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The aim of the UT Korean Culture Club is to unite fans of Korean culture, so we can introduce and promote different aspects of Korean culture together. Events take place throughout the academic year.
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Date: Friday, May 22, 2020.Time: 15:00(EEST), 21:00(KST)
Here is link to Facebook event
Moderators : Yoon Jangsil 윤장실, Andrea-Martha Teesaar
Let's eat home-made Korean food together online, hoping to build up our immunity amid the pandemic!
To join in the event, just make your own K-food before the start of the event and eat it all together in an online video call.
Throughout the event, sharing your hidden recipe, showing decorated food and cook process videos or photos, and eating deliciously will be an unforgettable Eating Show, Mukbang 먹방!
What is Mukbang?
Borrowed from Korean 먹방 (meokbang), literally "eating broadcast".
《 South Korea's ODA (Official Development Assistance) with the Young Professional》
Speaker: Hyoje Vincent Kim (Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA Young Professional 2018-2019)
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020.
Time: 15:00(EEST), 21:00(KST)
Here is SKYPE link to the Webinar
Moderator : Daniel Valdma
About Speaker, Hyoje Vincent Kim:
In the frame of his studies, Hyoje Kim went on an exchange semester in Tartu, in 2017, where he assisted several KCC events, such as ‘Making Korean Rural Food’ events.
Based on his strong interests in development cooperation, Hyoje then worked as a field agent for the “African Development Bank 2018 Annual Meetings” held in Busan, South Korea.
Later, in order to deepen his knowledge on the Korean government's ODA system and experience actual projects on sites conducted by the government and other partners, including NGOs, he participated in the “Young Professional Program” (YPP) from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Ethiopia from 2018 to 2019.
As of today, Hyoje Kim is actively preparing for the next step which will allow him to fully commit to working in the global development field.
1. Self Introduction
2. South Korea's International Development Cooperation
1) What are Development Cooperation and ODA? Why do we provide ODA?
2) South Korea's ODA and its History
3) South Korea’s strength as a donor
3. My experience in Africa
1) Why did I choose Africa and Ethiopia?
2) South Korea’s ODA project site visit in Ethiopia
(Gurage Zone in Ethiopia)
3) NGO’s projects site visit
(Fantare in Ethiopia and Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya)
4) Master Degree Program to Korea
4. How is Estonia involved in international development cooperation?
1) Estonia’s ODA
2) My idea of Estonia’s ODA in the future
"Startup in Korea" with Hanguler Co-founder.
Date: Friday, May. 1, 2020.Time: 15:00(EEST), 21:00(KST)
Here is the link to UT KCC 1st Webinar
Moderators : Daniel Valdma
Speaker: JungEun Lee, Hanguler co-founder.
Currently a senior student at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.
She had spent her winter semester 2018 in Tartu, attending in several KCC events. Based on her interests about education, design, start-ups, and social reform, she is preparing to start a social venture, where Korean teachers with visual impairments teach foreign learners on the phone.
No. Content Time Remarks
1 Intro – Self Introduction
- Basic information about me
University, major, interests
- What I am doing currently
- What I want to do in the future 5~10’ PPT slides
2 How I chose this path – Social Venture
- Normal career path for Humanities students
- Then, why social venture? 10’ PPT slides
3 Startup Companies in Korea
- Now is the best time.
- There are drawbacks: case of ‘Tada’ 10’ PPT slides
4 Conclusion – My Future
- Co-founder, for now
- No one can predict the future. 5’ PPT slides
5 Q&A – Any questions? 10’ PPT slides
Venue: Teacher's Lounge, Lossi 3 (2nd floor)Moderators: Aibike Gi, Maret Luud
On Friday, December 6, when the end of 2019 is coming soon to us, let's bring our friends and own Korean food to eat together, as well as share our recipes and 2019 stories with fellow UT KCC members. Bring with and eat hearty Korean foods in a relaxed atmosphere.
This event is being made with the idea of UT KCC members during Chuseok event last September!
Venue: Lossi 3-304 at 16:15Moderators: Anni Arukask, Daniel Valdma
On Friday November 22, the UT Department of Languages of the Asian Region will hold a seminar on Korean Studies. Four speakers from Estonia and Korea will hold presentations on topics such as University entrance and life by empirical approach in the 1st session and North and South Koreans in Long Journey of Division in the 2nd session.
To apply for the seminar, please send a message by email (jrp89 [ät] naver.com) with your presentation title and brief introduction (If you are a student, information such as name, school and major is required, if you are not a student, name and job title or past career). The presenter should write a 20 minute presentation in PowerPoint or Word file and send it to the moderators until midnight on Thursday, November 7. The number of presenters required for the seminar is 5~7.
Participation is free of charge. Looking forward to your participation in the 5th UT KCC Korean Studies seminar!
Minhyeong You is a bachelor student in enviromental horticulture at University of Seoul in Korea. Horticulture is one of the rare majors in Estonia but it is very interesting major, which has class that plant vegetable as well as experiment in the lab. Horticulture targets flower, vegetable and tree and learns various subjects from cell to gardening. let's explore horticulture along time table of presenter.
Chaewon Park is from Busan National University, and majoring in business administration. As everybody knows, in Korea, entrance exam for university is hard and strict. She wants to introduce these systems and background of why this situation is happened.There are lots of social phenomena related to university entrance and she wants to introduce those through this presentation.
Comperhensive discussion for 1st session
Liisa Jaakson is a bachelor student of history at University of Tartu. She majors in Estonian history and minors in East Asian studies. She has also majored in Japanese language and culture at Tallinn University. She takes particular interest in history of Russian empire.
Anni Arukask is a PhD student of classical philology at University of Tartu, studying Ancient Greek poetry by Sappho and its metrics. Study of classical languages has developed her fascination for all kinds of language structures and methods of expressing them in Estonian. In addition to those very distant cultures, she somehow managed to find an interest in Korea through manhwa and dramas. Right now, she is acquiring knowledge about it through more serious fiction, conversation and literature in general.
Comprehensive discussion for 2nd session
Venue: Lossi 3-304, University of TartuModerators: Kristina Piksar, Elisabeth Rips
Two moderators, Kristina and Elisabeth, have organized a special event for UT KCC members' Halloween day.
That's the film, "The Housemaid" (하녀, Hanyeo), directed by Kim Ki-young, who became an instant sensation in the 1960s. In addition, the film was selected for restoration by the WCF (World Cinema Foundation) established at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was reborn as a DVD in 2009, which was presented to the UT by the LTI KOREA library.
This thriller has been highly regarded for its outstanding Mise-en-scene, and highlights the lives of the middle-class family in the course of modernization in Korea. This extremly rare movie will present you a more exhilarating Halloween day.
The event is supported by LTI Korea libary
Moderators: Minhyeong You, Donghye Kim, Chae Won ParkVenue: Jakobi 2-110, University of Tartu
Chuseok (추석, Korean Thanksgiving Day, August 15th in the lunar calendar) falls on September 13 this year. Chuseok is Korea's most important holiday! On this year's Chuseok, let's play traditional games with exchange students from Korea this semester and share well-wishes with each other.
UT KCC Korean Film Evenings: every other Monday from March 25 to May 27 at 18:00.2nd Joint Classes of UT KCC and VABA Akadeemia on Korean Culture: every Wednesday from February 27 to May 15 at 19:00-20:00.Joint Classes of UT KCC and VABA Akadeemia on Korean Culture: every Wednesday from September 26 to December 12 at 19:00-20:00.
The UT Department of Languages of the Asian Region will hold a seminar on Korean Studies in cooperation with Center for Korean Studies, University of Latvia.
Four speakers from Estonia, Korea, and the United States will make presentations on topics such as "Korean Identity and Harmony" in the 1st session and "Students in History and Culture" in the 2nd session. Especially this time, Dr. Kaspars Klavins (Professor, University of Latvia) will give a special lecture on "Comparative Review of Korean Religions" as a keynote speaker.
Read more about the programme on the event's Facebook page.
If you are interested in presenting and discussing Korean history, culture and arts for the seminar, please apply by Monday, March 18th. To apply for the seminar, please send a message by email(jrp89 [ät] naver.com) with your presentation title and brief introduction. If you are a student, information such as name, school and major is required, if you are not a student, name and job title or past career is required.
The presenter should write a 20 minute presentation in PowerPoint or Word file and send it to the panelists until midnight on Thursday, March 28. The number of presenters and panelists required for the seminar is 5~7 as the presenters and 3~4 as the panelists to discuss each presentation.
Looking forward to your participation in the 4th UT KCC Korean Studies seminar!
Everyone is welcome to the seminar!
Registration is open until November 30th! Find the registration link and further updates on the event's Facebook page.
Anyone whose mother tongue is not Korean can register. The length of the speech is 5 minutes per participant. The participants need to memorize their speech.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend and listen to the speeches!
The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies.
Five speakers from Estonia, South Korea, and the United States will be presenting for this seminar. In particular, this seminar is more timely, reflecting the recent changes in the relations between the two Koreas and peacebuilding. Throughout this seminar, various presentations related to this will be provided from various perspectives such as social culture, biology, military, education, literature.
