Dasom’s Reflexive Essay on Learning about Tradition

I made a video that introduce Korean tradition to foreigners. And this was my second time making video in my whole life. I made a video about Dongji[동지] and Korean natural dyeing. I think teaching someone’s tradition to other people is an end in itself. The act ‘teaching’ contains the kind mind that want to share our special thing. And by learning other’s tradition, we can get the chance that understanding other culture and also can compare with our tradition.

Frankly say, I never believed that I can do this. From making video to uploading my video on youtube. Because I thought this is kind of the work that special social organization and government usually do. But I am so proud that I can do this. Even I am a just freshman who learns about Korea just few months. I need to spend more time and effort to make my video, but truly this chance was really make me proud. And this was reconfirmed me that I can do this and what I should continuously do.

While making a video about Dongji, I learned our tradition more. If I didn’t make this video, I even don’t know what Dongjiheonmal[. But now, I can clearly explain the whole thing about dongji to foreigners and I can easily organize the information by thinking my video order. I thought this was real study. To make a video and teach others, at first I have to be an expert on that topic. By doing this, we can learn and memorize the whole thing even we do not have to try to memorize it consciously. Just without my being aware of it, I know the point and can memory the whole thing. I feel this is real study. Usually, to me, dongji is just a day that we eat red bean porridge. When the morning news tells me that today is the dongji, then I usually eat out to eat red bean porridge. No more, no less. But now, dongji become a more special day to me. I want to follow the tradition that my ancestors do. And I want to modernize those forgotten traditions. If we cannot do, then change it into modern way. Actually next dongji, I will present little socks to my mother to do not forget the meaning that present beoseon[버선] to their female family member. There are lots of ways to revive those old meaningful traditions and also we can make new traditions and improve it.

And also, while the process of doing natural dyeing, I feel happy to do what my ancestors usually do. If I picked the flowers and make dye, It would be more meaningful. But I thought this is kind of adapting (or compromising). This is modern society. So that people find more easy way to do something and buy pre-made products. So using the cochineal powder is kind of compromising, I thought. And I learned huge thing while do this with my mother. As my mother teaches me how to do natural dyeing and give me some her special tips which came from her experiences, I thought this is the real transmission. During with my mother, by watching her processing, each second I learned how to do natural dyeing. Just with her and saw what she is doing, I learned and I can do the same thing to my future daughter too.

While this process, I feel the most important thing is ‘just try’. Just try, then someone will learn you and as time goes by continuing this, some descendent will search one’s memory and record what she saw. And this will be a tradition. Like current intangible cultural asset usually do. Same here, the important thing is ‘do’ the tradition. We all know this is tradition and that is the historic holiday, but they really don’t care it. But when they know the meaning of it and do that, then each small act become a precious thing. And I learned how much you know about the tradition and how often you do the tradition is the most important thing. And finally I feel some responsibility as a Koreanist that not only just inform tradition but instruct why we have to keep it and how can we keep our precious tradition.

Video on Dongji and on natural dyeing.

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Bowing in Korea

Hello! My name is Yang Ha-eon. I’m a first year student of Hanguk University of Foreign Studies. I want to explain to you aboout different kinds of bowing and how to bow.

Related Videos List:  hope you enjoy it!! And also please watch my another video about Korea’s traditional wedding ceremony. Bowing plays an important role in traditional events! So, it will be interesting and helpful.

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  • All videos by Yang Ha-eon and Yang Jun-ryeol

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  • Gim Jaeha – “Geomungo Sanjo”

Traditional Wedding in korea

Hello! My name is Yang Ha-eon. I’m a first year student of Hanguk University of Foreign Studies. I want to explain to you about Korea’s traditional wedding ceremony~!

Related Videos List:  hope you enjoy it!! And also please watch my another video about Bowing. It will teach you how to bow in special day or events.

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  • Gim yundeok – “Geomungo Sanjo”

This year, Korea suffered lots of things. Especially, Sewol-ho disaster was the most tragic incident. Many performances and ideological movements were shown. I think these are the moral and attempt to make new things to do not repeat the tragic incident. History always gives us experience and moral. Furthermore at this point of time, history still attempts to tell us something. However, it may be asked whether we have ears can hear that. In performance and life, we can feel it and it is called Han. Because Han is in our DNA that consists of experience, it makes us share history and life.

Many performers and scholars attempt to arrange the stage that can combine modern and tradition. But we already combine and share modern and tradition through Han. As I studied and watched some performances, I felt sharing of Han. If someone asked me the question “what and where is the Han” Then my feeling such as love, charge, sadness and an overflowing joy will be basis. The feeling Han is the medium that connect modern and traditional culture. Especially, I felt deep sorrow when I heard pungmulnori. In Honam Udo Jeongeup Nongak, I could feel not only grief of Saewol disaster but also hope. The tearsouldn’t describe in one emotion. It was like an immediate and inevitable reaction. Also, I felt similar emotion in Goseong Ogwangdae. But there is also coexistence and equality that are the basic point of the performance and Korean culture. Performers combined the modern aspect and natural Korean culture. It is not weird but natural. This was the ideal point of the performance. Combination of modern and natural Korea is detailed goal of modern Korea society. But it is having an absurd dream.

