The Korean Students Association hosted their annual KSA Night last Friday, Feb. 19, with a theme of "Music and Magic." This is the seventh year of the gathering and many of the campus's Korean population were in attendance, along with a sizeable handful of other students who wished to see the popular culture and traditions of Korea.
The event was packed, with tickets sold out and very few sales permitted at the door. Students were decked out in finery, with glittering dresses and suit jackets dominating the red and black scene that resembled a movie premiere. There was literally a red carpet leading into the Thwing Ballroom, with tables set up to showcase candy and the schedule for the evening. The hosts went around to the various tables, asking questions, taking pictures, and generally making sure that the attendees' money was well-spent. A traditional Korean meal of kimchi, rice, and bibimbap was served, supplied by the Seoul Garden. Two projectors looped various achievements of Koreans in the media, which included Korean stars of the TV show Lost and the figure skater Kim Yu Na.
Once the event proper started, KSA president Jennifer Kim introduced the show and elaborated on the night's theme. "So many people asked if we were going to put on a magic show for KSA Night," she said. "Yes and no. It is our way of showing how Korea went from a third-world country to something that is so popular and magical. It is our music and popular culture that has shown the magic of Korea to the rest of the world. We are glad to be able to share it with you all here tonight."
The sudden explosion of Korean music across the globe has been given the term Hallyu, which translates from Korean to "Korean Wave." It is the very definition of what Kim spoke of during KSA night, defined on the KSA site as the "rapidly growing popularity of South Korean traditional and popular culture around the globe. Some people refer to it as 'Hollywood in the East.'"
"I didn't know that Korean ballet-goers liked Giselle this much. Perhaps Kim Yu-na's (Giselle) performance had an effect, not that we used that to promote our show. I think there is a growing interest in ballet, especially after many ballerinas and ballerinos appeared on TV recently and many ballet-inspired clothes have been launched by fashion brands. The public got curious," said Kim.
Small mention of Yuna. Article is mainly about the "opera Giselle" played by Kim Ji-young in Seoul. Can't wait for Yuna's version.
MANILA, Philippines — Nine-member Girls Generation dethroned Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna to top Forbes Korea’s overall “Power Celebrity 40” list, proving the popularity of the K-pop group.
The list is based on income, search rankings, airtime and commercial endorsements.
Retired football star Park Jisung landed in second place, edging out Yuna, who dropped to third place from being No. 1 on the list in the past two years.
Actor, host and singer Lee Seung-gi made it to fourth place, followed by boy band 2PM, variety show host Yoo Jaesuk, football player Lee Chungyoung, boy band 2AM, baseball player Choo Shin-soo, and variety show host Kang Ho Dong.
In terms of sales, Girls Generation topped the physical album sales category based on the Hanteo charts. Super Junior was second followed by SHINee, JYJ, BEAST, 2PM, 2AM, Big Bang, BoA and 2NE1.
In the digital music sales, 2AM was No. 1 followed by IU, 2NE1, Girls Generation, Big Bang, CNBlue, BEAST, DJ Doc, 2PM and KARA. [Read more...]