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Hallyu Report V – The impact

I. Korean image Through drama and music, the image of Korea has attained greater exposure to the world-wide audience. Hallyu makes foreigners feel a close connection with Korea and gain a certain understanding about the lives of Koreans. The extensive spread of Korean cultural products naturally causes international audience to feel intrigued by other aspects of [...]

Hallyu Report IV – The cause

One of the primary causes for Hallyu outbreak was the adoption of media liberation in many Asian countries in the 1990s, which resulted in a favorable environment fostering the cultural exchange of media products, which in turn benefited the spread of Hallyu. Hallyu was initially stimulated in 1997 by the screening of Korean drama “What [...]

Hallyu Report III – Korean drama

Korean dramas play a no less important role in popularizing Korean culture, particularly in the initial stage of Hallyu. The following section will cover the several notable examples of internationally successful Korean dramas, classified into three major categories: soap opera, historical drama, and idol drama. Soap Opera – Winter Sonata While most countries across East [...]

Hallyu Report II – Real life evidence(1)

Internet is not the only place to observe the rise of Korean Wave. International popularity comes with international activities and achievements. Let us now look at several representatives for Korean pop music and Korean dramas and their advance outside South Korean borders. a) Korean pop music Korean pop music (Kpop) presents many idols whose accomplishments and [...]

Hallyu Report I – Evidences

Hallyu,  also known as Korean Wave, refers to the spread of South Korean entertainment culture across the globe. The term ‘Korean Wave’ was created in the 1990s by Beijing journalists, who witnessed the exploding popularity of Korean cultural products in China (Kim 2007, cited in Lee 2011).. In most countries across East and Central Asia, [...]

Traditional Korean Games

Traditional Korean Games can be literally translated as Jeontongnori, in Korean. Koreans enjoyed many different games throughout korea’s long history. They played these games to communicate and spend time with their family, friends, relatives and even neighbors. Playing these games helped create bonds betweenplayers. Today, many games are still played by Koreans and even foreigners. Most [...]

Korean Culture

The biggest difference between Westerners and Easterners lies in the tool each uses to eat food. The culture of using two sticks to pick up and eat food is regarded as unique charm of the East by Westerners. Chopsticks serve multiple purposes. Some women use them as a hair pin to hold hair in a [...]

Daily life of Korean

Father the symbol of diligent, hard-working Korea My father works in a construction company. He usually wakes up early and returns home very late. When I was young he was so busy during the weekdays that I almost felt abandoned. Sometimes, I would tell him how I felt.  But then I would get the same [...]

Hanbok, Korean Clothing

Hanbok, Korean Clothing

Hanbok is Korean traditional clothing. It is handed down from ancient Korean times, but today’s Hanbok is similar to the style during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Since Korea has abundant materials for making dyes, rich colors are expressed through Hanbok. The vivid colors of Hanbok play an important role to express the beauty of Hanbok [...]

Hanok, Korean house

Hanok, Korean house

  Hanok is Korean traditional housing. As the house protects human from the severe weather and provides a resting place, Hanok is the most appropriate architecture considering the geographical and climatic features of Korea. Hanok can be categorized depending on the building materials; a tile-roofed house, a thatched cottage, a shingle-roofed house, a log cabin, [...]

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