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a picture diary ACH News a picture diary ACH REVIEW a picture diary By_Kim Ju-won, Grade 3, Class 3, Haesong Elementary School Today's Journal Entry Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Together with my teacher and school friends, I finally visited the ASEAN Culture House, a place I had only passed by before. We entered the first floor, wrote our names in the guest book, and started looking around. The ASEAN Culture House is about10 member states, including interesting countries such as Brunei Darussalam. When they introduced VietNam, I remembered the time when I had traveled there with my parents. People would shout “30,000 dong, 40,000 dong,” and show me a toy. That's when I smelled something good. I paid close attention and thought it was chocolate, my favorite. But the docent showed me coffee beans instead. How come the coffee beans smell like chocolate? No wonder my dad drinks coffee every day! The docent told us interesting stories about the religions of Southeast Asian countries. Myths are always fun. They also gave me a percussion instrument as a gift. It looked like a rattle that my little brother plays with, so I gave it to him as a gift when I came home. He's been shaking it noisily all day. I better hide it from him.
Class Trip to the ASEAN Culture House ACH News Class Trip to the ASEAN Culture House ACH REVIEW Class Trip to the ASEAN Culture House By_Hwang Gi-do, Teacher, Grade 3, Class 3, Haesong Elementary School Recently, my class went to the ASEAN Culture House for a field trip. We walked through a street lined with king cherry trees and metasequoias like a tunnel. At the entrance, we took a group photo in front of a jeepney, a bus from the Philippines. Then, an instructor at the venue led us up to the seminar room on the second floor. First, we learned about ASEAN countries and painted key chains in the shape of chut thai, the traditional Thai attire. After that, we were divided into groups and viewed two exhibitions. For the field trip, our plan was to see the special exhibition on the first floor and the permanent exhibition on the second floor under the guidance of a docent. On the first floor, we saw an exhibition called “Tea Time & Coffee Break.”Photographs of landscapes printed with pigments extracted from tea leaves and installation art about coffee and tea time may have been a little difficult to understand for third graders. Still, they figured them out and enjoyed them with children's own imagination. In the permanent exhibition hall on the second floor, we saw various exhibits from ASEAN countries. I thought of Southeast Asia as one of the most popular travel destinations for summer holidays, but our docent showed us a completely different world. Looking at the exhibits in person and learning about the myths, religions, cultures, and traditions of ASEAN countries gave us an opportunity to see these Southeast Asian countries, which I had merely considered a place for vacations, in a new light. The ASEAN Culture House is a place of learning for a wide range of audiences, from elementary school students to adults. It's also great for families and schools. For a more in-depth experience, I would recommend going with a smaller grouprather than a whole grade of students.
ACH Events of the Month​​​ ACH News ACH Events of the Month​​​ 2022.03.11 - 2022.06.19 Tea time & Coffee Break Special Exbition Room(1st floor) 2022. 06. 14.~ 11,12,18,19. ASEAN Odyssey: ASEAN-Themed Film Screenings Auditorium 4th Floor 2022.03.21 - 2022.06.18 ASEAN Language Course in Spring 2022 ACH, Busan University of Foreign Studies 2022.05.20 - 2022.07.30 ASEAN Cooking Class in Spring 2022 ACH 2022.06.25 - 2022.06.26 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)
National pride plays a major role in international sports competitions Special Feature National pride plays a major role in international sports competitions COVER STORY National pride plays a major role in international sports competitions By_Lee Hyuk, 4th Secretary General of the ASEAN- Korea Centre National pride plays a major role in international sports competitions, especially when it comes to football tournaments. Countries around the world invest heavily into a variety of sports, and athletes commonly take particular pride in representing their countries. Traditional football powerhouses in Europe and South America also have world-class professional leagues, with fan communities around the world. In November of this year, the FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar, and the South Korean team achieved the feat of qualifying for the World Cup for the tenth consecutive time. VietNam, currently managed by Park Hang-seo, did their best in the Asian qualifiers, but unfortunately, they did not win a ticket to Qatar. As a matter of fact, thus far, no ASEAN country has ever qualified for the World Cup finals. Still, ASEAN footballers show off their skills at the biennial AFF Suzuki Cup, held by the ASEAN Football Federation. ASEAN football players and their fans are just as passionate as those of well-known football nations. With such high interest, I am confident that one or more of the ASEAN countries will soon enough be able to shine at the World Cup finals. The contents of all articles may differ from the editorial direction of the ASEAN Culture House Monthly.
