came to the campus as a part of her research. She asked me about my career development process and some background information including name, school, and contact number saying she would help me with my career. I took this offer and visited her a number of times. The first two sessions were genuine counseling, after which she gradually began to introduce religious themes and inviting me to join group gatherings and show up to church.” (anonymous at the request of the interviewee) These types of approaches are not confined to Western religions; they are sometimes followers of Eastern religion, such as Buddhism and Taoism. In another answer from a student requesting to remain anonymous, two people claiming to be ordinary students came up and asked personal questions. One odd characteristic was that they asked how the student's name was written in Chinese and the date of birth by the Lunar calendar. They, then, requested a small amount of money, which they would use in the process of paying respects to his ancestors. This ritual was claimed to please his ancestors and bring better fortune to the family. Recruitment tactics come in different forms of strategies Other malicious intentions Aside from religious visitors, there are a number of visitors to the campus with different agendas. One common group are those who coerce charity. Although some people are genuinely working to contribute to donations for those in need, some people approach students without clarifying their intent. Rather than to clearly ask for charity or a donation, these people ask students to answer a simple question of whether they support donation. Then they vaguely ask how much the students are willing to donate. After getting a signature, they change their attitude, suddenly pressuring the donation of that amount. While it is questionable whether those donations are validly used for charity, some of their tactics are said to be quite aggressive. Aside from these "charity workers", there are also cases of encounters where personal questions are asked to students without clearly stating the motive or intention. In one form or another, personal information such as name, age, major are asked about, as well as variations, such as student's greatest worries, life mottos, and so on. In most of these cases, the students are just left confused, as they are not followed up with proper explanations, or even the request of money or membership to a cult. A Korean news article expresses concerns over foreign charity workers without clear authorization. Their membership is said to be suspected of having a relationship with an infamous Korean cult. (Photo courtesy of News Power) Keeping our campus clean On the issue of pseudo religion missonaries, it was answered on behalf of Hanyang's Buddhist club, The Buddihst Student Association explained that, “Regardless of the religion, we dislike people who nudge others to become believers even if it’s from a family member. Pseudo religion members practice a number of strategies to recruit new members, from spreading flyers to telling people that they have features of a good fortune." Furthermore, the opinion of the Christian club said that a lot of cults have appeared around campus, approaching students under the pretense of personality tests, leadership seminars, and such. Once a member, these cults are very difficult to escape from and, most of the time, destroy families. They advise students to stay wary of these malicious visitors and to reject their approaches. Aside from religous frauds, other forms of malicious visitors have contributed to confusion and have, from time to time, caused trouble inside the Hanyang campuses. Furthermore, they create an atmosphere of mistrust on campus. For instance, students who are genuinely carrying out a survey for their project could be mistaken as a cult recruiter. These effects, ultimately, create distractions and distance between students of Hanyang, derailing the learning atmosphere. On this issue, awareness is of utmost importance. Be keen to spot out scammers and do not indulge in their conversations. Some actions of the school could also help, in the form of raising awarness and increasing security and surveillance. Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin Myung

2017-11 25

[Special]Familiar but Exotic!

