Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Lectures In The Fellowship. Or The Serious Post:P


Upon seeing so many photos on field trips, a colleague (it's you, Peeyutz, in case you're reading this) asked whether I really had lectures or only spent three weeks for fun. So here is the serious post on what I learned during my three-week sojourn. The lectures are about journalism, Korean culture, politics and economy, as well as Korean language.

At first, I thought the lectures would bore me to death, but I really loved them! Studying is fun, indeed. I really need a break from the daily grind. And it's been seven years since my university graduation. Boy, how time flies!

On the first day, we learned about the press system in each fellow's country. It was interesting to know that to be a journalist in Brazil, you should have a degree on journalism. Unlike other ex-Soviet countries, Poland doesn't change its press law because the law contains no articles on censorship.

Then we learned Korean alphabet hangeul and some basic expressions for daily conversation such as "kamsan hamnida" (thank you), "mian hamnida" (sorry), and a very important sentence: "jal seng gyeot sseo yo" (you're handsome). Hohoho. We also learned two songs: Arirang and Saranghae. Korean has diphtong too, just like Sundanese language, so I find it quite fun.

On the Korean society lecture, we learned about the separation between North and South Korea. Heartbreaking. We all hope for Korea's reunification, like Germany and Vietnam.

We also learned about Korean media. The most entertaining lecture was on Korea's newspapers. The professor talked about how Korean journalists should drink a lot of alcohol in order to approach a source, then he said he wanted his son to be a Buddhist monk (he even sent his son to India). He praised each fellow's country, adding that there was nothing we could learn from Korea. But before he left the room, he said,"Forget everything I had told you. But one thing for sure, love your country and respect what your ancestors had done for your country."

Whoa. It felt like Philosophy 101. We all had a laughing fit afterwards, but we just love that professor.

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