Korea Society Retrospective of Choi Min-shik Works at Museum of Moving Image

Friday, June 1, 2012

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The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-shik, one of Korea’s most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of their ongoing “Korean Cinema Now” program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).


Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at 3 PM
Chiwaseon (2002, 120 min)
Director: Im kwon-taek
Starring: Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-kee and Yu Ho-jeong
A powerful performance in this historical costume drama brought Choi Min-sik international recognition.

Choi Min-shik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in Swiri (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea’s finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma.

In Failan, he played a thug, married to a Chinese woman out of convenience, but who sheds tears of regret when his “fake” wife dies. In Strokes of Fire, which won the Best Director Prize at the 55th Cannes Film Festival, he played the famous nineteenth-century Korean painter Jang Seung-up. In 2004, Choi returned to Cannes when director Park Chan-woo’s bloody revenge epic, Old Boy, won the Grand Prix-award. Choi's impassioned and robust acting can seize an audience's heart, and he is now known to film buffs worldwide.

This Choi Min-shik tribute will be presented at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City’s finest, state-of-the-art screen. Films are free with museum admission. This tribute is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Film free with museum admission at The Museum of the Moving Image.

The Museum of the Moving Image
35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria
From midtown, taxi 10 minutes from The Korea Society or NQ Train Outbound to 36th Ave., 36th Street and 35th Avenue, Astoria.

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Multicultural Summer Travel This, One Book At A Time

You may already have family travel plans but this summer, also consider taking your children on a cultural journey through reading! Books can take you on so many adventures – you can see the ‘wild things’ with Max or go an adventure with the Cat in the Hat and....you can travel the globe!

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Here are some suggested steps for traveling this summer… one book at a time:
  1. Go to your local library or bookstore and pick up a book that focuses on another culture or country. There has been a growing number of children’s picture books depicting a variety of ethnicities and cultures and it a great way for children to start developing an understanding of other cultural backgrounds. So step one is to grab some of these wonderful books.
  2. If don’t own a globe or a map – get one! Kids always love to visualize the fun places they are visiting. Once you have your book and your relevant country, point it out to them on the globe or map. Consider placing a sticker on your map and globe to “track” all the trips you are taking. At the end of the summer your child will be amazed by all the places they have seen around the globe.
  3. Choose a “learning” activity for each book. For instance if you choose a book about Chinese, Indian or French culture, consider learning to also count to ten in Mandarin, Hindu or French or learning colors in these languages. Imagine – by the end of the summer they may be able to count to ten or know their colors in a number of different languages!
  4. Eat. Eat. Eat. One of the best ways to learn about an embrace another culture is through cuisine! Find a local restaurant that serves the cuisine of the country or culture you are reading about OR find a recipe and cook with your child. The whole family can enjoy time together over a family meal and gain a new cultural experience all at the same time.
  5. If there is a local cultural museum or exhibit in your area featuring the culture you are reading about consider paying a visit to them. In the city that I live in, we are lucky to have many great cultural museums including the Native American History Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The Jewish Children’s Museum, the permanent World Brooklyn exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s museum and many more! Your reading trip might also take you to a local museum or exhibit in your town!

Summer traveling can be a wonderful experience for you and your children and combining that experience with reading can be a great start to multicultural education in your household.

Aisha Greene is a lawyer, wife, mother, Brooklynite, and blogger who recently co-founded Hartlyn Kids an independent children’s book publishing business dedicated to providing kids with the opportunity to travel the globe…. one book at a time. The first two books in the Hartlyn Kids series are written by authors from India and the Philippines, includes Learning Tools, and a passport sticker stamp is included at the end of each book. You can also find Aisha on her blog where she writes about adventures in raising global minded children

Everyday Heroes For Kids of All Races

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This week I discovered "The Everyday Heroes" Collection from the company Spark & Spark. You can personalized lunchboxes, place mats, growth charts, and puzzles with your child's name and also....wait for it...your child's race. Well sorta. So far the race options tend to be monracial. Sorry no Asian face child with curly black hair :)
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But they do have a good selection of skin tones to match a child in a variety of fun career choices. It's good to having a child visualize someone who looks like them, doing a job their interested in doing in the future. With six professions for each gender to choose from, your child is sure to be encouraged to pursue their dreams

To learn more visit http://www.sparkandspark.com/everyday-heroes/

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