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Grammar Points The Focus of This Lesson is Korean Pop Culture

As popular culture changes quickly and drastically, this lesson is focused on the most recen pop culture. Please keep in mind that this lesson was written in late 2010.   Popular Music

The history of modern Korean popular music is very short, but Korea has developed its pop music culture very quickly and has produced a lot of influential singers and groups. Here ar 5 music artists/groups that are currently very popular. 1. 빅뱅 [ bikbaeng "Big Bang" ] 2. 슈퍼주니어 [ 3. 원더걸스 [ su-peojunieo"Super Junior" ] wondeogeolseu "Wondergirls" ] sonyeosidae "Girl's Generation" ]

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4. 소녀시대 [

5. 비 [ bi] "Rain"

The Korean music scene can be compared to any other major scene with a mix of hip hop, rock, ballad and bubblegum pop. A trend that has been popular in Korea for quite some tim is the concept of a group. Early forms of Korean boy and girl groups were relatively small in number and in production value. However, in recent years, the amount of time spent grooming and training young singers and dancers has increased. Many of the "finished products" are quite remarkable. Korean music entertainment has branched out to create a theme for each group. For example, the largest group has 13 members, each with their own specialty.   Popular Movies

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In 1999, a film called "Shiri" changed the Korean film industry. It proved that a domestic, hi budget film could be not only internationally successful but also profitable. Up until that po most big budget movies were imports from Japan and America. However, this film proved that a market existed for high quality Korean-made films. In an effort to secure Korean domestic film presence, a screen quota was enacted. This government-led program quota limits the amount of limits the amount of films imported into Korea so as to secure interest domestic movies. The idea is to promote Korean movies while also exposing Korean audiences to international films. However, Korea also houses the PIFF (Pusan International Film Festival), an annual independent film festival that gives young and unknown filmmake a showcase for their work. These films generally come from other Asian countries as well as Korea. Many prominent works have debuted there. Some popular recent movies include 맨발의 기봉이[ manbali gibongi 괴물[ goemul ], ], 태극기[ taegeuki, 실미도[ silmido 친구[ chingu 올드보이[ ol-deuboi 왕의 남자[ wang-eu ] ], ], ], namja 봄여름가을겨울[ ], bom-yeoreul-gaeul-gyeoul좋은 놈 나쁜 놈 그리고 이상한 놈[ ], joeun nom nabbeun nom i-sanghan nom ]. Some famous and easily recognizable Korean actors include 송강호[ Song Gangho 최민식[ Choe Minsik 설경구[ Seol Gyeonggu 전도연[ Jeon ], ], ], Doyeon], 장동건[ Jang Dong-geon ]. Popular Television

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Korean television is fairly stylized but generally includes dramas, comedy and variety shows and reality shows. Some of these shows can trace their roots to Japan but of course they all now have a uniquely Korean spin to them. By far, the most popular genre is the drama. Korean dramas are big budget operations that are sometimes to exported to other countries. It is understandable why many people's first exposure to Korea is through these dramas. Dramafever provides legal, English subtitled, high-quality streams of Korean dramas to thos living in America. Some popular Korean TV shows include: 무한도전[ muhandojeon 꽃보다 남자[ ], ggot-boda namja 풀 하우스[ ], 100분 토론[ baekbun toron 커피프린스[ ], keopipeurinseu ],   Popular Foreigners 미녀들의 수다 [ Minyeodeuleu suda a talk show that features women from foreign ] is countries who speak Korean. It is fairly popular with both the young and older generation. Famous Koreans pul hauseu ],

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Although Koreans are not regularly featured in international news, a few have crossed over into international success. Daniel Henney is a half-Korean model-turned-actor who has gained popularity recently, Andre Kim is a world-reknowned fashion designer, Rain is an international model/dancer/singer, and Ban Ki-Moon is the current Secretary-General of th United Nations.

When most people think of Korean international sports stars, they instantly think of 박지성 (Park Jisung). The international soccer sensation currently plays for Manchester United and is held in high regard in both Korea and England. His "predecessor", 차범근 - (nicknamed "Cha Boom") is a retired soccer player who played for Germany. However, currently 김연아 (Kim Yeona) has captivated Korean with her figure skating abilities. Her athletic career is quite promising as she embodies the Korean spirit as well as represents national pride.  

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