This project involves creating a digital archive of Korean media, with the aim of supporting Korean culture and media studies and relevant course teachings.The Korean language represents the most-spoken language in Georgia with the exception of English and Spanish (Demographics of Georgia, 2010), and a new undergraduate Korean program was established in Georgia Tech last year. The Korean program offers new content courses related to Korean culture, created in response to the growing interest in Korean studies and the global impact of the Korean Wave (Hallyu; this term refers to the phenomenal popularity of Korean culture, including K-pop, drama, movies, entertainments, cuisine, and beauty). However, given that the field of Korean culture and media at Georgia Tech is a relatively new initiative, the necessary resources are extremely limited. A digital archive with various formats of media connected with Korean cultures will provide meaningful and practical resources to researchers, students, and instructors. In the current project, various media resources with sorted cultural topics will be provided.
This digital library will enrich not only cultural studies and teaching but also Korean language and other content courses at all levels. Cultures are closely entwined with language, history, literature, and society, and the availability of this intercultural media resource will afford valuable insights and conversation to all campus communities both within and beyond the Korean community.
Publications or upcoming publications:
1. Journal article: (2021, in press). Exploring media curation and sociocultural competence in asynchronous language courses. The Korean Language in America, 24(2).
(ii) Book (Under Contract with Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group). Media, Culture, and Debate in Korean.
2. Seung-Eun Chang, The Integration of Media Archives in Language and Culture Courses: From Face to Face (F2F) to Online. The 25th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK), Columbia University, NY, 2020.
3. Sueng-Eun Chang, Enhancing linguistic and cultural proficiency through class debate. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Washington, DC, 2019
4. Sueng-Eun Chang, Asynchronous language course integrated with debate, culture, and media. Submitted to the Journal of Korean Language in America. 2020
5. Seung-Eun Chang, The Integration of Media Archives in Language and Culture Courses: From Face to Face (F2F) to Online. The 25th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK), Columbia University, NY, 2020.
Other impacts of the project:
(i) Class Integration: I integrated this project in two Korean courses (i.e., KOR 4060 Media and Public Culture; KOR 4699 Undergraduate Research), and all Korean major students were involved in this project through KOR 4699 Undergraduate Research.
(ii) Conference Presentations with students: I made three conference presentations regarding this project with two undergraduate students.