AU opens new Korean center

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A new Korean center has opened at Auburn University to help tie together the Auburn community and the growing Korean population in Alabama.

"The idea is really to bring Korean language and culture to our community here. That's pretty important for our community in particular thanks to the corridor between Hyundai and Kia," explains Jennifer Mason, special assistant to the assistant provost for international programs.

Auburn University is partnering with Keimyung University in South Korea to create the Korean Center in Foy Hall. It will offer non-credit classes to the public in Korean language and culture beginning in October.  Classes will be taught by a visiting instructor from Keimyung University and offer the community a way to connect with the area's growing Korean and Korean-American population.

"We've really seen a lot of interest in learning more about that culture and really integrating that into the local community and we are excited about be able to offer both language courses and culture courses," says Mason.

The center celebrated it opening last week with music, dance and Taekwondo performances featuring students from Keimyung University.  The three groups represented some of the best of South Korea's artistic talent.

"Keimyun very graciously donated the eight drums that they used and donated those to Auburn for future cultural programs, so we are excited to be able to showcase those here in Foy," explains Mason.

Additional information about the classes that are expected to begin mid-October will be available in coming weeks.

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