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[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2018/04/29 | 204 views | Permalink

Discover the richness of K-culture with these summer courses from Korea University, 10 Magazine's Albert Kim explores the past and future of the cultural and political tensions between the two Koreas, Korea Exposé's managing editor talks K-pop 101, and see how life for Korean students differ from American culture with a short video from The Richest.

"Make good use of your time this summer - deepen your understanding of Korea and its culture at Korea University!"

In Korea for the summer? Want to learn as much as you can about authentic Korean culture and its citizens? Then you won't want to miss out on the Korea University International Summer Campus (KU ISC). This packed summer course offers an impressive array of courses on popular culture, mass media, Korean cinema/visual culture, political history, as well as on Korean art and the language. Click on through to All K-Pop for all the details and links...



10 Magazine writer Albert Kim examines the ongoing conflict that has been a looming over Korean culture and politics for the past 65 years. Technically, North and South Korea never actually signed a peace treaty, so the two countries are still at war; what was agreed was that "all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved". In this post, Albert considers the DMZ today, the role of the US (and President Donald Trump in particular), and the prospects and history of denuclearization. "While it's clear that relations between the North and South have improved tremendously in the past couple months, there is still no guarantee that a peace treaty will be ratified between the two countries".


"K-pop 101: Why Do Artists Keep Singing 'Niga'?"

You can't talk about modern Korean culture without mentioning the global phenomenon that is K-pop. But what is K-pop, exactly? In short, rather obviously, it is popular music produced in and by Koreans. But that doesn't really help outsiders get a handle on why Korea's pop music scene has taken the world by storm. In this feature on Korea Exposé, Haeryun Kang, the online magazine's managing editor, takes a critical look at K-pop today to help us understand this curious crest of the so-called 'Korean Wave'.


"10 Strange School Rules In SOUTH KOREA"

The Richest has this 5-minute video about school life in the Land of the Morning Calm. While life for Korean students is largely the same as students elsewhere in the world, there are some interesting differences worth noting. If you're looking to gain some insight into what life as a modern South Korean student is like, this short and informative video will help by noting some of the things that make life as a learner in Korea somewhat unique. What is schooling like where you're from? Let us and others know in the comment section below...


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