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ACH NEWS ACH News ACH NEWS ACH NEWS KONNECT ASEAN Contemporary Print Show: Arise © 2019. Adi Sundoro. Behind The Fishes. Letterpress print on board with die-cut, bamboo stick, fishing hook, wire   Beginning on November 11, the KONNECT ASEAN Contemporary Print Show: Arise, hosted jointly by the ACH and the ASEAN Foundation, will showcase various print-inspired artworks by young contemporary artists from Korea and the 10 ASEAN countries. Through these artworks, which each embody the personal experiences and philosophy of their creator, viewers will have an up-close encounter with the talent, thoughts, and dreams of young artists that are shared across national borders. Furthermore, a workshop scheduled for January 2022 in conjunction with this exhibition will provide a more nuanced understanding of contemporary prints for the general public.Further information on the workshop will soon be made available through the ACH’s website (www.ach.or.kr). The exhibition is being offered as part of KONNECT ASEAN, an ASEAN-ROK exchangeproject sponsored by the ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund. PeriodNov. 11, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022 VenueSpecial Exhibition Gallery (1F) Inquiries051-775-2000
2021 ASEAN Market ACH News 2021 ASEAN Market REVIEW 2021 ASEAN Market From October 8 through 10, the 2021 ASEAN Market was held in the ACH’s outdoor plaza and parking lot. The market, which drew significant attention for its realistic replication of outdoor markets in various ASEAN countries, was especially meaningful this year due to sales by ASEAN citizens residing in Korea of products imported from their home countries. The handicrafts, foods, tea, and coffee on offer gave Korean visitors the rare opportunity to experience, albeit indirectly, daily life in an ASEAN country. In addition to the market’s various shop booths, a wide range of on-site events attracted visitors, including potting ASEAN plants, perfume making, rattan craft making, taste testing Mekong coffees, and cooking classes taught by food experts. For those who were unable to visit in person due to COVID-19, this year’s market was also made partially available online through live commerce, live streaming, and a “talk concert” to encourage participation from throughout Korea. We hope that the 2021 ASEAN Market, which offered a rich array of events and products, gave Koreans and foreign residents alike the chance to improve their understanding of the cultures, lifestyles, and peoples of ASEAN.
AKF 5th Team Mission, ASEAN Dessert Truck ACH News AKF 5th Team Mission, ASEAN Dessert Truck REVIEW AKF 5th Team Mission, ASEAN Dessert Truck On October 1 and 2, the fifth 2021 ASEAN-Korea Futurist team operated their “ASEAN Dessert Truck.” The purpose of the food truck event was to offer desserts from ASEAN countries to Koreans and foreign residents of Korea to give them the sense of having “traveled” to an ASEAN country amid ongoing travel bans caused by COVID-19. The food truck featured some of the most famous desserts of ASEAN, including martabak manis from Indonesia, kaya toast from Singapore, teh tarik from Malaysia, cafe sua da from Viet Nam, and nam wan from Lao PDR. These were offered alongside various events, including traditional ASEAN games, a roulette giveaway event, a ppopki game (Korean-style lottery), and putting stickers on the name of an ASEAN country that they wish to visit. The food truck went beyond simply introducing the foods of individual ASEAN countries, giving visitors the chance to taste these desserts while enjoying the cultural elements that are associated with them. The two-day event turned out to be a special experience not only for visitors but for the members of the fifth AKF team as well. In particular, AKF participants noted that, while it wasn’t easy learning to make desserts from ASEAN countries and explain them to visitors with little background on Southeast Asia, the food truck strengthened their team bond and made them more knowledgeable about ASEAN countries. The food truck event was held in various parts of Busan, including in front of Busan Multicultural International School, Busan University of Foreign Studies, and Youth Jakdangso. Visitors were able to experience ASEAN culture safely through the food truck’s takeout-only policy. The COVID-19 social distancing regulations designated by the Korean government were strictly adhered to on both days.
