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2016-12 19 Important News

[Student]Winners of 2016 Korea Interior Architecture Competition

On September 19th, the 28th Korea Interior Design Competition was held by the KCC architecture corporation and the Korean Society of Interior Architects/Designers (KOSID). It was an open competition for anyone interested in the field of interior design, but those who were handing in their work were required to be residents in Korea. Kim Hye-won and Jo Eun-byeol (both Department of Surface & Interior Design, ERICA Campus, 3rd year) won the grand prize in this year's competition along with Kim Ju-seok from the same department, who was unable to attend the interview. Q1: Congratulations on winning the grand prize! How do you feel? Kim: “Our team focused on communicating a lot with one another, and this was probably the reason why we were able to receive such a big award. We are still overwhelmed by the fact that we have won and we thank everyone who has helped us and supported us.” Jo: “This is one of the biggest competitions in the field of interior design, so we are very honored. We can never get used to being congratulated by people. We did go through very hard work and it couldn’t have been achieved had it not been for the professor and the seniors.” Q2: What was the concept of this competition? Jo: “There was nothing set in particular and it was supposed to be a free topic of each teams creating an interior design concept and making a model on the basis of that.” The Grand Prize-winning model made by Kim and Jo. (Photo courtesy of KOSID) Q3: Could you explain to us about your work? Kim: “We decided on the National Geographic brand, because they are known for lively, unique pictures, yet have a photo exhibition that is dull. We wanted to create a gallery for this brand and make it like no other. From the ritteri anemone, we got the idea of liquidity and brought it to our surface design. Because anemones tend to stick to rocks or other animals, these two different characteristics were to be harmonized together in our work. We wanted to make this National Geographic gallery set up by the Han River so that it serves as a place to rest and gaze at the photos at the same time.” Q4: How did the three of you become involved in the same team? Kim: “When we were in the second semester of our second year, we took the same course called Visual Merchandizing. Us three were brought together as a team and we had to do our project together for the semester. Jo suggested that we try out for this competition and we decided to submit our own project for it.” Kim (left) and Jo (right) explain the concept of their design model. Q5: What do you learn in the Department of Surface & Interior Design? Kim: “It is a combination of surface interior design, interior design and textiles. We learn how to deal with the fabrics along with designing. With this combination, we are educated to have diverse choices when it comes to choosing our career. Some of the things that we learn are the design trends, surface pattern drawing, textile expressions, furniture designs, including most of what is necessary when it comes to designing the insides of a building.” Q6: How long did you prepare for the competition? Jo: “About six months.” Kim: “Yes, since we developed almost all of our project during a semester last year, we had a rough draft of what it would look like. The night before we submitted our work, our professor visited us and encouraged us. We were able to carry on due to the support.” Q7: What were some of the things that were good and bad? Jo: “We were able to fill up the qualities that we each didn’t have. We were able to learn from one another through communication, too. We were kind of scared of our professor’s feedback on our work but we have learned a lot from it.” Kim: “I personally didn’t have any interaction with the seniors before, but through this competition, I was able to become acquainted with them. We had to do some unexpected presentations for people from time to time and we felt our skills improving every time.” Above is a 3D mass study of the model. (Photo courtesy of KOSID) Q8: How will you use the six million won? Kim: “We divided up the prize money evenly. Since we used about one and a half million won for creating our model for the competition, we had four and a half million won left. I've decided to use the money to travel to Japan, and use the rest for my graduation work.” Jo: “I gave the money to my parents.” Q9: Could you give a final piece of advice for those preparing for competitions? Kim: “Do not think that investing your money on a competition is a waste of money. We believe that it is all a part of experience. Since we invested a lot, the quality of our work was considerably better.” Jo: “If you believe that what you are doing is right and work hard on it, good results will eventually follow. I would also stress the importance of communication between teammates since that will reduce the uncertainties.” According to Kim and Jo, communication is a very important part of teamwork. Kim Seung-jun Photo by Kim Youn-soo