Did you know that doing something you regard as hackneyed or ordinary could sometimes feel as new and interesting? As a Korean, wearing a hanbok or visiting the traditional palaces sounds trite. However, perhaps due to the lengthy interval of visiting such a place or wearing a hanbok, a visit to the Bukchon Hanok (traditional Korean house) Village combined with a hanbok experience was offbeat! Bukchon Hanok Village is close from Anguk Station, line 3. (Photo courtesy of havehalalwilltravel) Coming out of the subway station through the exit 6 and walking straight to the main road of Insa-dong, numerous Hanbok rental shops were spotted, along with some groups of tourists and Koreans strolling down the way in the attire. The street was lined with souvenir stores, displaying things that represented Korea such as the traditional masks, pots, fans and more. Those items are normally not considered extraordinarily valuable or as must-haves because Korean people tend to think they are something they can get anytime and anywhere if desired, had it not been for the fact that those items are unwanted due to their familiarity. Nonetheless, an urge to buy one of the souvenirs was felt because of being familiar does not mean including in possession! Korea-smelling souvenirs! The view of the street on the way to hanbok shop. Restaurant and cafe menus were all Korean. After renting a full hanbok set, an eye-catching sight was spotted on the way to Bukchon Hanok Village: signs of foreign stores with names written in Korean. At first, it was hard to believe what was being seen, because the names such as Baskin Robins or Starbucks is never written in Korean, but only in English in every corner of Korea except the Sejong Road (in respect to the king who created hangul, or Korean). It all looked very awkward and weird at first, but after a moment of staring, things came to make sense because of the traditional hanok that started to show themselves. The hanok village is one of the few places in the entire country that stands proud for its preservation of Korea’s tradition. Having said this, it would be ironic if the names were still written in a foreign language. More and more hanok were seen and the excitement grew and grew. Baskin Robins and Starbucks were written in Korean on the way to Hanok Village. Even souvenir shops and cafes resembeled hanok. The idea of hanok was not that novel, but what truly fascinated me was the scene of combining the past and present. The picture of hanok may always be there in a Korean’s mind, as it is too prevailing to forget. However, the traditional building amid the modern ones was a different story. There were cars and motorcycles passing by, modern constructions neighboring, and a traditional hanok standing. This mixture of present and past scenery was unprecedented. As a contemporary person of this developed society, standing in the area full of tradition wearing the traditional dress was an odd feeling. It was as if time was switching gears uncontrollably. Originally thinking that hanbok and hanok are too conventional to be interesting, today’s experience was a new lesson. One’s tradition and culture could be boring and unexciting, but do not lose the preciousness because of familiarity. Sometimes paying a visit to somewhere conventional, accustomed, and ordinary could teach some valuable lessons and awaken one to be aware of things that are buried deep in consciousness. One of the greatest aspects of Bukchon Hanok Village is perhaps that it combines the contemporary and the traditional color of Korea in one sight. It was nice to be reminded of the beauty of Korea’s tradition and the sensation derived from pondering upon the view. This hanok in isolation was fenced by a traditional wall. Going up the hill, rows of hanok were seen, with some non-traditional buildings. Wonder how it feels to live in a hanok! How about a souvenir? Time to return the hanbok! Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Jeon Chae-yun

2017-11 20

[Special]Ich hab geträumt von Manderley (I dreamt of Manderley)

On the 15th of November, News H visited Blue Square in Hannam-dong to watch the musical, Rebecca. Although there was more than an hour left until the show, the whole building was crowded with people taking tickets and pictures. The air was filled with joy and excitement. Continued from the last week’s ‘Stepping into the Life of Claude Monet’, this week’s special article would also review a cultural event. The Musical, Rebecca is performing in Interpark hall, Blue Suare. Delicate structures and highly complimented musical numbers are impressive. (Photo courtesy of EMK) Rebecca, where you may be ‘Ding ding’ the chime, commencing the start of the show, rang and all of a sudden, the 3-story full-house became quiet. The musical, Rebecca, like most of the musical pieces hitting the box office, is a translated production. This piece is also one of the renowned ‘one source multi-use’ product, originally based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca (1938). Alfred Hitchcock also made a movie based on the story. Although most of the events happen in a peaceful costal town in the United Kingdom, the whole play is written in German and made in Austria. One of the interesting parts of the story is that Rebecca is dead from the very beginning and, thus, does not come on stage until the end. Moreover, the name of the main character ‘Ich’ (‘I’ in German) is not mentioned throughout the play and is only called as ‘Mrs.de Winter’. This ‘Ich’ describes and leads the entire story. 'Ich' is singing the opening number 'Ich hab geträumt von Manderley (I dreamt of Manderley)'. 'Ich' leads the entire story until the end, but nobody knows her name. (Photo courtesy of EMK) ‘Ich’ does not come from a wealthy family background, so she makes her living by being a paid friend of a rich, old lady. One day, on a vacation in Monte Carlo, ‘Ich’ meets Maxim de Winter, a famous British noble. Like most of the story goes, they instantly fall in love and get married. However, the charm of this particular musical comes from getting rid of the cliché, ‘happily ever after’ storyline. ‘Ich’, happily married, expected her life to completely turn around and the rosy atmosphere to be there forever. Her life did turn around completely but not in a way she had expected. The deceased Mrs.de Winter, Rebecca was unimaginably beautiful, intelligent, and also had a powerful family background. All servants and maids in the house seemed to still miss her and had a hard time accepting the new Mrs.de Winter. Especially Mrs. Danvers, the head housekeeper still preciously takes her old master’s belongings and even her bedroom. Mrs. Danvers is also one of the leading roles in the show. In this particular show where News H paid a visit, a former idol Ok Ju-hyun played the role. Despite the widespread belief that idols do not sing well, and they cannot settle as a musical actor, Ok is now widely acknowledged as one of the top musical actresses. She made her debut in 2005 as ‘Aida’ in a Broadway blockbuster Aida. At that time, she was harshly criticized for her acts. Nevertheless, through hard work and practice, she is now a renowned actress with more than 18 awards in the musical area. Ok passionately acted and sung as Ms. Danvers on that day, too. More Koreans in the Korean Market As the full house of this particular performance shows, the Korean musical market is rapidly growing. Namely, Rebecca itself recorded a 300 thousand audience until today. Considering that, the last shows usually draw bigger crowds, the number is expected to grow even more. In Hyung-geun, an executive director in EMK musical company mentioned that the “Korean musical market has been commercialized for only 20 years now, and many factors such as strong copyrights and existing manias show a bright future for the industry." However, there are worries regarding the long-term sustainability of the industry. Most box office hits are imported and translated. This does generate a lot of fortune and records but does not foster domestic professionals. Robert Johanson, director of Rebecca speaks during the conference call. (Photo courtesy of mydaily) A musical is not just a simple show but a complex compound of art. It requires screenwriting, songwriting, singing, acting, stage design, directing, and more. However, if the current trend of import is sustained, the market and needs for domestic production will decrease, leaving less and less professionals who can produce Korean musicals. That does not mean that all original pieces are not doing well. There are a few hits such as Hero and Seopyun-je. In order to make more original products and even export them to the international market, we, the audiences would have to pay more attention to such plays. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-11 14

