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There are 12 comments on “Korean Wave” Comes to BU

  1. Cool article. It’s always good to raise more awarenes, especially due to our crazy neighbors up north continually up to their shenanigans and tainting our name.

  2. Those are some really interesting statistics! I was considering giving up on my research paper on Korean architecture because I couldnt find sources, so thank you for the inspiration! To accomodate the increased interest, we should get more books on Korean culture in Mugar(*cough* architecture! cough cough).

    1. Have you tried contacting Alice Tseng at the Department of the History of Art and Architecture? She has done a lot of work on Japanese architecture and cities as of late, but she may be able to point you in the right direction, in terms of sources. Good luck!

  3. I think there is a problem with the percentage growth quoted in this article. The growth in Korean course enrollments is impressive but it isn’t 246% over the time period give. Perhaps 145%? Maybe a typo?

  4. Thank you BU TODAY for publishing this article! We learned a lot from this article about to what extent Korean culture and BU Korean alumni associations are impacting BU. The Koh family members you mentioned in this article are the true role models for both Koreans in Korea as well as Korean-Americans.
    We have shared this story in our research group face book (https://www.facebook.com/awship)!

  5. I have definitely been noticing the surge in popularity of Korean culture, and I don’t even live in Boston! My friend, Caroline, spends most of her money on K-pop albums and I have another friend who is self-studying the Korean language. I’ve also noticed the influence isn’t limited to media like music and TV shows, even Korean beauty products are becoming more well-known.

  6. Howard and Harold Koh have a longer history in public service than indicated in this article. Howard also served as Public Health Commissioner in Massachusetts. Harold was Asst. Secretary of Human Rights in the State Dept. during the Clinton Administration, as well as Legal Counsel to the State Dept. under Barack Obama.

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