Korea Night and “Reply 1990”

“Reply 1990” was the theme for Korean Night 2016 at St. Cloud State University. The title comes from a Korean drama series that aired in the 1990s. Students from the Korean Student Association worked all summer to put on a show that included great food, Taekwondo, dance performances, and impressively fast costume changes. The show began at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Ballroom at Atwood Memorial Center.

Over fifty people anxiously waited outside of the ballroom doors. The doors opened and guests were greeted with a stage covered in lights spelling out “Korean Night.” To the left, there were head-in-hole photo booth options; on the right, three enthusiastic KSA members wrote guests’ names in Korean on their tickets.

Before the show began, everyone stood up to say the Korean national anthem and honor the South Korean national flag – the Taegukgi.

Matt Andrew, Vice President of University Advancement, started off the night with a short speech.

“I remember this event last year and the food at Korean night was the best I’d had all year,” said Andrew. “Clap hard this night because the students work hard to put on this performance.”

Next, students performed Korean pop dances to songs ranging from the 1990s to present day. This was followed by a traditional doll dance, which Korean students learn in Kindergarten, and a fan dance. Taekwondo was a crowd favorite as members effortlessly kicked boards of wood in half. The performance concluded with cheerleading, lottery, a dance off, a quiz for the audience, and a traditional wedding ceremony.

Two of the many performers were third-year students, Seojin Lee and Jessica Lung. Lung studied abroad through the SCSU Global Village program at Yonsei University in Wonju, South Korea. “My minor is teaching English as a second language and I researched the best places for that,” said Lung. “South Korea was the best match.”

Abroad, Lung met fellow Wonju student and roommate, Seojin Lee. Lee said, “I always planned on coming [to the U.S.] but I am at this school because of Jessica.”

“Even though the culture is very modern, it still focuses on tradition,” said Lung. Lee added, “Visit Korea, you will love it.”

The Korean Student Association meets at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Maple Room at Atwood.

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