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Tea Time & Coffee Break ACH News Tea Time & Coffee Break ACH REVIEW Tea Time & Coffee Break The ASEAN Culture House's special exhibition “Tea Time & Coffee Break” introduces ASEAN tea and coffee culture and refreshes our emotions as we pass through the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. So much has been halted in recent years, including overseas trips and face-to-face meetings with acquaintances. This pause has also become a time of reason, introspection, awakening, and rebound. Part 1, the “Is-of” series by artist Baek Jungki, showcases photos of tea fields and autumn foliage made using plant pigments. Baek used pigments derived from natural materials such as tea leaves and maple leaves. Part 2 features Lee Chang-won’s “Ganghwado Island: Shadows from the Past,” a large installation piece made of tea leaves, drawings, sculptures, and coffee powder. By using light and shadow to portray a Western ship anchored at a port, the piece is a metaphor for the colonial experience that both Korean and ASEAN history share in common. In Part 3, Park Hwa-yeong’s video installation “Liquid Circular Cup-Break Booth” draws attention to the meaning of “break” in “coffee break.” The artist collected coffee stains left on the cup she drinks every day and created huge video images out of them. By adding the clang of breaking glass, she interprets a coffee break as a time to “break” and “awaken” dynamically, rather than a static rest. DatesMarch 11 to June 19,2022 LocationSpecial Exhibition Hall, ASEAN Culture House ContactPerforming Arts and Exhibition Department(051-775-2024, hiyoo@kf.or.kr)
‘1st Educational Content Contest for Understanding ASEAN’ to Help Elementary School Students Learn about ASEAN ACH News ‘1st Educational Content Contest for Understanding ASEAN’ to Help Elementary School Students Learn about ASEAN ACH NEWS ‘1st Educational Content Contest for Understanding ASEAN’ to Help Elementary School Students Learn about ASEAN The ASEAN Culture House is hosting the 1st Educational Content Contest for Understanding ASEAN. The contest is designed to improve elementary school students’ understanding of ASEAN countries. The goal is to develop educational content tailored to elementary school students that boosts understanding of the ASEAN member states and to further evolve this content into immersive educational programs. Each entry must consist of 40 minutes worth of educational materials(including a syllabus, student activity sheet, and class materials) for elementary school students to help them understand ASEAN member states. Participants are recommended to customize their entries by grade level(lower, middle, and higher grades), and examples include immersive educational content that allows kids to learn about ASEAN through society, culture, and history; educational content that features balanced information on the 10 ASEAN member states; and actual cases of educational programs in classrooms, clubs, and immersive activities. The contest will award KRW 6.1 million in total prize money. Elementary school teachers, prospective teachers, and citizens who are interested in ASEAN are welcome to submit their entries. Detailed information can be found on the ACH website(www.ach.or.kr).
ACH Events of the Month​​​ ACH News ACH Events of the Month​​​ 2022.03.11 - 2022.06.19 Tea time & Coffee Break Special Exbition Romm(1st floor) 2022. 05. 14-15, 2022. 05. 21-22. ASEAN Odyssey: ASEAN-Themed Film Screenings ACH 2022.03.21 - 2022.06.18 ASEAN Language Course in Spring 2022 ACH, Busan University of Foreign Studies 2022.05.09 - 2022.05.20 The 1st Undertanding ASEAN Educational Content Contest ACH 2022.05.28 - 2022.05.29 2022 ASEAN performance series for children Auditorium 4th Floor On Going ASEAN Storyteller Spritual Beliefs, Arts & Life Permanent Exhibition Gallery(2F) On Going ACH Online Exhibition ACH Website(www.ach.or.kr)
To have a comprehensive understanding of ASEAN Special Feature To have a comprehensive understanding of ASEAN COVER STORY To have a comprehensive understanding of ASEAN By _Choe Jae-hui, Ph.D. student in Oriental Studies,University of Yangon To have a comprehensive understanding of ASEAN culture, one must not forget religion. Although many different religions coexist in ASEAN’s societies, they cannot be understood in depth without first learning about Islam and Buddhism. Among the ASEAN countries located on the continent, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam were heavily influenced by Buddhist culture. All except Viet Nam follow Theravada Buddhism. In particular, temples have influenced the social cultures of these countries. In Myanmar, your parents who gave birth to you and your teachers who teach you are as highly respected as the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Together, the Three Jewels, parents, and teachers are called “Ananto Ananta Ngar Par,” which means “the Three Jewels, parents, and teachers with endless virtues and grace.”In Myanmar, people bow to parents and teachers when they want to show respect, just as they would bow to the Buddha and to Buddhist monks. This culture is called “Gado.” The contents of all articles may differ from the editorial direction of the ASEAN Culture House Monthly.