[Special][Card News] Expressing Out Confidence in Korean

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2017-11 13

[Special]Stepping into the Life of Claude Monet

With the daunting winter cold approaching a step closer, the weather for leisurely activities are now limited to days. If you are wondering what do with the few remaining days of reasonable weather, a good recommendation is a visit to the “Monet/ Drawing Light” exhibition at BonDavinci Museum. For those who have always wanted a “piece” of culture, but have not had the time or opportunity to pursue that interest, this is the perfect weather and timing to visit an art exhibit and learn about one of the most renowned artist of the Impressionist Era, Claude Monet. Introduction to Monet A photo of Oscar-Claude Monet (Photo courtesy of Imgur) Oscar-Claude Monet was born in France, into a family of second-generation Parisians. Despite his father’s desire for him to enter the family business, Monet was able to take his first step towards art with the support of his mother, who was a singer. However, there were severe obstacles in his pursuit, such as the death of his mother at the age of sixteen, and being drafted to the French-Algerian War. Although Monet’s father could have purchased his exemption from the draft, Monet’s refusal to quit painting led to his father’s inaction. Fortunately, he was able to leave the army in the middle of his service to enroll in an art school, where he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille and Alfred Sisley. The new approaches to art that they came up with, painting the effects of light on the landscape with broken color and quick brushstrokes, are now called Impressionism. One of Monet’s most famous work, Impression, Sunrise (Photo courtesy of WikiArt) The term “Impressionism” is originated from the title of Monet’s painting, Impression, Sunrise. The philosophy of this movement is defined as the expression of one’s perception of nature, characterized by a keen observation of light and unique brushstrokes. In practice, Monet had painted same scenes multiple times at an attempt to capture the changing of light and the passing of seasons. Monet/ Drawing Light: Part 2 Monet’s impressionism exhibit is an extension of the first exhibition. Supported by a wide range of popularity, the original “Monet/ Drawing Light” exhibition was re-opened in July with additional features. The key behind its’ popularity was the use of light; all of the artworks displayed in the exhibition are in the form of projected light, and who else would be more fitting for this manner of display than Monet? The painting style of the Impressionist maestro is directly related to capturing the change in light. By introducing the element of light and motion to the original paintings, this exhibition serves as an exemplary case of outstanding visualization. This unorthodox means of display is merely a stepping stone for the exhibit’s underlying goal to capture the essence of Monet’s art and life. Combined with delicate designs of interior structure, the beams allow the audience to literally step into a scene of Monet’s life and be consumed into the moment. Such reconstruction of two-dimensional art into three-dimensional spaces creates a mesmerizing mood throughout the duration of the exhibit A display of a scene in Monet’s life The display is divided into several chapters, each representing a crucial part of Monet’s life. Beginning with the invitation chapter that introduces the overall life story of Claude Monet, there is the “Giverny Pond: Flower Garden”, “Musee De Lorangerie: Water Lily”, “Painter: Garden of Fantasy”, and a chapter dedicated to Camille, the muse and love of his life. Each chapter is designed in a way that best captures the meaning that each place, scenery, and person has on Monet’s life. Aside from these chapters, there are collages of Monet’s art pieces in various captivating forms. Giverny Pond: Flower Garden Furthermore, there are a good number of photo booths between each displays. While some people find them as distractions from their exhibiting experience, the general opinions on the audience review page were praising it as an entertaining feature. However, the photo booths were generally well coordinated with the displays, and were more of an interactive platform as a part of the audience experience. At the end of the exhibit, there is a goods shop with art-related merchandises such as jigsaw puzzles, notebooks, post cards, and T-shirts. The goods were not limited to Monet, and also portrayed artworks of Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimpt, and much more. A photo booth under the theme "Monet's dining room" Room for improvement Despite the admirable achievements of the exhibition designers and producers, a significant shortage of the exhibition comes from its’ management. To be blunt, there are a lot of children at the exhibit, and not enough supervision over them. It is an issue frequently raised by the visitors in the review section, and witnessed first-hand during the preparation of this article. Many parents opt to bring their children to enjoy the exhibition, as the interactive installations provide an exciting yet educational experience. The vicinity to the Children’s Grand Park also plays a big role in the large number of child visitors. It is agreeable that the exhibition is a great way to introduce toddlers to classical art in an entertaining fashion. However, this is done at the cost of other visitors’ satisfaction. Children’s screams were constantly heard throughout the exhibit, as well as banging of toys, running, and a child was even picking flowers from display installations. It was no wonder that a large number of reviewer comments were recommendations of the day and time for avoiding children. In addition to parent negligence, there were no staffs located in the exhibition to maintain order. As such, some steps are deemed necessary for the management to take in order to deal with this problem. Aside from the positioning of staff members, the directors could schedule particular days or hours when toddlers are not allowed to enter. Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Chang-hyun

