offers Korean language and culture classes
LAURA NEWMAN - A&E EDITOR
In an effort to respond to a growing need in the Brunswick
community, the Bowdoin Korean-American Students Association has created
a Korean School designed to teach the Korean language and customs to those
who wish to learn more about the culture. Says KASA member Brian Ryu,
"(KASA) felt that we wanted to reach out and give back to the community."
Within Bowdoin College's Asian Studies program are Chinese
and Japanese language classes, but the college is currently without a
Korean language program, despite the relatively large amount of interest
in developing such a program.
Those already involved in the KASA Korean School include
families who have adopted Korean children and a large number of non-Korean
The school will also attempt to make it easier for Brunswick
residents to learn more about Korean culture without having to drive to
Portland to attend the Korean School at a local church.
According to Heather Park, a Bowdoin student and one of the
founders of the Korean School, there are already 20 students "enrolled"
in the Korean class.
She first became aware of the need for such a school after
being approached in the grocery store and at church by families who have
adopted children from Korea and wanted their children to have contact
with other Korean children and the culture.
Park stresses how helpful the KASA and the administration
have been in helping to create the school. Says Park, "We have a team
of dedicated teachers who come in and organize the classes and teach every
Saturday solely on a volunteer basis."
The curriculum will be mainly devoted to learning how to
speak, write, and read Korean and will last approximately two hours. The
first hour will be primarily concerned with the instruction of language,
followed by a short snack break. The second hour will introduce an element
of Korean culture to the students, generally involving an activity like
cooking or singing.
The program will finish at the end of the semester with a
Korean banquet, with members of the class learning the names of the dishes
and ingredients of typical Korean food. The Korean school is an earnest
attempt to combine learning and fun in order to bring a necessary educationcal
element to the Bowdoin and Brunswick community.
The school will run every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Please contact Heather Park at firstname.lastname@example.org for school location information.
couretsy of the KASA