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November 4, 2011

The Korean wave

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 3:48 am

*korean wave: The popularity of South Korean popular culture in other Asian countries
*prominent : important or famous
*ferment: to (cause something to) change chemically through the action of living substances, such as yeast or bacteria
*fermented soy bean paste: a category of fermented foods typically made from ground soybeans, which are indigenous to the cuisines of East and Southeast Asia.
*lactobacillus: any Gram-positive rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Lactobacillus, which ferments carbohydrates to lactic acid, for example in the souring of milk: family Lactobacillaceae

The Korean wave
We will present about the “Korean Wave”. The Korean Wave, also known as the “Hallyu”, refers to spread of South Korean culture around the world. Chinese first coined the term “the Korean wave”, to describe the popularity of Korean Dramas. And today, the meaning of “the Korean wave” has been expanded to almost every Korean culture. [1]
First, Korean Dramas are very popular especially in Asia, for example, China and Japan. ‘Winter sonata’ starring ‘Bae Yong-joon’ has swept Asia, especially Japan.[2], and ‘Jewel in the palace’, ‘East of Eden’ is also very popular.

Next, K-pop is also loved today. K-pop means Korean pop music. Dongbangsingi, Girl’s generation , Wonder Girls and Super Junior are some of the most popular K-pop singers.[3]

Korean movies also have many fans in the world. They have been awarded many prizes in prominent competitions, for example Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival and International Berlin Film Festival. “Old boy”, “Memories of Murder” and Secret Sunshine” are representative prize winners.[4]

The last, Korean food become known to the world today. Because it is tasty, healthy and has low fat, Korean food is helpful to people who want to reduce their weight. Kimchi made of cabbage, and Bean paste pot stew made of the fermented soybean paste are fermented food so they are rich in lactobacillus, a kind of good bacteria.[5] And Bibimbop has various vegetables so it is colorful, eye-catching and tasty.


1. –Except the text, What do you think might be popular abroad?
What other aspects of Korean culture do you think might be popular abroad?
2. Why is the Korean wave popular?
3. What is your favorite Korean cultural item in the text? Why?
4. How can we make the Korean wave more popular?

* Class # 157,

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