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Hyuna Bubble Pop viral video analysis – 버블 팝 -ν˜„μ•„

Hyuna Bubble Pop viral video analysis – 버블 팝 -ν˜„μ•„

The Korean music artist Hyuna (), part of the group 4Minute, has scored a huge internet success this month with Bubble Pop (written in Korean it is 버블 팝). How huge?Β  Perhaps the most viral video so far from a Korean artist… In the first week it had millions of views, and now has had 8,635,312 views on YouTube. It had roughly a million views per day for several days, although the viral growth has slowed … Read entire article »

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Miss Korea Washington 2011 Pageant

Miss Korea Washington 2011 Pageant

Tonight hundreds of people gathered to watch the selection of the 38th Miss Korea Washington. It was held at the Nova College Cultural Center in Annandale, VA. There were 8 contestants trying to win top prize. The pageant included evening gown & swimsuit sections, and a talent exhibition. There also was an interview of each of the contestants. The photos below tell the story, while later this weekend the names will be added. … Read entire article »

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Mr. Choi Sung-Bong sings on Korea’s Got Talent

Mr. Choi Sung-Bong sings on Korea’s Got Talent

The Korean “Susan Boyle”? Here is Choi Sung-Bong singing on Korea’s Got Talent. His story is amazing… sad, and inspiring. The video is sub-titled in Korean. After the singing is the judge’s review, and more about his life. … Read entire article »

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Kimchi Chronicles – Korean Cooking show on PBS

Kimchi Chronicles – Korean Cooking show on PBS

This week the show Kimchi Chronicles kicked off on PBS, on a New York station. Later in the year it will be shown nationwide.Β  The food shown in the show looks extra delicious, due to the high production values. Β The 13-part series is hosted by Marja Vongerichten, who is also working on a cookbook.Β  You can read more about the show here (NY Times). Take a look! Β The first preview clip below is likely to make … Read entire article »

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Korean Cooking Videos

Korean Cooking Videos

The Korean Waves group has had several cooking-related events (see photo), and of course eaten at many many Korean restaurants. One of the members of the Korean Waves Meetup Group, Richard, has created a YouTube channel for his instructional cooking videos. He’s spent time in China, South Korea, and has come back from his travels inspired to share the cuisine, among other food. Β Some of his cooking is Korean food. Β At a recent dinner event he shared … Read entire article »

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Korean Film Festival DC 2011 and FilmFest DC Movie Schedules

Every year there are many movie festivals, and this spring there are 2 Korean-related movie festivals. Below are the upcoming festival movies as of April 10, 2011. First is for the Β Korean Film Festival DC 2011, and below that are the FilmFest DC movies from South Korea. Korean Film Festival DC 2011 Schedule All films are 35mm, in color, and in Korean with English subtitles. For more details visit theΒ official Smithsonian website or their film descriptions page. Locations codes: * FGA = Freer Gallery of Art * AFI = AFI Silver Theatre Movies: Secret Reunion (director.: Jang Hun, 2010, 116 min.). Β Friday, April 8, 7 PM, FGA Breathless (director.: Yang Ik-june, 2008, 130 min.).Β Sunday, April 10, 2 PM, FGA Possessed (director.: Lee Yong-ju, Korea, 2009, 106 min.).Β Friday, April 15, 7 PM, FGA Hahaha – ν•˜ν•˜ν•˜Β (Ha Ha Ha)Β (director.: Hong Sang-soo, 2010, 115 … Read entire article »

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Kalbi & Bulgogi – are they the same?

Sometimes people ask what is the difference between the Korean beef bar-b-q dishes: kalbi / galbi (κ°ˆλΉ„) and the more popular bulgogi (뢈고기). Before answering that question, first note that there are difference styles of both kalbi and bul-go-gi, and sometimes kalbi is not seasoned at all (which makes it, well, plain barbeque beef). Then it’s the side dishes – pan chan – that make it distinctly Korean. Panchan will be different from restaurant to restaurant, more than they will vary from dish-to-dish within a restaurant. Bulgogi is beef, usually loin, and kalbi is beef short ribs. Both can be made marinaded, in similar sauces. And a side sauce can be served with both. However, the side dishes (panchan) – things such as potato, or seaweed, and kimchi – are not related … Read entire article »

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Korean Language – Hanguk mal

The language of Koreans is called hanguk mal. More from Wikipedia: Korean (ν•œκ΅­μ–΄/쑰선말, see below) is the official language of Korea, both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. In the 15th century a national writing system was commissioned by Sejong the Great, the system being currently called Hangul. Prior to the development of Hangul, Koreans used Hanja (Chinese characters) to write for over a millennium. The genealogical classification of the Korean language is debated by a small number of linguists. Most classify it as a language isolate[2] while a few consider it to be in the Altaic language family.[3] Some believe it to be distantly related to Japanese-Ryukyuan. The Korean language … Read entire article »

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Korean Waves Welcome

The KoreanWaves.com website provides a place to learn, engage others, and see what events are happening related to Korean culture, language, food, sports, music, film, and more. This is our first practice quiz, and it may be one of the fastest Korean quizzes out there! 1. How fast can you speak Korean? What’s Korean? Slowly A little bit faster than slow Almost too quickly to be understood 2. If you were asked what is kamsahamnida, you would say…? I’ve never been to that country oh, thanks thanks – formal … Read entire article »

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