2017-11 06

[Special]Learn Painful History and Never Repeat It

National Museum of Korea is located at Ichon Station of subway line No. 4 where all citizens can access to cultural assets of Korea in a stone’s throw. However, does everyone know that the museum was not a native edifice in Ichon? It was originally located at the old building of Japanese Government General of Korea which was demolished by explosion due to President Kim Young-sam’s project to set the history right. The government believed that eradicating all the remnants of the Japanese colonization era is the best path, but is expunging the agony of the past really the solution to our generation’s responsibility? Building of Japanese Government General of Korea was demolished in 1995. (Photo courtesy of KBS) What they did may be forgiven, but can never be forgotten Negative heritage in definition means the cultural assets created or related to negative, humiliating, and disgraceful history. In Korea, negative heritage is often found as the vestige of the Japanese colonization era of 1910-1945. The main negative asset of the Japanese colonization era is the Japanese Government General of Korea. In order to symbolize the shade casted on Korea, the building was constructed in front of the heart of country- Gyeongbok palace. The Government General was notorious for its ruthless atrocity towards Korean civilians, habitually exploiting for unpaid services, torturing, and killing them. The Korean history books recall the number of South Koreans massacred during the Japanese colonization era is considered to be about an 8 million and the Japanese Government General of Korea is known to have contributed predominantly. In 1995, President Kim Young-sam had a clear reason to demolish the building- it was plainly obstructing the symbol palace of Korea. Preserving the carry-over from the tragic past even 50 years after the restoration of independence would be considered treachery for Korean ancestors of the era. Some may regard having the Japanese government general of Korea in the center of Seoul and even utilizing the building for important governmental matters such as the national museum or National Assembly to be patriotic. Japanese soldiers are forcing Koreans to labor without pay. (Photo courtesy of CNN) However, several people from the academic fields claim that the demolition was an impatient decision in that painful history is also supposed to be remembered. Also, the building of the Japanese Government General of Korea is one of the well-constructed structures in the modernization era which also has architectural importance. Learn the pain When you are painfully hurt, your body may heal the wound but your memory will carry the agony with it. Physical removal of heritages will not heal sorrow of Koreans caused by ruthless colonization by Japan. The negative assets should stay where they belong and show the painful history of Japanese colonization and remind the citizens of today to never forget the history. Instead of destructing the negative heritages, removing the national or governmental roles within the building should be executed. Also, I think the government should install museums or implement historical lessons at the negative heritages in order to deliver correct information and sincere emotions felt at the site. By looking at the remnants of Japanese colonization and feeling by heart the agony our ancestors went through, Korean citizens will be able to learn and understand the history earnestly. Especially, students will never relinquish their rights and responsibilities to remember the mournful history. This way, this and next generations will always commemorate the pain and try their best not to repeat it. Korean activists and intellectuals fought for independence movement. (Photo courtesy of Insight) Historians and philosophers Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Nietzche claim that historical reoccurrence is inevitable and will be repeated cyclically. However, I do not agree with the theory. If all citizens can remember and feel the torment of history through negative heritage, people will feel the responsibility to halt the agony recurrence. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr