CENTER FOR KOREAN STUDIES
"Daejanggeum" has spurred an interest in court cuisine.
Korean drama takes spotlight
If the drama, romance and intrigue of Korean serials have you hooked, consider immersing yourself in the background of it all at a free symposium taking place at the University of Hawaii's Center for Korean Studies.
The highlight will be an all-day program Friday examining the historical drama "Daejanggeum." Also called "The Jewel in the Palace," the series set ratings records in Korea in 2003 and 2004.
The series, centered on a woman, Jang-geum, who served as head physician to the king during the Choson Dynasty, propelled new interest in traditional clothing, herbal medicine and Korean court cuisine. There's even a "Daejanggeum" theme park, opened in 2004.
Korean actor Im Ho, who plays the king, costume designers and representatives of the producer will attend the symposium Friday. The Chung-Ang University Culture Band will perform the show's soundtrack.
Also part of the symposium are Peace Day events on Thursday, which include screenings of the documentary "The Game of Their Lives," about the North Korean soccer team's 1966 victory over Italy; and the comedy "A Bold Family," starring Kim Soo-Ro, Gam Woo-Sung and Shin Goo, considered the father figure in Korean cinema.
Free cooking demonstration: 6 to 9 p.m., Center for Korean Studies, with chef Sun-young Chang Lee, a specialist in Choson-dynasty cooking,
Peace Day: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Center for Korean Studies. Events include music performance (5:30 p.m.), screening of "The Game of Their Lives" (6 p.m.) and "A Bold Family" (7:30 p.m.), plus a Korean Graduate Student Association Forum (9 p.m.)
"Daejanggeum" symposium: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Center for Korean Studies. Highlights: appearance by star Im Ho (10:30 a.m.), presentation by Tom Larsen on his English DVD version of the show (1:30 p.m.)