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Program Title: Hidden Korea
EASC Code: KH-01
Series Title:
Region/Country: Korea
Language: English
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Jan Thompson
Release Date: 2000
Running Time: 60 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "At first glance it may seem that Korea is engulfed by modern culture; but a bedrock of tradition, inherited from shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, underlies families, rituals, and of course the food. Hidden Korea is a nourishing introduction to, or a reminder of , the rich culture of an ancient society. In Hidden Korea, the husband and wife team of Professor Bruce Kraig and Director Jan Thompson explore the Rebuplic of South Korea during the fall harvest time. Among the many things that we see during this time is the celebration of their Thanksgiving holiday, Ch'usok, where family members gather to build shrines and bow at their ancestral mounds; a highly skilled potter who produces celadon pottery; a Confucian scholar at a traditional village; buddhist temples where the monks perform dances and rituals; the famous Cheju Island pearl divers, a group of women whose average age is 50; and a Ginseng factory where some of the best ginseng in the world orginates. The program focuses on the special foods that are unique to the Korean pennisula, such as preserved vegetables, bean and chili paste; and many varieties of seafood."
Data Entry Date: 11/10/2002