Two-day 1st Korean Studies Workshop for Indian Educators in Northeast India begins
IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
At a time when Korean culture has greatly impacted the lifestyle of youths of the Northeast states, particularly Manipur with the booming of K-Pop and K-Drama industry, director and counsellor, Korean Cultural Centre India, Kim Kum-pyoung has advised the youths not to forget their own culture.
The Korean culture expert was responding to a query by the IFP during an interaction on the sidelines of the inaugural session of the two-day first Korean Studies Workshop for Indian Educators in Northeast India held on Friday at Manipur University court hall.
He further stressed that one has to learn others’ culture based on one’s own culture. “If not, one may lose one’s own identity. I strongly recommend you to learn your own culture first,” he asserted.
While noting that the youths of the Northeast are very fond of Korean culture and drama, Kim exhorted the youths not to get too much addicted to Korean film and drama but to focus on studies first.
When queried about the avenues and opportunities open to the youths after learning the Korean language, he stated that the Korean companies in Delhi like to hire NE youths more as they are much closer and similar in appearances. “They feel comfortable when hiring the NE people,” said the Korean Cultural Centre India director.
Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Choi Jong-ho stated that the Korean people want the K-Pop and K-Drama fans to not only satisfy their cultural curiosity and interest but also to grow through learning the Korean studies.
Meanwhile at the inaugural session, director of the workshop and visiting professor by Korea Foundation at department of foreign language (Korean), Manipur University, Prof. Hyunkyung Lee said that it has been over 30 years since Korean studies was introduced in India. However, it was in 2012 that the course was introduced in the Manipur University, she recounted.
She also highlighted that various resource persons will present papers on Korean language learning and teaching methodology on the second day to be held Saturday at Cafe Delight, Babupara.
Scholarships granted by Shinhan Bank were also distributed to 10 students from the Korean language course, department of foreign language, MU during the occasion.
In today’s session, resource persons presented papers on the relationship of the culture, history and politics between Korea and India.
MU administrator, Jarnail Singh; dean, school of humanities, MU, Prof. Ch. Yashawanta and Prof. Vaishana Narang of JNU were also present as dignitaries.
Students of the department of foreign language also showcased a ‘Fan Dance’ as a part of the cultural programme.