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Korean Church of Boston celebrates heritage with festival

The Korean Culture festival was held on Nov. 4 at the Korean Church of Boston. The event was split into two parts: interactive and performative. The first part featured stations where attendees could sample Korean food or learn calligraphy. The second part showed off different performances from traditional music to K-pop dances to a taekwondo demonstration.

The quiet Brookline Village church building quickly flooded with the chatter of many languages as the Korean Culture Festival started. The event was hosted by the Korean Church of Boston on Saturday, Nov. 4, to share Korean culture with the Brookline community.

Korean Church of Boston pastor Young Lee said teaching and learning about every culture is important. He said this idea is essential to his religion, as he believes God created beauty in every group of people.

“It’s very important for us to show our beauty within us to other people, and that’s one way we glorify God,” Young Lee said.

The event was split into two parts. The first part, which was interactive, featured four stations: one with hanboks, traditional Korean clothing, for attendees to try on; one with Korean food; one with K-pop karaoke; and one where attendees could practice calligraphy and learn how to spell their names in Korean. The second part was a series of performances, varying from traditional music to K-pop dances and a taekwondo demonstration.

Organizer Yebok Lee said as the Korean population in the Boston area grows, central places for Koreans to socialize become more and more necessary, and events like this one help to draw people in.

“Since we do have a lot of Koreans [in the Boston area], it’s always good to keep in touch and make a relationship with the Korean community and the local people,” Yebok Lee said. “I think that makes Koreans’ lives in Boston better.”

JP Hong, another organizer, said these events can educate younger Korean Americans about their culture and heritage, causing them to feel more secure in their identities.

“I’ve lived in Brookline, and I think the majority [of people] don’t know about Korean culture,” Hong said. “Through these events, some young kids can learn about their origin country’s culture.”

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