Tracy Beattie

Tracy Beattie's introduction to Korean came during her early years of high school, although she didn't learn it in class. Rather, the language was chirped in bubble-gum harmonies by a super group busting shoulder shuffles.

"It was year 8 or year 9. I was dragged by friends to watch some K-pop videos – and I've been hooked since," she said.

Tracy, who is completing her Bachelor of International Security Studies/Laws, studies Korean in fulfilment of her languages minor. Born in Thailand and fluent in Thai, she also took Vietnamese during her first two years of study at ANU.

"I've always been interested in international relations and diplomacy, so I think choosing to include languages as a minor is very helpful," said Tracy, who is a member of the ANU Korean Pop Culture Club.

"My passion for Korean began with my love of K-pop and Korean culture, so it's been great to learn more about the language and country."

ANU students learn the foundations of Korean including grammar, reading and writing in lectures, while tutorials typically focus on oral language skills. The program also includes courses on history and culture from colonialism right through to modern "soft power" influences.

"It really does broaden your horizons and opens new worlds to you: new cultures, new insights, new people. It's just such a good feeling being able to understand people from another culture and society," said Tracy.

With her language skills and knowledge of international relations, Tracy hopes to one day work in Asia as either a diplomat or interpreter.

She noted the current international security climate means it is "a prime time to be learning Korean", especially given Australia's important role in maintaining regional stability.

Tracy has applied to study in Seoul in 2018 as a New Colombo Plan scholar.

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Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team