Everyone is welcome to the seminar!
Find the full programme on the event's Facebook page.
Do you love Korean food? Is your cooking amazing? Have you ever wanted to try to cook another countries cuisine? Well, you're in luck! This year we are organizing the first ever Korean Food Fair in Tartu!
For more details regarding the number of participants and registration, visit the event's Facebook page.
Every group or individual participating will choose what to cook from Korean cuisine. You can choose to prepare it in advance or cook it at the venue. When we meet, everyone introduces their dish. Why did you decide to make it? What importance does it have in Korean culture? What was the cooking process? Does it have a long history? After everyone has talked about their dish, we will all try each other's food!!
Cook, Come and Eat!
Find more information about Korean cuisine here:http://www.koreanfood.net/en/index.dohttps://www.maangchi.com/
The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies
Kpop Dance Festival is coming back for the 3rd time!
This time even better and bigger with dance performances AND dance classes by SOTO Dance Studio and, of course, with the annual Kpop dance cover competition. Anyone, from professional to amateur, is free to participate in the friendly competition which gives an opportunity for Kpop fans to perform the routines of their favourite artists, to celebrate the art of dance and to just have fun together.
If you want to perform solo or with a group, you can register here.
NB! Registration for performances ends on October 15th!
We will then contact you separately via email.
All the competition participants will receive a gift bag. And as in previous years, we will have the audience pick their favourites, but this year there will be 3 winners of the popular vote: solo winner and 2 group winners.
Dear members of the audience, who are coming to enjoy the performances, support your friends or just coming to enjoy a day filled with Kpop, you are all welcome to join the Random Play Dance we have planned AND/OR any of the Kpop dance classes that will be carried out by SOTO Dance Studio.
Programme of the festival:
PS! The programme might experience minor changes.
All the events mentioned above are FREE OF CHARGE.
The festival is held in English.
The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies, LuxExpress and Holika Holika.
The ‘1st Korean Traditional Dance Festival: Performance and Class’ will be held in Tartu on the 12th of October at Tartu Üliõpilasmaja (Kalevi 24).
We have invited the Korean traditional dance ensemble "Arirang" to perform and teach Korean folk dances. They will be performing 3 Korean traditional dances and in addition to the beautiful performances, the audience will learn about the history of the dances in a 20-minute presentation.
In order to become even more knowledgeable in Korean traditional dance, “Arirang” is going to carry out two dance classes. In the first class, you will have the chance to learn the Korean Fan Dance (Buchaechum 부채춤). In the second class, “Arirang” will be teaching the Royal Court Dance (Jeongjae 정재).
Dance performance and classes are free of charge, however, you need to register for the dance classes because the number of participants in each class is limited. Registration will end when the groups are full. The registration link will soon be published on the event's Facebook page.
Anyone can come and enjoy the performances. No registration needed.
See you there!
UT KCC Events of 2017/18
Moderators: Eliza Podburtnaja, Kristina Piksar, Elisabeth Rips
13:00-14:30 Opening ceremony
The film is about the poet Yun Dong-ju who is known to be the most loved by Koreans. In this movie, Yun Dong-ju's poems are recited with the voice of actor Kang Haneul. Yun Dong-ju (윤동주 1917 –1945). Born and raised in northern Manchuria during the Japanese colonial period of Korea, Yun Dong-ju was a poet of the utmost purity, beauty, and sincerity. Known for his lyric poetry as well as resistance poetry.
Venue: Jakobi 2-130 at 16:30Moderator: Jason Mario Dydynski
May 5th is Korea's Children's Day, a public holiday. In order to understand and experience Korea's children's culture one day before this day, we will fold a traditional Korean toy, Ddagji (딱지), and play a slap-match game with it. The event will be led by paper artist Jason Mario Dydynski.
On this day, Ddagji will be folded into two types, for which Korean traditional paper will be provided free of charge. However, in order to play a slap-match game with Ddagji, thick paper like calendars and boxes are needed.
Originally in Korea, Ddagji is folded with these thick waste paper. So if you collect the thick waste papers from now on and bring this day and make Ddagji with them, you will definitely get authentic Ddagji 딱지, and good luck for the game will be with you too.
For reference, here is 'folding and playing Ddagji' by Kpop group Tintop.
Venue: Tartu Loodusmaja, Lille 10 at 18:00
This year, the Korean language drama festival will be part of a bigger Korean culture evening organised by the University of Tartu within the programme Tartu - Rich in Cultures. The more detailed programme will be published soon.
Fill your performance application here by March 27th!