2016-12 18

[Student]Winners of 2016 Hanyang Newspaper Literary Contest

Writing is one of the most creative activities that humans can engage in. Authors portray their inner thoughts and the world around them through writing, which touches upon the hearts of many. On December 5th, the winners of the 2016 Hanyang Newspaper Literary Contest were chosen from numerous competitors both from Hanyang University (HYU)'s Seoul and ERICA Campuses. This week, News H met the winners of Korean poetry and written criticism fields, Lee Dong-won (Department of Economics, ERICA Campus, 3rd yr) and Kim Jun-sung (Departmnet of Korean Language and Literature, Seoul Campus, 4th yearr) respectively. The shimmering reasons of victory The Hanyang News Literary contest has a 49-year history that selects excellent student writers of Korean poetry, prose, and written criticism on culture, literature, academics or film. The two victors expressed their delight in winning and said that the contest gave them an opportunity to become more passionate about writing and think more about it. Lee commented, “I participated in the contest due to my interest in writing poems. I am grateful for the good results, and I plan to participate in more literary contests. As for my work, I got the idea for it when I was watching a documentary about the life of a man who produces salt in a salt field, and so the title is ‘The Old Saltmaker.’” Kim's writing, named ‘Psychoanalysis and Women’, is about how women are viewed in the academic domain of psychoanalysis. "This is also my final report for Women, History, and Media class. I am thankful for my professor, and fellow students who gave me feedback,” said Kim. He entered the contest because he was curious about how his work would be appraised, and the experience became a chance for Kim to write better. The winners of the 2016 Hanyang Newspaper Literary Contest, Kim (left) and Lee (right). Among all the contestants, Lee and Kim‘s work stood out due to their deep contemplations about their chosen fields, and their work that reflected their considerations. “I tend to lead people to think for themselves through my writing, rather than imposing my own thoughts unto the readers. I think that is the reason why my work was selected,” said Lee. ‘The Old Saltmaker’ depicts a day of an old man making salt. Described in a detailed manner, it gives the reader comfort and leaves lasting impressions. “When writing a piece of written criticism, choosing a theme and organizing the content in a consistent way is very important. Because I studied and applied a lot of theories to my work from academics such as Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, I could write with less difficulty,“ explained Kim. According to him, there are some discriminating viewpoints toward women in the field of psychoanalysis. So in his writing, Kim tried to point out those points and tried to find the elements that still remain discriminatory. The meaning of writing Lee and Kim were interested in writing since they were in high school. Lee, praised by his teachers of his writing capacity, developed his abilities by entering various literary contests in those days. Kim had many worries when he was a freshman in high school. He contemplated about how to express his complex feelings, and started writing novels. As Kim studied diverse literary domains in his major, including criticism, he became interested in that genre as well. “I decided to go for the written criticism field in the contest because I gained interest in it during my classes. Through it, I can logically express and organize my thoughts,” said Kim. Lee and Kim’s hobby of writing continues on to the present. Their passion keeps them writing consistently in their daily lives. “I usually write diaries about two or three times a week, as well as short memos whenever I get inspired by something. I read them a few times to see whether those thoughts can develop into interesting pieces of writing,” revealed Lee. “I come up with ideas from books and everyday life. Since I like to write stories as well as criticisms, I find novels helpful,” said Kim. Lee studies vocabulary from dictionaries to improve his expressions in poetry. He also enjoys reading collections of poems, such as Mun Tae-jun’s Kajaemi (halibut). Kim believes in and tries to fulfill the need to read, write, and think a lot in order to write well. Kim and Lee are to continue writing in the future. Lee is to keep on writing poems in the future, and he wants to develop his own world of poetry. “I want to broaden and deepen the ideas in my poems. I also want to contemplate the problems of modern society through poetry,” Lee explained. Kim is to study psychoanalysis in depth, from Jacques Lacan to Slavoj Zizek in graduate school, and continue on writing. After that, Kim is planning to find a job at a publishing company because of his love of reading books. To Kim, writing is like searching for an answer to life’s complicated questions. For every authors and readers, writing is like a window that reveals the inner feelings, ideas, and thoughts of the writer to the world. As future writers, Lee and Kim are trying to open that window to confront life and the world we live in. Jang Soo-hyun Photos by Choi Min-ju

2016-12 11 Important News

[Student]Winner of the 2016 Campus Patent Strategy Universiade

University students can choose from a variety of off-campus activities to widen their perspectives or gain more experience in relation to their majors. One of them involves participating in various contests, which can push oneself to realize one’s potentials and abilities. Cho Soo-bin (Department of Materials Science, ERICA Campus, 4th year), who won the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy prize from the 2016 Campus Strategy Universiade, shared her story regarding the contest and her dream. An idea that shone amidst the other 3500 According to its official website, Campus Patent Strategy Universiade is a contest that aims to foster a professional workforce with practical patent knowledge for various corporates. Being the 9th Universiade running, it was co-hosted by the Korean Intellectual Property Office, and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. It was also sponsored by major corporations including Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motors, and Posco. Participants are undergraduates and graduates, but the ratio of graduate participants is normally higher, as the contest requires a deep level of knowledge related to patents. Cho is posing for a picture with the President of HYU, Lee Young-moo, at the special awards ceremony at ERICA Campus. The contest roughly consists of paper examinations and presentations. There are largely two parts to the contest- prior art research and patent strategy. Both sections require students to submit their answers on paper. The due date was early June and late August respectively. Cho had participated in the contest for the third time this year. Last year, she won a prize of 6 million won with two other team members for the patent strategy section. Having accumulated more knowledge, this year, she applied to both sections and won 500,000 won and 10 million for prior art research and patent strategy sections respectively. This year, Cho prepared all the answers on her own. “As the required amount of research was larger than last year, I had to form stricter plans to prepare for the answers needed,” said Cho. Investing more than 10 hours a day The part to which Cho won the Minister of Trade Industry and Energy prize required her to choose one subject among those suggested by the Universiade, and to analyze existing domestic and foreign patents regarding the field. Then, a detailed report has to be written about promising research subjects, as well as the ways to obtain a new propitious patent. “I chose the question on display technology, which I was both interested and confident about doing. It was the subject I chose last year as well,” said Cho. Cho prioritized strategic planning the most in the preparation process. Display technology is one of the greatest fields of interest among corporations nowadays, as the rising trend of smart, self-driving cars’ main technology is the display. “I focused more on the software display than the hardware. I thought it would be more convenient for drivers to have their information displayed on their car window, so I suggested the specific technology and the way to obtain a patent for it,” said Cho. The progress of writing the answers for the questions was very challenging from its start. The implicative language of patents made the question itself complex to understand. After analyzing the questions, Cho pondered about the intent behind the questions. Cho thought it was necessary to refer to the examiners (sponsoring corporates) to satisfy them. As a result she studied more than 300 corporate-related articles and 5000 skills enrolled in patenting. The arduous process allowed Cho to successfully set the direction of the idea report she submitted as her answer. “Among a total of 167 pages of answers, I had to do all the research preparation by myself. It took me a lot of time to make powerpoints, which I am less proficient at. I had no option but to spend more than 10 hours a day for the contest,” said Cho. A step closer to her dream The contest rewards its winners well. One of the noticeable privileges is that winners are called to the sponsored corporates’ job interviews. In addition, winners can get involved in a community called Young Intellectual Property Leader (YIPL), which is composed of winners of past contests. “YIPL let its members have a quality time meeting up with CEOs and experts from corporates. I think such experiences are valuable as they cannot easily be done within school,” said Cho. One of the biggest reasons Cho chose this contest is because it is highly relevant to her dream- becoming a patent attorney. “I wanted to check for myself whether I am right for the job. Even though the work was hard and difficult, I enjoyed the progress of analyzing patents and writing reports about it. It made me feel that I am a step closer to my dream,” said Cho. Cho is currently on a leave of absence as she is studying for the patent attorney state examination. It was tough juggling the contest and the exam studies simultaneously. From now on, she will be focusing more on preparing for the exam to secure her future. Cho advised HYU students to try out more activities that can be done outside of school. Yun Ji-hyun Photos by Moon Ha-na

