2018’s Korean History and Culture Seminar for American Educators started off today, June 25th, at 8:30. Mary Connor, the Program Advisor, opened the seminar and introduced Sung Kim, the Seminar Director, and Wan-joong Kim, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Los Angeles, and Nakjung Kim, the Director of the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles a major sponsor of this event. After the opening remarks and announcements made by Wan-Joong Kim and Sung Kim, respectively, the first lecture starts.
The first lecture was from Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, from the Department of Asian Studies at UCLA. It was titled “What Should You Know About Korea?” This lecture established a framework for the rest of the seminar week. Mary Connor’s book,Teaching East Asia; Korea , was introduced and distributed to every participant.
After a short break, Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, continued to the second lecture, “Early Korean History and Culture.” This lecture went over information about Confucianism, the Silk Road, Buddhism, Medieval Korea, Korea in the East Asian cultural sphere, moveable typewriter, and Korea’s most celebrated king, King Sejong.
After another short break, Dr. Kristine Dennehy, Professor & Chair of the Department of History at CSU Fullerton, started the third lecture, “Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Korean History.” Topics that were covered included late 19th century imperialism, colonialism, Japanese occupation and books to understand Korean occupations.
During lunch, a lunch box was given to everyone and speaker Jini Shim, the Assistant Director, explained the ingredients of the delicious Korean food.
After lunch, lecture 4 began. Dr. Dong Suk Kim, preformed Korean Traditional Music. There was live Korean performances that included Korean traditional flute, the Gayagum and the Janggo Drum.
Lecture 5 was preformed by Warren Wonil Kim, a Pansori Singer, and Sue Hee Ko, a Janggo Gosu. There will be a live preformance of pansori. Wonil Kim taught participants Arirang, Korean’s most famous folk song.
The last activity split the class into two groups for a 30-minute session of both activities. One group goes down to the 1st floor exhibition hall of Korean Cultural Center. While they are in the hall, the other class stayed in the class and took a Korean drumming lesson.