Clubs are a way of interaction, a sense of mutual ground that bring people to gather together to share interest in a common cause.
Friendships develop and ﬂourish and students are able to share their opinions and form ideas on particular subject matters. One
speciﬁc subject of interest that draws pupils closer is the Korean culture.
Just recently, the Korean Club has been introduced onto our campus. Consisting of ten members, the club meets in Room IA-2, where general discussions are held concerning the members’ common interests.
“The club’s function is to explore the Korean culture, learn the language, try some of the food, get the latest updates about the Hallyu or the Korean Wave and to possibly learn some of the dances,” President Grace Chow said.
The Hallyu or the Korean Wave is the expansion of Korean dramas and k-pop, and also includes the spread of video games, food, language and culture. It is really popular in Asian countries, and it is gradually spreading to the European countries, the Americas and even the Middle Eastern countries.
Some clubs on campus— such as the Otaku! Anime Club, which is associated with Japanese culture, Chinese International Club (CIC) which afﬁliates Chinese traditions, Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) which provides a linkage to the Vietnamese way of life, the French Club, which associates with the French aesthetics and the Alhambra Latino Student Asociation (ALSA), all have something to do with a foreign culture and how its society functions. Chow wanted to create a club that would represent the essence of Korea, a group that would interest the student body and attract attention.
Chow and Vice President Sharon Chou sought to generate an organization based on the lifestyle of Korea. They wanted to share not only with those who found a desire in Korean entertainment, but also to introduce their enthusiasm to the student body and make it available to the entire school.
“Our purpose of starting the club was to bring together students who have a mutual interest in Korean music and entertainment, as well as some of the cultural and language aspects. I think it is a good way to make friends because we have similar tastes,” Chou said.
Despite the fact that this club is open to the entire student population, Chow has a personal goal for her club.
“I hope to broaden my knowledge of the Korean culture and to teach others about what I have learned. I also hope to gain more friends that have this same interest as me,” Chow said.