★★★HIDDEN SECRET KOREA CONTEST 2014 TOUR 1
★★★CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HIDDEN SECRET KOREA CONTEST 2014 WINNERS!!!.
Unfortunately no submission qualified for the grand prize this year but there were 3 award categories:First Prize, and 2 runner up award winners
***Thank you to all participants for your hard work and your quality submissions.It was a tough decision. All submissions will be uploaded on the youtube welcomekissa channel under the Hidden Secret Korea Contest and credited to each individual.
All participants will be given first priority to tour the best 3 hidden Secret sites!Information about the tours will be provided at a later date.
***Invitation to the Seoul International Students Cultural Festival 2014, JUNE 22 (2-6PM), CHEONGGYE PLAZA
- Transportation: Exit 4, City Hall Station, Subway Line 1
- Exit 5, 6, Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1,
- Exit 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Subway Line 5
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May 2, 2014
2ND KOREAN DREAM TALK CONCERT
The Asia Institute and Korea International Students Support Association (KISSA) held the 2nd Korean Dream Talk Concert as follows:
Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 4 -5:30 pm
Venue: Kyung Hee University, Cheongwoon Bldg, Rm 504
Speaker: Emanuel Pastreich
Topic: “How the Korean Dream can be Our Dream”
Emanuel Pastreich has had a uniquely successful career working with the central government, local government and major corporations on critical projects. He shares his secrets and insights on how you can carve out a place for yourself at this remarkable moment.
Emanuel Pastreich is the Director of the Asia Institute and Professor of comparative literature at Kyung Hee University. He has worked as advisor to the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., Korean Culture and Information Service, advisor to the governor of Chungnam Providence and the CEO of the Daedeok Research Cluster.
He currently serves on the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment. Pastreich has written three best-selling books in Korean and has been a columnist for leading newspapers including Donga Ilbo, Chosun Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo.
Professor Emanuel spoke about his personal journey as a professional in Korea and his impressive career background with many different local governments and companies. He said that Korea is a good a place as any to bring about change in the world.
He insisted on the importance of Korean in the professional world and especially in the decision making process and impressed upon the need to learn Korean and take it seriously. Drawing from his experience as author of three bestselling books in Korean, he also encouraged all foreigners to write a book about their perspective in Korea for Koreans in Korean as Koreans are very interested in a fresh perspective. He added that there lies a tremendous opportunity for foreigners working in Korea for Koreans.
Emanuel tried his hand at many different jobs but he says he finally found his niche once again in teaching. He encouraged the participants to keep trying and although it might take awhile eventually one would find their niche.
Professor Emanuel, like many, holds the view that Korea is increasingly playing an important role in the world. Just like the American Dream with its ideals of hope, freedom and democracy influenced many in the 1950’s and 60’s, Professor Emanuel thinks that Korea now has increasing influence across the world. Many in the developing world look towards Korea as an example of a development model and are benchmarking Korea. It is from this premise that he draws his interpretation of what the Korean dream means to him. For Emanuel, the Korean Dream is not about getting rich and famous, the Korean Dream represents the potential that Korea holds;“something that will inspire people to be something more”. He however contended that despite the vision of a Korean Dream, the content is still missing and non Koreans in Korea also have an important role in defining the potential of Korea. During the Q&A session he also briefly touched on the Sewol Ferry accident by pointing to the problems in society such as the inequality between the rich and poor.
Ist KOREAN DREAM TALK CONCERT
SEOLLAL (LUNAR NEW YEAR) CELEBRATION AND RICE-CAKE SOUP (TTEOKGUK) KITCHEN SERVICE PROJECT
In commemoration of the Lunar New Year, KISSA held the Seollal Celebration and rice cake soup kitchen service project on 24th January 2014.
The event included traditional Seollal activities such as wearing hanbok (traditional clothes), learning how to perform ancestral rites such as the sebae (bow), playing folk games (with prizes for the winners) and sharing “tteokguk” with the elderly.
International students who took part had a great time giving back to the Korean society while taking part in traditional Seollal practices.The elderly people were very grateful and had alot of fun receiving “sebae” from so many international students from around the world.
One of the participants, Christine, an international student from Iran had this to say about the event, “Thank you so much to KISSA office for providing for international students these nice program that we learn more about Korean tradition and Korean culture and have wonderful memory of “Korean New Year ceremony” in 2014″