The More You Know, The More You See Buddhist Temples in ASEAN Special Feature The More You Know, The More You See Buddhist Temples in ASEAN COLUMN The More You Know, The More You See Buddhist Temples in ASEAN By _Choe Jae-hui, Ph.D. student in Oriental Studies, University of Yangon When special guests come to Korea, we often see on the news that they visit Buddhist temples for a temple stay and try out temple food. Korean people often ask me, as I have studied in Myanmar, about temple food in Myanmar. In Korea, osinchae(five forbidden pungent roots) and meat are not used in temple food. However, in Myanmar, temple food is no different from or daily food. The difference between Korea and Myanmar’s temple food is in mendicity, or the practice of begging for alms. In Myanmar, the livelihood of monks still depends entirely on almsgiving. The monks have breakfast at 6 AM, lunch at 11 AM, and strictly maintain their fast in between. After lunch, they only drink water. In Korea, there is a widespread belief that monks should not eat meat. But in fact, Buddha never forbade people from eating meat. In Myanmar, the ritual of mendicity established since the time of Buddha is considered very important. The most sacred precept is the one that forbids monks from choosing between or refusing foods donated by believers. If followers only gave them meat, the monks had to eat it because they were unable to refuse it. So if you go to Myanmar, don’t be surprised to see the monks eating meat, as they shouldn't refuse the dedicated heart of the follower who gave the meat to them. In fact, Buddha’s teachings also state that five pure meats can be eaten. These include meats that were slaughtered without being seen or heard meats not purposely slaughtered for the eater, meats of animals that died naturally, and meat from birds. In other words, monks don’t necessarily eat differently from the general public. They eat what the followers themselves eat, and live with gratitude in their hearts for the offerings. In my early 20s, when I went on a backpacking trip to Myanmar, I was so hungry that I asked for food at a temple. I still remember how a monk, who sympathized that a girl from abroad was starving, gave me a piece of fried fish that he had received from the alms bowl. How grateful must they be for the followers, as they live their entire lives eating the food that is offered to them? Perhaps the temple food in Myanmar gives us food for thought as well, in this age of greed.
“I loved being enlightened by Buddhism!” Special Feature “I loved being enlightened by Buddhism!” INTERVIEW “I loved being enlightened by Buddhism!” Nittaya Thongphaeng, a sophomore in Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University Countries such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and VietNam are part of the Buddhist cultural sphere. Nittaya came from Thailand to Korea to train herself and study Korean Buddhism. We spoke with her about the future she dreams of, where everyone could be happy by learning from Buddhist teachings. Hello. Please say hi to the readers of the ASEAN Culture House Monthly. Hello. I’m Nittaya, an international student from Thailand. I am a sophomore in Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University, and I am studying Theravada Buddhism, which I learned about in Thailand, along with Seon Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism, which is practiced in Korea. What makes Buddhism interesting to you? To me, it’s the teachings of the Buddha. The focus of histeaching is that we must train ourselves. Even if somebody else tells you the ending, you need to realize the truth and practice it on your own. I found it fascinating that you can achieve enlightenment if you train very hard like the Buddha. So what is your favorite aspect of Buddhist culture? My favorite element in the Buddhist culture are temple stays. Staying at a temple is like giving yourself a reward because you are getting away from a busy routine to relax in a quiet, spiritually rich temple and are able to enjoy a slow life. I really enjoy these moments. I can also observe and learn a lot about Buddhist culture, so it’s a joy to stay at temples. What are your future goals? After I finish my undergraduate studies, I want to go to graduate school. My goal is to help the monks as I study and join them in building a Thai temple in Korea. I am also interested in meditation, so I always practice it. I want to help build a meditation center for Koreans and Thais living in Korea. If I could help other people meditate every day, it would make all of us happy. I believe everyone in the world is connected to each other, and I hope those around me are happy with me every day.
Miss traveling to Southeast Asia?Films that evoke memories of ASEAN countries Special Feature Miss traveling to Southeast Asia?Films that evoke memories of ASEAN countries EXPLORE Miss traveling to Southeast Asia? Films that evoke memories of ASEAN countriesBy _Kim Si-eun, CEO of ASEAN Lab Before the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN countries were the most visited destination for Koreans, with over 10 million tourists visiting the region in 2019.In other words, these are some of the places that Koreans yearn for the most. If you’re feeling nostalgic for Southeast Asia because you haven’t been able to visit the region for a while, why not try watching films that showcase the appeal of ASEAN? The first film I want to introduce is “Eat Pray Love,” starring Julia Roberts. It will make you crave travel not just to ASEAN, but all over the world. A New Yorker who seems to have a perfect life takes off to find her true self as she “eats” in Italy, “prays” in India, and “loves” in Bali, Indonesia. The beginning and the end of the film are set in Bali, where her love story takes place. It’s the perfect location for a story that starts with her confusion and concludes with the discovery of true happiness. While “Eat Pray Love” is about healing and introspection, my second recommendation, “Crazy Rich Asians,” will invite you to a delightful party. Rachel, who lives in New York, joins her super-rich boyfriend, Nick, on a trip to Singapore, where his best friend is getting married. The film features various tourist attractions, fancy parties, and extravagant food for the lavish wedding. It’s also satisfying to watch the dramatic scenes where Rachel confronts class differences with confidence. Overall, the movie presents a pleasant viewing experience throughout Rachel’s journey. While the two films above focus on one location, the Thai film “Friend Zone”offers glimpses of multiple countries in Southeast Asia. The main narrative tackles auniversal question: is it possible for men and women to be friends? This theme might seem unrelated to travel, but the movie takes you across the historical sites and beautiful nature of the ASEAN region. The female lead suspects that her boyfriend is having an affair and takes her male friend along to spy on him as he travels widely to record commercial music. Don’t miss the amazing spots show cased in the film, which almost seems like a promotional video for the ASEAN region. You’ll see urban settings; Krabi, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Shwedagon Pagodain Yangon, Myanmar.
Good luck came to the woodcutter who didn’t lie. The reward for being honest and selfless Special Feature Good luck came to the woodcutter who didn’t lie. The reward for being honest and selfless IN CURATION Good luck came to the woodcutter who didn’t lie. The reward for being honest and selfless “The Golden Axe and the Silver Axe” is a Korean fairy tale with a lesson of hope: good fortune may come to you by leading an honest life. A fairy tale in Indonesia called “The Gift of Dedari” has a similar message. Did the woodcutter find his ax in the Indonesian version of the story? Indonesian Folk tale, “The Gift of Dedari” Once upon a time, Rentzod, a good-natured woodcutter, lived with his six children on the edge of a forest. He made a living by selling firewood at the market. But selling wood didn't make enough money for a large house. Because his big family couldn't live in a small house together, they had to live scattered from one another. One day, the woodcutter went to work by a river. While stretching before he started, he accidentally threw his axe into the river. A fairy named Dedari appeared and said she would help. She went into the river and came out with a golden axe and a silver axe. She asked the woodcutter, “Which axe is yours?” The woodcutter told her honestly that neither was his, and he returned home without finding his axe. Impressed by his honesty and good nature, the fairy left the golden and silver axes as a gift in front of the woodcutter’s house. He could finally live with his children in a large house. “The Gift of Dedari” teaches us that if you live honestly without being greedy, you may be blessed one day. Though the details about the characters are slightly different, it essentially tells the same story as the Korean story, “The Golden Axe and the Silver Axe.” When you face difficulties in life, it might be tempting to go the wrong way. It’s easy to think, “This wouldn't be too bad,” or, “I'll just do it this one time.” But just as the woodcutter overcame this temptation and honestly told the fairy that the silver and golden axes weren't his, I hope that children Korea and ASEAN will grow up with integrity and without being greedy over what others might have.