During the video project, I went to traditional wedding ceremony and researched about bowing. They were about folklore and first I think it is really difficult. I couldn’t define and say folklore in confidence. But later when I was eating dinner I saw my spoon. Then I realized that this is the folklore. There is no spoon that is same with Korean spoon. I think that the unequaled thing that represents my identity is the folklore. Even a small product, our tradition and marvelous wisdom are in it. When I watched traditional wedding of Korea, I can confirm details that have meanings. For example, gourd dipper represents a well-matched couple and the concord of husband and wife. The chestnut symbolizes the ancestors and the jujube symbolizes fecundity.  Our duty is that reinvent the tradition and the meanings. Folklore is old and non-fashion, but it tie in and cannot be detached with modern. Modern makes folklore real “folklore”. That is to say, because modern exists, past also exists. Humor and cons of life coexist with us in the name of tradition. It is not natural but inevitable. I can feel tradition in daily life and me.

Tradition is the identity of Korea. That identity is gained by experience. Experience is the key-point of our identity. It makes me sad and even joyful. I can feel and see feeling of other people. My identity is hidden in my DNA called “Korean”. Because I am Korean can feel wonder seeing traditional wedding ceremony and many other performances. It is not a just nationalism. What I seen one by one can be my identity. Some foreigner can see Korea through me. Because  which I’m doing is all tradition and learned by experience and history. I am a subject that reconciles modern world and ancient culture. I am a living witness of ancient Korea and an intermediary between tradition and modern. Ancient and modern are connect with emotion and effort that keep and love tradition. We are the keeper and lover. Especially because I am a student of Korean Studies who is responsible for the knowledge of Korea.

Sambok – Three hottest days in Korea

My name is 신예선 (Shin Yeseon), and I am a first year student majoring in Korean Studies. Please watch the video I prepared on the topic of Sambok.

Related Videos List: My classmate 서세령 (Seo Seryeong) make a video about  Red Bean Porridge that is usually eaten at Winter solstice – Dongji. If you want to know more, click the link! https://koreanfolklore.wordpress.com/red-bean-porridge-as-a-koreas-traditional-food/

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  • Shin, Kwang Seop. Encyclopedia of Korean Folklore and Traditional Culture Vol. 1 : Encyclopedia of Korean Seasonal Customs. Seoul: The National Folk Museum of Korea, 2010 : 183 – 188.

Gangneung Danoje (Gangneung Dano Festival)

My name is 강아람, and I am a first year student majoring in Korean Studies. Please watch the video I prepared on the topic of Ganeung Danoje. Ganeung Danoje is one of Korea’s major folk festivals held in the 강릉 area on 단오, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month

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My classmate 이보람(Yi Boram) make a video about 단오(Dano). And my classmate 이혜진(Yi Hyejin) make a video about 강릉관노가면극(Gangneung Gwanno Mask Dance Drama). So If you want to know more about Dano and Gangneung Gwanno Mask Dance Drama, please click this link!

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  • Image by (사)강릉단오제위원회 link to {http://www.danojefestival.or.kr/default.asp}
  • Image by Naver Map link to {http://map.naver.com/index.nhnquery=6rCV66aJ&enc=b64&queryRank=1&tab=1}
  • Iamge by 한국민족문화대백과 link to {http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?docId=}

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  • Dubeonjjae dal (Second moon) – “A dancing Teddy”, “Crystal Flower”
  • Various Artist – “Jaunyoung”, “The day of Confucianist”, “Trouble Maker”

Information: http://www.danojefestival.or.kr/default.asp

How to make Ddeokguk

My name is Yi Nagyeong, and I am a first year student majoring in Korean Studies. Please watch the video I prepared on the topic of Ddeokguk

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Other student videos related to Korean food include one about Gamasot (pots), one about sauces, one about kimchi, one about red bean porridge, and one about omija tea.

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http://blog.daum.net/myfoods/8525379 by Carlsberg
http://sg.bokdream.net/ by Bokdream
http://www.matzzang.net by Matzzang
http://www.bostonkorea.com by Bostonkorea
http://www.sg.bokdream.net by Bokdream
http://www.lotteallsafe.tistory.com by Lotteallsafe
http://www.energy.korea.com by Energykorea
Other photos by Yi Nagyeong

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By Yi Nagyeong

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This page is Naver encyclopedia. In the page, there are informations about Ddeokguk such as ingredients and process.

http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?docId=1987305&cid=48179&categoryId=48239

About Dano

My name is Yi Boram, and I am a first year student majoring in Korean Studies. Please watch the video I prepared on the topic of Dano.

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Here’s an other student’s video about Gangeung Dano Festival. If you know more about it, please click this link and watch video.

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Shin, Kwang Seop. Encyclopedia of Korean Folklore and Traditional Culture Vol. 1 : Encyclopedia of Korean Seasonal Customs. Seoul: The National Folk Museum of Korea, 2010 : 160 – 162.