ACH Events of the Month​​​ ACH News ACH Events of the Month​​​ Oct. 15-Nov. 13; every Fri. and Sat. 2021 ASEAN Cooking Class (Autumn & Winter) Cooking Studio (3F) Oct. 8~ Opening of the 2nd ACH Permanent Exhibition,⟨ASEAN Storyteller: Spiritual Beliefs, Arts & Life⟩ Permanent Exhibition Gallery (2F) Nov. 11, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022 KONNECT ASEAN Contemporary Print Show: Arise Special Exhibition Gallery (1F) 2021. 9. 6 - 2021. 12. 1 ASEAN Language Courses Online Ongoing 'ASEAN in Korea, in ASEAN' Hallway Photo Exhibition Conrridor(2F) Ongoing ACH Online Exhibition ACH Website(www.ach.or.kr)
Traditional Clothing as an Embodiment of Life, History, and Culture Special Feature Traditional Clothing as an Embodiment of Life, History, and Culture COVER STORY Traditional Clothing as an Embodiment of Life, History, and Culture Prof.Park Hee Jeong Division of Design, School of Art, Baekseok Culture University The longyi is a long, skirt-like item of traditional clothing that is representative of Myanmar. Based on the notion that fashion is a mirror that reflects a particular era, the traditional clothing of ASEAN countries are an especially detailed representation of history, culture, and daily life. The musical Miss Saigon, which depicts the love between Kim, a Vietnamese woman, and Chris, a US G.I. sergeant, is no exception: the áo dài, a traditional Vietnamese dress frequently worn by Kim, blends an Asian-inspired collar with tailoring that is distinctly Western. The Indonesian kebaya, which began being worn in the 15th and 16th centuries, is evolving according to changing customs. Due to its strong influence in neighboring countries, the kebaya is now literally traveling the world as the inspiration for flight attendant uniforms, not only for Garuda Indonesia but also for Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. Meanwhile, Lalisa, a member of the South Korean girl group BLACKPINK, recently gained attention by wearing a rad klao, a traditional Thai headpiece, and chut Thai, a dress whose name literally means “Thai outfit,” in a music video for a track off her solo album Lalisa. As such, the traditional clothing of each ASEAN country remains relevant in the 21st century by adapting to current trends and needs. Article may not reflect the opinion of the editorial board of the ASEAN Culture House Monthly.
The Unique Beauty of ASEAN Countries Special Feature The Unique Beauty of ASEAN Countries COLUMN The Unique Beauty of ASEAN Countries The traditional clothing of ASEAN embodies the unique aesthetic of each member state. Its identity is simultaneously timeless and constantly changing.Prof. Park Hee Jeong Division of Design, School of Art, Baekseok Culture University The kebaya, an item of traditional Indonesian clothing The first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Viet Nam is white pho noodles. Another image is of women wearing white áo dài. The Vietnamese word áo dài is a compound of áo (“clothing”) and dài (“long”). As its name suggests, the áo dài is made up of a long dress and trousers. The notion of “seas of white áo dài”on the streets of Viet Nam is rooted in the custom of unmarried women wearing white áo dài and married women wearing áo dài in bold colors. The Indonesian kebaya is a women’s blouse made with a soft, lightweight fabric. One interesting feature is that it’s fastened only with a brooch instead of buttons or a zipper. The kebaya, which was born from court attire of the Majapahit Kingdom of eastern Java, is often worn along with clothing dyed in traditional methods, such as sarong, batik, and songket. In its early years, the kebaya was regarded as sacred clothing and therefore only permitted for members of the royal family. During Dutch colonial rule of Indonesia, European women popularized the kebaya by adopting it as formalwear. It is also during this time that the kebaya became much fancier through the use of embroidered silk. As in Viet Nam and Indonesia, the traditional clothing of Thailand underwent significant change throughout its history. In the early 11th century, when Lopburi was incorporated into the Khmer Empire, knee-length skirts similar to the women’s sampot and men’s sarong of Cambodia were popular due to Khmer influence. In the 14th through 18th centuries, during the rule of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the chut Thai as we know it today was created based on multiple international influences. Worn for important occasions such as weddings, the chut Thai is a long dress that reveals one shoulder and is connected to a sabai, a long sash that covers the other shoulder. The chut Thai is best paired with elaborate jewelry due to the figure-hugging drape of its fabric. The staple item of traditional Lao clothing is a tube skirt known as the sinh. Usually made from silk or cotton, the sinh is worn, like the chut Thai, for important occasions. In Myanmar, men and women wear a longyi, a long, wraparound, cloth skirt. The length and material protect the wearer from the sun’s rays while ensuring good ventilation in Myanmar’s hot and humid climate. The non la, a traditional Vietnamese hat Women dressed in traditional Cambodian clothing ⓒ Avim Wu Vietnamese women dressed in white áo dài ⓒ Morpheus Szeto Woman dressed in traditional Thai clothing
