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Professor Oh Discusses Her Work As A Korean Educator With 'Sweet And Tasty TV' [INTERVIEW]

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Professor Oh Discusses Her Work As A Korean Educator With 'Sweet And Tasty TV' [INTERVIEW]

(Photo : Professor Oh) Professor Oh educates Hallyu enthusiasts in the myriad of vernacular and slang that is omnipresent in the Korean language. Through her "Sweet and Tasty TV" program on YouTube, she reaches millions of viewers who tune in to watch the adventures of her on-screen personalities like Billy Jin, a K-pop enthusiast, and Granny Kim, a fun-loving senior. KpopStarz interviewed Professor Oh about her educational work with "Sweet and Tasty TV."

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: Why were you inspired to create educational videos, particularly those who target fans of Korean culture?

Professor Oh: Initially, there were no intentions of creating YouTube content, on a regular basis. I uploaded my first Korean lesson back in 2008 when there were less than five Korean language videos on YouTube. Unexpectedly, quite a number of views accumulated on my first Korean lesson video. A surprising 2 million views.

Due to my audiences demand for more content and my interest in filmmaking, I began uploading videos every week. Much of my audience is made up of K-pop and K-Drama fans. I wanted to share with them a deeper cultural insight on Korea aside from its entertainment aspect.

KpopStarz: Do you watch Korean dramas? If so, what is your favorite series? Which dramas do you think have made the strongest impact on people who would like to learn about Korean culture?

Professor Oh:The latest Korean drama I watched to completion was Misaeng. My favorite Korean drama of all time? I want to say Winter Sonata, however I imagine Id have a different opinion of it watching it today than when it was first released 13 years ago. Boys Over Flowers was cheesier than any pizza Ive ever eaten but was still funny to watch.

Dramas based on historical events and characters seem to have a stronger impact for those interested in learning about Korean culture. K-Dramas like Jewel in the Palace show you the traditions of old Korea. Be mindful that film productions are not percent accurate depictions of the past. These moving pictures are based on references and documented facts. After all, none of us were alive centuries ago.

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: I love your parody videos and on-screen personalities because they help to make difficult subjects easier to understand. Do you find that audiences absorb the lessons you are teaching with more ease than when they are taught by instructors who do not use comedy?

Professor Oh: Humor can go a long way. Entertainment is engaging. It may appear that my various characters were created to increase attention spans, however, they were born from necessity. The Korean language uses honorifics, meaning the way you speak to elders differ from when you speak to your friends. There are common titles such as oppa and unni that I needed to demonstrate to viewers.

My Korean grandmother was thousands of miles away and I didnt know a place to adopt one nearby, so I decided to be my own granny. My native Korean buddies were too shy to act. Thus, I became my own "oppa," "unnie," "hyung," "ahjumma," "ahjussi," and more. At the time, I used to collect wigs for no particular reason. I finally put them to good use and experimented with various looks. Thats how K-pop loving Billy Jin, foodie Taekwon Do, party animal Granny Kim, and the studious Professor Oh were born.

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: What was your first video personality? How do you create new personalities and who serves as your inspiration?

Professor Oh: My first character was Professor Oh. I didnt give too much thought to this character, for the first Korean lesson; I just used my last name and was myself. For a large portion of my YouTube videos, I developed the personality to be more studious and to focus more on topics relating to sightseeing, culture, and history. Lately, in the Korean Culture Corner, Professor Oh is a closer representation of who I am off-camera.

Every character focuses on a particular subject. Each personality is developed based on their main interests. Billy Jin typically does episodes on fashion, K-pop, cafes, trends, and everything girly. Her boyfriend Taekwon Do loves to eat. Anything with food, its handled by this oppa. He has very relaxed eyes partially because hes super laid back, but also because of food coma. Granny Kim? She parties until dawn and loves adding a shot of soju into bowls of bingsoo wherever she goes.

People in my life are my inspiration. Granny Kims best friend Bongja is modeled after my fancy grandmother, who never leaves the house without putting her red lipstick on. She likes to have her hair big and voluminous. Taekwon Do is how I see the typical man: meat-loving, attempting to be a good boyfriend by taking his girl to karaoke, and holding her many shopping bags. Billy Jins mother is inspired by my own mother from ten years ago when she wore mismatching patterns and had permed hair. My mother is much more fashionable now and appears as herself on my videos.

