The Korean Society is one of Trinity’s many international societies; celebrating Korean culture through events and get-togethers throughout the year. We sat down with the Secretary of the society, Theresa, to find out more!
What first attracted you to the Korean society?
Thanks to the wonders of the internet I had a growing interest in Korean pop culture, specifically K-pop and K-dramas. K-dramas and K-pop can be formulaic, but there is some sort of magic in them that keeps pulling me in every time. I try to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, but end up watching random shows, or re-watching dramatic stage performances (like SHINee’s Evil)
While walking through Front Square one Fresher’s Week, I was seduced by the Korean Society’s promises of karaoke and movie nights, and I thought it was a great opportunity to talk to others interested in Korean culture. It turned out to be a great decision, as I ended up joining the committee and having a great time!
What do you do as part of the committee?
As secretary, I send out the emails to our members, letting them know of our events and of events happening within the college relating to Korea and Korean culture. I also take minutes at our committee meetings, which has me struggling to jot down everything everyone is saying as quickly as I can. It’s kind of a dangerous thing to do though, as I sometimes struggle to read the chicken scratch that ends up on the page as a result.
What has been your favourite event so far this year?
We had a talk on South Korea as a growing economic power and its relevance for Irish businesses, given by Secretary Sun of the Korean Embassy. Did you know that Irish fisheries (the guys who are struggling to sell their fish in their more traditional business partners, like France) have started selling their fish in Korea and it’s proving to be successful? Apparently it’s in part because Ireland has a clean, green image. I also found it very interesting that the farming sector is currently trying to break into the Chinese market, and I wonder if perhaps (given that Europe and South Korea have a Free Trade Agreement) they should start there first. Maybe we should invite Simon Coveney* to be part of the Korean society? He might like to learn more!
*Ireland’s minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Why should students join the Korean society?
If you’re interested in any aspect of Korea – be it cuisine, art, pop culture, history – then you should join the Korean society. We do our best to promote Korean culture and provide students with an opportunity to explore an aspect of Korean culture they are interested in (or to expose them to something entirely new altogether!)
The great thing about the Korean society is that if you want to talk to someone about Korean culture, there’s a whole group of us there happy to do so!
What can students look forward to with the Korean Society in the future?
We’ve been in a bit of a tizzy this term as we’re preparing for our culture day. But next term we’re hoping to host more movie nights (because Korean cinema is amazing, some of their art house films are mind-blowing), a literature night, and a lunar New Years dinner at Kimchi!