11/2 “What is the K in K-pop” Seminar

Yesterday at UCSD, Professor John Lie from UC Berkeley gave a seminar about his views on the changes in Korean society through the popularity of Korean pop. He included in his presentation an interesting insight on the changes in Korean music and culture; how they went from being conservative and not being able to portray American or Japanese style music which would be banned, to marketing Western influenced Korean pop all over the world. In what is now a culture of talent and singers, Korean idols are highly invested in to represent South Korea, yet the Korean culture is lacking in modern pop groups. The presentation was then ended with a brief talk about how Psy, who produces his own music and doesn’t embody the typical idol physique, became a hit around the world. After this presentation, I left with more knowledge on the history of Korean music and how it has impacted their society which is something I don’t think my Korean friends would be able to explain. It just makes me wonder how Kpop will evolve and impact the world.

John Lie was born in South Korea and grew up in Hawaii. He received an AB, AM, and PhD from Harvard University. He is currently C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Lie has written a series of books analyzing contemporary East Asia and the United States through the thread of his Korean and Korean diasporic background.


Look for more information about this seminar in next month’s issue of the Korea Daily!

Pansori Performance at UCSD – 4pm Friday May 4 판소리 공연

UCSD Korean Studies Initiative Speaker/Performer Series


Flog the husband to feed the children, the Hûngbo Manura’s Song

A Transnational Interpretive P’ansori adapted from P’ansori Song of Hûngbo


Chan E. Park

May 4, 2012, 4-6pm at Recital Hall, Conrad Prebys Music Center


Pansori, the UNESCO-designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humankind, is a genre of musical storytelling performed by a vocalist and a drummer. This popular tradition, characterized by expressive singing, stylized speech, a repertory of narratives and gesture, embraces both elite and folk culture. During performances lasting up to eight hours, a male or female singer, accompanied by a single barrel drum, improvises on texts that combine rural and erudite literary expressions.


Professor Chan E. Park (Ohio State University) is a transnational artist who delivers to the English-speaking audience the text and art of p’ansori, Korean tradition of story-singing, by weaving her bilingual interpretation in performance. She has published extensively on the theory and practice of oral narratology and its interdisciplinary connection with arts and humanities as a whole, including her recent monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press, 2003).


Park has given numerous lectures, seminars, workshops and performances of p’ansori locally, nationally, and internationally. She will present from the Song of Hûngbo, one of the five classical repertoires that reminds us of the cardinal virtues of sibling bond not rivalry. In her adaptation, Flog the husband to feed the children, the Hûngbo Manura’s Song, it is less the character Hûngbo but more his wife, the invisible gender, who compellingly portrays the ironic socioeconomic challenges of the less privileged against the dictates of the state in ancient Korea.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Korea Foundation, and the Music Department, UCSD.

Industry Mentorship Program by KAC 멘토쉽 세미나 @ UCSD

Industry Mentorship Program

Thursday 6:00pm until 7:30pm

We invite you to our Industry Mentorship Program where we will have various mentors from all industries. These industries range from Business, Finance, Law, Media, Engineering, Medical, and last but not least, Politics.

Some of our mentors include:

-John Pak – Complex Sales Manager at Merrill Lynch
-Taeyoon Kim – Director of Practice Development at Del Mar Financials
-Thomas Pak – Director at UBS

-Stephen Hong – Supply Chain Planner at Samsung Electronics
-Charles Shin – Owner at Kor Am Property & Investments

-Teddy Kim – Medical Student at UCSD School of Medicine

-Haeji Hong – Attorney at Office of the U.S. Trustee, Department of Justice
-Michael Han – Attorney at Irdeto

We will first host a quick workshop to teach students on how to properly approach the mentors as well as the proper methods on networking. Then we will provide a time for students and mentors to intermix and network.

This is a great opportunity to get real hands on experience on what is an essential skill for a lifetime.

See you there! 🙂