Indonesia, the First Beneficiary of Western Art Special Feature Indonesia, the First Beneficiary of Western Art ASEAN GALLERY Indonesia, the First Beneficiary of Western Art By _ JeongEun-gyeong, CEO of EK Art Gallery Painters from Europe introduced oil painting techniques in Indonesia early on during the country’s 360-year Dutch colonial rule. To date, the center of European art education in the country is Bandung, which serves as the hub for international modern art. Bandung is located on a plateau located two hours from Jakarta and has a relatively cool climate. It is home to the Indonesian School of Art, national and public art museums, and artists’ workshops. Along with Bandung, the integral art cities in Indonesia are Jakarta and Bali. Another great art city is Yogyakarta, which hosts Indonesia’s Biennial Art Jog. Bandung’s art is international, whereas local and folk art are centered in Bali, with Jakarta falling somewhere in between. Contemporary art is mostly produced in Bandung and Yogyakarta, and consumed in Jakarta. Bali is an art city in its own right, with infrastructure for both art consumption and production. Jakarta, the capital, has a concentration of big galleries and organizes large-scale art fairs. Art Jakarta, previously known as Bazaar Art Jakarta, is Indonesia’s leading art fair. It has been held in Jakarta every August since 2009. Art Jakarta is centered around local art and domestic artists. On the other hand, Art Stage Jakarta, a latecomer among the fairs, is a more international event. Art Stage Jakarta began in August 2016. With a larger scale than Art Bazaar, it captivated the eyes of demanding collectors by featuring highly prestigious galleries from abroad. Indonesia frequently has art exchanges with neighboring Singapore. A large group of well-funded Singaporean galleries has exclusive contracts with Indonesian artists for their global business. Indonesian contemporary art is not yet well known in Korea, but I look forward to more exchanges between the two countries.
A delicious encounter between European & ASEAN cuisine Khoa jee, the Laotian sandwich that rose from the ashes of history Special Feature A delicious encounter between European & ASEAN cuisine Khoa jee, the Laotian sandwich that rose from the ashes of history TASTY ASEAN A delicious encounter between European & ASEAN cuisine Khoa jee, the Laotian sandwich that rose from the ashes of history ▶ ASEAN CULTURE HOUSE YouTube estiges of European colonialism are still evident in ASEAN countries. Remarkably, many of these countries have embraced such remnants of the painful past and brought them into their own culture. In Laos, khaojee is one such example of this process. Because Laos was under French colonial rule for a long time, influences of French culture remain throughout Laotian food, clothing, and architecture. French foods such as wine, coffee, and bread can be easily found on the streets of Laos. While not a common sight in other Southeast Asian countries, it’s easy to see baguette sandwiches being sold on the streets of Laos. Buying and selling French baguettes has become a normal routine in this country, and this is everyday food for Laotians.Khao jee sandwiches are one type of these Laotian sandwiches made with baguette-a spicy and hearty meal with fish pâté, cabbage, pickles, and pork. If you want to try one at home, scan the QR code for an easy recipe. This will direct you to a recipe video at the ASEAN Culture House’s YouTube channel.

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