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7/27/2016 10:20:55 PM

hdao
hdao
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Subject: Confucius
@jschlip "[font=Times, "Times New Roman", serif]I'll definitely be bringing this to my classes, especially the new 7th grade "honors" group. I'll ask them to read selections from the Analects and have them apply to their lives & why they are still important even though the ideas are over 2600 years old." Will you let me know how this goes?I'm constantly thinking about how Confucian ethics fits into the moral code of teens and preteens. [/font]
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7/27/2016 10:25:57 PM

hdao
hdao
Posts: 28
Subject: Running Man
@yyan, "Chinese bought the copyright of Running Man. The Chinese edition Running Man is also very popular in China. It is also composed of 7 members: 6 men and 1 female. They are all Chinese stars." Interesting...do you follow Chinese television and movies? All I know are a couple of names of popular titles.
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7/28/2016 8:18:09 AM

mcervantes
mcervantes
Posts: 23
Subject:
We need to teach our young people about individualism and being true to yourself, doing the best they can and taking responsibility for their actions. I would like to use some of these examples for my students to discuss their values and what is important in their lives.
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7/28/2016 9:04:32 AM

mhagiwara
mhagiwara
Posts: 32
Subject: Korean Wave in Japan
From 2006-09 I was living and working in Japan teaching English. I am half Japanese and half Korean and when I arrived to Japan I almost felt at odds with my two sides. As people began to understand who I was and what my background was, they became more interested in my mixed background. Of course, the two countries had a history of conflict and many older Koreans still felt animosity towards the Japanese. However instead of seeing and/or experiencing any sort of ill-will towards Koreans and their culture in Japan, all I saw and experienced was great admiration for it. I lived in a small village of about 3,000 people and soon found out that a Japanese man had married a Korean woman, had children, and were living down the street. What a surprise this was in such a small little village in the middle of nowhere. I also realized how much the Korean pop culture had invaded Japanese society, especially when I visited the video/games rental stores. The first display I saw upon entering any video store was "Fuyu no Sonata" (Winter Sonata). It was so very popular and all of my female Japanese colleagues (40-50 years of age) were always talking about it! The Korean wave my be reaching its peak here in the US now, but in Japan it has been a constant, and unending, wave!
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8/1/2016 9:20:54 PM

gmora
gmora
Posts: 23
Subject: Fascination with the East
It is no secret that Western society has always had a fascination with the East. We can go back in history and consider the desire by Europeans for exotic eastern goods (silk, sugar, pepper, cotton, porcelain, etc). This fascination and intrigue has been continous but only highlited by key events like Columbus seeking a passage east, The Beatles seeking enlightenment, or our fascinaiton with K-Pop. It seems the 1980s-90s was Japan's turn to be highlighted (their automotive industry, their electronics, and sushi). I guess it is now Korea's turn to be in the spotlight.
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8/3/2016 3:31:17 PM

nramon
nramon
Posts: 90
Subject: Latinos and the Korean Wave
http://remezcla.com/features/music/k-pop-latinos/
  • I was very interested to hear Professor Kim’s presentation on the Korean wave because Korean culture is increasingly becoming a prominent thing in Los Angeles. For example, my school has a student body that is 99% Latino, but even within this context the growing interest in Korean culture is evident in that there is a K-pop club at my school. Additionally, just a few weeks ago I read the article in the link above which reports that aside from Koreans, Latinos constitute the second largest group of fans of K-pop here in the US. There is a lot to learn from the Latino music scene here in the US, and particularly the singers who have crossed over to the English markets. It seems that a lot of K-pop artists seem to be heading in this direction and it would be interesting to make a comparison between K-pop and crossover music in my Spanish class.

edited by nramon on 8/3/2016
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8/4/2016 10:08:05 PM

gmora
gmora
Posts: 23
Subject: Professor Kim and the Korean Wave
I did not hear about the Korean wave until I participated in this seminar. However, the mass popularity of Psy reflects that there is a market that is ready for the consumption of Korean culture. I really enjoyed viewing and being introduced to the variety of pop culture coming out of Korea. I also think my students will enjoy viewing/experiencing some of this media as well.
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8/6/2016 3:21:34 PM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Posts: 1918
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Max Fisher, "Gangnam Style," Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2012. How and why K-pop's visual style has triumphed.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2012/10/18/visual-music-how-gangnam-style-exploited-k-pops-secret-strength-and-overcame-its-biggest-weakness/
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8/12/2016 8:58:35 AM