ASEAN’s Dream for the World Cup Special Feature ASEAN’s Dream for the World Cup COLUMN ASEAN’s Dream for the World Cup By_ Lee Hyuk, 4th Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre In the 2022 FIFA rankings, South Korea is ranked 29th, Japan 23rd, and China 77th. Of the 10 ASEAN countries, only VietNam (96th) is ranked within the top 100, and Thailand, traditionally the strongest of the ASEAN nations, is currently No. 111. However, it is worth noting that VietNam bested Thailand to advance to the final qualifier in the Asian region. The success is in no small part thanks to Park Hang-seo. In 2017, when I was serving as Korean ambassador to Viet Nam, Park became the head coach of the Vietnamese national team. Under his leadership, the team achieved impressive results, such as winning the ASEAN Cup, which turned Park into a hero in VietNam. When VietNam bested Thailand and reached the final regional qualifier in Asia, the Thai team was helmed by Nishino Akira, a former player and head coach of the Japanese national team. Therefore, matches between Coach Park’s VietNam side and Coach Nishino’s Thailand team somewhat resembled a match between Korea and Japan, making the fact that VietNam, rather than Thailand, advanced to the next round all the more meaningful. The “hallyu”of football, sparked by Coach Park, is creating a big splash in ASEAN. In his footsteps, Shin Tae-yong is currently leading the Indonesian team and Kim Pan-gon is heading the Malaysian side. It goes without saying that Son Heung-min has long been a superstar of the football-loving ASEAN people. His popularity helped trigger the fervor for learning Korean-style football. The day will surely come when ASEAN countries’football teams qualify for the World Cup. With their passion for football, the players’desire for new achievements, and ground breaking programs training excellent players, I am sure that before long, ASEAN countries will excel, and the seeds for that future are sown all over the ASEAN region by Korean coaches.
“I came to Korea for my love for football” ĐỗAnh Văn, 3rd year, Dept. of Football Science, Honam University Special Feature “I came to Korea for my love for football” ĐỗAnh Văn, 3rd year, Dept. of Football Science, Honam University INTERVIEW “I came to Korea for my love for football” ĐỗAnh Văn, 3rd year, Dept. of Football Science, Honam University The “Park Hang-seo syndrome”emerged in 2018, with VietNam finishing second in the AFC U-23 Championship. The Vietnamese people’s love for and interest in football exploded at this time. ĐỗAnh Văn, a passionate student at the Department of Football Science at Honam University in Gwangju, came to Korea to learn more about football. We talked with him about his dream of taking Vietnamese football to the next level. Hello. Please say hi to the readers of the ASEAN Culture House Monthly. Hello. I’m ĐỗAnhVăn, an international student from VietNam. At the Department of Football Science at Honam University, I am studying numerous aspects of football, from marketing and English football terms to football basicsand exercises used in actual football players’training. How did you decide to study football in Korea? To my knowledge, universities in VietNam do not have football science departments. In 2018, after watching the Vietnamese team, led by Coach Park Hang-seo, play in the final of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup, I started dreaming about working for the VietNam Football Federation. After researching universities with football science departments, I decided to study in Korea. Last year, Viet Nam made history by reaching the third round of the AFC qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. As a football science major, what did you think of this achievement? As someone who studies and loves football, I first checked out the formation, who the starters were, how the lines were selected, and who the opposing teams were. It was exciting to guess how the team would play depending on the formation. South Koreans love to drink beer and eat fried chicken while watching football games. Is there a particular way how Vietnamese people enjoy football? In VietNam, we watch football at cafés and restaurants and cheer for the team together. When the national football team wins, people ride their motorcycles and sing rally songs while waving photos of Park Hang-seo and the Korean flag. Could you tell us about your future goals? After graduation, I hope to gain experience in the Korean football scene, obtain a license, and return to VietNam. My ultimate dream and goal are to advance football in VietNam.