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 16:30-20:00Moderators: Daniel Valdma, Karl-Hendrik Henno
If you are interested in presenting and discussing Korean History, Culture and Arts for the seminar, please apply by Thursday, March 8th. Everyone interested is also welcome just to attend and listen to the presentations.
To apply for the seminar, please submit a comment in the Facebook event or send a message to Jung Ran Park with your presentation title and a brief introduction. If you are a student, information such as name, school and major is required, if you are not a student, name and job title or past career. The presenter should write a 20-minute presentation in PowerPoint or Word file and send it to the panelists (moderators) until midnight on Wednesday, April 4th. The number of presenters and panelists required for the seminar is 5~7 as the presenters and 3~4 as the panelists to discuss each presentation.
Looking forward to your participation in the second UT KCC Korean Studies seminar!
Session 1 - Korean language and literature (16:30-17:40)
1. Inhyuk Suh "Comparison of usage of honorific language between Korea and Estonia" (한국과 에스토니아에서의 존댓말 사용법 비교)
Do you speak English?
영어 할 줄 아세요? Kas te räägite inglise keelt?
영어 할 줄 알아? Kas sa räägid inglise keelt?
Both Korean and Estonian languages have honorific version of language. However, the usage of it is pretty different. Estonians use honorific when they speak with not close people but Koreans use it when they speak to the olders. Let’s compare the usage of it in two countries!
Currently studying the MA program “International Law and Human Rights” in Tartu University.
Also teach “Korean language” and “Korean Society and Politics” in Tallinn University of Technology.
2. Elina Sinijärv "Estonian Koryo-saram - Survived In Translation"
Korean teacher, translator and Korean Affairs
3. Amber Loon Johnsonn "Korean Folktales: Exploring Cultural Value In Selected Folktales, Comparing Traditional and Modern-Day Storytelling Approaches"
Amber Johnson is a fourth-year undergraduate student from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She studies International Relations with concentrations in Global Strategy and Europe-Asia Regional Studies. She currently is on an exchange at the University of Tartu. Her interest in international mediums of storytelling is a personal passion; she is convinced that establishing connections with culture through language in writing and filmography remain powerful methods of intercultural exchange and she eagerly invites you to share in her findings.
Discussion for 1st Session
Session 2 - Korean culture and society (17:50-19:30)
1. Jason Mario Dydynski "Am I cute now? The use of “cuteness” in the design and marketing of Korean beauty products" (난 지금 귀엽죠?)
Jason Mario Dydynski is a PhD student in Semiotics and Cultural Studies. He studies the perception of cuteness and how biological and cultural factors play a role in what we find cute, his current research focus includes cute animals, animal characters/mascots, and object design. Dydynski is currently researching cross cultural preferences in cuteness between Estonia, South Korea, and the United States. He has an oddly high amount of shirts with cats on them, and if anyone asks his favorite Korean Drama is Age of Youth, but he will secretly never get over Boys over Flowers.
2. Wasin Punthong "Post-human reading of Train to Busan: Zombie, Biopolitics, and South Korean Society"
Wasin Punthong is pursuing the International Masters of Economy, State and Society with reference to Central and Eastern Europe. He spent his first year at University College London and currently doing his second year at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. His research interests include biopolitics, post-humanism, the politics of Baltic Sea Region and pop culture in international relations. He can be reached by email wasin.punthong [ät] gmail.com
3. Mia Istok "Comparison of the propaganda posters and art of socialist Czechoslovakia and DPRK (North Korea)"
Michaela Istokova BA (Hons) is a 28-year-old freelance visual designer and illustrator from Slovakia living in Finland. She studied at the University of Hertfordshire, Comenius University in Bratislava and Prague College in Prague. As a 1/4 Korean she is deeply interested in all matters Korean and in the country of her paternal ancestors, North Korea.
4. Roland Schimanski "The central problem of sociobiology in the context of South Korean society"
Roland Schimanski is currently pursuing his MA degrees in sociology and analytic philosophy. In sociology, his research focus has so far been on theoretical sociology and social stratification; in philosophy, his main interests are formal logic and analytic metaphysics (of time). Recently his interest has turned to evolutionary biology and human sociobiology.
Discussion for 2nd Session
Venue: Jakobi 2-130 at 16:00Moderator: Elisabeth Rips
Through this event, you will be closer to Korean traditional patterns and letters (한글, Hangul) and have your own unique bookmark and sticker. Participants will be provided with various traditional patterns, plain small paper bookmarks and stickers for this event. In addition, you can make your own items by bringing your favorite materials, such as colored pencils and paints, to decorate traditional patterns.
Admission is free!
