Korea, it's a small country but it’s 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