• Event
  • Vietnam

Essay Contests on Korean Literature for Overseas Readers

  • Event Code
  • Country
  • City
    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh
  • Period
    11/23/2016 to 11/26/2016
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On the occasion of the prize giving ceremony for the 11th Vietnam Korean Literature Essay Competition, the Ministry for Culture, Sport and Tourism (Minister Cho Yoonsun) and LTI Korea (President Kim Seong-kon) held Korean literature events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The first Korean literature event, held at 9:30am on the 23rd November in a room on the 2nd floor or building H in the University of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam National University Hanoi, had around 100 people in attendance including students and professors of the university and translators of Korean into Vietnamese. The event began with a talk given by Hwang Sun-mi on her literary works and the hidden stories in The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. The translator of this work into Vietnamese, Professor Nguyen Thi Thu Van (Department of Foreign Languages, Vietnam National University, Hanoi), and veteran translator of Korean literature into Vietnamese, Le Dang Hoan, also participated, making the event even more meaningful.

Author Hwang Sun-mi responded to the clear enthusiasm of the students, who concentrated and participated actively in the Korean literature talk, question-and-answer session and quiz game, with her sincere lecture and earnest answers to questions from the audience.

At 9:30am the next day another Korean literature event was held at The Coffee House in the Hoan Kiem area of Hanoi, jointly hosted by Vietnamese publishing company Nhanam and LTI Korea. With around eighty readers and journalists in attendance, the event began with a performance of scenes from The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly given by eighth grade students at Ngo Sy Lien School. The event was compered by Ta Thanh Tan, a lecturer at Hanoi National University of Education, and Hwang Sun-mi was joined by Vietnamese children’s writer Le Phuong Lien.

From 9am to 12pm on the 26th November the awards ceremony for the 11th Vietnam Korean Literature Essay Competition, hosted jointly by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, and LTI Korea, was held at the Ho Chi Minh City General Sciences Library. Around one hundred people attended the event, including Korean Studies professors and students. There was a performance of traditional Vietnamese music given by one of the Korean Studies students and a group of students also gave a K-pop performance. As the work assigned for the essay competition was The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, the students in attendance were ever more excited to have the opportunity to meet with the author Hwang Sun-mi.

At 16:00 on the same day a Korean literature event starring Hwang Sun-mi took place in Nguyen Van Binh Bookstreet, Ho Chi Minh City, jointly hosted by Nhanam Publishing Company and LTI Korea. Tuyet Ahn, editor of the Worlds in Book program on channel FBNC was compere for the event, joined by Vietnamese writers Vo Dieu Thanh and Vu Thi Thu Hang. The event began with a cheeky performance of a scene from Hwang Sun-mi’s book The Bad Kid Stickers, and went on to a discussion among the participating writers about such topics as ‘animal worlds in children’s literature’ and ‘what are good ways of telling animal stories to children?’

These Korean literature events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were a great opportunity to meet Vietnamese readers and experience first-hand their strong interest in Korean literature including literature for children and young people. It was also a chance to confirm how much interest publishers and academic institutions that offer Korean Studies in Vietnam have in Korean literature and culture. To mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Korea next year, the LTI Korea is planning to make great efforts to cooperate with Vietnamese organizations and institutions to put on an even more varied and abundant array of Korean literature and cultural exchange events in 2017.

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