2016-11 07

[Student]Winner of KBS Motion Picture Festival

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

2016-10 31 Important News

[Student]Future Robot Engineers of HYU

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

2016-10 30

[Student]Exploring Busan

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

2016-10 19

[Student]Music Never Stops

The experience of attending a piano concert can be truly unforgettable. The exhilarating moment, in which music seems to run inside the veins and pump the heart, invoke people to applaud heartily for the performers. The players live for the moment of ovation, the driving force of their arduous practice which blossoms into another great showcase that would move the emotions of the audience. This dramatic sensation is what moves the pianist Lee Jae-hyun (Department of Piano, 4th year) to strive for his best to give his best performance. Winner of Four Competitions Lee is a young but promising piano player who won four competitions: the 3rd Chuncheon National Music Concours (1st place), the 8th Korea Herald Music Competition (2nd place), the 48th Nanpa Concours (2nd place), and the 35th Competition of the Music Association of Korea (3rd place). Talented student pianists from top universities participate in these contests. Especially, the prestigious Nanpa Concours boasts an old history, and the Chuncheon National Music Concours awards a 300,000-won prize with an opportunity to give a performance with a full orchestra. “These were the last piano competitions that I could participate in before going to Germany to study. I feel honored to be granted the chance to perform with the orchestra of Chuncheon city,” Lee said. ▲ Lee was awarded at piano competitions such as the 3rd Chuncheon National Music Concours, the 8th Korea Herald Music Competition, and the 48th Nanpa Concours. The two music pieces that Lee practiced for the competitions are Franz Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Sonata in B Minor. “Rhapsodie Espagnole is a high-level composition piece modeled on Spanish folk songs. The interesting aspect of the introduction is that it gives the performer autonomy regarding the way that it is played. The whole piece alternates between major and minor, creating dark and beautiful atmospheres. Sonata in B Minor has a silent beginning but becomes fancier as the music goes on.” Lee says that to play the piano well, it is important to see the music score and think about what the artist had in mind when he or she was composing the piece. “These pieces are my favorites, and I played them for about two years. I think the reason I could do well in the competitions was due to the familiarity and deep understanding of the pieces, in addition to the technical difficulties of the songs which impressed the judges,” Lee explained. Tears and Smiles of a Pianist “I was seven when I started playing the piano. This was because I wanted to get complimented by my family and relatives when I played the instrument.” When Lee was young, he simply played the piano for fun. However, as he went to Busan High School of Arts, Lee became more serious about the instrument because he decided it as his major. It was during his high school years when Lee reassured himself that the piano was his career path. Being picked as an annual performer for the Geumjeong Art Spot when he was a senior at high school, Lee performed a piano piece with an orchestra in front of 1,300 people. “I don’t remember much of what I did while playing, but what I clearly recall is the applause and cheers from my audience. It was the best moment of my life that I cherish in my heart. That makes me stay strong and keep on going,” Lee reminisced. However, there were a lot of times when Lee wanted to give up playing the piano, both because of financial and personal reasons. “There are so many talented people out there, and I thought I wasn’t skilled enough as I experienced failure in some competitions. Even so, I thought that the piano is what I am most competent at. Considering it as my greatest ability, I made up my mind to not back down and continue my practices once again.” Lee was able to win awards in four competitions in part because of this resolution. Lee is planning to study in Germany this year or the next, in order to receive Master’s and Doctoral degrees in piano. He wants to become a professional pianist and after that, he wants to educate and foster future pianists. Lee advised, “Playing the piano or any kind of musical instrument in front of people is an artistic performance, evaluation of which depends on how the player actually does on stage. However, I want to emphasize that the stage is not everything. Practicing is most important, no matter how much time it costs. It’s beneficial to always practice with the attitude that ‘I am here on the stage, right now, at this moment’.” ▲ Lee on the stage at a piano contest. (Photo courtesy of Lee Jae-hyun) Jang Soo-hyun Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-10 10