The hijabista and modest fashion Special Feature The hijabista and modest fashion STORY The hijabista and modest fashion Prof. Park Hye-won Department of Clothing & Textiles, Changwon University Fashion is an accessible and accurate barometer of social change due to its nature as something that is worn and enjoyed in the era in which we live (and this very moment!). Until recently, Muslim women’s clothing was far removed from mainstream fashion because of Islam’s unique cultural and religious traits. The hijab, which is used by Muslim women to cover the head, hair, neck, and breasts, is an age-old item of religious attire that is rooted in the Quran. Today, the Southeast Asian Muslim community, mostly in Indonesia, is being taken by storm by the “hijabista,” a term that refers to women who wear a hijab and are very fashionable and trend-setting. The ways in which hijabistas wear and accessorize their hijabs is shared in real-time with consumers via social media, resulting in a significant impact on the fashion of Muslim women throughout Southeast Asia. Another Islam-fueled trend is “modest fashion,” which refers to fashion that is based on traditional Muslim clothing and is aesthetically pleasing while abiding by the Quran’s directions on modesty. Modest fashion, which aims to minimize bodily exposure and avoid excessive form-fitting, is quickly gaining popularity alongside the hijabista. Perhaps the most important aspect of today’s modest fashion is that it offers a new sociocultural context for fashion for Southeast Asian Muslim women living in the current age. For middle-class, urban-dwelling Muslim women, the hijab expresses two things: firstly, their high social and economic standing, and secondly, aesthetic diversity. For young Muslim women, who regard the hijab as a fashion item, the balance between religion and fashion translates into a satisfying quality of life. Over centuries, the meaning embodied by the hijab has changed significantly. Today, Muslim women in Southeast Asia accept Quran-abiding clothing as a fashion trend, using it to express themselves in creative ways amid the crisscrossing waves of tradition, the modern, and Westernization. A hijabi wearing an outfit inspired by modest fashion. ⓒ박혜원
A trip through Singapore’s multicultural streets Special Feature A trip through Singapore’s multicultural streets EXPLORE A trip through Singapore’s multicultural streets Exploring the many cultures that color Singapore’s streets offers many things to see, eat, and experience. Singapore’s preservation of the cultural footprint of many countries is due to the lasting vestiges of British colonial rule in the 19th century, during which districts were divided by nationality. The districts are so varied that, after a day of walking, you may feel as if you have visited several different cities. One recommended course is to start with the spices of Little India, see the brilliant patterns of Arab Street, and wrap up with some delicious food in Chinatown. Little India Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Singapore’s largest Buddhist temple, draws heavily on Thai architectural styles, having been designed by Thai monk Vutthisara. The first thing visitors notice once they enter is the massive Buddha statue, which is 15 meters high and weighs 3,000 tons. Interestingly, a statue of the Hindu elephant deity, Ganesh, stands nearby. It is also called “temple of 1,000 lights” due to the over 1,000 Buddhist lanterns hanging in its inner courtyard that create an especially beautiful sight by night. Serangoon Road, which seems to have been air-lifted to Singapore from India, is inhabited by many people from an Indian background and full of shops that sell traditional Indian clothing, silks, and curry powder. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple The striking sights of Arab Street Sultan Mosque, a major landmark of Arab Street, is Singapore’s largest and oldest mosque that serves as the center of the local Muslim community. Upon application, guided tours of the mosque are offered in Chinese, English, Malaysian, and even Korean. The Malay Heritage Centre, which is right next to Sultan Mosque, is a museum that is a renovated version of a palace that Singapore’s first sultan lived in approximately 160 years ago. It offers information on the history of the Arab Street neighborhood, which was a small port city until the advent of the modern era, in addition to a sweeping view of the history of the Malay people’s settling in Singapore, as well as their daily customs and culture. The Malay Heritage Centre offers free guided tours, a permanent exhibition, and various special exhibitions throughout the year. Sultan Mosque Vibrant Chinatown Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. Dedicated to Mariamman, a goddess of protection who cures illnesses and infectious diseases, the temple was built by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who is known as the founder of modern Singapore, and the South Indian merchants who came to Singapore with him. Chinatown was originally a district for Indians; after it was changed to its current identity, the temple remained and is preserved to this day. In late October, the temple holds its annual Fire Walking Festival (Theemithi), in which thousands of devoutHindus walk barefoot on burning coals. The Chinatown Heritage Centre, which is located on Pagoda Street, is a museum that covers everything about the history of Chinese immigration to Singapore. The beautifully-restored shophouses and displays of early immigrant housing from the 1950s make visitors feel as if they stepped back in time. Sri Mariamman Temple Malay Heritage Centre