KpopStarz: What is one of your favorite K-pop parodies?

I have a thing for guys dressing up as girls and shaking their booty. You can never go wrong with parodies where male comedians dress in scandalous clothes and perform Brown Eyed Girls Abracadabra and Girls Generation Gee. PSY"s covers of Beyonces Single Ladies is gold. That man can dance.

KpopStarz: Who is your favorite K-pop act?

Professor Oh: As much as I enjoy a wide range of K-pop singers, I am particularly in love with YG Family. Big Bang and 2NE1 for life. I fantasize about becoming an art director so I can be part of their epic music video production. Or at least go behind-the-scenes and contribute to their creative process. Dream on.

KpopStarz: Do you think foreigners have more difficulty with understanding the Korean language than culture? If so, why?

Professor Oh: Everything is relative. If youve grown up in an Asian household, it may be easier to understand Korean culture than learning the language. If you have a knack for learning languages but was raised in a culture far from Asia, perhaps understanding the Korean language is easier. In any case, the best way to learn any language and culture is to go to the source: its native country.

KpopStarz: What are some of your future plans? Where would you like to see "Sweet and Tasty TV" go, in the future?

Professor Oh: I have an idea jar overflowing with where Id like to take "Sweet And Tasty TV." For one, I am in the very early stages of writing a book using my characters. The basic plot is down, but somehow Ill have to find the time to develop it into a full-fledging book. My focus is currently more towards producing content for my YouTube channel and website. Viewers often ask me to continue Snack Tub Korea, so perhaps I shall. Stay tuned.

Original member of Korean folk band C`est Si Bon makes a comeback in 48 years

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Original member of Korean folk band C`est Si Bon makes a comeback in 48 years

Its an generation where other people can are living for one hundred years. Numerous days are forward of me. I made up our minds to accomplish back at the degree for the dream that I had to sacrifice to give a spice up to my family, acknowledged Lee Ik-gyun, 68, some of the long-established individuals of Koreas mythical folk track band C`est Si Bon Trio. When Lee seemed in a native communicate display program, he used to be complimented for his low-register voice. His voice over the telephone sounded low yet cheerful.

Lee, Jo Young-nam, Yoon Hyung-ju and Kim Se-hwan will carry out 2015 C`est Si Bon and Buddies Concert Season 2 at the Sejong middle of Appearing Arts on Sep. 26 and 27. As the concert enters the season 2 after four years because the C`est Si Bon concert began in 2011, Lee made a decision to signal up for on the stage after a 48-year-long break. In the film C`est Si Bon, which opened in local theaters previous this year, the foremost persona Oh Geun-tae (played through Korean actor Jeong Woo) is in keeping with Lees genuine story.

Different from the motion picture story, I'm truly not the user that betrays chums for love, Lee said. He joined the folk band when he studied civil engineering at Yonsei University. Lee took a damage from faculty to grow to be a singer but he had to sign up for the military in 1968 after receiving a realize of enlistment. Afterwards, he gave up on his dream and were running for a structure corporate for 40 years. i determined to live the 2d one existence thank you to C`est Si Bon band members, said Lee, who currently got here back to Korea after completing a bridge construction assignment in Nepal.

During the 2-hour-long concert, C`est Si Bon and company will provide old pop songs adding When the Saint pass Marching In, which become played in the movie. Audiences will also experience their own songs reminiscent of We could Go on a Trip, Hwagae Market, Closed Clam Shells, and Thorn Tree Bird. Trot singer Jo Jeong-min, the concerts guest, will sing Bumble Bee, unhappy Movies, and A Long Hair woman with C`est Si Bon members. Jo Young-nam said, Thanks to Lee Ik-gyun with low-register voice and feminine singer Jo Jeong-min, vocal sounds of the concert have turned into enriched, more than ever.

At a local radio prove in 2009, Jo Young-nam, Lee Jang-hee, Song Chang-sik, Yoon Hyung-ju and Kim Se-hwan, who were the C`est Si Bon members, accrued all in combination for the primary time in 40 years. Kim said, whilst were practicing for the concert, we have got an excellent teamwork as though we separated just yesterday. As now Lee, the original member of the band, joined the concert, I wish six of us all may just function on the stage at some point in the future.

