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November 2012 Issue No. 129

On The Cover:

It’s here! GIC Day 2012

The Greatest View Paragliding in Yeonggwang

Boys, Be Ambitious! Meet Cho Hyun-tack

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Cover Photo: Gwangju International Community Day Photograph: Courtesy of GIC Read full article on page 12

THE EDITORIAL TEAM Publisher: Shin Gyonggu GWANGJU NEWS PRINT Editors: Kathleen Villadiego, Kim Minsu Assistant Editor: Stephen Redeker Creative Consultant: Warren Parsons Copy Editors: Darren Bean, Vanessa Cisneros, Heather Douglas, Michael Moak, Jon Ozelton, Bradley Weiss

Coordinators: Karina Prananto, Jung Jayeon Layout Designer: Karina Prananto Photo Editor: Matt Furlane Proofreaders: Megan Batal, Daniel Lister, Eva Ryan, Pete Schandall, Andrew Sweeney, Bradley Weiss

Researchers: Kang Heera, Choi Minyoung, Jo Ara, Park Soyoung GWANGJU NEWS ONLINE Online Editor: Maeve Storey Technical Manager: Carl Hedinger Assistant Site Administrator: Nathan Fulkerson

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Contents features 11

Event Preview Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival 2012 The 12th Gwangju International Film Festival By Andrew Sweeney


Feature What’s Happening on Gwangju International Community Day? By Rachel Redfern


Feature What is Ambition? By Adam Hogue

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Local News This Month in Gwangju By Carl Hedinger


Our Contributors


Upcoming Events

26 Photo Essay Bridges of Gwangju By Maya Thompson 28 Photo Contest


Travel Taking in the Sights By Jannies Le

30 Photo Essay Chungjang Festival By Matt Furlane


News Get Into the Scene By Adam Hogue

32 Event Preview [GIC Tour with Warren] Yeosu Templestay By Matt Furlane


Art Lee Ufan: His Art, His Approach By Adam Hogue

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Travel Taiwan By Maeve Storey Travel Winter Tea Time By Shay Meinecke News Our Peculiar Police: In Praise of K.N.P.A. By C. Adam Volle Perspective Hollister Co.: A Fashionable Stereotype By Matt Furlane Community Michael Anthony Simon at the Kunst Lounge By Angie Hartley

40 Language Study Ingredients of a Good EFL Class By Dr. Dave Shaffer 42 Language Study At a Restaurant By Jung Soo-a 43 Community My Korea: Africa & Soul By Park Halim 46 Literature Selected Poems by Koh Jung-hee Translated by Song Chae-Pyong and Anne Rashid 50 Food and Drink Saengramyeon OK By Gabriel Ward 51 Food and Drink Bean Sprout Kimchi Jjigae By Kang Heera 52 Fashion Fash-on with xxl jjdp: Winter Wonderfullness By jjdp 54 Community Board


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This Month in Gwangju A brief roundup of news stories from in and around Gwangju

By Carl Hedinger Gwangju Establishes Climate Change Center Gwangju has declared itself the “Mecca of policy investment and education for the response to climate change”. The city established the tentatively named Gwangju Metropolitan City Climate Change Maneuver Center (GCCMC) to respond efficiently to climate change and progress towards global lows in carbon emissions. GCCMC's initial goals are to promote policies that will always have climate change and a green life movement in mind. In addition, the Center will promote educational as well as public activities to spread its message. A “Climate Change Experience” class is planned for citizens including elementary, middle and high school students. The center also plans to focus on city environment policy by expanding investments into water quality as well as Gwangju's ecosystem. The City will lend office space from the Korea Energy Management Corporation's building to the GCCMC, which will serve as the Center's headquarters. Following the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, the GCCMC will be relocated to Juwol Elementary School, which has been renovated to comply with green standards. The plans are certainly ambitious and we will definitely hear more of this in the near future. Local Banks Give Back to Those in Need Two separate banks held events giving back to those in need of assistance. The first event took place in Sangmu Citizens' Park at 1 p.m. on October 6th. Volunteers coordinated by Gwangju City and Gwangju Council on Social Welfare (The Greater Gwangju Food Bank), Nong Hyup's Gwangju Headquarters and Gwangu's Social Welfare Office donated items such as cabbage and spices. The kimchi made in this event was delivered to 350 households comprised of single seniors and “grandfamilies” (households where grandparents raise a child with no presence of a parent). The goal is to provide neighbors in need with the food donated by food companies and individuals through the Greater Food Bank, 13 local food banks, and three food markets. As of September, food worth 1.8 billion won has been donated and delivered to 23,000 neighbors in need. This event was organized as part of the Grand Festival of Sharing and to help the food banks that will be working overtime to ensure a safe winter for those in need. The second event, held by Kwangju Bank, continues to be a big hit in the city. More than 2,000 people attended the 8th annual “Citizens for Love and Hope Day” – organized by Kwangju Bank's Labor Union (GBLU) including all executives and staff members. Kwangju Bank employees and the Labor Union organized a 6

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collection effort that brought in nearly 44 million won to support Love and Hope Day. On October 12th, the bank's efforts culminated in a gala for Gwangju's “neglected class of people” at City Hall's concert garden. The big name attendees included Mayor Kang and GBLU's chairman. Love and Hope Day stands for Kwangju Bank's fight for Gwangju's “neglected class” of people and has been going strong since 2004. Kwangju Bank wants this event to help people who face hard times and also to keep up their social responsibility by giving back to the community. City of Art Gwangju seems to continue pushing for its place as an art hub not only in Korea, but also throughout the world. A series of lectures and workshops are set to take place as part of the 2012 Art Exhibition Workshop in cooperation with the United States Ambassador to Korea. This workshop will try to assert “Gwangju's role as an cultural center that promotes harmony not only within Asia but also with the world”. It opens on November 10th and 11th at Bitgoeul Citizen Culture Hall and will feature lectures from local professors as well as expert workshops that will feature some famous artists. City representatives note that this form presents a great opportunity for Gwangju citizens to realize their artistic capabilities by understanding the concept of fusion to come together on an idea that Gwangju is an important cultural stop. A Pink-Masked Angel When a person appears in a public place wearing a mask, the ensuing developments are generally not happy. However, this “Angel” who happened upon Yangrim Dong's office has left Gwangju citizens moved and curious. On October 16, a middle-aged woman wearing a pink mask proceeded to hold out a moneyfilled envelope saying that even though it was not that much, to please use it for poor children. She then disappeared in her car without a trace. An hour later, she appeared at the Dong-gu office and gave an officer with similar instructions to "please spend it on poor children and the elderly who live alone”. The offices tried to investigate the lady's identity, but failed. Nevertheless, they still intend to help poor children and the elderly by using the money. The total sum donated by her was 15 million won. Chungjang Bookstore Re-opening Chungjang Bookstore will be re-opened in the middle of November thanks to the citizens’ support. The new bookstore will have a Book Cafe in the underground level and on the third floor they will stock up rare books.

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[ GIC Talk ]

Time & Place: Every Saturday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., GIC office (Jeon-il Bldg 5th Fl.) For more information visit or contact Check out pictures from previous GIC Talks at Watch highlight clips of previous GIC Talks at

November 3 Speaker: Tran Trong Toan (His Excellency the Vietnamese Ambassador to Korea) Topic: Vietnam and Korea: From the natural, historical and cultural similarities to the strategic cooperation partnership

The talk will present the similarities of nature, history and culture and the strategic cooperation partnership between two countries from the past, present and future. The Vietnamese-Korean diplomatic relations were established in 1992 and for the first time in the history, mutual awareness, understanding and trust was built. The year 2001 marked the establishment of the “Comprehensive Cooperation Relationship” and in October 2009 the two countries enhanced their ties with the “Strategic Cooperation Partnership”. So, what are the new factors that advanced the friendly and cooperative relations between Vietnam and Korea? What is the strategic character of their relationship? What have been the achievements of the VietnamKorea partnership over the past 20 years, and what are the future directions of this partnership? All those questions will be answered.

November 10 No Talk due to GIC Day - see page 12 for more info

November 17 Speaker: Peter Gallo (USA) Topic: Kimchi Farm Exchange

This talk features an English teacher gone rock-starfarmer. The Roman linguist, philosopher, and translator, Cicero, once wrote, " If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need". The Kimchi Farm project brings farmers and librarians together for an all-nations Nongak (traditional Korean farm dance) in the village square. In his talk, Peter will explain how international farmers, students, and teachers are leading a movement for sustainable futures by focusing on traditional practices exemplified in Kimchi culture. He was inspired by Soyeon Park Gallo's dream to build a sustainable home, library, and community center in her home village of Anjeong. Peter will also propose a volunteer effort on behalf GIC and its members. Does teaching English in South Korea have a place in the bold new sustainable society? These and other questions will be discussed during the talk.

November 24 Opening of GIC Gallery ‘Gwangju Photo Walk’ Exhibition by Joe Wabe (Costa Rica)

Our Contributors Meet our featured contributors for this month

Matt Furlane (USA, GN Photo Editor) is an English teacher in Gwangju. He has an Associates degree in Electronics Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He is interested in becoming a better teacher, writer and photographer. His current favorite film is Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and his current favorite author is George Orwell. He wishes America could be more like South Korea (less crime and more coffee). One of his heroes is General Matthew Ridgway.

Bradley Weiss (USA, Copy-Editor) has been an active member of the community since arriving in November 2011, through GIC volunteer work, co-hosting a weekly radio show, and other activities. His undergraduate and graduate education was both in Linguistics and Classical Languages. He has taught Latin at high school and university. Bradley has spent his summers since 2007 working on an archaeological excavation in Italy.

Wilfred Augustus Rawlins III (USA, Writer) was born and raised in Houston Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Asian studies/Linguistics. His interests include learning different languages, including Korean and Japanese, which he has studied for over six years.

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Upcoming Events Contributors: Kang Heera, Choi Minyoung, Jo Ara, Park Soyoung (GIC Gwangju News Team)

Movie @ Gwangju Theater Movie @ Gwangju Theater Chungjang-no 5-ga (two blocks back behind Migliore) Phone : 062-224-5858 Films change weekly to bi-weekly Fee : 8,000 won per person per film Check online for calendar and prices: (in Korean) L'Apollonide(Souvenirs de la maison close) 라폴로니드: 관용의 집 Genre: Drama Director: Bertrand Bonello Starring: Noémie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi Language: French Synopsis: At the end of the 19th century, prostitutes in a luxurious brothel spend their days with little hope for escape and rescue from their isolated lives, whereas their clients want to escape from reality and try to find freedom by coming to the brothel. They are completely lonely even though they meet in the same place wishing for their own liberation. Keep the Lights On 라잇 온 미 Genre: Drama Director: Ira Sachs Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth Language: English Synopsis: Set in New York in the 1990s. Erik, a documentary filmmaker, meets a closeted lawyer Paul. The relationship that began as a passionate but casual encounter soon becomes deeper. After an almost decade-long relationship with ups and downs, Erik struggles to maintain the balance between his boundaries, dignity, and his true identity. Elles 엘르 Genre: Drama Director: Malgorzata Szumowska Starring: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier Language: French Synopsis: Anne, a journalist for ELLE, writes about student prostitution. She meets two female university students, Alicja and Charlotte, who fund their university studies by prostitution. Anne becomes conscious of her hidden desires through the meetings. Damage 데미지 Genre: Drama, Romance 8

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Starring: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche Language: English Synopsis: Stephen, a member of Parliament, meets his son Martyn's girlfriend Anna in a party and falls in love with her. The more Stephen sees her, the more he feels guilty. But then, he is astonished when Martyn and Anna announce their engagement. The Winter of the Year was Warm 내가 고백을 하면 Genre: Drama Director: Jo Seong-gyu Starring: Kim Tae-woo, Ye Ji-won Language: Korean Synopsis: In-sung is a film producer who goes to Gangneung every weekend to escape the fatigue from his busy routine. At the same time, Yu-jung, a nurse working in Gangneung, goes to Seoul to enjoy cultural life there. Both of them have always had a problem finding accommodations in a strange place. The two meet in a cafe in Gangneung by chance and the owner suggests they swap their places. Juvenile Offender 범죄소년 Genre: Drama Director: Kang Yi-kwan Starring: Lee Jung-hyun, Seo Youngju Language: Korean Synopsis: A 16-year-old juvenile offender, Ji-gu, repeatedly commits petty crimes. For the first time in 13 years, his mother comes to him at the very moment when he thinks he is abandoned by the world. They come to enjoy the ordinary routine they never had before. About that time, they are faced with the harsh truth.

Sports Gwangju FC Team November Match Schedule Date



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Sangju Sangmu Phoenix Kangwon F.C. Incheon United

5 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Venue: Gwangju World Cup Stadium (광주월드컵경기장) Direction: Buses 6, 16, 20, 26, 47, 74 get off at the World Cup Stadium bus stop Ticket Price: VIP 10,000 won, GOLD 5,000 won (10% discount for online ticket purchases) Website:

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Festival Gwangju International Community Day 광주국제교류의 날 Venue: in front of Lotte Mart/ Outlets (World Cup Stadium branch) Date: November 10 Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Programs: Country Pavilion (international food and exhibition), Community Booth, Performance, Flea Market, etc Directions: Buses no. 6, 16, 20, 26, 47, 59, 74, get off at World Cup Stadium or Yeomju Gymnasium For more information: See page 12 for more information 2012 Sunchang Jang Festival 2012 순창장류축제 Date: Nov. 2 - 4 Venue: Gochujang Folk Village, Baeksan-ri, Sunchangeup, Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do Features: Making tteokbokki, creating the longest soybean, performance by the municipal choir Directions: Take the bus to Sunchang from U-square. Phone: 063-650-1635 Wangin Chrysanthemum Festival 왕인국화축제 Date: Oct. 27 - Nov. 18 Venue: Doctor Wangin’s historic site, Donggurim-ri, Goonseo-myeon, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do Admission fee: 3,000 won for adults/ 1,000 won for children and students Features: 180,000 chrysanthemums, chrysanthemum scent concert, regional product market place Directions: Take the bus to Yeongam from U-square. Get off at Doctor Wangin's historic site. Phone: 061-470-2349 Suncheon Bay Reeds Festival 순천만갈대축제 Date: Nov. 1 - 4 Venue: Suncheon Bay Natural Park, Daedae-dong 162-2, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do Features: Suncheon Bay healing tour, reed song festival, hooded cranes garden Directions: Take the bus to Suncheon from U-square. Take the 67 bus at the terminal. Get off at Suncheon Bay. Phone: 061-749-4221 Gochang Marine Product Festival 고창 수산물축제 Date: Nov. 3 - 4 Venue: Seonwoon Mountain Province Park Eupnae-ri 1923, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do Features: catching pungcheon eel, griddle manila clam pancakes, Gochang marine products market place Directions: Take the bus to Seonwoon Mountain from Usquare. Phone: 063-561-6274

This Month at Holiday Inn Gwangju Welcome to the November Edition of what's happening and new at Holiday Inn Gwangju. Mr. Andreas Ulrich

As we enter the final stages of 2012, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Andreas Ulrich, our kitchen, food & beverage director. Mr. Ulrich is a native of Germany, and worked in parts of Asia and the Middle East for over 15 years, including Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, China, Libya, and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Ulrich brings an immense amount of experience in food and management.

Wonderful Winter Coffee's As winter is on our doorstep we will again promote a range of winter coffees that include, Jameson Irish Coffee, Gluehwein, Kahlua Coffee and Baileys Coffee. ITALIAN CORNER - 10TH FLOOR CLOUD LOUNGE Authentic Italian cuisine Happy Hours Snack Buffet – in the Lobby Lounge everyThursday, Friday & Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The price is 24,200 won per person. We all look forward to seeing you at Holiday Inn Gwangju. Best wishes, Michael Wilson General Manager Holiday Inn Gwangju

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Exhibition 2012 Cheong Dong Hoe regular Exhibition 2012 청동회 정기전 (Cheng Dong Hoe is a group of artists from Gwangju and Chonnam province) Venue: Kumho Gallery, U-Square Culture Center Date: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Admission Fee: free Phone: 062-360-8436 For more information go to: International Beauty &Medical Tourism Exhibition 2012 2012국제뷰티&의료관광 박람회 Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center Date: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission Fee: 2,000 won Phone: 062-236-0080 For more information go to: Project Gwangju: Postcards from Abroad and Your Gwangju Community Photography Exhibition 프로젝트 광주 Venue: Gwangju International Center, Jeonil Building 5F, Dong-gu, Gwangju Programs: Postcard Exhibition, Gwangju Photo Exhibition. Project Gwangju is a community art project in collaboration with the Gwangju Biennale. The concept of this project is to see our local region, Gwangju, in a new and different perspective, and to think about how the Gwangju community is connected to the world through its people. For more information: Special Exhibition for 2012 Gwangju Biennale "Roundtable" 2012 광주비엔날레 기념 특별전 "라운드테이블" Venue: Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju Date: Until November 11 Admission Onsite: Single Day Ticket: Adults 14,000 won/ Youth 6,000 won (13 - 18 years old)/ Children & Senior 4,000 won (4 - 12 years old). Exhibition Pass: Adult 30,000 won/ Youth 20,000 won/ Children 10,000 won Phone: 062-608-4114 For more information:

Treasure of Jeol Gang Castle 천하제일 강남명품 절강성의 보물전 This exhibition displays relics from the Jeol Gang Museum in China. It commemorates 20 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Korea. The exhibition shows 40 first-ranked cultural assets of China. Venue: Temporary Exhibition Hall at Gwangju National Museum Date: until Nov. 25 Time: Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m./ Saturday, Sunday, holidays 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m./ closed on Monday Admission Fee: free Phone: 062-570-7050 For more information go to:

Performance Singer-songwriter Park Gang-su Gwangju Concert 싱어송라이터 박강수 광주 콘서트 Venue: Gwangju Video Art Center (광주영상예술센터) Date: Nov. 3 Time: 8:00 p.m. Admission: Seat R 33.000 won Phone: 02-718-3487 Musical - MAMMA MIA! 뮤지컬 맘마미아 Venue: Grand Theater, Gwangju Cultural and Art Center (광주문화예술회관 대극장) Date: Nov. 16-18 Time: 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 16) / 3:00 p.m. (Nov. 17) / 2:00 p.m. (Nov. 18) Admission: Seat VIP 120,000 won/ Seat R 100,000 won/ Seat S 80,000 won/ Seat A 60,000 won Phone: 062-613-8340 Play - Liar 라이어 Venue: Democracy Hall, May 18 Memorial Culture Center (5.18 기념문화관 민주홀) Date: Nov. 13-18 Time: 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 13-16) / 3:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Nov. 17-18) Admission: Seat R 35,000 won/ Seat S 25,000 won Phone: 1688-3820

2012 International Green Car Exhibition 2012 국제그린카전시회 Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center Date: Nov. 8 -10 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission fee: 3,000 won (free for online pre-registration) Phone: 062-611-2121 For more information go to:

The 106th Mudeungsan Punggyeongsori (Tinkling of a Wind-bell) 무등산 풍경소리 Venue: Chwibaekru (취백루), Jeungsimsa temple, Mudeungsan Date: Nov. 24 Time: 7:00 p.m. Admission: Free Direction: Buses 09, 12, 35, 49, 50, 51, 54, 76 (Get off at the last stop(Jeungsimsa temple)

Gwangju International Food Fair 2012 2012 광주국제식품전 Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center Date: Nov. 15 -18 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission fee: 2,000 won for adults and youth (14 -18 years old) / free for children under 13 Phone: 062-611-2256 For more information go to:

Gwangju Symphony Orchestra - The 281st Regular Concert 광주시립교향악단 제 281 회 정기 연주회 Venue: Grand Theater, Gwangju Cultural and Art Center (광주문화예술회관 대극장) Date: Nov. 30 Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission: Seat R 30,000 won/ Seat S 20,000 won / Seat A 10,000 won Phone: 062-524-5086


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The 17th Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival 2012 By Andrew Sweeney Photo courtesy of GHRFF 2012 The 17th annual Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival takes place at the G-Cinema of Gwangju Visual Content Center (광주영상복합문화관주 영상예술센터). The festival is free for all that go throughout its entire duration which is the 21st to 25th of November, 2012. The Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival is solely committed to its ethos of portraying and promoting the importance of human rights in our society, and our city. This particular film festival is truly a unique experience for all to enjoy; a real “gem” in our city of Gwangju. The festival is a combination of the visual arts with a deep rooted focus

on human morality and equality. This beautiful synergy allows us to see aesthetics and art becoming a social commentator on our society. This is not to be missed. Each year the Human Rights Film Festival is landscaped by a central thought or theme that aims to inspire the creators and their films. This year, the slogan is “Passing You the Baton” and the opening film is “Hope Bus Campaign”, based upon the feelings of hope, solidarity and courage. This “bus”, this movement of human rights has been inspired by two specific events that transpired across Korea. The first took place when progressive groups demanded Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction to re-employ hundreds of laborers, who were laid off in early 2011. The second happened in Duriban at the end of 2009. Protesters, working together, in solidarity, took to the streets for 531 days to protest against a demolition order that was issued against an urban renewal project. It was only through the courage of these protesters that, in January 2012, a settlement was agreed upon. The Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival 2012 offers its audience a beautiful platform to analyse and contemplate the wider issues that surround our human rights in our culture. Through the vehicle, this moving bus, of film, the Human Rights Film Festival combines visual aesthetics with morality for a very unique experience for the audience. To visit their website, go to: (Korean)

The 12th Gwangju International Film Festival 2012 By Andrew Sweeney The year 2012 will see the Gwangju International Film Festival enter into its 12th year, and it can be experienced by all from November 8th - 12th. The event's host for this five-day spectacle will be the Gwangju International Film Festival Organizing Committee, while the venue will be the Megabox Cinema complex of Gwangju in the Chungjangro area. Each year the Film Festival, which is sponsored by Gwangju Metropolitan City, the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive, focuses on a central theme to highlight and to portray visually in its films. This year the theme of 'Hope for Peace' has been decided upon and it will landscape the direction of the festival, both aesthetically and morally. Through this central theme, it will aim to shine a light on Gwangju's democratic history and its cultural content to the audience. Peace and harmony will be embedded in the

films to personify and provide a foundation of the visual industry in Gwangju as well as promoting the values of human rights, freedom and equality for the city. This International Film Festival itself will feature over 50 films from 13 countries. Such diversity is seen through the myriad of sections and sub-headings that are in place for the festival to embellish on the central focus of hope and peace. The sections that will be featured are World Vision, Humanity Vision, Family Cinema, Special Selection, Visions of Gwangju, Animation Special, Asia Pacific Screen Award Selection, etc. This year the organisers and creators have sought to portray the values at the heart of Gwangju; hope and peace. Such a challenge is met through the diversity within the festival. There is truly something for everyone here, whether that is aesthetic pleasure, sensual entertainment, cultural and historical awareness or if you are looking for a good time, then this festival is for you and it is certainly not to be missed. For more information and to see a detailed schedule of events, visit the festival's website at Gwangju News November 2012 11

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What's Happening on Gwangju International Community Day? By Rachel Redfern Photos provided by the GIC


wangju International Center (GIC) is a wellknown institution among local expats; one attends bake sales, workshops, lectures, field trips, and enjoys the generously stocked English library. Every year GIC hosts "GIC Day" to show support for the local international communities and to spread cultural information. GIC strives to fulfill these goals all the time, but GIC Day is a way to highlight everything they do during the year and introduce themselves to those unfamiliar with their programs. Foreign nationals and Koreans alike are invited to participate in the festivities and demonstrate their unique cultural practices; currently, the GIC has 15 countries hosting Country Pavilions including, but 12

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not limited to, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kenya, Peru and Mexico. Each pavilion is also offering a selection of traditional foods to represent their country; come and try Bakso from Indonesia, CauCau de Pollo from Peru, burittos and tacos from Mexico and Pho from Vietnam, as well as dozens of other local delicacies. The entertainment will be varied and unique as well with community booths from local clubs and organizations. Attendees can paint with the Gwangju Artist Collective, attend a dance workshop from the Gwangju Performance Project and compose a theme song using Asian instruments from the Basu Mukul’s Universal Cultural Center. If you prefer to relax and just watch there

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are live dance performances by the Gwangju Performance Project, a traditional dance from Peru, and an Indian Fusion dance from Seoul. There's even a comedy show and a talent show with generous prizes for the winners (a 300,000 won gift card for first place, 200,000 for second and 100,000 for third place). The event also has an open flea market. Even if you don't have a booth to sell from you can still contribute to the day by donating your items to the GIC in advance, by Nov. 9. The GIC is currently looking for more donations as all proceeds from their flea market sales feed back into their programs. The grand event takes place Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Lotte Outlet

(World Cup Branch). The bus stops “Gwangju World Cup Stadium” and “Yeomju Gymnasium” (buses 6, 16, 20, 26, 47, 59 and 74) will put you within walking distance of the Lotte Outlet. There will also be shuttle busses to the venue from various locations: Chonnam National University, Honam University, Chosun University, Songjeong-ri Station, Sangmu Station, GIST and the GIC (refer to the website for times and other specifics). The GIC is an organization that feeds off the energy and support from its active volunteers and generous participants, but even if you don't feel inspired to sing a brilliant rendition of “Gangnam Style” at the talent show or host your own country pavilion, your attendance at this fun and informative event can still do a lot to further multiculturalism within the City of Light.

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What is Ambition? By Adam Hogue Interview translated by Jo A-ra Photos by Adam Hogue and courtesy of Cho Hyun-tack


ho Hyun-tack is a man on a mission. To be perfectly to the point about it, kids have uninhibited dreams that slowly erode more and more until they forget what their dreams were in the first place. In our modern society there is a desperation to succeed and the key to happiness is a return to a clarity that once existed in our youth. With the Biennale upon us here in Gwangju, Cho has two exhibitions appearing in the city. His exhibition, “Boys, Be Ambitious!” is on display at the Gwangju Theater downtown and his autobiographical “The Sunny Side of Life” exhibition is on display on the final level of the Biennale right before entering the bookstore and Café Mille. Cho lives and works out of his home in Naju. The work that is featured at the Biennale, “The Sunny Side of Life,” features Cho himself as the subject. The photos are part of a project designed by Cho to document his work in 101 labor jobs. The photos span a period of three years and in them, Cho is the subject enjoying the simplicities of life. Him holding a Korean flag on a hill, hanging on a rope 14

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by the ocean or just relaxing between projects with friends; the works intentionally do not show anything “important.” Along with the photos, a tent and a bench built by Cho are set up as an installation. While working the various jobs that inspired the photos, Cho lived in the tent. The simplicity at the center of the exhibition stands at odds with what supposedly promises to bring happiness in Korean society, or arguably any society. Money, material wealth and stability are what we are shown is the foundation of happiness, but through Cho's very personal journey, we are given his vision of what “sunny” can be. He worked simply to sustain his art and he lets the sustaining work become the subject of his art. The money, material wealth and stability are left largely out of his vision. In our interview, Cho told about his desire to challenge the modern cultural paradigm. His photography stands as a social commentary more than personal introspection. He wants his audience to do, not to watch and wait.

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“Branding” (2007)

“Two Musicians” (2008)

of ambitious: living with ambition in the present. His subjects do what they want to do without need for validation or permission. They are living their lives happily, presently, and without thought of consequence or repercussions.

“Three Friends” (2008)

The exhibition, “Boys, Be Ambitious!” casts light on the erosion of our dreams as we age. Cho explained that in our youth we have no fear to question and we have a very clear dream of who we want to be. But as we age, that dream becomes forgotten and we give up on it or we replace it with a dream that places money or status at its core, not true happiness. The project aims to capture some of the erosion process by capturing Korean boys at arguably the most critical point of their journey: adolescence. The subjects of Cho's photos appear to be aware of the photographer; they are more interested in their present lives: A group of boys branding each other, three uniformed boys lounging in a flattened patch of tall grass and two boys playing a guitar and saxophone in an alley between two houses. All of the subjects appear to be in a state of content presence. They are just doing. There appears to be no aim or reason attributed to their actions, they are just living. They are living as a Buddha, being 100% present in the present, not a bad place to be. Cho pointed out that the command of the title, “Boys, Be Ambitious!,” is meant to be ironic in it's portrayal of what ambitious should be. In the eyes of Korean society, an ambitious student is always studying, always preparing, always building up to their future. But here Cho gives us the opposite side

All of the subjects in “Boys, Be Ambitious!” are a slice of life unfamiliar to many living in Korea, they are scenes of rural life around his home in Naju. The boys in his photos offer snapshots of fleeting moments and memories that can speak to everyone who is growing up (we all are) and they try to remind the viewer of what uninhibited dreamers look like. In Cho's vision, people would benefit from returning to simpler ways both physically and in their minds. His exhibition is an attempt to capture a return to the adolescent state-of-mind. Cho was selected to have his work shown in the Biennale after being chosen as one of the three final artists of the “Portfolio 35” competition out of ten potential artists. To Cho, the Biennale is an important exhibition environment that offers many different perspectives from around the world that can be hard to see in a place like Gwangju. The venue also brings a variety of people to the art; it is art for the people, not art for an intended audience. Cho feels honored to have his photos in the Biennale although he is humbled by it. He is a very young artist and many of the contemporary artists who he is sharing the space with have been working on their art for their entire lives. He feels like he is among masters at the Biennale. Cho has had his photography shown in solo exhibitions in Seoul among other places. You can check out his photography at the Biennale and the Gwangju Theater downtown. Both locations are worth the visit. Special thanks to Jo A-ra who did an awesome job as interpreter for this interview. Gwangju News November 2012


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Taking in the Sights Words and photos by Jannies Le


eptember marked the beginning of my second year teaching at a hagwon in Gwangju. This year, one of my goals is to travel and see as much of South Korea as possible. But recently, my method of sightseeing has changed. In July, some friends and I were introduced to paragliding in Korea. It all started when a friend of mine turned 25 and said, "I need to jump out of something.� That jump-started the plan and his Korean coworker helped him find Freeman Paragliding School, which is conveniently located in Unam-dong, Gwangju. On the day of, it was boiling hot out. We all arrived at a simple, dusty office for our safety presentation. They informed us, in Korean, that we were going to Gochang, a city 40 minutes north of Gwangju, and that ours would be a 640-meter descent. We had a group of 13 people and three trained paragliders. After about 10 minutes of waiting for a translator, and after a 30-minute demonstration, we were on our way. When the instructors asked for volunteers to make the first jump, naturally three of us girls raised our hands. We were driven up a mountainous dirt road to our take-off spot. The ride requires a bit of breath holding because of the twisting, narrow turns and crazy speed we have all experienced in Korea, not to mention the anticipation of jumping off a mountain. When we arrived to the top, we took in the amazing landscape that stretched out beyond us. Then, our instructors went into working mode, strapping my two friends into their parachutes and helmets. It was everyone's first time, so we were all going tandem. Other assistants fanned the chute out behind the instructor and my friend, Ally, as she got ready to run. Running is the key to your success; you need to run 16

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when they yell and then run some more, even if the chute pulls you back. We were basically running until our feet were no longer touching the ground, and even then, most of us kept our legs swinging in the air. So began our extra-long day, waiting for 13 people to have their turn. One side tip: don't go with more than a few people, unless everyone has their own rides home, and wear a body suit to avoid scratches! After my liftoff, there was a moment of breathlessness as I scanned the land before me. There were rivers, forests, buildings, roads and even cemetery plots hidden in the nooks of the mountain. The chute is attached to a padding that transforms into a chair when you jump; you go from running to sitting in the air. I was awestruck; my instructor had to remind me to scoot myself as far back in the chair as possible to maintain balance. Surprisingly, I didn't feel afraid or nervous once we got in the air. In the moments up there, several things happened. First, my instructor took many pictures and videos of me with the company's extended camera (which was basically a camera tied onto a pole with a shutter button), which he held out in all different directions. During the video, I decided to tell my twin sister how much I love her all the way from Korea. Ha-ha. Fear definitely has weird ways of getting to you. Second, I managed to have a decent conversation with my instructor in Korean about his personal story. I found out he has been paragliding for more than 10 years, he runs this company with a few of his good friends, and they try to take the jump every weekend. Lastly, halfway through my descent, while still a

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Clockwise from top left: Ryan getting his training on!; My Tom Cruise moment; Up in the air!; The beautiful scenery in Yeonggwang

safe distance from the ground, my instructor placed the two handles (which controlled the chute) in my hands and told me to pull. Excitedly, I pulled down hard with my right hand and we swung hard towards the right–oops! He immediately eased my hand up a bit and said, “Only a little.” Our landing was soft and thankfully uneventful. The only thing the rider had to do was stretch their legs out in front of them at a 50-degree angle. They land everyone on their backside to prevent broken or sprained legs. When I got down I realized my stomach was doing flips. I wondered how long I had held my breath for during the landing. As the day went by, we waited around six hours for everyone else to finish, and it

got even more humid and hotter. But, it was nice to sit in the shade of the stadium and watch as our friends dropped out of the sky. All in all, it was an amazing experience for only 100,000 won. If you take your own car, it is 80,000 won. Their location changes based on weather; last week we went to Yeonggwang because the recent typhoon caused some damage in Gochang. This company takes gliders out all year round, and apparently winter is the best season to go. One last tip: when you get up there, don't forget to scream! It is to prevent you from throwing up and getting altitude sickness. Happy gliding! Gwangju News November 2012 17

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Get Into the Scene Words and photos by Adam Hogue


oming to Gwangju for the first time, it can be daunting trying to find any sort of local music. It seems to be almost non-existent, but like an epiphany, the music scene kind of shows itself after a while. Maybe it starts with a trip to Club Nevermind near Daein Market or Bu-jik in Chonnam National University. A little word of mouth or a post on a blog leads to a live show and then it hits: the local scene. It's there, it's alive and it's well. Korea can be a tough place to get a handle on a local music scene. Local music, to me, is vital. It is part of a region's personality. Whatever led me to Club Nevermind early last year or what led me to Bu-jik these past two months has been a response to my need to get a handle on what the musical geography of Gwangju is like. “Punk Day II” and “Punk Day III” were two shows at Bu-jik this past August and September that were met with great success. Great bands were supported by an equally great crowd. This is what a local scene is all about, a good crowd of people supporting the creation of original music and loving it. The local punk bands here attract a loyal local following and after these past few punk days, a loyal foreigner following as well. The first thing that struck me about Punk Day was the support of the audience. They were into the bands. This is one aspect of Korea that I have seen again and again at live music shows; the crowds love a good live show and as long as the band is into it, the crowd will be too. While not local in any sense, the World Music Festival had an exceptionally lively crowd that was ready to really give themselves to the band. This was also the feeling I got in Bu-jik. While a much smaller venue, the crowd was really into the bands. Betty Ass is one of the mainstays of the Gwangju local punk rock scene. They play the unofficial (or maybe official) hosts of the Gwangju Punk Days and they have met with some success over the 18

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years. I met up with the drummer, Matthew Jenkins, lead guitarist, Seo Bu-jin and their manager, Wi Yeong-tae of Betty Ass to talk about the local music scene in Gwangju and to get an idea of how local musicians see it. Betty Ass is a four-piece punk rock band in the vein of NOFX or Millencolin, and are thoroughly skate punk. Jeong Yong-woo and Travis-ji are the two founding members of the group and they play bass and guitar. Both of them are the lead singers of the group. Along with Monkey Pee Quartet and Match Point, these three bands comprise the

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Gwangju punk scene; a scene that the band says is not a big one here in Korea.

past weekend, Nevermind hosted their annual Hello Indie concert featuring Galaxy Express and Rocket Diaries.

But, as far as local, independent music in Korea, Gwangju is doing rather well for itself. Matthew explained that in Korea, Seoul is something all its own and Seoul is where all the bands end up going to. They gain some fame in their respective home cities and then they go to Seoul in the hopes of making it big.

For the time being Betty Ass is enjoying their underground status and they have an “if it happens, it happens” attitude towards fame. They gave a resounding no when I asked if they would sell out for a sweet slice of the pie up in Seoul. That's good to know.

The current line-up of Betty Ass came about after Travis-ji returned to Korea from studying in America and Canada, with Matthew and Seo joining the group. Matthew moved to Korea from L.A. and, after playing in a group with his now wife, he started playing drums with Betty Ass. Over some soju and OB, they gave me a brief history of the independent music scene in Gwangju. The modern-indie scene started around 1999 with a popular club, Gok's, and the scene grew with the opening of the Backstage Club in 2000 and Club Nevermind in 2003. Today Nevermind and Bu-jik Club are where most of the bigger local bands show and where other indie groups from around Korea come to play. Just this

With that spirit in mind, it is good to know that indie music is being supported locally here in Gwangju and it is there if you go out and look for it. Also, keep in mind that local can be just about anywhere in Korea within a three hour bus-ride. Matthew warns that some “indie” music is nothing more than some Busker Busker wannabes, but I support the spirit shown by some people grabbing guitars and putting themselves out there. For the time being, support the music coming through Club Nevermind and Bu-jik. It is the local music scene and it is worth getting to know. Also, check out Zeppelin's Bar downtown for live music each week. Support local music and no one will get bored. Gwangju News November 2012 19

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Lee Ufan: His Art, His Approach By Adam Hogue Photos courtesy of Gwangju Museum of Art – Ha Jung-woong Collection of Lee Ufan Exhibition From Point (1974)


he works of Lee Ufan (이우환) focus on the space between subjects. In his art the negative is not blank; it has power, tremendous power. It is the present, it is now and we are all in it, nowhere else. To look at a painting by Lee Ufan is essentially a meditation on the minimal. A brushstroke, a dot or an uninterrupted line becomes a process. One follows a logical progression of study: study of the subject in the painting, then a study on that tremendous empty space and then a study of the process (“What did he do?”). Before long the painting is more than just an image, it is as fluid as a thought and then you can move on. Lee is somewhat of a household name in Korea. He is a very prominent and influential contemporary artist that has received worldwide acclaim. In the past he has shown his artwork in Paris and at the Guggenheim in New York among other places. For the past month and continuing until Dec. 9, the works of Lee will be on display at the Gwangju Museum of Art. The Gwangju Museum of Art, though small, continually puts on well-researched and educational exhibits that seek to blend with the spirit of Gwangju as a city of democracy and a place for contemporary art in Korea.

This exhibit is no exception. Ha Jung-woong (하정웅) is a longtime friend of Lee and a firm believer in the ethic of “forfeiting what is private for the sake of what is public.” It is due to the generosity of Ha that the Gwangju Museum of Art is able to hold the Lee exhibition as he has donated 35 of Lee's paintings to the museum. In the 1960s, Ha and Lee were both living in Japan. As Ha describes it in his essay, “An Art of Margins” (written for the exhibition) he came across Lee's 20

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artwork in the December 1980 issue of "Mizue," a Japanese art magazine. He was so moved by the artwork that he called the publisher and bought all 500 remaining copies of the magazine to distribute for free to curators, artists and friends. One day he got a call from Lee asking if he could get just ten copies of the magazine as Mizue was out of stock. Ha sent him 20. Later, he met Lee and agreed to finance an exhibition for the artist in Paris if Lee let him collect his works. The two have been close friends and partners ever since. Currently hanging in the third floor gallery of the Gwangju Museum of Art is a wonderful collection of paintings by the artist along with some magazine archives and a documentary video of the artist. The artwork by Lee is more concerned with process than with the finished product. Sometimes Lee would stare at a canvass for hours deciding where to place a single brushstroke. While seemingly simple, his work displays a certain precision that becomes apparent only after really looking at the pieces. Something as simple as fading brushstrokes, as in the piece, "From Line" (1980), shows a particular attention to detail and continuity. Each single brushstroke fades at a certain rate; that means each brush had a particular amount of paint on it and Lee performed each stroke with an equal amount of force. As is with all of his works, what is seemingly simple holds intrinsically more than meets the eye, it just takes some meditating. Park Gye-yeon works with the Promotions Department at the Gwangju Museum of Art. In an interview about the exhibition, she said that the artwork of Lee often comes back to one idea, "myeong-sang" (명상), meditation. Lee would use a tremendous process of meditation to create the

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Correspondence (1992)

East Winds (1984)

very simple and like other contemporary artists of the 1970s and 1980s, Lee was finding the beauty in the absence of something. Many of the works in the exhibit celebrate the empty space that consumes his subjects. As demonstrated in his ironically named "Dialogue" (2008) series, Lee lets one, large black brushstroke be completely engulfed by the spacious, white emptiness all around it. The artwork is rooted in the simplicity and tranquility at the core of eastern philosophy. The “Who am I?” question at the center of Buddhism can easily be applied to the artwork of Lee. When viewing the works, the viewer is put in an introspective place. Lee seems to let his simple works provoke the larger question at the core of all being, “Who are we?” His works are a meditation on life itself and being stuck in the present, no matter where we are. Check out the Lee exhibition being held at the Gwangju Museum of Art at Jungoe Park. The exhibition is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. It is open until Dec. 9.

From Line (1980)

[Lee Ufan Exhibition] Venue: Exhibit Hall 5, 6 of Gwangju Museum of Art (3rd Fl.) Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (admission is required 30 minutes before closing time) No. of paintings: 35 Gwangju News November 2012


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Taiwan By Maeve Storey Photos by Bethany Haizlett

View of the city from Taipei 101 Tower


know something that not a lot of people know. It only takes a taxi, two buses, a subway, two planes, a ferry and a short motorcycle ride to get to paradise. If you ever wondered if there are jet skis in paradise, the answer is yes. On the back of my powerful aquatic steed, I am hurtling towards the shoreline of white sand and coral. The driver of the jet ski suddenly skids, turns and dips and I am thrown into the air in one smooth motion. I sink into the cool clear water, hoping to emerge with Ursula Andress-esque composure but manage only a sloppy doggy paddle back to land. I lie back on the beach, rubbing the salt water from my mascara soaked eyes. It was worth the journey. The Penghu Islands are an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan. Frequented by Taiwanese tourists, but often overlooked by international visitors, the islands manage to strike the difficult balance between beach holiday fun and authentic rural experience. Lying on my stomach on a rickety wooden bridge over a pool where two giant turtles have made their home, I try to throw a coin onto one of the huge creatures' backs. If the coin stays put, so says the legend, my wish will be granted. A few hundred Taiwanese dollars later, my friends and I can leave with the satisfaction of knowing that our wildest dreams will soon be realized. This kitsch turtle lair, complete will wall-to22

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wall painted coral and psychedelic spot lighting, lies beneath one of the many Buddhist temples that punctuate the local landscape. Another temple takes its home among the colossal roots and branches of a more than three hundred-year-old tree that has grown up, out and through the ground beneath, curling into a majestic maze of wood. Now back on the Taiwanese mainland and in the capital city, Taipei, sits the main port, a major draw for travelers. As I take my first steps into Taipei, the staff at the airport hand me an immigration card which welcomes me to the Republic of China. This is not to be confused with the People's Republic of China or just 'China' as most of us know it. The history of Taiwan is wrought with fierce struggles for freedom from both China and Japan. Taiwan's independence is still contested by China, which insists that the island belongs to it. However in the country itself, Chinese ownership is considered null and void. The large historical monuments in the city, dedicated to those who fought for freedom, echo this sentiment. At the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which commemorates the controversial Taiwanese leader, whose portrait once hung in place of Mao's at the entrance to Beijing's Forbidden City, sits enthroned inside this royal blue

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Fresh street food

Night street snacks Penghu and white monument. At Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall, visitors can see the legacy of the man who is considered to be the founding father of Taiwan depicted through his personal artifacts as well as through interactive displays. If the beauty of the Korean cityscape lies in its uniformity, the beauty of Taipei lies in its diversity. A 10-storey red brick tower overlooks seven stories of glass and concrete. Circles of smoky incense rise above the terracotta roof of Long Shan Temple, where locals gather to pray. In the background, Taipei 101, the immense feat of engineering recorded in 2004 as the tallest building in the world until it was overtaken in 2010 by Burj Khalifa in Dubai, can be seen from almost any spot in the city centre. As with many cities in Asia, Taipei lights up at night – in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Across the city's many night-markets you can feast your eyes, ears and taste buds on a vast array of stalls teeming with tasty street food, clothes at knockdown prices and a glittering spread of trinkets. As I traverse my way through the crowd, sampling the local fare of dried guava, traditional Taiwanese sausage, a menagerie of barbequed goods, onion breads and more, I smell a sickeningly sour odor in the air which turns out to be the hugely popular chou dofu; 'stinky tofu' as

Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall tourists call it. I stop to give it a try and as the soft fried cube starts to dissolve on my tongue, the overwhelming fermented flavor (which is loved by many) takes over and I rush for the nearest beverage stand to look for a chaser. Nevertheless, I don't leave Taiwan with a bad taste in my mouth, in fact, the complete opposite. I fondly bid the city farewell. I get on my fourth and final plane of the trip and I watch the lights fade into the deep black lake that finally manages to swallow up Taipei 101, but only as the plane gets above cloud level. Just two more buses and a taxi until home. Gwangju News November 2012


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Winter Tea Time Words and photos by Shay Meinecke

Rows of tea bushes in Boseong


s soon as I entered the grounds, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the cedar, cypress and maple trees that surrounded the rolling hills of tea bushes. Initially, I thought the cold weather would limit the attractiveness of the landscape, but as I soon learned, the tea plantations are always gorgeous and are also open all year long. Located in Jeollanam-do, Boseong is home to the Daehan Dawon Green Tea Plantation, which is the most popular and largest in all of Korea. Tea is grown on over one million square miles, and Boseong is considered an ideal location for the harvest of tea. Included on this enormous acreage of land are around 5.8 million tea plants that are harvested three to four times annually each year. Depending on when a leaf is harvested, it will be one of four kinds: woojean, sejak, joongjak, and daejak. Each provides a unique taste, aroma and color. For all tea lovers, this uniqueness of quality is sure to please. The highest grade of tea, woojeon, is produced in limited amounts and harvested around the middle 24

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of April. It is considered to be sweet and delicate in taste. Because it is made from early buds after winter it is very fresh and mild. Because of this, it is the most popular of all teas cultivated. Sejak, a more popular tea, is harvested in early May. Though the difference in time is minimal, the difference in taste is noticeable. Sejak, considered to be a black tea, is more popular because it lacks bitterness and astringency found in other black teas. There is no sense of dryness or roughness of the leaves. Daejak is picked during late May. Daejak, commonly referred to as ip-ha, is considered to be more of a puckery flavor because the leaves are more mature. Though I am unsure of which tea I sampled, I did enjoy one of the many choices offered by the shops and restaurants located on site. Apprehensive to the cold and determined to experiment, I chose some green tea ice cream and sat in the sunlight to enjoy. Afterwards, I walked around the shops and was overwhelmed with the availability of tea products. There were

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Left: Neatly lined trees Above: Tea flower

facial packs, tea baths, cookies, cakes and even deodorizers. The quantity of choices was unbelievable. The functions of the teas were astounding. In my amazement, I decided to walk further and found many scenic areas perfect for a picture. Though most platforms required a climb, the views one gathered from the top were incredible. Not even considering the weather anymore, I decided to take in as much of the landscape as possible and relax in the atmosphere. I scaled the steps and scoured the trails. I hunted down the best areas for a picture and even explored areas off the path. Eventually, though, my day came to an end. I saw as much as I could physically see in one day and ate as much green tea ice cream as I could handle. I enjoyed my time and didn't even consider the weather a factor. As I learned earlier, the Boseong Tea Fields are opened year round. In fact, on Dec. 9, Boseong will hold a Light Festival that will continue until Jan. 29, 2013. The Dahyanggak Pavilion Observatory area will be home to a large tree covered in lights with Yeongcheon-ri region of Hoecheon-myeon also decorated in an array of luminous lights. Though I have never seen this display before, I have heard that the festival is quite magnificent and worth the trip.

tourists and residents during the New Year who visit Boseong. Residents and tourists alike will wish to visit the world renowned tea fields and visit often as the beauty of the lights and scenery will provide viewers with an unparalleled array of scenic perfection. The normal beautiful views will be arranged and organized to provide gazers an even more incredible view of the fields. During this time of hope for the New Year, there will be a lighting ceremony which will kick-off the Light Festival. From there, residents and tourists will continue with a Celebratory Performance and take in the delicious teas. Photographers are encouraged to take many pictures of the lit-up canvas. In addition, there will also be fireworks, a Milky Way Tunnel and also a Street of Lights located in the fields. To be a part of the Light Festival, be sure to use the address: Jeollanam-do, Boseong-gun, Hoecheonmyeon, Yeongcheon-ri. If going by bus, first go from Gwangju (Gwangcheon Terminal) to the Boseong Bus Terminal. From there, go to Yulpo and stop at Boseong Green Tea Plantation. The whole journey is just under two hours. For more information contact the Department of Culture and Tourism, Boseong County Office on: 061-850-5211/5214 (in Korean).

The idea of the Light Festival is to deliver hope for Gwangju News November 2012


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photo essay

Bridges of Gwangju By Maya Thompson


ridges. Some of the most amazing pieces of architecture known today. Taking photographs of the world's famous bridges will always be on my wish list. There's the Golden Gate Bridge, Rialto Bridge in Italy, Brooklyn Bridge and many more. Korea is blessed with an abundance of them, more so than in my home province of Batangas in the Philippines. There's something about it that makes me so relaxed, whether I am looking at it at night or during the day. My favorite photos are the ones taken from Lotte Mart in Suwan district. There are three 26

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bridges worth mentioning. There is the large one that is similar to a shape of a harp and one that looks like a phoenix bird. I've photographed them a number of times, and they always amaze me. I love art and photography. To me, it's like drawing. You take a picture, and it's like “obra maestra” – a masterpiece. I've been in Gwangju for six months now. I've had the opportunity to view and photograph bridges from here to Busan, Seoul and Mokpo. Here are a few from my neck of the woods, Suwanjigu. Gwangju News November 2012


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PHOTO CONTEST Submit your best shot of Korea! To enter the Photo Contest, simply send your name, photo and picture description to The Photo of the Month will be displayed at the GIC for that month.

Gwangju News’ photo contest was judged by Mark Eaton. Mark Eaton has exhibited his photographic work in art galleries as well as other public and private venues in the United States and South Korea. You can view his photography at

Photo of the Month

Black and White Photo by Ken Lee


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Sun Landscape Photo by Jannies Le

Geumsansa Photo by Matt Ehlers

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photo essay

Chungjang Festival By Matt Furlane

Chungjang Festival is one of the representative festivals of Gwangju. Held annually every September, the festival holds the theme of ‘Recollection 7080’, which showcases events, performances and decorations from the 1970s and 1980s and is very popular among the elder generations of Gwangju.


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event preview

[GIC Tour with Warren]

Yeosu Templestay Words and photos by Warren Parsons

Date: Nov. 24 - 25 (2 days 1 night) Departure Time: 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 24 Arrival Time: 11 a.m. on Nov. 25 Itinerary: Seonso Shipyard - Sesame Noodles - Yeosu Harbor - Jinnamgwan Dolsan Island - Hyangiram Fee: 50,000 won for GIC members / 60,000 won for non-members Registration: Please sign up on GIC website ( by Nov. 21 (Wed.) For more information:


ovember heralds the snowy winter months with sun-filled days and cold nights. Invigorating outdoor activity, sunset and a cozy evening before another wonderful sunrise provide the right ambiance for a great end-ofthe-year trip. This month for the final tour of 2012, the GIC Tour visits the sea in Yeosu with an overnight stay at an oceanfront temple. Seonso Shipyard is the first stop on the tour. During the Imjin War (Japanese invasion to Korea in 1592), Admiral Yi Sunsin used this site to build and repair his famous armored ships called, “turtle ships.” There are armory, command post, smithy, as well as a circular harbor made for holding and sheltering the ships from rough waters. A small stone pillar from the 1500s still stands at the water's edge. Whether it is a simple morning post, or more profoundly, a tutelary totem to protect the ships and their crews, remains to be decided. Lunch will be at a restaurant nearby Seonso. The menu is handmade noodles with ground perilla seeds. The broth is creamy and rich, and is perfect for warming up before an afternoon of sightseeing. Side dishes include sticky rice with Yeosu-style kimchi, everything in the meal is healthy and vegetarian. Afterwards, the bus moves to Yeosu harbor and Jinnamgwan. Jinnamgwan was the center of Admiral Yi's naval command. The current structure, built in 1599, served as a hotel or gaeksa for visiting dignitaries


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after the war, and it is the largest single storey wooden building in Korea. Up the hill from Jinnamgwan, is Gosodae, a small shrine that houses memorial steles honoring Yi Sun-sin. Also, this is the highest point in the complex where the Admiral watched the sea below and gave commands to his fleet. Participants will have free time to enjoy this unique place, visit the small museum, or just wander around Yeosu “downtown”. In the afternoon, crossing Dolsan Bridge, and meandering though Dolsan Island, the tour transfers to Hyangiram. Hyangiram is a small temple built on cliffs overlooking the South Sea. In the seventh century the famous monk Wonhyo built this hermitage as a place for meditation. A large boulder facing the endless horizon was his favorite spot to sit in silence. He is also the same monk whose eponymous temple is found on Mudeung Mountain in Gwangju. This holy monastery serves not only as a Buddhist temple but also as a shrine to the Goddess of Mercy and to the Dragon King, the king of the sea. Above all, Hyangiram is the perfect place to observe one of nature's greatest creations, the sunrise from the depths of the ocean. Overnight accommodations will be at the temple. Maritime culture, coastal nature, healthy vegetarian food and a relaxing night above the waves end 2012's GIC tour program with two days of adventure.

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Rather than a typical “temple stay� we will stay at this temple, which means participants will have a certain amount of liberty and it also means participants need to prepare their own warm clothing for the late November night. Please prepare toiletries and good walking shoes for our morning trek. Dinner and breakfast will be provided, the meal is vegetarian. Blankets and pillows are provided and the large rooms will be shared by 5-7 people. Women and men will sleep separately. Meditation and prayers with the monks are in the evening and early morning; they are not required so bring a book if you do not want to participate. Remember, we are guests at the temple, so be respectful and quiet, as we will share this space with the resident monks. Relax, take your time, and enjoy life. Schedule: 4-5 p.m. Arrival and Room Assignment 5-6 p.m. Dinner 6-8 p.m. Evening Service, Meditation and Prayer, Sunset Viewing 8-9 p.m. Free time: Tea and Discussion with the Monks 9-10 p.m. Washing and Bedtime 4-5 a.m. Morning Ritual 5-6 a.m. Sunrise and Washing 6-7 a.m. Breakfast 7-8 a.m. Trekking 8-9 a.m. Cleaning and Departure

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Ireland By Patrick Conway

Frightfully Interesting Did yee all know that Halloween originated from Ireland? Well, as that day of darkness loomed large again it's time to have a little history refresher. The ancient Celtic people who occupied our land many centuries ago had a pagan festival called Samhain, when people would start bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. So the reason why Halloween is so big in North America is because the thousands of Irish emigrants who crossed the Atlantic year by year brought that culture with them. Though I'm sure a few of them would be turning in their graves if they saw the scantily clad women at Halloween parties in this age. And talking of hauntings, the Galway hurlers will be sick of the 'ghosts' of Kilkenny who trampled all over them in the All-Ireland Hurling Final replay. They'll have to wait until next summer for the exorcism.

Vietnam By Nguyen Thi Le Hoa

A homosexual revolution is currently underway in Vietnam! In the past, homosexuality was considered a social evil, a disease and a deviant behavior in Vietnam. Gay marriage has been banned since 1998, there were no laws to protected homosexuals, and people were not gay-friendly. However, some gay weddings recently have tempted social discourse. The Minister of Justice, Ha Hung Cuong recently proposed amendments to marriage laws to legalize same-sex marriage. This led to a lot of referendums on the issue which are all showing results supporting same-sex marriage. This has inspired many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people to come out. Some gay weddings have been celebrated around the country. Lam Chi Khanh, a physically male V-pop star, has astonished his fans by undergoing a transgender process to become a beautiful lady.; A sexy transgender contestant of 'Vietnam Idol 2012' who is currently in the top 8, has proceeded step-by-step to reach to the top thanks to audience's sympathy, admiration, and thus, votes. These topics have become the hottest news and the excited the most social debate in Vietnam these days. In August, around 100 people took to the streets in Hanoi as a part of a gay-pride parade. The procession came at the backdrop of an announcement to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. Same-sex marriage will be officially given to debate by the National Assembly next spring. If it is approved, Vietnam will make history as the first Asian country having legalized same-sex marriage. No matter what the result is, it is already eliminating homophobia-based discrimination and bringing a bright future for LBGT as astep forward for human rights in Vietnam. 34 Gwangju News November 2012

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Canada By Ally Sztrimbely

A Very Cheesy Undertaking While Canada has fared better than most in recent years, in a world preoccupied with economic woes and issues of border security, we are no exception. Earlier this fall, the Canada Border Services Agency announced that it had initiated a successful crackdown on international cheese smuggling. That's right, cheese smuggling. Due to restrictions imposed by the Canadian Dairy Board, cheese – especially the 'brick' cheese used as a topping by pizzerias and many other restaurants – can be found for a much cheaper price south of the border, particularly if one avoids paying import duties. Drivers willing to smuggle the cheese are said to make one thousand to two thousand dollars Canadian per trip and restaurant owners along the border report being approached with offers of the contraband cheese on a monthly basis. All of this is now likely to change, however, as the crackdown has resulted in the laying of charges against three of the men central to the operation. All three men are from Fort Erie, Ontario. One of the men is currently a (very much suspended) constable of the Niagara Regional Police and another is a former officer. One can only hope that no new enterprising cheese lords will rise up to in place of these individuals!

U.S.A. By Aisha Hobbs

Cardio for Canines?! The classic saying that dogs and owners can look alike now has a whole new meaning. Fifty-three percent of all adult dogs are obese reports the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. So now you and your pet need 30 minutes of exercise a day. Can't get out because of the weather? David Ezra, the CEO of DogPACER, has the solution with pet-sized treadmills. A real investment in man's best friend includes dog yoga, puppy pilates, and even a class called Retrieve and Burn! Who knows maybe you and “Spike” can hit the gym together?!

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Our Peculiar Police: In Praise of the K.N.P.A. By C. Adam Volle Photos by Sean McGrath and Anna Volle


ou may have heard the story. Just this past August, a policeman in Busan named Kim Hyun-cheol leapt onto the windshield of a suspect's getaway car. Twenty-five minutes, 15 kilometers, and no small amount of property damage later, the driver tried to flee on foot – and Kim was ready for him, coolly chasing him down. For his performance the 33-year-old traffic cop was justly rewarded with a special promotion by his commissioner and a few flattering nicknames by the media. The people who should have thrown him a party, however, are the men and women in charge of public relations at the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) because it's been a long time since those poor people have had the opportunity to enjoy positive press coverage. According to almost any major news report you've read in 2012, South Korea's officers are inept, lazy, or – more charitably – neutered by restrictive laws. The Korea Times opined on April 12 that the Saenuri Party's recent success will weaken the right of police to investigate crimes. That same month, media organizations around the world expressed disgust when police in Seoul took 13 hours to respond to an emergency call from a woman consequently raped and murdered.

On July 25 the New York Times ran a story on the “the peculiar relationship between the country's citizens and their police,” essentially shaking its head at the small fines and short jail times given to those who resist officers. And of course there is the usual litany of complaints about lax enforcement of little laws, such as Brian Arundel's criticism in the Korea Herald's April 30 edition: “I often see people parked in no parking zones on main streets and the police just honk their horn at the car, but if there is nobody in the car, they will just drive on.” All of this frustration isn't new. One of the main 36 Gwangju News November 2012

themes of Korea's popular 2008 film "The Chaser" (추 격자) is the KNPA's supposed lack of adequate power to detain and investigate suspects. But 2012 seems to be the year the dissatisfaction has crystallized. Korean policemen, the Korean public, and we nosy foreigners all seem to agree that police need to get tougher on lawbreakers. And I hate that, because I think that one of the great delights of living in Korea is the presently “peculiar relationship” Koreans have with law enforcement. In fact I wish my fellow countrymen, Americans, had a similar relationship with their own police. I know that's a futile hope. The difference between our enforcement agencies are the result of our cultures' different values. American values, in particular our legalism and moralism, are responsible for producing the police we have: men and women who see themselves as moral crusaders defending their communities, punishing the guilty. Just the same, Korea's values are the reason it has public servants more interested in keeping the peace than in righting wrongs, especially minute ones. How the two countries' police officers engage drunken people is an excellent illustration. In the United States, a drunken and misbehaving individual can be arrested. In Korea, anyone inebriated and causing a disturbance is traditionally just given good advice: “Go home.” Only those who absolutely refuse to stop causing problems tend to be cuffed, and of those arrested last year, the police only bothered to prosecute 15%. I applaud the mere desire to defuse the situation. I love the understanding that it's not necessary to place a man in a cage just because he's acted foolishly. This enlightened attitude is buttressed by strong laws and public opinion against police misconduct. “We hesitate to use force against unruly drunken citizens

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because then we're likely to face charges of police brutality,” an inspector told the New York Times. He was complaining. I'm not. Who knows how many more people might be alive today if American police were more hesitant about using force? I also love that a Korean citizen feels free to object to an order made by a police officer. In the U.S., “talking back” is often a direct ticket to jail, even if you're just trying to clear up an obvious misunderstanding. Here, sometimes it actually works (and other times, yes, it's a ticket to jail). I guess what's so “peculiar” about Korean policemen is I don't fear them. I might soon, though: the government is already taking advantage of current dissatisfaction to increase the KNPA's powers. For the first time since 1999, patrol cars in Seoul are again armed with tear gas, the same weapon they once used so often against protesters that it earned the nickname “Seoul perfume.” Random stop-and-searches have restarted as well, after a report by the National Human Rights Commissioner put an end to them in 2010. And in May, Korean police launched a crackdown on instigators of “drunken violence.” Nothing peculiar about any of that, I'm afraid. Top: The writer posing with policemen who were on duty on Gwangju Biennale (photo by Sean McGrath) Below: The writer and a traffic policeman (photo by Anna Volle)

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Hollister Co. : A Fashionable Stereotype By Matt Furlane


his past September, the pseudo-surf-clothing chain Hollister had a grand opening in Korea and they imported young American male models for the event. The models were soon making fun of their new Asian clients by giving the middle finger during photo ops, poking fun at Asian pronunciations of English on Twitter, and mocking Koreans with slanted-eye poses at Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was a bewildering display of ignorance and cultural insensitivity. Hollister quickly fired the models involved and issued the usual canned corporate response, "On behalf of our more than 80,000 associates around the world who cherish our core values and our culture of diversity and inclusion, we sincerely apologize for the offense caused by these unauthorized, ill-considered actions." To some, this may ring a bit hollow since their parent company Ambercrombie and Fitch has been accused in the past of promoting racism; nevertheless Hollister Co. took some responsibility and action. But the incident initially did spark debate and raised important questions about racism. After the episode made the news, comments posted on the internet voiced a mix of outrage and disgust. Some Koreans advocated a boycott while others mocked Korean girls for being so blindly attracted to "moronic smelly Yankees." Foreigner comments ranged from the apologetic to the defensive. Some lamented the perpetuation of stereotypes and asked for a more balanced view of westerners while others tried to make counter claims citing so called “Korean racism.” On the website, comments varied as well (I did not comment). One person stated, "Hollister is a clothing company. If you like


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their clothing, buy it ... some Hollister models were stupid and insensitive, however, that ideal is not what Hollister is propagating. I highly doubt the company has a big racist scheme against Asians, in fact, they probably want to flatter Asians ... so they can open more stores and make more money." And another commented, "The problem with this is that race is a factor, the models were representatives of that company and this is an American company on Korean soil. Koreans can be as offended as they like because Hollister is a guest in their country, and guests need to observe proper etiquette. You wouldn't just roll out the welcome mat to someone who came to your home and treated you like crap ... would you?" In my opinion I think the Hollister models actions were a by-product not only of youthful ignorance but of a segment of America that is not only affluent-centric but culturally and ethnically uniform. I grew up in the American Midwest at the far southwest edge of Chicagoland. My family and neighborhood were working-class but like so many American cities over the past fifty years a demographic shift occurred based not only on income but high rates of minority crime and Mexican immigration. This social dynamic has been labeled, sometimes unfairly, as "White Flight." In my experience I felt that, combined with the rise of the suburbs this division created a homogenous “white” culture where kids grew up isolated not only from minorities and newly immigrating ethnic groups but from the outside world as well. My impression was the only things “Asian” an average suburban kid might be exposed to were Honda Civics and Jackie Chan.

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Personally I would be very, very surprised if the Hollister models grew up in a mixed-ethnicity, working-class neighborhood or went to public schools. And I would be further surprised if they knew anything at all about the Korean War and American lives sacrificed so that South Korea could be a democracy and a free-market nation. Thankfully the incident was quickly buried by other news and people moved on with their lives. But it was a reminder that occasionally some Americans unfortunately do fit the stereotype of being culturally obnoxious abroad. Maybe in the end, the joke will be on the Hollister models. By behaving poorly they became the stereotype that many people have about fashion models – namely that they are narcissistic to the point of stupidity (e.g, Derek Zoolander). I'm not going to advocate a boycott or harass people who wear Hollister Co clothes, as people should be free to choose, but I always preferred the less fashionable Carhartt or Dickies clothing lines anyway. One of the controversial actions

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language study

Ingredients of a Good EFL Class By Dr. Dave Shaffer


t is not uncommon for employers at English language institutes and potential teachers alike to think that being a native speaker of English is enough for that native speaker to teach English. However, when one walks into the classroom armed with nothing more than a native English tongue, both the teacher and their employer discover that more is needed to be a good teacher than just the ability to speak English well. Here are some of the ingredients that make an EFL class a good class. Rapport From the first day of class, the teacher needs to start building rapport with the students. However, teachers often make the mistake of gravitating toward one of two extremes: either being too stern with their students or being too friendly. If the teacher is perceived as being strict and uncaring, students will lose motivation and lose interest in the class. If the teacher is too buddy-buddy with the students, they will find that it is hard to get the students to take them seriously – assignments won't get done on time, absenteeism will be high, and students may not be as attentive as one would like. To build rapport, the teacher needs to express a genuine interest in the students, build trust, and show respect. When the teacher shows such interest, the students will respond with a genuine interest in the class and in learning English. Classroom Management A positive relationship with the students is a teacher's most powerful management tool. Prevention of inappropriate behavior is more effective than intervention to stop inappropriate behavior. It is good to develop routines to signal the behavior that the teacher wishes the students to express. The teacher merely raising one arm into the air and holding it there could be used to signal that the teacher wants the students to be quiet. Moving to one certain spot in the classroom could indicate that the teacher wishes to speak. Time limits for activities should be set and adhered to. There should be a set of classroom rules and 40

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procedures that are followed. The teacher and students may create these together. And the teacher should always do as they say they are going to do. Comprehensible Input Comprehensible input is English in either spoken or written form that the student is able to understand with minimal effort. Large amounts of comprehensible input are necessary in order to acquire a language. It is especially necessary in the EFL classroom because it is difficult to get it outside of the classroom. Comprehensible input may be spoken by the teacher or it may be recorded material. The amount of comprehensible input may be increased by the use of classroom English – using English for things outside of the lesson proper: for roll call, for giving instructions and explanations that would normally be given in the students' L1, and for describing one's actions that would normally be done silently (“Now I'm going to unplug the CD player and put it away.”). Classroom Interaction All too often in the English classroom, language is a one-way street. The teacher does the talking and the students listen carefully. This may work well for a university class delivered in a student's L1, but it is a very ineffective way to teach a language skills course. The purpose of language is to communicate. We learned our L1 by communicating with others, so we should expect that communicating in the classroom would be effective in acquiring a second language. This interaction should be more than just teacherstudent interaction. To maximize speaking time, a lot of pair work or group work should be planned, where students are discussing things with other students. Students in different groups are all talking at the same time. The noisy classroom is often the one in which the most learning is taking place. Task-Based Learning In task-based learning, students complete a task in pairs or groups using the language resources that

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they have as the teacher monitors and offers encouragement. The task is often a group problemsolving or decision-making task that the students must cooperate in or agree upon. The group then plans a report of their results to be announced to the whole class. Such activities closely resemble real-life encounters outside of the classroom, and are quite conducive to student interaction. Wellplanned tasks can also foster critical thinking, a skill that teachers of all subjects wish for their students to hone. Professional Development A teacher's duties are not limited to the classroom. In order to make the classroom teaching as valuable as it can be, the teacher needs to be constantly upgrading their own knowledge and skills. This can be done on one's own by reading teacher resource books and journals, and taking online courses. However, there is much more that you can do with other English teachers. You can join or form a teacher development group at your school to reflect on and come to understand your classroom practices. For a professional development group outside of your school, you may consider an organization such as Korea TESOL. The Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter, for example, provides monthly meetings of workshops and presentations on ELT topics always aimed at teacher development. The Chapter and the national association organize impressive local, national, and international conferences for its members, so that they can continue to grow as teachers.

Upcoming Gwangju KOTESOL Events Date & Time: Nov. 10 (Sat.), 1:30 p.m. Place: Chosun University, Main Building (Bon-gwan) Featured Workshops (1) Do They Get It? - Six Techniques for Monitoring Student Comprehension in Class Heidi Vande Voort Nam (Chongsin University) (2) Warmers and Coolers Matthew McLaughlin (Chosun University) Swap-Shop: Share your teaching ideas and activities. Admission: Free Next Meeting: December 8 (Sat.) Facebook: Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL Website: Email:

“Dr. Dave� is David E. Shaffer, current President of the Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter of Korea TESOL (KOTESOL). On behalf of the Chapter, he invites you to participate in the teacher development workshops at their monthly meetings. Dr. Shaffer is a professor of English at Chosun University, where he has taught, graduate, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses for many years. He has recently received the KOTESOL Lifetime Achievement Award. The Korea TESOL International Conference is the largest annual ELT event in Korea attracting 1,300 to 1,500 attendees and featuring internationally renowned speakers such as Stephen Krashen, Rod Ellis, Paul Nation, and Thomas Farrell. This year's 12 invited speakers include David Nunan, Scott Thornbury, and Frank Boers. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this unforgettable professional development event.

