Korean Studies Program showed culture and customs through Window on Korea

October 24, 2016

The Korean Studies Program (KSP) hosted the ‘2016 Window on Korean Event: Featuring Contemporary Korea through K-Literature, Film, Poetry and Music’ from Oct. 10 to 13, 2016. KSP is under Ateneo’sSchool of Social Sciences (SOSS).

Window on Korea, or WOK, refers to the Korean Studies collection donated by the National Library of Korea to universities overseas, including Ateneo de Manila, its first recipient in the Philippines.

During the culminating program, KSP Director Sarah Domingo Lipura introduced the Korean Studies Portal integrated in the website of the Ateneo Rizal Library. The portal serves as a union catalogue that collects and integrates Korean Studies information and resources housed by different libraries and colleges in the Philippines.

Lipura said the portal also contains a database of Korea-related research by Filipino scholars.

The 2016 WOK event included a series of activities such as film showing and photo exhibit. Its culminating program also featured Nanta and Gayageum performances apart from lectures on Korean popular culture, film and poetry by invited resource persons from both Schools of Social Sciences and Humanities. It was sponsored by the National Library of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.

Dr. Maria Luisa Reyes of the English Dept. said that the film “Punch” portrayed a teenager coming of age and deeply rooted in sorrow, feelings and emotions.
KSP faculty member KC Sta. Ana Rico read passages from the poems of Yun Dong Ju, Korea’s most famous poet. His poems mostly talked about the suffering of his people and about longing for peace.
Dr. Alona Guevarra of the English Dept. considered modern Korean literature as a phantasmagoria due to the generations of influences it went through.
Korean Cultural Center Director Oh Choong Suk shares to the audience some of Korea’s values, culture and tradition.

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