September 21, 2014

Speak Better Korean (By David Kim)

(By David Kim) So if you’re someone like me, a 2nd generation Korean-American born and raised in the states, learning to speak better Korean may be somewhat of a challenge. Most of us probably know the basics of the Korean language and have spoken it enough to communicate to our parents. But how many of us can really speak the language fluently enough with little or no flaws?

I know for myself I was fortunate enough to attend Korean language school at church – and also my parents consistently spoke Korean to me. I was able to pick up the language quite fast and was able to speak pretty fluently at a young age. However, I still encounter times when my speaking hits a brick wall and I have no idea what I am saying. I cannot say that I am a perfect, fluent Korean speaker at this moment, but I am still trying to improve it in little ways. I am hoping to improve enough so that I can one day engage in a long conversation without having to hit those brick walls. In my process of learning to speak better Korean, I’d like to suggest some pointers to assist in those attempting to enhance their Korean speaking skills.

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Korean American Film Festival New York Call for Entries 2012 (By KAFFNY)

(By Korean American Film Festival New York) The 6th Annual KAFFNY will take place March 2012. KAFFNY is an international independent film festival in NYC, starting and evolving from Korean American perspectives. Films do not necessarily need to be made by and/or starring Korean Americans. Please refer to our past programs as guidelines for eligibility.

We are now accepting entries for KAFFNY 2012. The deadline is September 30th, 2011. Early entries will get better attention. There is no entry fee.

Feature Program:
Narrative or Documentary films, completed January 1st, 2010 or later. Films longer than 60 minutes.

Shorts Program:
All genres, completed any date. For award eligibility, completed January 1st, 2010 or later. Films shorter than 30 minutes preferred.
Competition Jury Award; Audience Award [Read more...]

Moses Yang: Korean Tenor Opera Singer

(By Moses Yang)

Q: You are an opera singer. Did you want to sing opera when you were a child? What sparked your interest in opera?

Like most normal kids, I wasn’t particularly interested in opera or classical music at first. Though it’s probably still true today, I think it’s because I didn’t have chances to listen to those kinds of music. Therefore (so), it’s really important to have good experiences with classic music from childhood. But I always liked to sing- from children songs to Korean pops, American pop songs…I was interested in all kinds of music and liked them very much. The reason I came to major in opera was just because I could learn and sing the songs that I liked, not particularly because I loved classical music. It was only when I got to learn opera and classic music as a major that I came to fall in love with them. It was almost like a realization “oh, there’s a reason why this song became ‘The Classic’…”

Q: What did your Korean parents say when you wanted to be a professional opera singer? Were they supportive/disappointed? How did they react?

Like most other parents, of course they were very concerned or even worried when I first told them I wanted to major in vocal music. It was because they thought it’s hard to make a living with vocal music. However, once they knew that I was determined and had talent, they became completely supportive. Now that I think about it, despite our insufficient family finances or circumstances, God has opened up many doors for me to continue studying music by providing many devoted teachers. [Read more...]

Konnect Magazine Sponsors “House of Suh” for the 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2010

(By Moses Yoon) I’ve always been inspired by people who love what they do – whether it be teachers, artists, doctors, pastors, etc. There is something the drives them for the long haul. What is more remarkable are people who “work” – yet, they actually don’t feel like they are working. Aren’t you at times envious that people love what they do for a living that they don’t consider it work?

That’s how I view my long time high school buddy, Joe Kim. I remember the many Saturday nights when I’d pick him up at his house to watch movies at the 309 Cinema near Montgomeryville, Pa (Anybody who used to watch movies there, well, it’s like a ghost town there now). We loved watching movies together. He was my movie buddy – him and me. No joke. I think that is when he developed a big heart for movies and the entertainment industry. In fact, he went to Temple to study film. Now, he and a group of other film enthusiasts are launching their 3rd annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on October 21st to 24th, 2010. [Read more...]