[Student]Future Assignment of Territory Reunification

Hosted by Chosun Ilbo, the Korea Planning Association, and the Korea Developer Association, the Future Assignment of Territory Reunification contest was held from May 5th to August 8th this year. Having gotten through roughly three months of fierce competition, Han Jang-hee (Architecture, 3rd year) and Yoon Jun-hyeok (Architecture, 3rd year) of Hanyang University (HYU) won the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Prize on September 29th. This contest was significant in that it was held for the first time, and participants had to imagine the cityscape of North Korean cities after becoming reunified with the South. Their task was thus to create their own city plan of Pyongyang accordingly. The requirement that the participants needed to meet was to envelop a thorough understanding of the North Korean city's economical and sociological situation, under the presumption that reunification will take place in the near future. Preparation and Development The work Han and Yoon submitted to the contest was You, I, and Us – Primary Unification Stage of North Korean Collective Residential Area. Yoon remarked that he had always been interested in collective residential areas. “Since the topic was so unique and we had studied North Korea before, we decided to apply for the contest,” said Yoon. “Han and I took a Residence course in our sophomore year. During the semester, we were able to learn about the diverse styles of living in North Korea and what kinds of structures the people lived in.” Han and Yoon decided to apply for various contests during the summer holidays early this year. Han found out about the Future Assignment of Reunification of Territory contest, the notice for which had been posted in June. Yoon stated that they started preparing for the contest from July onwards. “We had just over a month to prepare, which didn't leave us with enough time. We had to study liberal humanities and the physical, materialistic aspects of the environment at hand in order to design our model,” said Yoon. “We studied deeply on the political models of North Korea for about two weeks and through that, we had our concept set up in three days.” Yoon explains about the model. Since this wasn't work that could be done alone, Yoon needed his partner, Han, to cooperate as fully as possible alongside him. However, Han had to leave in August for Singapore to study there, which was one week before the contest's due date. They had both agreed on planning ahead for the model design, which was the hardest part. “Floor plans or drawings are something that can be shared via means of networking, but the designing was something that had to be decided and finalized together. We wanted to finish up on the design and then add more quality to it, but that didn't work out quite well at the time,” admitted Yoon. He also commented that they were able to finish up on the design of the housing part, but regrettably, not enough meetings were held to actualize the rest of the facilities they had devised. You, I, and Us – Primary Unification Stage Han and Yoon's model lacked in academic references, and they had a hard time finding sufficient sources online. With references from the Residence course and with the help of Professor Shin Geom-soo, who taught the course, they were able to find several books and theses on North Korea. Through the books, they found information on a variety of topics, ranging from societal issues to economics. Through this, Han and Yoon were able to develop their ideas on the livelihoods of North Koreans and their habitual abodes. “Most apartments in Pyeongyang are quite empty, unlike the way we normally think. Nobody is really living there. Also, they don't have elevators since they are recognized by the nation as a waste of electricity,” explained Yoon. Realistic houses that North Koreans live in are slums, and houses that seem 'normal' by South Korean standards are for flaunting wealth. “I went to visit the Geumgang Mountain in North Korea when I was in middle school, and found that the houses there are grouped together in order to monitor one another under the authoritarian regime,” added Yoon. “Han and I were so excited to win the prize. We decided to use the prize money to go on a vacation.” From what he had seen and learnt, Yoon developed the model into a more community-friendly one than the existing homes in North Korea. They had to create a scenario on what would happen after reunification and design houses accordingly. “We thought that grouping homes together and providing a communal space as co-housing would allow North Koreans to feel more unified among the South Koreans,” said Yoon. The conventional housing model in Pyeongyang today is set with only one entry route for four to five houses in order to be able to watch who goes in and out. instead, Han and Yoon created different doors for each houses. As for keeping the groups of houses together, Yoon elaborated that it was for making the module a more closely-knit society. They thought that separating each homes would not create a sense of community as effectively. Han and Yoon's model of North Korean houses in the current state (left), and how they would change once unified (right) Photo courtesy of Han Jang-hee and Yoon Jun-hyeok Having won such a huge prize, Yoon commented that it had been a great opportunity in the sense that they were able to study North Korea thoroughly. “Han and I were so excited to win the prize. We decided to use the prize money (5 million won) to go on a vacation together,” said Yoon. As for future goals, Yoon is planning to get a job in the field of architecture for hands-on-experience in the field, and study abroad afterwards. “I would like to design a building at HYU with my name on it,” said Yoon. “Hanyangians would be proud to have an alumni-built structure at the university. I want to try designing various different buildings that will inspire people as well.” Kim Seung-jun Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-09 21

