Mincheol Kwon http://kut.org en 'Gangnam Style,' Austin Style: Interest Builds in Korean Culture http://kut.org/post/gangnam-style-austin-style-interest-builds-korean-culture <p>Every evening at the <a href="http://allstexas.com/">Austin Language Learning School</a>&nbsp;in the West Campus, you can hear Korean spoken by American students.</p><p>Last Wednesday, a new Korean learning class of three people began. It started with the students receiving their new Korean names for the class. Jason Crawford was named Jaeseng Go by his teacher, which is a common name in Korea. Another student, Robert Boone, was presented the Korean name Ryubeom Ban. It’s the same family name as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.</p><p>"I come from a pretty good family, eh?" the student joked.</p><p>Although the classmates’ motives for learning are different, there’s one common motive: the interest in Korean culture. And the huge viral video success of “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0">Gangnam</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0"> Style</a>” – 767 million views on YouTube and counting – has become a catalyst to spread Korean culture to the U.S.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:55:48 +0000 Mincheol Kwon 5680 at http://kut.org 'Gangnam Style,' Austin Style: Interest Builds in Korean Culture Freezing in the Texas Heat http://kut.org/post/freezing-texas-heat <p>http://kut.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/KWON-REMIX.mp3</p><p><em>Mincheol Kwon is a visiting reporter at KUT. He hails from CBS-Christian Broadcasting System, a South Korean radio station in Seoul. He is also studying audio journalism at the Journalism School of Texas State University at San Marcos.</em></p><p>Planning a summertime trip to Texas? It makes sense to worry about the heat. But you might also give some thought to exactly the opposite.</p><p>“I have to live with the cold!” said UT graduate student Taehyun Cho on a recent afternoon.</p><p>He’s talking about Texans’ tendency to crank up the AC to near-arctic levels.</p><p>"Exposed to the heat [outside] and then suddenly to the cold, my biological rhythm has broken,” said Cho. “Today I was in class shivering."</p><p>The extreme fluctuations between indoor and outdoor temperatures may seem normal to many locals, but it strikes people from other cultures not just as strange, but as unhealthy.&nbsp;In Korea, they even have a word for it. It roughly translates as “air conditioning-itis.”</p><p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 19:28:54 +0000 Mincheol Kwon 5252 at http://kut.org Freezing in the Texas Heat