The University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies welcomes the community to our second fully virtual celebration of Korean Thanksgiving! Join us online for a week filled with exciting live events.
We will also have an interactive 'Chuseok Dae Party' Website released on Sunday, September 19, 2021 where anyone can go to learn about Chuseok, find recipes for popular holiday dishes, learn directions for traditional games, and download lists of materials for crafts you can make at home!
Be sure to share pictures of your Virtual Chuseok Dae Party 2021 activities using the hashtag #umichuseok2021 and like us on Facebook!
September 19, 3-4pm
Yoon Se-Ri (Son Ye-Jin) is an heiress to a conglomerate in South Korea. One day while paragliding, an accident caused by strong winds leads Yoon Se-Ri to make an emergency landing in North Korea. There, she meets Ri Jeong-Hyeok (Hyun-Bin), who is a North Korean army officer. Does he decide to turn her in? Join the party to find out! We’ll be pointing out some interesting cultural aspects in the chat during the drama episode. Grab a blanket and some popcorn!
September 20, 6-7pm
Tired of sitting around at home as the weather gets cooler? Get moving with the Nam Center's Taekwondo Workshop as part of our Virtual Chuseok Dae Party 2021! Instructor Alicia Wang will guide participants through the Taegeuk Il Jang, the first of eight taekwondo forms. Alicia is a 2nd dan black belt with 8 years of experience in Taekwondo. She also serves as a co-leader of the Michigan Taekwondo Demonstration Team.
The University of Michigan Tae-Kwon-Do Club (UMTDK) was founded in 1964, making it the oldest martial arts club on campus. The club competes at tournaments in the Eastern Collegiate Tae-Kwon-Do Conference against other collegiate programs.
September 21, 6-7pm
Turn up the music with the Nam Center for Korean Studies for a K-Pop Dance Tutorial as part of our Virtual Chuseok Dae Party 2021! Leaders from Konnect [K-Pop Dance Group] will teach participants the moves to “Boom” by NCT Dream.
Konnect is a co-ed K-pop dance group whose mission is to create an inclusive community for those interested in learning K-pop dance by holding weekly tutorials and creating a subunit that performs at various events around campus.
September 22, 7-8pm
Join Eunjae Cheon and Andrea Yun for crafts, songs and stories in Korean!
We will also make a Chuseok Gift Set craft together!
You will need:
-Download & Print the Chuseok Gift Set PDF file
-A Small Empty Box to display your “items”
Eunjae is a teacher for the Korean School of Ann Arbor and Andrea is a classical cellist and teaches cello privately out of her home.
September 23, 8-9pm
Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, it tells the story of Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who becomes embroiled in a coup/political conspiracy and is forced to embark upon a mission to investigate the spread of a mysterious undead plague that has beset the current emperor and the country's southern provinces. We’ll be pointing out some interesting cultural aspects in the chat during the drama episode. Grab a blanket and some popcorn!
September 24, 7-8pm
We’re hosting a very special Keynote event this year featuring Tae Keller, author of When You Trap A Tiger, Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal! Tae will perform a reading of the book followed by a question and answer session. We encourage you to check out her website and read her “Author’s Note” and “Guide to Mythology in When You Trap A Tiger.”
Tae Keller grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she subsisted on kimchi, purple rice, and stories. Now, she writes about biracial girls trying to find their voices, and lives in Seattle with her husband and a multitude of books.
When You Trap A Tiger Synopsis:
Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.
Some stories refuse to stay bottled up…
When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal–return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice…and the courage to face a tiger.