Mincheol Kwon

Visiting Reporter from South Korea

Mincheol Kwon is a visiting reporter at KUT. He is 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.

Arts and Culture
1:55 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

'Gangnam Style,' Austin Style: Interest Builds in Korean Culture

A Korean language class at Austin Language Learning School. Korean teacher Immanuel Song speaks to three students.
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Every evening at the Austin Language Learning School in the West Campus, you can hear Korean spoken by American students.

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.

"I come from a pretty good family, eh?" the student joked.

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 “Gangnam Style” – 767 million views on YouTube and counting – has become a catalyst to spread Korean culture to the U.S.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Freezing in the Texas Heat

Many visitors to Texas are bothered by the heavy use of air conditioning.
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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.

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.

“I have to live with the cold!” said UT graduate student Taehyun Cho on a recent afternoon.

He’s talking about Texans’ tendency to crank up the AC to near-arctic levels.

"Exposed to the heat [outside] and then suddenly to the cold, my biological rhythm has broken,” said Cho. “Today I was in class shivering."

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. In Korea, they even have a word for it. It roughly translates as “air conditioning-itis.”

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