Rising Basketball Star from the Philippines: Samuel Juntilla Special Feature Rising Basketball Star from the Philippines: Samuel Juntilla ASEAN IN KOREA Rising Basketball Star from the Philippines:Samuel Juntilla Samuel Juntilla, a Filipino youth basketball league star who was a member of the country’s under-19 national team, continues to play basketball professionally today in Korea. In April, Juntilla made a name for himself among Korean basketball fans through his elaborate dribbling and impressive shooting against KBL talent Oh Jae-hyeon. For our November issue, ACH Monthly asked Juntilla, whose passion for basketball is evident both on and off the court, about his dreams and life in Korea. Hello! Please introduce your team to the readers of ACH Monthly. An-nyeong-ha-sae-yo! My name is Samuel Juntilla. I’m from the Philippines and am currently part of Global Friends, a basketball league for teens from multicultural families, which has received corporate sponsorship since 2012. I balance a tough, tightly packed training regimen with mentoring multicultural youth in Korea in basketball. I also encourage multicultural teens to have hobbies and make friends. Why did you choose to pursue basketball? There was no big “moment of realization.” I got started in basketball very gradually?I began playing when I was just four. As a child in the Philippines, I had no basketball court, let alone a basketball stand. I remember using discarded tires as a “stand” to play with my friends. All my life, I’ve always been happiest when I’m playing basketball. You were the Yongsan-gu representative for basketball at Seoul Citizen Sports Day in November 2017. How did it feel to win? I actually had no thoughts at all while playing (laughter). I usually don’t approach a game or tournament with the conviction that I have to win. Pressuring myself on winning only makes me stressed out and unable to play very well, which is why I focus on enjoying my time on the court. That being said, it felt so good to win that day. It was an even more meaningful victory because I felt that it was the outcome of practicing and training hard with my friends. What is your future goal? I formed a lot of valuable relationships while playing basketball in Korea and have ended up living in this country for much longer than I expected. I want to be an athlete who has a positive influence on others. Just as I looked up to basketball players as a child, if even one person gains self-confidence and a dream after watching me play, I would be very happy.
Busan Al-Fatah Masjid: Making Islam more accessible in Korea Special Feature Busan Al-Fatah Masjid: Making Islam more accessible in Korea CULTURE NEWS Busan Al-Fatah Masjid:Making Islam more accessible in Korea Busan Al-Fatah Masjid, the second Islamic mosque built in Korea, is located in the Namsan neighborhood in Busan’s Geumjeong district. Even from a distance, its white dome alerts passersbyto the fact that the building is a mosque. Since opening its doors in September 1980, Busan Al-Fatah Masjid has served as a spiritual resting place for both Korean and foreign Muslim residents of Busan. At the mosque’s first floor, visitors can find an informational pamphlet and an employee at the entrance who is more than happy to answer questions and provide an easy-to-follow explanation of Islam, which is still not very widely understood in Korea. Outside of regular prayer times, visitors are welcome to step inside the central prayer area, called musalla, which is located over the second and third floors. (Entering a prayer area must be done under the direction of the mosque employee. The second floor is for men only, while the third floor is for women only.) The prayer area is characterized by the domed, exquisitely-decorated ceiling and a bright blue carpet, the captivating beauty of which can be credited to the expert-led construction team, many of whom were part of the renovation team for the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Turkey. According to mosque staff, immense attention was devoted to the following of traditional methods, such as using gold powder and special paints made from ground-up insect wings. The mosque’s beautiful dome is not only an artistic masterpiece but also an acoustic device that reflects and magnifies the sounds from the prayer area so that they resonate. Those who visit Busan Al-Fatah Masjid usually also stop at one of two nearby halal restaurants to extend their experience of Islamic culture through food. Currently, other than Busan Al-Fatah Masjid, there are 19 mosques in Korea, including the Seoul Central Mosque, the Gwangju Mosque, and the Jeonju Mosque.


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