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Korean Culture Club represents both culture and entertainment – Scot Scoop News

Contrary to popular belief, K-pop is not the only part of the Korean Culture Club (KCC), although many students seem to use the terms interchangeably, referring to the club as K-pop. Club.

Carlmont KCC celebrates their country’s unique culture, including aspects of Korea’s famous entertainment industry like K-pop and other vital elements such as their language and traditions.

“While we focus on our love for K-pop and enjoy the music and choreographic artists, we also focus on culture,” said Elly Xu, vice president of KCC.

Like any other club, they also organize events outside of school to foster team bonds and allow members to have exciting new experiences. The KCC is already planning the Heritage Fair in February, where they will perform dance covers of K-pop artists, and in the past have performed traditional dances.

“We are preparing for Heritage Day with weekly dance practices. We have two dances. I believe one is pop and the other is a traditional fan dance,” said KCC junior Christine Nam.

Dances are a main focus for KCC, and they have already planned the songs for club members to learn, excited to share the culture with Carlmont.

“We plan to cover songs that aren’t as popular so people can showcase those artists and enjoy them. Artists like TxT, Dreamcatcher, 21 and APINK but also traditional Korean fan dance,” Xu said.

The traditional fan dance is called Buchaechum, where dancers with peony-colored fans perform neoclassical dances based on ancient Korean rituals and folk dances.

Besides Buchaechum, KCC celebrated Korean cultural festivals, Hangul Day and Chuseok. Hangul Day, a day to celebrate the invention of the Korean alphabet. In fact, Xu learned the basics of Hangul and introduced some basic knowledge.

“Hangul was invented to be simple and easy for commoners to learn. Before the invention of Hangul, only the wealthy had the luxury of being able to write and read because they used classical Chinese. Thus, Hangul Day commemorates the invention of Hangul and King Sejong, who was its creator,” Xu said.

At the same time, the KCC covered an even more well-known topic in Korean culture, Chuseok. Besides being Korea’s version of Thanksgiving, Chuseok is also a harvest festival.

“Chuseok is Korea’s biggest holiday. People eat different kinds of food like rice cakes and sweets, but it is also a time for family and elders. It is also celebrated on the eighth moon, fifteenth day, and it is at the very end of summer or early fall,” said Elizabeth Kao, a KCC junior.

The cultural aspects of countries form the foundations and traditions of their people. Moreover, many other people around the world, like KCC, can enjoy it.

“A nice disclaimer would be that we are not a K-pop club. Of course, we do K-pop and we do a K-pop dance for the heritage fair, but most of the time we discuss TV shows, food, culture and history” , Nam said.

Honestly, at first I thought the best part of Korean culture was the entertainment industry. But as I learned at the club, I found there was so much more than pretty materialistic faces or perfect dancing and drama. ”

—Elizabeth Kao