~ 2021 ~

Korean Heritage Symposium

September 9 - Han-sik (Korean Food): Dr. Sangyoub Park

Food is a connection to the past and a bridge to the future. Recently, hansik, Korean cuisine - as known as K-Food now - is very popular in the U.S. thanks to a combination of the government of S. Korea’s culinary diplomacy and the global success of K-Pop, especially BTS’ global phenomenon. This growing popularity of K-Food is a great opportunity to celebrate Korean heritage by sharing K-Food. In this talk, I will explore why and how to use K-Food (e,g, bibimbap, japchae, various banchan) to raise cultural awareness. In particular, I will share how the recent project, Tasting Korea, celebrated Korean heritage at the local farmers market.

​Sangyoub Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washburn University. HIs research focuses on demographic trends in the U.S. and East Asia. His current research examines a growing popularity of tattooing in Korea. He teaches courses on social class, the family, aging/adulting, East Asia, and food.

 

October 7 - Han-ok (Korean Architecture): Dr. Yongchan Kwon

In this talk, the focus of Hanok is on its traditional building and habitat. As a representative example, Hahoe Folk Village was registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2010 along with Yangdong village. Located in Andong, the village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and tradition of clan-based villages. The village is organized around the geomantic guidelines of pungsu (Korean feng shui) and the village has the shape of a lotus flower. We will take a glimpse of the overall value of Hanok as a well-built environment for humans.

Dr. Kwon obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University, and M.S. degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. His book, co-authored with Prof. Bong-Hee Jeon of SNU, Hanok and the History of the Korean House (2012, Dongnyuk) was awarded Excellent Scholarly Book of Year 2013 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea. He worked as researcher at Seoul National University, lecturer at Ajou University, and visiting fellow at Harvard University. He is working as Architectural Designer at Elkus Manfredi Architects.

​November 4 - Han-bok (Korean Dresses): Dress of Korean Identity: Dr. Minjee Kim

Hanbok is known to the world as traditional Korean dress. It is also national dress of both South and North Korea, and appears as ethnic dress of Korean diaspora communities. Obviously, the role and nature of ethnic or national dress is to manifest collective identity. By visualizing shared cultural heritage through appearance, it unites members within the society and differentiates from others. However, as all textiles and clothing have developed with global interconnectedness throughout human history, the fashioning of hanbok over time has embodied cross-cultural hybridity in style, color, material, and embellishment in response to the changes in technology and aesthetic sensibility in the given sartorial milieu. Upon this understanding, this talk will shed light on the inception of the term “hanbok” and the composition of the ensembles for men and women, and its constant transformation in the context of modern Korean fashion history. Then it will overview contemporary hanbok ensembles for new-born babies, children, young and middle age adults, as well as weddings, burials, and funerals. This talk will not only enhance general understanding of what hanbok is, but also provoke further thinking on the historical relationship between local and global fashion, modernity and tradition, and meanings of dress for all of us.

Minjee Kim is a historian and lecturer specializing in Korean dress and textiles, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her PhD from Seoul National University, worked as a faculty member of Jeonju Kijeon College and also taught at Seoul National University and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has lectured at museums and institutions in California and the East Coasts, which include J. Paul Getty Museum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, de Young Museum, University of California in Los Angeles, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Korea Society in New York. She is a co-editor of Korean Dress History: Critical Perspectives on Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). More of her academic activities can be found at www.kimminjee.com.

 

~ 2020 ~

The 7th Annual Sebae re-enactment

February 1, 11 am - 4 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
 

MFA (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston) opens its door for free on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate Lunar New Year. KCSB participates in the celebration with Chinese and Vietnamese cultural organization, and perform re-enactment of SeBae (세배), a bowing ceremony to elders.

Also, Korean Traditional and Contemporary dances will be performed in Alfond Auditorium.

Garam Gugak Ensemble

March 11

University of Mass, Amherst, MA

(POSTPONED)

Garam Gugak Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in Korea, and these musicians are exceptionally virtuosic artists. They will present the quintessential traditional Korean music genres including sinawi (an instrumental chamber ensemble), pansori (a vocal narrative genre), sanjo (an instrumental solo improvisational genre), namdo japga (a collection of southern folksongs for professional pansori singers), as well as contemporary compositions.

 

The Garam Ensemble concert is co-sponsored by Korean Student Association in UMass Amherst and Korean Cultural Service of Mass.

Celebration of Korean Family Month: Exhibition

May 1 - May 31

Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA

(POSTPONED)

Exhibition of Bojagi (Korean fabric) and Joomchi (Korean hand-made paper)

  • Jung Hee Lee specializes in Korean Bojagi (Korean Textile). And founded Korean Bojagi Form (https://www.facebook.com/beyondbojagi/). Bi-annual Bojagi form will be open in NY in May 2020. Lee has retired from faculty position in RISD

  • Jiyoung Chung is Joomchi artist, freelance writer, and independent curator. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing a traditional Korean method of papermaking called Joomchi. In Jiyoung’s hands, the ancient takes on a more contemporary appearance. The Hani (Korean mulberry paper) reveals itself as a painterly, abstract and contemporary art form filled with sculptural and textural imagery.

 

~ 2019 ~

Festival of Dance & GuGak

Sunday, September 29, 3 PM

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

 

Gugak is inherently improvisatory, and can be seamlessly played next to classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Six Gugak masters (Tae-baek Lee, Ji-young Yi, Wan-chul Won, Hyeun-bin Lim, Tae-young Kim) from Korea opens up a rare performance of authentic as well as contemporary collaboration with Boston Ballet artists (principals Seo Hye Han and John Lam), cellist (Kari Juusela), and Korean Traditional Dance Group (three-drum dance).

The complete program is available here, along with an article in Boston Musical Intelligencer by Prof. Judith Eissenberg in Brandeis University and Boston Conservatory.

K-Arts Dance Festival

Thursday, December 19, 7:30 PM

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, MA

Fourteen dancers from the K-Arts Dance Company in the Korea University of Arts showcase traditional and modern dances. Five graduates of K-Arts University are currently active in Boston Ballet, including two principals, and other graduates such as Kimin Kim of the  Mariinsky Ballet are active all over the world.

The complete program is available here.