Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Giving a Voice: Using Photography as a Platform

Katie is an adoptee from Louisville, Kentucky and loves to tell stories, both verbally and through pictures.  After taking pictures of some friends in college, she quickly realized how fun it was to capture someone’s life experience in one picture.  So Yung Photography was quickly founded, soon after.  While working full-time during the day and completing her Masters in TESOL at night, she spent many weekends shooting anything from portraits, special events, to weddings.  Currently, she is a high school English teacher in Ilsan and is in the beginning process of starting a new project.

“Photographers of all levels are welcome to not only sit in on the discussion, but share and listen to ideas, vision, and projects.  Don’t be intimidated!  This will be great for those who are professionals and those who enjoy taking every-day pictures with a phone.”

She hopes participants are able to voice why they are drawn to photography and how it plays a part in their life.

“I hope participants can network, gain new friends, and hopefully collaborate in the near future.”

Katie is the founder of So Yung Photography

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Exploring Opportunities in Korea

Alyssa Perry is an adoptee from California. She came to Korea two years ago to teach English and to explore her Korean heritage. Prior to living in Korea, Alyssa worked as a media planner at global ad agency Grey, and freelanced for various publications such as the Santa Barbara Independent, Amplifier Music Magazine and FecalFace, covering topics including art and music.  Now in Korea, she is writing for a few publications including 10 Mag and Eloquence Magazine, focusing on international creative subjects.

“All are invited to this talk on shared insight on living in Korea and how to explore opportunities outside of teaching. I will talk about my experience writing for local and overseas publications while living here. I also plan to share my experiences living here as an adoptee and the adversity I have faced, but also the opportunities living here has brought.”

She hopes the workshop will broaden understanding of how to network and use resources in Korea to pursue individual hobbies and interests, and to give them a perspective as an adoptee living in Korea.

“I hope participants will have a good idea of how to get involved in activities and pursue creative and artistic ventures.”

Alyssa is currently freelancing for Eloquence Magazine and compiling her writings at Alyssa Perry’s Journal

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Live in the Moment: Theater Games and Exercises

Su-Yoon Ko worked as a stage actress and taiko performer before moving to Korea. She performed and taught acting, theater games, and taiko drumming at schools around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

“This workshop will consist of theater games and exercises. As children when we played, we just played. We lived in the moment. As we get older, we are taught to think before we act and some of our natural instincts are buried.  We can overthink things to the point of being paralyzed.”

She hopes that theater games and exercises designed to help get us back to being in the moment will help sharpen awareness and the ability to focus on multiple things at once.

“These skills can help anyone from those who are shy to those who would like to become more comfortable physically with speaking in public.  Plus, they are games- they’re fun!”

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Food Justice and Food Security in South Korea

Anders Riel Müller’s academic work is focused on the dynamics of the global food crisis, land grabbing and development ideologies. He is a PhD Candidate in International Development Studies at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University and the Danish Institute for International Studies.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental, Technological and Socio-economic planning from Roskilde University in Denmark.

“Korea is today the fifth-largest importer of food in the world. Since the 2007 world food crisis, the Korean government has supported Korean companies to go overseas for farming, while Korean family farmers have struggled to survive. Current and future free trade agreements (FTAs) are estimated to cost the Korean farmers trillions of KRW in lost revenue. Some farmer movements are now advocating food sovereignty as a new radical new model for achieving food security in contrast to overseas agricultural development, labeled by many observers as neo-colonialism.”

The purpose of the workshop is to have people reflect on the food we eat. How is it produced, by whom is it produced, where is it produced and under what conditions?

“I hope participants will reflect on why we eat the food we eat. Eating food is a political act that has significant implications for all of us in terms of health, environment, economy and social relations.”

Anders is a research fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (FoodFirst) and the Korea Policy Institute and an adviser to the Nordic Centre for Renewable Energy

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Observe yourself observing yourself, whilst you observe your self observing.

Kim is an interdisciplinary artist. She lived and worked as a full time writer/performer/poet/director and multi-media artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Seoul. She is the recipient of several grants for playwrighting, performance, and literature including the Jerome Travel Grant for Literature for 2008/2009. Her work appeared on stage at numerous theaters in Minneapolis between 2006-2009. She is under the mentorship of Laurie Carlos, an OBIE and Bessie award winning actress/playwright/director and grandmother of the the writing style known as “the jazz aesthetic.”

“Poetry/writing/performance begin from the place of observation. This workshop aims to help attendees find this point of beginning. It is based also on ‘Open Space Technology,’ which is used for brainstorming new ideas.”

She says art is not done in order to receive applause from the audience. Art begins with the artist and the artist must begin with a deep sense of honest awareness of their own lives and surroundings.

“I hope for people to walk away with a greater sense of awareness about themselves and the ‘mundane’ moments around them.”

Kim is the founder of Thursdays: an ibyang intercontinental poem-a-week project

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: B-boy/B-girl Dancing for Beginners

Veronique Mee Hee W. was born in Korea, and grew up in Luxembourg. In the early 2000s, she participated in a number of showcases and battles with her former crews including “Crazy Style” & “Beat The Rhythm.” She was named “Best B-Girl of the Year 2005” in Luxembourg and began to organize more b-boy events and workshops. Affiliated with Bboyworld and Challenge, she began to log the Streetdancers by camera. She is currently holding it down with Streetleaders, a non-profit organization to support local young dancers by teaching, offering workshops, jams etc.

“B-boys, b-girls and beginners are welcome to come work on their toprock by feeling the music. We will all try out footwork and freezes, step by step, and transitions in between.”

She hopes this workshop will be a taster course, and that people will share their passion for dance with others.

“I hope people enjoy the dance and try something new!”

Mee Hee is currently holding it down with Streetleaders

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Streamlining Your Startup

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee who returned to Korea in 2005 because he wanted to try to find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007 called Seoul Eats, which became a local and international hit. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications, a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. It is ranked as one of the top attractions in Seoul according to TripAdvisor.

“Come and learn more about more about how to create a focused identity that can zero in on search terms and that traditional media can easily identify with. Creating an identity for yourself and growing this beyond your social circle will enable you to use this to create sellable products. It is possible to use sweat equity (hard work) to create new products without spending a lot of money.”

He hopes that through the workshop, “Streamlining Your Startup: Focused Identities and Creative Advertising Through Blogging,” participants will gain insight into how to better use both traditional and new marketing to promote their causes, products, and careers.

“I hope participants will understand that marketing is important and that they can use it for the long term.”

Daniel’s is blogging at Seoul Eats and is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications