“I don’t know what they’re saying!”: Resolved with Flitto

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

OK, so you’re a Kpop fan who:

1. “Sings along” with Kpop songs (“sing along” = mostly hums, singing all of the English words and the occasional saranghae/su itge/mumcheo obso words or phrases that stand out…

2. Follows Kpop idols on social media even though you can barely read Hangul

3. Want to know what your Kpop idols are saying when they post to social media sites…

Well, KPK has discovered THE app/website for you:

Flitto!

Try Flitto to access translations of what your favorite Kpop artists are posting or saying on popular social media sites.
Try Flitto to access translations of what your favorite Kpop artists are posting on popular social media sites.

Flitto is a global language translation social media site. Users can join (for free!), pick their native language, and then follow people who post messages. Other users who can translate will transcribe any messages. And get this: sometimes the messages are not just in print! Super Junior-M’s Henry has posted recordings of his conversations with SHINee’s Taemin and EXO’s Xiumin. Below the recordings you’ll see the transcribed conversation in English (along with the Flitto user who transcribed the exchange).

Other Kpop Idols appearing on this awesome site include:

  • G-Dragon
  • Lee Minho
  • Kim Heechul
  • SHINee’s Onew, Jonghyun, and Key
  • Jay Park
  • Tablo

Is your idol there? Check out Flitto to finally understand all those messages they left for you!

Flitto is also available on Google Play and iTunes (cost: free!)

KPK’s Newest Member: Jessica!

KPK has a new member…..Jessica! She has joined KPK as a Compiler. Jessica’s favorite groups include Super Junior, Beast, 2PM, SHINee, FT Island, CN Blue, Big Bang, MBLAQ and Block B.  Find out about Jessica’s K-pop journey in her bio under KPK Members!

You, too, can be like Jessica by applying to be a Compiler for KPK!

Communities of Practice in Digital Humanities

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S

University of South Carolina Lancaster

Collaboration is an often-cited characteristic of Digital Humanities (DH) projects (Jӧttkandt 2008, Liu 2009; Honn & Morse 2013); however, does that collaboration signal something more? What kinds of relationships are created due to (or outside of) those projects? What other problems are solved as a result of shared work in DH projects? Perhaps some answers to these questions are found in the idea of communities of practice.

Communities of Practice

A simple graphic illustrating the dynamics of a Community of Practice (CoP). Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Main/Community+of+Practice
A simple graphic illustrating the dynamics of a Community of Practice (CoP). Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Main/Community+of+Practice

Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern, problem, or passion about a topic and who expand their knowledge in these areas by meeting periodically. When they meet, they discuss these concerns, bring questions to the group for insight, introduce and explore new ideas, and share what they have learned with others in the group (Wenger, McDermott and Synder 2002). The ongoing result of CoP is a process of collective education within the context of a shared goal, and that education helps the group improve and resolve issues within their domain of work (Wenger, n.d.).  CoPs also focus on or engage in:

  • common professional interests

  • problem resolution

  • knowledge discovery and sharing

  • assistance in practice

  • building or recognizing synergy and affinity

  • documentation

  • gap-filling

KPK as CoP

In the literature, CoP examples often are illustrated as belonging to the same profession or engaging in similar regular activities: a group of doctors, car thieves, or auto workers working in a manufacturing plant. In contrast, KPK members practice different professions (English professor vs. academic librarianship), but our shared identity as Kpop fans, common work environments (college campuses), similar professional activities (publishing, teaching and learning, service work) and topical concerns (Hallyu preservation and documentation) move us beyond our desire to collaborate on projects like KPOPIANA and bring us into a CoP.  I have found that the KPK CoP is a dual one: our interactions develop our collaborative KPK projects and positively impact our discrete work as college faculty, too.

What is Digital Humanities? All this and more! Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://dhpraxisf13.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/09/20/defining/
What is Digital Humanities? All this and more! Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://dhpraxisf13.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/09/20/defining/

Since DH is constantly changing, KPK members meet virtually and in-person as often as we can to discuss this evolution and how it affects our Hallyu preservation work. These discussions usually center around technology discovery (e.g, “What tools will help us…?”), protocol documentation (e.g. “How should we deal with…?”), and knowledge creation (e.g., “What should we know about…?”). In equal measure, we also are concerned with professional development, scholarship, and pedagogy. More often than not, we have found that many solutions for KPK concerns have also been applicable to our daily practice of teaching or librarianship.  As an example, Dr. Anderson and I originally used Screencast-O-Matic (a screen capture tool) to train KPK members in virtual environments; however, during many conversations about student engagement, we discovered that we were also using the tool in our independent areas of practice: Dr. Anderson uses Screencast-O-Matic to offer feedback to her students, while I use the tool to record best practices for information-seeking during research consultations with students and other faculty.

The Bigger Picture

As a CoP, KPK does not end with its current members. Because of the nature of our work, we are constantly seeking new insight from others who have lay and formal knowledge of Korean popular culture and best practices in DH. While we are a unique project, we want to learn what others are doing, what challenges they have experienced, and how they have overcome these challenges in the pursuit of scholarship and open access to information. We also are keen to collaborate with passionate individuals and groups who are committed to these principles, regardless of the subject matter.

Big Bang Welcome. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://kpoprightnow.tumblr.com/
Big Bang Welcome. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://kpoprightnow.tumblr.com/

KPK is more than a DH project: it’s a sounding board for the continuous improvement of higher education, a sandbox for pedagogy improvement, a town hall for voicing big ideas, and a warehouse for scholarly production. Our CoP interactions improve KPK’s operations and give us opportunities to enhance our larger academic networks. We take what we learn in our small group and apply that knowledge to training our colleagues, educating students, and increasing access to scholarly communication. In this way, we become progressive thought leaders on our respective campuses and (hopefully) positive influences on communities unknown to us in the first place.  Doesn’t that make for an improved community overall? I think so.

Sources

Honn, J. & Morse, G. (2013). Digital humanities (101). Retrieved May 11, 2013 from http://acrl.ala.org/dh/2013/03/27/digital-humanities-101/

Jӧttkandt, S. (2008). Free/Libre scholarship: Open humanities press. Retrieved from http://openhumanitiespress.org/Jottkandt-03-april-08-Irvine-talk.pdf

Liu, A. (2009). Digital humanities and academic change. English Language Notes, 47(1), 17 – 35.

Wenger, Etienne, McDermott, Richard A., & Snyder, William. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: A guide to managing knowledge. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Wenger, Etienne. (n.d.). Communities of practice: a brief introduction. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/11736/A%20brief%20introduction%20to%20CoP.pdf?sequence=1

Also of Note: The Journal of Digital Humanities’ latest issue focuses on CoPs in the field.

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Jewelry: Diamonds Hanging Tough

Jewelry, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1462.
Jewelry, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1462.

Girl group Jewelry was formed by Star Empire Entertainment in the spring of 2001, consisting of four members Park Jung Ah, Lee Ji Hyun, Jung Yoo Jin, and Jun Eun Mi. The group has gone through several member changes, including tenure by Seo In Young (Elly). . . .

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!

Jaurim: Raining Down With Rock

Jaurim, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1490.
Jaurim, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1490.

Korean rock group Jaurim (Purple Rain Forest) includes members Kim Yoon Ah, Kim Jin Man, Goo Tae Hoon, and Lee Sun Kyu. Before their breakout song “Hey Hey Hey” in 1997, Jaurim was well-known in South Korea’s independent music circles. Jaurim’s albums have been produced under the Soundholic Entertainment label, which is owned by Goo Tae Hoon. . . .Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on K-pop.

 

Young Turks Club: A Boy’s Legacy

Young Turks Club, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1526.
Young Turks Club, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1526.

Young Turks Club (YTC) is the brainchild of former Seo Taiji and the Boys’ member Lee Juno, who began his own entertainment company after his group’s disbandment in 1996. Young Turks Club members included Lim Sung Eun, Song Jin Ah,Han Hyun Nam, Ji Joon Goo, and Choi Seung Min. . . .

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!

2012 in review

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About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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I Am Legend (2010)


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BASICS

Source: http://www.dramastyle.com/drama/I-Am-Legend-SBS-2010/Korean-Drama-2010/
 Title  I Am Legend
 Genre Romance
 Episodes 16
Network SBS
 Main Cast Kim Jung Eun as Jun Seol HeeLee Joon Hyuk as Jang Tae HyunKim Seung Soo as Cha Ji WookJang Young Nam as Oh Seung HyeJang Shin Young as Kang Soo InHong Ji Min as Lee Hwa Ja

Hyun Jyu Ni as Yang Ah Reum

Go Eun Mi as Kang Ran Hee

Cha Hwa Yun as Ms. Hong (Ji Wook’s mother)

 Director  Kim Hyung Sik
 Screenwriter  Im Hyun Kyung, Ma Jin Won
 Official Website(s)  SBS Madonna Band (Korean)
 Fan Website(s)  N/A
 Low-Down  Rock and roll chick grows up and grapples with a controlling husband and mother-and-law, finds solace with her fellow female rockers and tests the waters of love with her own rock and roll idol.

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AWARDS

  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Special Planning Drama – Actress (Kim Jung Eun)
  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Special Planning Drama – Supporting Actress (Hong Ji Min)

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Boys Over Flowers (2008)


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Source: http://www.nemopan.com/tvandmovie_info/788463
 Title  Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers
 Genre  Romantic Comedy
 Episodes  25
Network  KBS
 Main Cast Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun PyoKim Hyun Joon as Yoon Ji HooKim Bum as So Yi Jung

Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di

Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul

Lee Hye Young as Kang Hee Soo (Jun Pyo’s mother)

 Director  Jun Ki Sang
 Screenwriter  Yoon Ji Ryun
 Official Website(s)  KBS BOF Website (Korean)
 Fan Website(s) FanPop
 The Low-Down One working-class girl, four rich guys and their antics as they fumble their way through love

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AWARDS

  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Novella Drama – Actress (Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Lee Min Ho)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best New Actress Award (Kim So Eun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Min Ho and Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 14th Asian Television Awards: Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Performance by an Actor (Lee Min Ho), Best Drama Performance by an Actress (Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards: Most Popular Actor Award (Kim Hyun Joong)
  • 2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor Award (Lee Min Ho)
  • 2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Kim Hyun Joong)

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