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language study

식당에서 (At a Restaurant) By Jung Soo-a


More useful expressions


- 창가와 가까운 쪽으로 예약하고 싶어요. [changgawa gakkaun jjogeuro yeyakhago shipeoyo.] I would like to have a table near the window.


: 주문하시겠습니까? [jumunhashigetseumnikka?] : May I take your order? : 오늘은 뭐가 맛있어요? [oneureun mwoga mashisseoyo? What would you recommend today?

소라 Sora

- 이 메뉴로 하겠어요. [i menyuro hagesseoyo.] I will have this.

종업원 : 비빔밥이 특별 요리입니다. [bibimbabi teukbyeol yoriimnida.] Bibimbap is the special dish today.

- (고기를) 살짝 익혀주세요. [(gogireul) saljjak ikhyeojuseyo.] Medium-rare, please.


: 네, 2(이)인분 주세요. [ne, i inbun juseyo.] OK, two dishes, please.

- (고기를) 반 정도 익혀주세요. [(gogireul) ban jeongdo ikhyeojuseyo.] Medium, please.


: 더 주문하실 거 있어요? [deo jumunhashil geo isseoyo?] Anything else?

- (고기를) 잘 익혀 주세요. [(gogireul) jal ikhyeo juseyo.] Well-done, please. - 커피 주세요. [keopi juseyo.] Coffee, please. - 전부 얼마예요? [jeonbu eolmayeyo?] How much does it cost?

Vocabulary 주문[jumun] an order 창가[changga] near the window 2(이) 인분[2(i) inbun] a meal for two 예약[yeyak] a reservation 익히다[ikhida] boil; cook 전부[jeonbu] the whole; the total


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My Korea My Korea is a new column which represents the voice of young Korean University students eager to share their stories and experiences.

Africa & Soul Words and photos by Park Halim


frica & Soul" is a good pork cutlet restaurant in Gwangju.

The restaurant's appearance is very cute and the interior is also impressive. Africa & Soul is located next to Sangmu SK gas station and across the street from the Uncheon reservoir. It takes about 15 minutes from Uncheon subway station by foot. It is very easy to find. The restaurant requires you to prepay before the meal unlike other places. It does not accept reservations and there is no parking, so I recommend you to use public transportation. Despite these inconveniences, it is still popular, so if you go too late, there might be no seats available.

The inside is decorated with items imported directly from Africa by the owner. On the wall, some pictures show the young owner with African children. The owner sponsors them with profits from the restaurant. The menu is shaped like the African continent. The main dishes are homemade pork cutlet and fish cutlet. The first one is 9,000 won, and the second one is 15,000 won. Once you give your order, soup comes out before the main course. After an appetizer, the pork cutlet comes out with salad, rice, side dishes, and a white sauce. After eating, you can choose tea or coffee to drink. I think the taste is very good. The sauce with pork cutlet is fantastic. The price is a little expensive for a student like me, but if you go for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), you can get a 1,000 won discount. The service is nice and the quantity is perfect. If you go to Africa & Soul with your friends, you will not regret it. I want to go again too! Address: 1011 Ssangchon-dong, Seogu, Gwangju Phone: 062-385-0722 Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (break time between 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

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event review

Michael Anthony Simon at the Kunst Lounge Words and photos by Angie Hartley


t's that wonderful Biennale time of year again and I'm like a kid in a candy shop. That is, a kid who hasn't had any candy in a year and has been frantically sniffing around the cupboards of Gwangju for small tastes of last year's stash. After the closing of the Biennale each year, contemporary art in Gwangju becomes a more sustainable resource than candy, a buried treasure concealed among the vegetables at Daein Market. However, Gwangju has added a new, more flagrant venue to host its secret art scene. In August the Kunst Lounge celebrated a dazzling opening, lasting well into the night. The hosts served beer, wine and authentic European cuisine while guests stood in awe of Michael Anthony Simon's work, a plunder literally buried in the basement of Scholtz and Jung Gallery.


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Jung Yu-jin is the former director of the Kunsthalle. While the Kunsthalle was on its way to housing a younger art subculture in the city, the Kunst Lounge Art CafĂŠ and Gallery offers a sophisticated, yet bohemian environment to all. The Kunst Lounge is Jung's brainchild, an experiment, but its goals are far more selfless than she humbly admits. After living in Seoul and Hamburg for years, she sees the smaller scene in Gwangju as a chance to have a larger impact on the community. Along with her husband Anton Scholtz, a German national, Jung's eclectic taste is inviting to foreigners and Koreans alike, a two-way mirror through which community members can both reflect upon and peer out into the world. And no, they don't serve kimchi. The Kunst Lounge is a collision of cultures and

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Simon's show, which closed at the end of September, is a juxtaposition of another, related kind. Like others, Simon came to the "Art City" because of its name, but was disillusioned by Art Street, finding more “traditional” work than expected. Simon believes that Gwangju's contemporary art is in the hands of “the kids” (a group he defines as 35 and younger). The problem he sees with the youth in Gwangju is the braindraining to Seoul and abroad where more opportunities await young artists. When asked why his work belongs at the Kunst Lounge, Simon replied, “This is tomorrow, not yesterday.” Simon's collection of self-titled pieces screams a single word to its viewers: “silence.” The paint on the canvas seems to vibrate with potential energy, with credit due to painstaking attention to the geometry of several alphabets. This meticulousness is reflected in Simon's centerpiece: actual spider webs cultivated and painted by the artist with the help of some tiny muses. What I've described here only scratches the surface of Simon's work. On Sept. 13, he briefly shared a glass of wine with Ms. Jung and me, informing us that he aims to engage all members of his audience by creating work that reveals itself in layers. On the basic level of communication is the shock and awe of his work. But, Simon's work is more than just cool. For example, The Silence Paintings reveal very literal understanding in shocking red and green with mesmerizing design. But, on an intellectual level they may also refer to the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, who was wrongfully charged for tax evasion in a failed attempt to be silenced by his government. Simon admits that only audience members who are educated in his field will fully understand his work in its intended depth. However, this hasn't stopped folks from seeking out the Scholz and Jung Gallery daily since its opening.

The Kunst Lounge has successfully created a commonplace for Koreans, expats, the young, the old, hobbyists and professionals to meet and hopefully progress contemporary art in Gwangju. Even while sitting inside, we were approached by a performance artist hailing from Mexico, who was excited to see Simon's work. Seeing the Kunst in action like this briefly fulfilled the romanticism of Gwangju as the "Art City." If you missed Simon's show, you may have the fortune of taking it in next April in New York. He'll be mailing those spider webs across the world. You can also look forward to early December when “V,” a collective of young artists from all over Korea, will open the next show in the Scholtz and Jung Gallery. To those in the community who, like me, have been waiting for something to drag them out of the smoky bars and pop music cafes, your time has come. The Kunst Lounge has the potential to become a portal through which one can easily burrow into Gwangju's art scene. It purposefully sets itself apart from the rest, simultaneously inviting everyone to experience this truly unique surrounding which holds familiarity to some and intrigue to all. The Scholz & Jung Gallery is currently closed, however you can still visit Kunst Lounge Cafe.

Dongmeyeong-ro 4 Dong-gu 501-060 Gwangju South Korea Telephone:+82 62 223 0009 FAX:+82 62 233 4900 E-mail: Kunst Lounge Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight Brunch Thursday to Saturday

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Selected Poems by Koh Jung-hee Translated by Song Chae-Pyong and Anne Rashid

Koh Jung-hee (1948 - 1991) was born in Haenam, Jeollanam-do, and studied at Hanshin University. Her poetry was the exploding volcano of the 1980s because of her combined interests in feminism, political activism, and lyrical poetry. Often framed by a Christian outlook, her poetry envisioned a compassionate community where people care for each other. She made her debut in 1975 on the recommendation of Park Nam-su in Modern Poetics publishing such poems as “A Love Song” and “Resurrection and Hereafter”. She published her first collection of poetry in 1979, “Who Is Stepping Alone on the Wine Press?”. Since then she published such collections as “A Travel to the Paradise Lost” (1981), “The Spirit-invoking Memorial Service” (1983), “This Age's Abel” (1983), “The Flower of Tears” (1986), “The Spring of Jiri Mountain” (1987), “The Green Grass on the Grave” (1989), “Gwangju's Rain of Tear” (1990), “Upon Launching Women's Liberation” (1990), and “One Lovely Person” (1991). For “The Spirit-invoking Memorial Service”, she received the Korea Literature Award in 1983. In June, 1991, she died, swept up by a torrential rain, while climbing up the Snake Valley of Jiri Mountain, a mountain she loved a great deal and wrote about often. Her posthumous collection, “All the Things that Disappear Leave a Space Behind” was published in 1992.

When I Missed You, I Cried

네가 그리우면 나는 울었다

As I walked down the road, you suddenly filled my vibrating heart. When I missed you, I cried.

길을 가다가 불현듯 가슴에 잉잉하게 차오르는 사람 네가 그리우면 나는 울었다

The day longing became fire, I rose up again as wind. Until all the flames withered, I learned how to sleep alone, I learned how to stand on my own, I learned how to surface on my own.

너를 향한 기다림이 불이 되는 날 나는 다시 바람으로 떠올라 그 불 다 사그러질 때까지 스스로 잠드는 법을 배우고 스스로 일어서는 법을 배우고 스스로 떠오르는 법을 익혔다

In the morning you rose as the sun and, I, a log, fell upon the hill and lay down covered in warm sunlight. In the night someone called my name, and, in order to come near you, I lowered the ladder over the bolted door.

네가 태양으로 떠오르는 아침이면 나는 원목으로 언덕 위에 쓰러져 따스한 햇빛을 덮고 누웠고 누군가 내 이름을 호명하는 밤이면 나는 너에게로 가까이 가기 위하여 빗장 밖으로 사다리를 내렸다

Suddenly, you appeared under the moonlight Or beneath the trees along the street, but soon evaporated into empty air. When I miss you, I will cry again.

달빛 아래서나 가로수 밑에서 불쑥불쑥 다가왔다가 이내 허공중에 흩어지는 너, 네가 그리우면 나는 또 울 것이다


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Autumn Letter

가을 편지

The day Autumn waited to ripen, it swelled to the edge of the Black Dragon River. Despairing that my love couldn't ripen, I cut off the road that led to you, but inside my heart was a road and I couldn't cut off the road of my heart.

무르익기를 기다리는 가을이 흑룡강 기슭까지 굽이치는 날 무르익을 수 없는 내 사랑 허망하여 그대에게 가는 길 끊어버렸읍니다 그러나 마음 속에 길이 있어 마음의 길은 끊지 못했읍니다

The day Autumn deepened spectacularly, it illuminated the foothills of Sumi Mountain. Angry that my love couldn't deepen, I closed the door that opened toward you, but inside my heart was a door and I couldn't close up the door of my heart.

황홀하게 초지일관 무르익은 가을이 수미산 산자락에 기립해 있는 날 황홀할 수 없는 내 사랑 노여워 그대 향해 열린 문 닫아버렸읍니다 그러나 마음 속에 문이 있어 마음의 문은 닫지 못했읍니다

Wet with the tears of inky rain, Autumn turned around and left me. Sorrowful that I couldn't let go of my love, I cut off the branch that reached out to you, but inside my heart were bountiful branches and I couldn't cut off a branch of my heart.