The Only Divorce-Free Country in the World: Marriage Culture in the Philippines Special Feature The Only Divorce-Free Country in the World: Marriage Culture in the Philippines EXPLORE The Only Divorce-Free Country in the World: Marriage Culture in the PhilippinesBy_Kim Si-eun, CEO of ASEAN Lab It is a blessing to live in a happy marriage without needing to get a divorce. But what do you do if the law prohibits divorce? It may sound improbable, but there is a country that bans divorce: the Philippines. To be exact, both Vatican City and the Philippines prohibit divorce. But considering Vatican City’s peculiarity as a theocracy, the Philippines are often referred to as the only nation that forbids divorce. Exceptions are only being made for the country’s Muslim minority and for marriages where the husband is Muslim and the marriage was celebrated under Muslim rites, as well as in some cases where one of the spouses is of foreign nationality. However, the law applying to the vast majority of the population, of which more than 80% follow the Catholic faith, prohibits divorce, as Catholicism does not recognize the concept of divorce. Philippine law does not provide for divorce inside the country since 1954, and it remains the only member state of the United Nations without legal provision for divorce. Unlike in Korea, marriages in the Philippines are not concluded through a simple administrative procedure. There is a licensing system that requires grooms and brides to obtain marriage certificates in advance in order to be able to book their wedding venues. To obtain this certificate, one must provide a number of documents, including birth certificates and a so-called “Certificate of No Impediment For Marriage,”and receive marriage-related counseling. Bridal couples are also required to take seminars on family planning and responsible parenting. On top of all the necessary preparations for a wedding, they need to undergo this admin is tractive or deal in order to eventually obtain their marriage license. Getting a divorce, however, is even more difficult than getting married; in fact, it is nearly impossible. Does that mean that people in the Philippines live together forever without ever getting separated? Of course not. For starters, instead of a divorce, you can file for an annulment of your marriage. In other words, you need to invalidate the fact that you were married. It requires a solid reason, takes more than one year, and costs at least 5 million won—prohibitive costs for people with fewer means. However, once this annulment process is completed, you can return to the state of being unmarried. As both marriage and divorce are challenging, many Philippine couples choose to live together without marrying. It is also common for married couples wanting to break up to live apart or meet new partners without getting a legal divorce. Due to the stronghold of Catholicism in the country, abortionsare also prohibited. As a result, over half of all Philippine children are born out of wedlock. On the upside, because so many women are single mothers, they experience less discrimination and greater acceptance in Philippine society, although challenges remain.As such, conservative and liberal aspects coexist in the complex marriage culture of the Philippines. However, the wind has started blowing in favor of changing the country’s divorce laws. With a new president soon in office, perhaps the Philippines may pave the way for its citizens to get legally divorced.