Im no longer a certified singer like other members. However, on each occasion C`est Si Bon members want me, I can remain with them as we did at that time, said Lee. The concert can be staged at 3 PM and seven PM on Sep. 26 and at 2 PM and six PM on Sep. 27. The price tag costs variety from 88,000 to 165,000 (approx. USD 141.9). For more information, touch 1544-1555.

Photo Of TASTY Twins With Z.Tao Incites Outrage Among Korean Fans

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Photo Of TASTY Twins With Z.Tao Incites Outrage Among Korean Fans

Online K-pop forums are abuzz as former EXO member Tao (Huang Zitao, now known by the stage name Z.Tao) and the twins of TASTY (Jung Soryong and Jung Daeryong) snap a photo together after the former"s recent solo performance.

On August 24, Chinese-Korean duo TASTY shared a set of photos on their official Weibo account celebrating the completion of Z.Tao"s show in China. "The solo concert has finished! It was a great performance," the twins wrote on their Chinese social media account. The photos attached to the post showed Tao performing on stage, some food he received in honor of his solo tour, and most notably a selfie of the three polarizing K-pop stars.

Newsen reported that the brother duo had gone to cheer on Z.Tao. Both TASTY and the EXO member are currently seeking to have their exclusive contracts in South Korea terminated in order to freely pursue activities in China.

In response to the pictures, online commenters in South Korea have weighed in with their opinions, with many expressing feelings of outrage and betrayal.

"This is why I hate groups with foreign members. It"s hard to like them and you can always count on them to go back to their countries once they"ve made enough money and popularity. Fans who gave them their everything during their promos are left with nothing but memories," one user expressed, as translated by Netizenbuzz.

"At least Tao has being an ex-EXO member to his name, what does Tasty have going for them other than being nugus [lesser known groups]?" another posted.

Many more also called the singers traitors while one user in particular addressed the differences between Korean and international fan reactions to these lawsuits, stating: "What"s funny is that they"re the ones who betrayed us but if you go on YouTube, all of the foreigners are saying that Tao was treated like a slave and call him "our poor Tao" and promise to support him forever."

TASTY departed from Korea early in July, saying that they would be continuing their careers in China. Woollim Entertainment, TASTY"s management company, expressed their confusion over the duo"s departure and last week announced that they will pursue legal action against the brothers for violating their contract.

Tao left EXO back in April without much explanation beyond a letter from his father asking for Tao to leave the group. Then, on July 23, he released his solo album TAO. SM Entertainment replied by removing access to Tao"s music video on YouTube and continued to insist that both parties were in talks.

However, on August 24 Tao officially filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to officially terminate his contract.

Korean Rock Band YB To Hold 20th Anniversary Concert

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Korean Rock Band YB To Hold 20th Anniversary Concert

(Photo : Facebook) Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Korean rock band YB will hold a special concert for their fans.

The band (also referred to as Yoonband or Yoon Do Hyun Band)rose in popularity during the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, for their soccer anthem "Oh Pilseung Korea." YB"s popularity continued after the band appeared on the show I Am A Singerin 2011.

YB"s 20th anniversary concert will be held from Oct. 15 to 18 at the LG Arts Center in Southern Seoul, South Korea. The title of their concert will be 20-Year-Old.

After their anniversary concert, the rock band will tour nine cities around South Korea, including Daegu, Busan, and Changwon until the end of the year.

The rock band YB consists Yoon Do Hyun, Heojun, Kim Jin Won, Park Tae Hee, and Scott Hellowell. The rock band is known for their explosive and dynamic live performances. They are influenced by classic rock groups with added modern elements. The group also combines their music with contemporary Korean cultural identity.

YB Band; "Oh Pilseung Korea"

Taya of SOREA band reveals cool Korean traditional drum performance remixed with Flo Rida"s "GDFR"

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Taya of SOREA band reveals cool Korean traditional drum performance remixed with Flo Rida

Taya of SOREA Band is gaining attention after her "Janggu" performance!

Janggu is a Korean traditional drum, and she played a "GDFR Janggu Remix", remixing Flo Rida"s "GDFR" to match her drum playing. Because of how the janggu works, she can dance and perform the instrument at the same tie.

"GDFR" is the group"s 9th song in their "Infinite Challenge of SOREA" where they show the possibilities of Korean traditional music. Check out the video above!

