January 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Effect of Korean Culture Worldwide Episode 56

Korea, it's a small country but its culture is spread worldwide, we call that the Korean Wave. The Korean Wave is a neologistic term used to define the flow of Korea and its culture. If you think of Korea I can bet majority of the people would think of K-Pop, whether they are American, African, for all I know any other ethnic group would think the same thing. That is the reason why this topic is such a important idea, Not because we see the news and the only thing we see is our corrupted president and everyone else linked with it. If we travel back to when the Korean wave initiated and started to spread out, we have to drop all the way back to an excerpt in 1948. Kim Gu the leader of the Korean Independence Movement made an excerpt in his autobiography saying..

I want our nation to be the most beautiful in the world. By this I do not mean the most powerful nation. Because I have felt the pain of being invaded by another nation, I do not want my nation to invade others. It is sufficient that our wealth makes our lives abundant; it is sufficient that our strength is able to prevent foreign invasions. The only thing that I desire in infinite quantity is the power of a noble culture. This is because the power of culture both makes us happy and gives happiness to others…” - Kim Gu, March 1st, 1948

Kim Gu brings up the general idea of the importance of culture and the thought of spreading the culture worldwide, which we call now the Korean Wave and from then on Korea has developed exponentially starting from Korean movies that stuck extraordinary amounts of views and Dramas that has been starred off-Korea due to their amazing storyline and the music that Korean entertainment fumbles up by creating boy groups, girl groups, solo singers.

Striding back to present Korea, due to the efforts people made in the past we have these global syndromes like K-pop and KCON and Korean Actors and Singers that are affecting the whole world. As an example in the United States, Korean culture has spread so far that theres a section in Los Angeles and New York City named Korea Town. Famous American Celebrities are acting out the Gangnam Style by PSY. Continuing on other countries such as China. The Chinese officials have shown great interest toward the Korean wave and takes it as a positive cultural exchange passing through China and Korea.

Though these facts, the Korean Wave is considered an immensely important idea and shows how Koreans are developing as a member of global events and syndromes and not as a single entity in a country.

Michael Park (Freshman) of Seoul Scholars International

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ask Yourself? Episode 55

Often times, I worry a lot about everything. I constantly have to ask myself questions like, “Am I being a good friend right now? Did I forget to do anything?  Sometimes it feels like I’m living just to answer each and every one of those questions, to wind and wind the clock over and over again just to hear it cuckoo another question at me.  I’m sure I’m not the only one asking myself these questions. I found a lot of times, instead of asking myself questions constantly, sometimes it’s better to suck it up and learn to improve. For example, I’m sure you all know the situation where you go to bed and constantly think of mistakes that you made in the deep past or even today. During that time, instead of asking yourself constant negative questions such as, “Why did I do that” or “Why am I so stupid”, try asking yourself “How can I improve?” or “How can I learn from my mistakes”. Another crucial thing to do is to take it slowly. It’s okay if you can’t perfect every mistake you’ve made. Just knowing that you are a better person than you were yesterday the first step, and the first steps can take you the longest paths.

Sehun Joo  (Sophomore) of Seoul Scholars International

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Day in the Life of A Junior Episode 54

I wake up pretty early to study before school starts. After studying and a quick breakfast, I get to school around 8 and come back at 4. At school, I work hard during class and also try to serve our community through National Honor Society. Once I return home, I do my school work till dinner around 7 and have a break afterwards. In my free time, I nap or chat with my friends. I study again till pretty late at night, and sleep to get ready for more school the next day. I have a lot of times I want to give up, but thinking of college and my dreams in life give me motivation to start again with a fresh attitude. I feel like I'm not alone in this, but that all juniors globally are having a hard time. We're going through it together and we're cheering each other up along the way.

Eunice Ro  (Junior) of Seoul Scholars International

Sunday, January 1, 2017