Performing Childhood Nostalgia:  Sbek Thom, Cambodia's Traditional Shadow Theatre Special Feature Performing Childhood Nostalgia: Sbek Thom, Cambodia's Traditional Shadow Theatre IN CURATION Performing Childhood Nostalgia: Sbek Thom, Cambodia's Traditional Shadow Theatre To this day, I still cherish the memories of puppet shows I saw with my parents when I was little. Cambodian people also experience such nostalgia when they reminisce about having watched shadow theater performances, called Sbek Thom, which originated in ancient times. Lessons About the Value of Life Sbek Thom is performed at night in paddy fields, around the tower of a Buddhist temple, or in the yard. A white cloth screen is installed between two bamboo poles, and coconut shells are burned behind it to illuminate the stage. The show begins when the shadow of a puppet is reflected on the screen. The puppets, made of 2m-long bamboosticks, cotton, thread, and leather, almost resemble traditional Korean puppets. In the past, Sbek Thom was performed only three to four times a year to celebrate the birthdays of the royals and nobles or honor celebrities. An art form requiring a lot of time and dedication, this traditional Khmer show, dating back to the Angkorian period(802-1431),is well-known worldwide. In 2005, it was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The puppets used in the performance are made of a single sheet of cowhide. Though animal skins are used for them, it does not necessarily violate animal protection laws. The cowhide used in Sbek Thom performances only comes from cows that died naturally and were not killed for this purpose. The masters who make leather puppets consider the material sacred and pay respects accordingly. While producing puppets, they wear only white clothes and never drink alcohol. The people behind Sbek Thom truly understand how to appreciate animals. Although the number of Sbek Thom shows had to be significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the beautiful tradition of these performances, created by people's sweat and devotion, lives on. There is a shadow theater similar to Sbek Thom in Korea called Manseokjung Nori, a form of shadow show that started in the Goryeo period(918-1392). Anyone could watch and enjoy these performances, held at Buddhist temples or people's homes, which celebrated the birth of the Buddha. It was apuppet show performed in mime without dialogue, narration, or songs, which entertained people of all classes, including those who were illiterate. Both Sbek Thom and Manseokjung Nori are precious cultural heritages. It is our duty to preserve such assets intact and pass them on to our descendants.
Philippine’s Rise in the Asian Art Market Special Feature Philippine’s Rise in the Asian Art Market ASEAN GALLERY Philippine’s Rise in the Asian Art Market By_ JeongEun-gyeong, CEO of EK Art Gallery After 333 years (1565–1898) under Spanish rule, art in the Philippines was heavily influenced by Spanish oil painting techniques in form and Catholicism in theme. During the American colonization (1898–1946), the country was also affected by US capitalism. In the past, the Philippines used to be the richest country in Asia. But due to casualties in the Pacific War (1941–1945), the rise of strong anti-US sentiment following the country’sindependence, politicians’corruption, and the resulting extreme gap between the rich and poor, the Philippine economy deteriorated and hasyet to fully recover. Meanwhile, this experience of political and social instability and economic inequality has inspired the nation’s contemporary artists. They began expressing themselves in depictions that chronicle or protest against the absurdities they face as individuals in Philippine society. The country boasts many art schools and internationally renowned artists, but the art market is still limited in size. To foster the commercial growth of the market, galleries have taken the initiative to organize international art fairs and arrange collaborative exhibitions between local art museums and overseas art institutions. Two particularly prestigious international art fairs are held every year in Metro Manila, the seat of the country’s government. In February, Art Fair Philippines is held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati, and in October, Manil ART is held at the SMX Aura Convention Center on Bonifacio High Street in Taguig. Although they are smaller in size compared to the Korea International Art Fair(KIAF) and Art Busan in South Korea, the sales are quite impressive, and a couple of Korean galleries have also been joining the events. Major participating art museums include the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the PintôArt Museum in Antipolo, east of Manila.
Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s National Heritage: Convenience and Nutrition in a Meal Special Feature Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s National Heritage: Convenience and Nutrition in a Meal TASTY ASEAN Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s National Heritage: Convenience and Nutrition in a Meal ▶ ASEAN CULTURE HOUSE YouTube Toast, corn dogs, and bungeoppang are some of the most beloved street foods in Korea. In Malaysia, a equally beloved street food is called nasi lemak. Thanks to its wide popularity among Malaysians, it was recognized by the country’s Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage as a national heritage in 2009. Nasi Lemak is a rice dish served with an assortment of toppings such as fried chicken, fried anchovies, various vegetables, and sambal sauce. The secret to the nutty and mild taste of the rice is adding coconut milk as you cook it. Because it is easy to eat anywhere and at any time, you can often find people eating it at bus terminals and street stalls. Malaysians like to visit their favorite vendors in the morning and enjoy nasi lemak for breakfast. If you want to know more about this simple meal with delicious rice and toppings of your choice, scan the QR code for the recipe. It directs you to a recipe video at the ASEAN Culture House’s YouTube channel.

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