New York Arirang: A Song of the People

Thursday, April 5th, 2018  6:30 pm ~7:30 pm
@ Room 222
2nd Floor of 19 University Place, New York, NY (Doors open at 6 pm)

Friday, April 6th, 2018  6:30 pm~ 7:30 pm
@ Great Room
1st Floor of 19 University Place, New York, NY (Doors open at 6 pm)

Free admission, but RSVP required
Please note: A PHOTO ID is required to enter the NYU building

Arirang is the most popular traditional folk song of Korea, and it is often considered as symbolizing the spirit of Korean people. Through the 2-day workshop, participants will learn about several traditional regional variations of the Arirang as well as compose verses for a modern “New York” version, which will be inspired by aspects of their everyday, ordinary lives.

The Arirang is inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, and according to UNESCO, a great virtue of Arirang is its respect for human creativity, freedom of expression, and empathy. A distinct feature of Korean folk songs is that people can make their own lyrics with regional characteristics and through this workshop, each participant will be able to create their own unique Arirang song.

This event will be suitable for anyone who is interested in the Korean language and culture.
The free workshop is open to the public.


Soo Jin Kim: Instructor

Soo Jin Kim has been teaching Korean language and Korean culture in American public schools, public libraries, and Korean organizations for many years. 
With her enthusiasm and efforts to connect Korean culture with Korean language, she encourages participants to listen, touch, and feel the culture while making Arirang together. 
Currently, she is the principal of the New York Church Korean School, and is the instructor of STARTALK  project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center. 

She has also organized a cultural day commemorating Korea's Liberation Day in the Queens Library for the first time, and has been hosting the 8.15  event for several years with local residents.


Eunju Na: PinK project founder, organizer and facilitator

Eunju Na is Senior Language Lecturer of Korean at New York University. She has also worked as a Drama-in-Education specialist and has training in Korean traditional music.

PinK project 2018: PinK is the abbreviation for “Play in Korean.” This annual project is for non-native Korean speakers to learn and use the Korean language through various activities.

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The New York Arirang workshop is presented as a part of Korean Culture Day 2018 Program for April.


Miro Yoon