[Student]‘Yonadab,” a Play

For about twelve days from August 17th through 28th, the 2016 H-STAR Festival, a nationwide university drama and musical competition, was hosted by the Hyundai Motors Group and Kore Association of Performing Arts Producers (KAPAP). The drama team ‘Yonadab’ comprised of students from the Department of Theater and Film of Hanyang University (HYU), shined brightly in the competition by winning both the grand prize and production prize in the drama sector. To celebrate this great achievement, the Internet Hanyang News (IHN) interviewed the winner of the production prize and the two main actors in the drama, ‘Yonadab.’ ▲ Chang Ji-soo (Department of Theater and Film ’15), Kim So-hyun (Department of Theater and Film ’13) and Oh Kyung-joo (Department of Theater and Film ’11) A Story in the Bible The entire crew of ‘Yonadab’ worked together to produce a brilliant performance in the H-STAR Festival. Yet, the three members of the team, Kim So-hyun (Department of Theater and Film ’13), Oh Kyung-joo (Department of Theater and Film ’11), and Chang Ji-soo (Department of Theater and Film ’15) have shown exceptional talents as director and as actors. Kim was the main director of the play, who won the best production prize in the competition. Also, Oh and Chang played the two main characters in “Yonadab,” Yonadab and Tamar respectively. ▲'Yonadab' is a historical play created based on a story of King David in the Old Testament, the Bible. (Photo courtesy of 'Yonadab' crew) The play, “Yonadab,” was originally written by renowned English screenwriter, Peter Scaffer. He wrote plays like “Amadeus” and “Equus.” The story is based on a famous tale from the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically in the time during King David’s reign. Yonadab was King David’s nephew who denied the existence of God and its influence on the Israelites. Trying to disprove the power of God by destroying King David’s family, Yonadab tempted one of the sons of King David, Amnom, to rape his stepsister, Tamar. The tragedy led to a domestic war between Amnom and Absalom, Tamar’s brother, and eventually to the destruction of family relationship. The play focuses on the emotional and spiritual aspects of Yonadab who struggles between good and evil. Thankfully, the crew successfully performed the exorbitant play, a result of the hard work on and off stage. The reporters of IHN probed deeper to hear about their story behind the scenes. Q. How do you feel about winning the grand prize? Kim – “Two years ago, I participated in the same competition as one of the crew members. Unfortunately, we were not able to win any awards. However, I am amazed that we were able to win both the grand prize and production prize this year. I wouldn’t have felt great by just winning the production prize myself, but since we won the grand prize as a single team, I am proud of all of the members.” Oh – “Our crew spent about six months for the final performance and I feel like the hard work has paid off. I am grateful for the crew members and the professors who have spent late nights preparing for the play with the crew.” Chang – “This was my first official performance in a play and I was very nervous about how it would turn out. Thanks to the help of the fellow actors, the director, and backstage crew, I was able to do well in acting Tamar. I am very glad we won the grand prize.” Q. Can you tell us about the process in creating the play? What were some of the difficulties? Kim – “As the director of the play, I had to look over the entire crew which included acting, stage setting, make-up and many more. I was involved in all meetings regarding the play and it was important for me to make sure the team agreed on the details of the play. One of the difficulties before the actual performance was the difference in stage size- the competition stage and the stage we practiced on at school. We had to reduce the number of crops used in the play in order to make sure it fit within the performance stage. The hardest part of all was doing that within ten hours before the performance!” Oh – “Since I played the main character of the play, my job was to understand completely who Yonadab is and to sympathize with his feelings. To do that, I spent most of my time reading the script and taking detailed notes on it to make sure every scene would look as if a real Yonadab had come into existence onstage.” Chang – “I learned to have faith in the other actors on stage while preparing for the play. Because I have never experienced the new role of Tamar which required seductive and sexual expressions in acting. There were times when I struggled emotionally on and off the stage. However, the professors and actors, including Oh, supported me to endure it and to perform to my full potential.” Q. How will this experience, as being part of the winning play, help you in the future? Kim – “As a senior waiting for graduation and director of many plays, I was uncertain whether I was capable of pursuing what I had done so far at HYU after leaving. However, the experience at this year’s H-STAR Festival has given me confidence to continue the job in producing plays after graduation. It will be an unforgettable event for me.” Oh – “Dramas and plays lead me in life- it throws important life questions that I need to consider. They correlate intimately with my decisions. For example, ‘Yonadab’ makes us think about the conflicting ideas of faith and distrust which we encounter in daily matters. Therefore, through the play, I have learned that it gives us opportunity to consider our life and to help us make decisions. It is like a signpost that guides us through the way.” Chang – “As I mentioned earlier, this was my first performance. Being a part of the winning play might be a perfect start to my acting career. Yet, I want to make sure that I always remember the effort and the time I have put into this piece to keep me going in future projects. I have attached the poster and the script on the walls of my room for me to remember it all.” Q. What does a ‘play’ mean to you? Kim – “A play helps us to understand what it is like to live because it is a story, whether my own or someone else’s. It is interesting to hear and learn about the many stories that unfold within a play. Therefore, it is like a teacher to me, helping me to understand the world.” Oh – “It is what I love and what I enjoy the most. Simply, like the word, “play,” it is like playing my favorite game. I am not acting in a play because I have to but because I enjoy it with my heart.” Chang – “A play provides me with a space to act in as much as I want and by doing that, I feel l alive. Without plays, I wouldn’t have been able to feel such a lively sensation, expressing different emotions and pouring it out on stage.” Reason for Success The Department of Theater and Film at Hanyang has a rich history of producing skilled actors and producers in the current field of media and theater. These successful phenomena can be explained by the everlasting support and work of past graduates, current professors, and active students who form a sound unison in planting seeds in developing the department. Just by looking at the act of the ‘Yonadab’ crew members and Kim donating the prize money to the school department, there is a reason why the team has gained such glory through the competition and why the school is proud of them all. ▲ The three interviewees did not forget to mention that the entire crew, from actors to staff members, worked hard together for the performance. Park Min-young Photo by Kim Youn-soo