Korean Band Rocks Out in Mashup of AOA’s “Like a Cat” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

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Korean Band Rocks Out in Mashup of AOA’s “Like a Cat” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

A great cover or mashup can make you love a song(s) even more. AND make you wish the artist releases the mashup/cover in an official digital single. That is what the rockin mashup of AOAs Like a Cat and Ariana Grandes Problem by a Korean band named DEHIGHT (DHAIT) makes me want to petition for.

This four-member pop rock band is composed of vocalist Lee Han Yeol, guitarist and leader Song Seung Won, Jun Chang Gi on bass, and Choi Sung Han on drums. They hail from the cities of Dongducheon and Uijeongbu in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. Within five years, they have performed over 100 times for the public, and they released their first official single in July of last year titled Farewell Frequency. They have since released two other singles.

DEHIGHT is well-known for their covers and I can definitely tell why. Check out the AOA x Ariana Grande mashup below:

You can visit their Facebook here.

South Korean Boy Band CNBLUE Bagged ‘Asia Best Group’ at '2015 iQiyi Night Awards Ceremony' in China

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South Korean Boy Band CNBLUE Bagged ‘Asia Best Group’ at '2015 iQiyi Night Awards Ceremony' in China

CNBLUE has been awarded with ‘Asia Best Group’ award!

On December 6, the 2015 iQiyi Night awards ceremony opened up in Beijing, China. Earlier, it was reported that CNBLUE was the only Korean artist to participate in this ceremony, and they ended up receiving the ‘Best Group’ award.

iQiyi is known as a professional video service provider established by China’s biggest portal site, Baidu. This year, it hosted the very first awards ceremony for movies, dramas, music, variety, and more for countries throughout Asia.

During the group’s acceptance speech, leader Jung Yong Hwa expressed, “Thank you, iQiyi. We built up many memories in China this year through concerts and such, and we hope to make even more memories in 2015.”

Additionally, CNBLUE graced the ending stage with a performance of “I’m Sorry” and “Can’t Stop.”

South Korean Indie Band “10cm” Drops Third Album, "3.0" On November 19th

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South Korean Indie Band “10cm” Drops Third Album,

South Korean indie band “10cm” walked softly into fans’ heart with their third album, “3.0” and a music video for title song, "Missing You"!

The album includes humorously titled tracks such as "3rd Album Burdens" and "Why Do Women Always Get Upset" - doing what the indie band does best, making tunes with just the simple experiences in life by adding just a pinch of acoustics and a dash of harmonious vocals. With this album, 10cm transforms into story tellers as they narrate their simple daily lives.

Check out the full playlist for 10cm"s "3.0" album below, and the MV for the title track "Missing You" above!

Whether South Korean boy band Super Junior is coming back?

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Whether South Korean boy band Super Junior is coming back?

As the new Super Junior’s image was posted, Super Junior’s fans have  raised the question if their idols are coming back.

The picture was posted via Shindong’s SNS on October 10th with a simple caption “#MV”. The viewers are impressed by the artistic in the image, where Super Junior’s members are holding a drum stick between their fingers.

It is reported that Super Junior is preparing for their 7th album titled “MAMACITA”, which will be released by the end of October.

Upcoming Korean movie "Tasty 2: Happy Together"

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Upcoming Korean movie

Added the upcoming Korean movie "Tasty 2: Happy Together""s page to HanCinema database

"Tasty 2: Happy Together" (2015)

Directed by Choi Kyeong-seok, Nonaka Kazumi

"A little T-rex named "OO" is born!"

The Cretaceous Period grasslands were a peaceful time for dinosaurs. T-rex daddy Jestar and mommy Sarah had a son named "OO". He grew up with lots of love and wants to become a T-rex just like his dad. Meanwhile, another T-rex named Bald, is a greedy and savage one, threatening the peaceful life of other T-rex. "OO" loses his mother to an earthquake and his father dies trying to stop Bald from disrupting the peace. Bald is now after "OO" who is all alone.

""OO" meets dinosaur friends!"

"OO" gets away from Bald and meets Sniffy and Kirari his new friends. They realize all dinosaurs, either herbivore or carnivore, are able to get along and become friends. "OO" grows up to be a brave and wise T-Rex, but one day, the grasslands are in danger of being broken up of its peace, all because of Bald. "OO" realizes he"s the only one who can stop this and recalls what his father said, "There"s something stronger than strength".

Will "OO" be able to protect the grasslands from Bald? What is stronger than strength?

Release date in Korea : 2015/03