Hallyu Camp for teens at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC
Greetings from camp (season)… A friend sent me this info about a Hallyu-themed summer camp at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. and while my first impulse to this sort of thing is usually snark, it actually looks good. I can’t vouch for that logo though…what’s that ㄴ doing over there?
K-Pop music, K-Dramas, and K-Movies, have become a global phenomenon in recent years, with passionate fans all around the world. All of these genres are part of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave. Hallyu Camp 2013 is designed to give fans of Korean pop culture a deeper understanding of the country, people, and society from which Korean pop culture originates. Hallyu Camp was first held in 2012, and features an expanded program in 2013.
Sadly, no K-lit (someone still needs to come up with a better alternative to that), but it looks like a fun program for teenagers. The week-long program is organized around “daily cultural concepts” (jeong, hyo, heung, sarang, and mat/meot) taught through traditional and contemporary games, crafts, clothing, dance, and music. And yes, I’ve expounded at medium length about my dislike of essentializing emotions as defining cultural characteristics, but I see how useful they can be for teaching—to a point.
As a survivor of sleep-away Korean culture camp in the 80s, I appreciate a program that incorporates both traditional and contemporary Korean culture in a thoughtful way. So for all two of our readers: if you have or know teens in the DC area…
Here’s the full program info:
Hallyu Camp 2013 – Program Outline v1.0