작별하는 가을의 뒷모습이 수묵색 눈물비에 젖어 있는 날 작별할 수 없는 내 사랑 서러워 그대에게 뻗은 가지 잘라버렸읍니다 그러나 마음 속에 무성한 가지 있어 마음의 가지는 자르지 못했읍니다

Though I cut the road and closed the door, though I close the door and cut the branch, you arrive as the evening river. Though, with a horse's bit, I restrain myself from longing, though I press down the sprouting thought of you with a rock, you shake as the vast field of grass. Since even the sun and the moon cannot rest upon that field, again I might have to open another road. Again I might have to open another door.

길을 끊고 문을 닫아도 문을 닫고 가지를 잘라도 저녁 강물로 당도하는 그대여 그리움에 재갈을 물리고 움트는 생각에 바윗돌 눌러도 풀밭 한벌판으로 흔들리는 그대여 그 위에 해와 달 멈출 수 없으매 나는 다시 길 하나 내야 하나 봅니다 나는 다시 문 하나 열어야 하나 봅니다

How to Love: Part One

사랑법 첫째

Whenever I carry high expectations, I weigh them down with a large stone.

그대 향한 내 기대 높으면 높을수록 그 기대보다 더 큰 돌덩이를 매달아 놓습니다

So as not to hold my futile expectations higher than you, I weigh them down with a large stone.

부질없는 내 기대 높이가 그대보다 높아서는 아니 되겠기에 커다란 돌덩이를 매달아 놓습니다

So as not to trade you with these expectations, so as not to lose you based on these expectations, I weigh them down with a large stone.

그대를 기대와 바꾸지 않기 위해서 기대 따라 행여 그대 잃지 않기 위해서

As much as the night festers with my loneliness, as much as the night overflows with my sorrow, I hang in the center of my heart a big, heavy stone.

내 외롬 짓무른 밤일수록 제 설움 넘치는 밤일수록 크고 무거운 돌덩이 하나 가슴 한복판에 매달아 놓습니다.

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When the shaman's fiery bush-clover spirit seized her, the woman expanded like the Tomun River and waited for him to come. Sitting on the cliff where the corn flowers sway, she wrote the ninetieth letter that received no response, sent him a telegraph to come by the last ship, revealing Heaven's secret, telling him she couldn't live any longer, and waited for a ship to come in. Then one day he came. Around the time indiscreet migratory birds enjoy mating on the mound of reeds, and field mice were returning home after their feast in a line below the hill , the man crossed the river riding upon the evening glow and dampened the woman with the warm shoulders and sound of the river. But he didn't bring his heart because he was too busy. The man went back to bring the heart he left behind, saying he was sorry, but never came back. The woman sent one hundred and eighty-nine letters, and from the mound of reeds once in awhile funeral biers were carried away. From the woman's gray hair came the sound of icicles colliding at the height of winter.

싸리꽃 빛깔의 무당기 도지면 여자는 토문강처럼 부풀어 그가 와주기를 기다렸다 옥수수꽃 흔들 리는 벼랑에 앉아 아흔 번째 회신 없는 편지를 쓰고 막배 타고 오라고 전보를 치고 오래 못 살거다 천기를 누설하고 배 한 척 들어오길 기다렸다 그런 어느 날 그가 왔다 갈대밭 둔덕에서 철없는 철새들이 교미를 즐기고 언덕 아래서는 잔치를 끝낸 들쥐떼들이 일렬횡대로 귀가할 무렵 노을을 타고 강을 건너온 그는 따뜻한 어깨와 강물소리로 여자를 적셨다 그러나 그는 너무 바쁜 탓으로 마음을 가지고 오지 않았다 미안하다며 빼놓은 마음 가지러 간 그는 다시 돌아오지 않았고 여자는 백여든아홉통의 편지를 부치고 갈대밭 둔덕에는 가끔가끔 들 것에 실린 상여가 나갔다 여자의 희끗희끗한 머리칼 속에서 고드름 부딪는 소리가 났다 완벽한 겨울이었다


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food and drink

Saengramyeon OK Words and photos by Gabriel Ward


've secretly been wanting to write a review of a Kimbap Nara for a while. But writing a review of a particular Kimbap Nara seems a bit ridiculous. The quality of them does vary and I have to say that I don't think the ones located downtown are the best. Indeed there never seems to be that many people in them. Still, I love Kimbap Naras, so I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to meander through one of those small alleys downtown one evening and came across a restaurant called Saengramyeon OK. It caught my eye because it had a very “Kimbap Nara-looking” menu to it, and also because there were quite a few people eating inside. It happened to be around dinner time and I was hungry, so I decided to go in and check it out. As I walked in, a waiter greeted me and showed me to a table. It had a slightly different feel than a Kimbap Nara, though definitely similar. If anything it felt a little nicer and cleaner. The menu was extensive as it always is at these places and had a multitude of jjiggae, ramyeon, and rice dishes among others. I was happy to note that they had a good selection of bibimbap, as it's my go-to option when I eat at these kinds of establishments. They had a variation of bibimbap which I've never seen anywhere else called jeyuk (pork) bibimbap. They also had yangpun, chamchi, and dolsot bibimbap. I got the jeyuk bibimbap more out of novelty than anything, for though I expected it would be good, I didn't think it would match my love for yangpun bibimbap. I only had to wait about two minutes before my meal was in front of me. It looked good and my culinary senses began to tingle. I was happy with 50

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the amount of pork in the mix; it wasn't a whole bunch, but about what I expected. It was marinated and chopped into bite-size pieces, the way you'd eat it at a bbq restaurant. It also had onions in it, something I'd never come across in bibimbap, The rest of the ingredients were standard: julienned carrot, gosari seaweed, fried egg, courgette (zucchini), bean sprout, and of course steamed rice. I was given a bottle of gochujang (red pepper paste) on the side so I could add my own to taste. I mixed everything together and dug in. It was as good as bibimbap almost always is. The pork definitely gave it a slightly different flavor, which was also helped by the fact that I went easy on the gochujang because the pork was marinated. If you're like me and need a fix of Kimbap Nara every now and again, then I recommend Saengramyeon OK if you find yourself downtown. It's in one of the alleyways; to find it get onto the street where Megabox is. Walk away from the cinema, past the Baskin Robbins and across the intersection. Keep walking until you see Olive Young, it's a cosmetics store on your left. Directly opposite on the right is an alleyway. You'll be able to see Saengramyeon OK as soon as you start walking down the alleyway, it will be on your right. Most of the food costs 3,000 to 6,000 won, so it's very affordable. Saengramyeon OK 생라면오케이

Address: 23-2 Hwanggeum-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju Tel: 062-228-8989 Directions: Buses no. 6, 7, 9, 12, 55, 59, 70, 80, 98, 150, 151 and get off at Culture Complex (문환전당역) or Chungpa (충파)

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Bean Sprout Kimchi Jjigae 콩나물 김치찌개 Words and photos by Kang Heera


ean sprouts contain a lot of protein as well as vitamin A, B and C. They vitalize the functions of the liver and relieve muscle pain and knee aches. They are antidotes for poison and are good for relieving hangovers. In addition, kimchi increases resistance in a body and is famous for the effect in preventing cancer.

Things to prepare bean sprouts 50g, pork 30g, kimchi 30g, chopped tofu 40g, sesame oil ¼ spoon, crushed garlic ¼ spoon, anchovy stock 1cup, chopped scallions, salt ¼ teaspoon, dried red pepper powder ¼ teaspoon

Cooking Method 1. Pour sesame oil and crushed garlic into a pot and roast crushed garlic 2. Pour anchovy stock and boil it 3. Add pork, kimchi and boil them 4. Add tofu, bean sprouts 5. Season with salt 6. After the tofu is soaked with broth, add dried red pepper powder and chopped scallions

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Fash-On with xxl jjdp

Winter Wonderfulness

By jjdp Photos by Ronell Swartbooi

Shot on location on Devil's Peak - Cape Town, South Africa


n nature the onset of fall and winter is always the cue for many animals to start packing up and venturing to greener, warmer lands for the colder seasons. The same intrinsic instinct remains within us too, as we also have the urge to explore and escape to warmer climates. As the days grow shorter and colder and the nights longer and longer, do you feel the urge to escape to warmer climates? Do you want to take a short trip somewhere and enjoy the scenery? Apply this basic instinct to your sense of style and throw caution to the wind. Break away for a short adventure to somewhere beyond your imagination. Whether it is here or just a little bit over the rainbow – as long as you are looking good, then why not? November is all about contradictions, as we will be dressing comfortably, keeping warm, and embracing the nomadic spirit with a touch of preppy magic. One of the best things you can do to keep things fresh is hit the road and pick the right wardrobe combinations. These combinations should remain functional, easy, light to pack and wrinkleless. And most importantly, still fashionable. This is quite the daunting task when all you want to do is relax. So, let's get ready to make you stand out! Don't fret too much, I have a few easy mix and match pieces that you may already own or that you might add to your fall/winter wardrobe that will make you come out looking tops. First, let's start with an iconic letterman or varsity jacket, a must have for this season. Not only will it keep you warm and dry but it also comes in a variety of colors and designs that will brighten up any dreary winter wardrobe. A tradition for many high schools and colleges around the world for generations, this versatile jacket usually has its signature letters on the front to signify either rank or activities that the owner has 52

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participated in, or still is participating in. Originally made from leather, today it is regularly available in rainproof materials and is available in any imaginable color and lettering combination. What letter shall we wear? S for “style” of course. The letterman jacket can be seen as a more casual leather jacket. Leather can be dressed up or down but it always adds a bit of grungy edge to whatever you are wearing. However, the letterman jacket gives the distinct image of scholarliness – thus a certain preppiness, too. I have gone for one in red. The material is weatherproof, so it is good for transitions in weather. It also comes with an additional hood attached. This is also functional as it serves as a two for one: keeping you and your ears warm without the weight of wearing too many layers. Next is the plaid shirt. This is truly a staple from fall to spring, so invest in a long sleeve plaid shirt. There are endless patterns out there which are sure to appeal to you and I always seem to find a new color scheme that I can work into my closet. Go ahead and get creative. For my look I have chosen a black, lime green and purple version, adding depth and warmth to any chilly winter day. From tops to bottoms, I layer a pair of thermal tights under voluminous and loose fitting stretch harem

pants. When out adventuring, travelling light is a must and these offer you the option of increasing or decreasing the length depending on the weather, or whatever look you are going for. Layering the harem pants with thermals works wonders and is an extra style benefit as the pants are in black but you can use patterned thermals to express your personality. You also have freedom of movement – these are elasticized and have lycra, making them great for transition into pajamas. Lastly, a hold-all for all of the important things you need while exploring and having fun. A basic and stylish backpack fits the bill. For those who want to play it safe I would suggest going with a neutral color like beige, navy or black as you would be able to pair these with countless other looks. For the more adventurous of course the world is your oyster, go crazy with some color. So there you go, nomadic with a hint of preppy, perfect for a winter getaway. Now, until next time. Keep warm and stay stylish. Clothing Letterman Jacket - Shinsaege Department Store Harem pants - Thermal tights - Uniqulo Shoes - Backpack - Timezone, downtown Gwangju.

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Dance Workshop in GIC The dance workshop will be held every 2nd sunday at 4 Angie Harley at the GIC. If you are interested in joining, please contact Angie at You will learn basic dance and create dance performance with specific theme in this workshop.

The Gwangju Photography Club The Gwangju Photography Club is a place where many different people can meet, share advice, give ideas, and practice photography. Every month, the Photography Club goes on a photo outing to different places around the city and country to capture the moment and practice new techniques. Anyone is welcome to join the photography group and help share in the experience. To join the group, search Gwangju Photography Club on Facebook.

Gwangju Inter FC The Gwangju international soccer team (Gwangju Inter FC) plays regularly most weekends. If you are interested in playing, e-mail: or search ‘Gwangju Inter FC’ on Facebook.

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Midway between Kunsthalle and the Grand Hotel, across the main street at the traffic lights from the Crown Bakery. On the 3rd floor of the T World building.

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