What is samul nori? (with instruments and sound samples)BRIEF READING: Korean traditional music and “the burning of the heart” with discussion of rhythm & breath
BRIEF READING: The concept of pitch in Korean music
READING: What is Pansori?
OPTIONAL READING: The Korean Singer of Tales
BRIEF READING: Wikipedia page on Seopyeonje, the most popular domestic Korean movie ever (up to that point) after it came out in 1993.
VIEWING: The movie Seopyeonje in full. The duration is nearly 2 hours. Try to make it through the first hour and two minutes on your own. We’ll watch excerpts from and discuss the remainder of the film in class. Note: You will likely need to turn on the Closed Captioning.
READING: Hong, Euny. 2014. The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture.
READING: Lie, John. 2014. K-Pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea
What is Han? — one explanation / another explanation / Psychology Today on “K-rage” / other uniquely Korean emotional expressions / The concept of heung/jeong (affection, attachment) / Han vs. Heung / “Han is out; you got Heung!? (includes anti-Kpop rant)