Korean is the official language of North and South Korea and there are currently about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. Korean has a unique script called Han'g l, developed in the fifteenth century at the order of the king. It is a highly sophisticated alphabet that is remarkably easy to learn. As Australia's future is increasingly tied to the countries in Asia, the importance of a language such as Korean will continue to grow. Knowledge of Korean is not only invaluable for understanding Korean society and culture but it is also a skill valued in a wide range of professions, both in Australia and internationally.
Savour a “taste” of Korean in this hour-long class and find out how it can enrich your degree at ANU!
Since obtaining his PhD in musicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Dr Roald Maliangkaij has expanded the scope of his research to include popular entertainment. Fascinated by the mechanics of cultural policy and the convergence of major cultural phenomena, he analyses Korea's cultural industries and consumption from the early twentieth century to the present. While always foregrounding the perspective of individuals, and consumers in particular, he publishes widely on broad developments in Korean folk and popular entertainment.