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 19:00
"Masquerade" (광해: 왕이 된 남자; Gwanghae: Wang-i Doen Namja; lit. Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King) is a 2012 South Korean historical film starring Lee Byung-hun in dual roles as the bizarre King Gwanghae and the humble acrobat Ha-sun, who stands in for the monarch when he faces the threat of being poisoned. With 12.3 million tickets sold, this historical movie is currently the sixth highest-grossing movie in Korean film history. Also, it swept the 49th Grand Bell Awards, winning in 15 categories, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor. Read more about the film on Wikipedia and watch the trailer here.
Venue: Tartu Üliõpilasmaja, Kalevi 24 at 16:00Moderators: Eliza Podburtnaja, Kristina Piksar, Jason Mario Dydynski
It's time for K-pop fans to unite again! The K-pop dance festival gives the opportunity for all K-pop fans to perform the dance routines of their favourite artists. Put your team together or perform a solo act and sign up here. Applications are due on November 5th! All performers shall receive a complimentary gift and we'll also vote for the audience's favourite acts.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend and watch the performances, after all popular culture is one way of learning something new about another culture.
The event is free of charge and supported by the Korea Foundation.
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 16:30Moderators: Kristina Piksar, Eliza Podburtnaja
Chuseok, also known as Hangawi, is a harvest celebration and one of the most important holidays in Korea. This year, Chuseok falls on October 4! Let's join together and play various traditional games like Tuho, Jeggi, Yutnori, Gonggi, Biseok-Chigi, Paengii to enjoy this day and learn more about Korean culture.
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 19:15Moderator: Roland Schimanski
"Secret Reunion" is a 2010 South Korean spy thriller film directed by Jang Hoon, and one of the highest grossing Korean films of 2010. Subtitles in English. Entrance is free of charge!
UT KCC Events of 2016/17
Venue: Vaga Mama Restaurant, Ülikooli 2 at 09:00-11:00
The number of participants per workshop is limited. Please sign up by writing to keeled [ät] ut.ee
Venue: Vaga Mama Restaurant, Ülikooli 2 at 16:00-18:00
Venue: Tartu Üliõpilasmaja, Kalevi 24 at 16:00Moderators: Daniel Valdma, Karl-Hendrik Henno
Whether you are a theatre-lover or someone who wants to improve their Korean language skills, you are welcome as both a performer and audience!
Fill your performance application here (deadline extended until April 10th).
16.20 1st performance “K-drama expectation vs reality” by The 2 Moderators
16.35 End of first performanceQuestions
16.40 2nd performance “Away from my star” by Skilli Vanilli Entertainment
17.00 End of second performanceQuestions
17.05 3rd performance “The sound of your heart” by The Time We Had
17.15 End of third performanceQuestions
17.20 4th performance “Taxi” by The Weird Students
17.40 End of fourth performanceQuestions
17.50 Thanking the participants
18.15 Participants will eat food and cake
18.15 Drama Quiz about old and new dramas
19.00-21.00 K-pop dance party!
All participants (cast and crew) will receive a complimentary gift and we'll have a vote for the audience's favourite act!
Venue: Jakobi 2-130 at 16:00Moderators: Kristina Piksar, Eliza Podburtnaja
Enjoy Korean culture by playing four traditional games: Tuho, Jeggi, Yutnori, Gonggi!
Venue: Jakobi 2-130 at 16:00Moderators: Elisabeth Rips, Roland Schimanski
Learn the art of Korean calligraphy and write your name on a traditional folding fan in Korean!
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 16:00Moderator: paper artist Jason Mario Dydynski
Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. This time, we will make an artistic paper Hanbok you can even wear! See Jason's fanpage on Facebook here.
Venue: Jakobi 2-114 at 14:00Moderators: Daniel Valdma, Karl-Hendrik Henno
Submit your application here.
Deadline for the submission of applications: December 2, 2016
Qualification of Applicants: Estonians and Foreigners in Estonia whose mother tongue is not Korean
The length of the speech is 5 minutes per participant. The participants need to memorize their speech.
Venue: Jakobi 2-129/130 at 16:00
Learn about one of the most well-known traditional Korean dances Ganggangsullae and practice making the traditional Korean clothing Hanbok out of paper.
Venue: Assembly Hall at Hugo Treffner Gymnasium, Munga 12 at 14:00-15:30
The 1st K-Pop Dance Festival in Tartu! Submit your solo or group application here. Deadline for the submission of applications is October 7, 2016. All participants (performers) will receive a complimentary gift.
Venue: Lossi 3-307 at 18:30
Starring Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young, "A Werewolf Boy" is a 2012 South Korean film written and directed by Jo Sung Hee. The movie became the biggest hit melodrama in Korean cinematic history. Subtitles in English. Entrance is free of charge!
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