Saturday, October 24, 2009

LiNK "Seoul Train" Screening

This year, we will be hosting another screening from LiNK as they tour across America. We will be showing a 50 minute documentary called "Seoul Train" which follows 3 groups of refugees who have escaped North Korea and are searching for freedom.

About the film:

"With its riveting footage of a secretive “underground railroad,” SEOUL TRAIN is the gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China.

SEOUL TRAIN also delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis. By combining vérité footage, personal stories and interviews with experts and government officials, SEOUL TRAIN depicts the flouting of international laws by major countries, the inaction and bureaucracy of the United Nations, and the heroics of activists that put themselves in harm’s way to save the refugees.

In order to capture the essence and urgency of the current crisis, the stories of several refugee groups are told through actual footage. We follow these refugees from their arrival in China — before they begin their escape attempts — as they recount the horror they left behind. We also hear their fears of being caught and sent back to North Korea, where they know their doomed fate. We watch as they make their respective escape attempts and, in dramatic conclusion, we see the outcomes: some make it to freedom; others, including an 8-1/2 month pregnant Nam Chun-mi, get caught by the Chinese and are sent to their demise.

- Taken from the LiNK Global website.

We will be having one screening on Monday, October 26th, at 7:00 PM in Axinn 229.
In addition to the screening we'll be serving Korean snacks and refreshments.

See you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Event of the '09-'10 Year!!!

Our first event this year will be our usual Noodle Nights clashed with a taste of Korean Thanksgiving!

Korean Thanksgiving falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, and this year, it falls on October 3rd. It is also known as "Chuseok", which originally means "great middle". Originally, it was a holiday where Koreans pay respects to their ancestors and give thanks for providing them with rice and fruits.

In modern Korean culture, although the ancestral rites are an important part, "Chuseok" has become a holiday where relatives gather, demonstrating the importance of family to Korean society. And when Korean families gather, it means there will be hearty eating!

So join us as we heartily eat in celebration of Korean Thanksgiving! Since this event will be an addition to Noodle Night, we will have our regular noodles, plus extra delectables, such as, dumplings, Korean pancakes and more!

Noodle Night/Korean Thanksgiving
When: Tuesday, October 6th
Where: Coffrin Lounge
Time: 9 PM - 11 PM

Invite your friends! Take a study break! EAT!

See you there!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

LiNK "Crossing" Screening

About the Film:
Yong-soo is an ex-soccer player who lives in a small coalmining village in North Korea with his wife and young son, Joon. Despite living in extreme poverty, like many in North Korea, Yong-soo’s family is just happy to be together.

But Yong-soo’s pregnant wife becomes critically ill and proper medicine, let alone sufficient food, is hard to find in North Korea. So he decides to secretly cross the border into China, hoping to find medicine for her. Before leaving, he tells young Joon to take care of his mother, promising to return with food and medicine in just ten days.

After many life-threatening moments in China, Yong-soo is transported to South Korea, becoming a refugee prohibited to return to his family. Meanwhile, his wife passes away leaving young Joon alone and destitute. With no one to turn to, Joon soon meets up with an old friend and they try to escape into China as well.

Following his father, Joon attempts to cross the river into China. But they are captured near the border by North Korean guards and sent to a youth detention camp where they are severely mistreated as traitors.

Meanwhile in South Korea, Young-soo desperately searches for a way to bring his son safely into freedom.

Taken from a number of true stories of North Korean refugees, Crossing is the first film to accurately depict the trials and hardships faced every day by the North Korean people.

Directed by KIM Tae-kyun.

- Taken from the LiNK Global website.

We will be having two screenings, at 4 PM and at 7 PM. In addition to the screening we'll be serving Korean snacks and refreshments.

Check out their trailer!

See you there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring BBQ is just around the corner!

This year's Spring Barbecue is hosted by MASO, Chinese Club, Japanese Club, and KASA (formerly KoreaTown). This event is held annually so that all the Asian Clubs on campus have a chance to come together and enjoy each others cultures. The event is open to club members ONLY.

MASO - China House
Chinese Club - Meat Variety
J-Club - Shaved Ice
KoreaTown - Korean BBQ

In addition to enjoying each others presence, there will also be a volleyball net set up for anyone who wants to take a break from all the food and play.

See you there!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kimbap Workshop!

Come and learn how to make one of the most popular Korean foods: Kimbap! (and of course, eating it!)

We will be having a variety of Kimbap including:
Spicy Tuna
Egg and more!

Kimchi will be also served!

We will also have traditional Korean games during and after the workshop.

See you there!