rbrady
rbrady
Posts: 39
Subject:
Great ideas for teaching dance to elementary age children. Our fourth grade level has for the past two years practiced and trained for a dance hip hop contest between the fourth grade classes that culminates with a school wide performance towards the end of the school year. We will continue this again this Spring and I will incorporate some presentations and discussions of the Korean Wave and K-Pop. Interesting to see the USC is building a new School of Dance that will focus and hip hop and other modern dance movements. One of my parent volunteers with hip hop dance teaching experience assisted our class in developing a dance routine. She will be assisting the entire school this year with the Principal's invitation. I will be sharing this information with them.
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8/20/2016 7:51:18 AM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Posts: 1918
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Fascinating story about the breakup of a Japanese boy band. Fans don't want to let go, even though the youngest member of the band is 40. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/20/world/asia/japan-smap-breakup.html
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8/27/2016 12:47:10 PM

skroop
skroop
Posts: 96
Subject: Japanese Boy Band-SMAP
This was a really funny article in my opinion, (maybe depressing for the people of Japan), on the Boy Band SMAP who are nearly all in their early 40's. Who would have thought that a Boy Band could have such a huge impact on the Japanese people and also the surrounding nations. Their fame makes sense considering they are they longest running famous Boy Band, being together for nearly 3 decades. I thought it was funny that Japan's minister of economy, trade, and industry mentioned that the economy would suffer as a result of the break up! I have to say I doubt that, but the article makes a pretty convincing argument in regards to their popularity.
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8/29/2016 10:00:35 PM

victoriachan
victoriachan
Posts: 27
Subject: Korean variety shows
The lecture on Korean culture and hallyu was immensely interesting, and it led me to research other Korean variety shows. That’s when I came across Love Letter, which seems to be like a more humorous version of the Bachelor/Bachelorette and features Korean celebrities who go through a series of events such as questioning and doing dance battles to compete for each other’s affections. I found it to be more entertaining because it’s much more lighthearted in comparison to any romance-based reality TV shows in the U.S. because the ones in the U.S. as so much more dramatic. In Love Letter, the contestants get to play games with each other as opposed to having to vie for attention of one person.

I found the Love Letter episodes on YouTube, and they were subtitled. However, the graphics that appear on the screen are not translated, so it makes me curious as to what they mean.

Here’s a link if anyone is interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-oJbfJPbQU&list=PLAlr4aFQcH5xGw726b8VW4tBXZw3kTwBK&index=1
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8/29/2016 10:06:26 PM

EunjeeKang
EunjeeKang
Posts: 21
Subject: Hongkong movies, J pop, and K-Wave
When I was growing up, I loved movies from Hongkong in the early 90s and listened to Japanese songs. Korean movies were not really good, songs were mostly copycats of Japanese and/or American pop songs. That how I became familiar with their cultures and it made me like their cultures and languages. As I shared during the class, I still feel very weird about Korean Wave in many countries. I am currently working at Carnival as part time as a check-in agent, and some guests tried to talk to me in Korean because they love either K-pop and/or K-drama. I am glad my country's cultural products are getting popular, and I hope K-drama's violent scenes go away to meet global standards when it comes to gender equality.
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8/30/2016 6:49:11 PM

hlien
hlien
Posts: 20
Subject: E-gamers
Call me old fashion, but I just find it hard to cheer or support the growth of "E-gaming". What message are we sending our children? “Oh, it's okay if you don't study hard or get off the couch or interact with the world. You can still make a great living and become famous just by playing video games."
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8/30/2016 6:54:28 PM

victoriachan
victoriachan
Posts: 27
Subject: Hallyu
The idea of hallyu, the Korean wave, was a smart strategy to influence people to view South Korea in a more positive light, especially considering how oftentimes, people focus on the fact that it went through a war and split from North Korea.
Moreover, I would argue that the soft power has influenced Korean-American children to take pride in their culture. I used to work at a Korean after school, and many of the students were obsessed with K-pop. While it was somewhat of a distraction from their studies at times, it was great that they felt such an affinity to Korean culture and felt strongly about maintaining it.
It is equally interesting that so many people from other countries/cultures has embraced Korean culture. I know that in China, there have been many reported incidents related to people binge-watching the Korean drama “My Love from the Star,” which Professor Jung-Kim had talked about during her lecture. Below is a Buzzfeed article outlining some of the ways that some Chinese people went over the top with their obsessions.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/kimberlywang/an-insanely-popular-korean-drama-is-ruining-lives-in-china?utm_term=.auPwM3oL6B#.weBd9l2yvw
I haven’t met any student who has expressed liking Korean dramas, but I do wonder if some of my students do. Many have already expressed liking Japanese anime, but the K-pop lovers might be in hiding.
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