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COREA - DOMINICA = 50 Anos y Park Dong-sil tambien habla de K-POP y K-DRAMA!

El señor embajador de la República de Corea en República Dominicana, Park Dong-sil, accedió a esta entrevista en ocasión de conmemorarse próximamente el 50 aniversario de las relaciones diplomáticas entre ambos pueblos. ¿CÓMO VALORA LAS PRESENTACIONES DE COREA EN LA FERIA DEL LIBRO? Me siento muy complacido y orgulloso de que Corea es el país creador del Taekwondo y del Pop Coreano (K-Pop) los cuales, juntos, son disfrutados en el mundo, especialmente en este país, donde ambos se han convertido en muy populares. He sabido que el Taekwondo es muy popular en este país desde hace ya muchos años. El amor por el K-Pop, parte de lo que se denomina como “Ola Coreana” (Korean Wave) es más reciente y, aún así, ya contamos con 5 Fanclubs (Mirotic World, Kidasu, Ireumi Eopseo, KLyop, Mineo). Estaba muy sorprendido de que Corea pueda proveer elementos originarios de mi país para el disfrute del mundo, especialmente a la República Dominicana. ¿CÓMO SE PREPARA COREA PARA CELEBRAR EL 50 ANIVERSARIO DE SUS RELACIONES CON EL PAÍS? Celebraremos un Seminario Conmemorativo de manera conjunta con el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Dicho Seminario estará enfocado en la Experiencia de Desarrollo Económico de Corea y su Aporte a la República Dominicana. Realizaremos dos conciertos en el mes de julio. Uno en Santo Domingo (Bellas Artes) y otro en Santiago de los Caballeros (PUCMM). Colocaremos una piedra memorial en una institución pública, la cual representará aspectos intrínsecos de la cultura coreana y de la dominicana. A finales de año, en Santiago de los Caballeros realizaremos la segunda versión del evento “Sabor y Aroma de la Gastronomía Coreana”. Este año también realizaremos la “Muestra de Cine Coreano” en distintas provincias. CUÁNTAS TELENOVELAS COREANAS SE HAN TRANSMITIDO? Hace ya algunos años se transmitieron las telenovelas “Sonata de Invierno” y “Escalinata al Cielo”. Muchas personas han llamado a mi Embajada para expresar su agrado hacia dichas telenovelas, siempre diciendo la excelencia en cuanto a su contenido, significado y calidad de actores. También siempre preguntan cuándo se transmitirán más telenovelas, pues bien, les informo que en junio por CERTV se transmitirá una nueva, “My Fair Lady” (“Mi Bella Dama”). Espero que esta telenovela tenga el mismo impacto que han tenido las anteriores. ¿SE AMPLIARÁ LA OFERTA DE CERTV CON PROGRAMAS COREANAOS? Sí. Arirang Tv desea transmitir programas de contenido variado a través de CERTV, actualmente estamos en la fase de consultación. Además CERTV y Arirang Tv firmaron un Memorando de Entendimiento para el intercambio de programas. Arirang Tv proveerá más contenidos para ser transmitidos por CERTV. También el Sr. Juan Delancer, Consultor de Programación de CERTV, muy pronto va a viajar a Corea, invitado por mi Gobierno, como una forma de estrechar aún más los lazos existentes. ¿PUDIERA REFERISE A LA PROGRAMACIÓN COREANA QUE SE OFERTA A LOS USUARIOS DE TELECABLE NACIONAL? Actualmente, por el canal 147 de Telecable Nacional se trasmite el canal KBS World (Korean Broadcasting System) que es una compañía de transmisión nacional. KBS World es un canal de entretenimiento familiar, de noticias, cine, telenovelas, etc. Está disponible en 73 países y está destinado para que el televidente sienta, disfrute y conozca más sobre la Cultura Coreana. Lo novedoso de este canal es que se ajusta a las necesidades de idioma en los países que tienen acceso al mismo. Un ejemplo de esto es que para la República Dominicana cuenta con subtítulos en español. ¿QUÉ OPINIÓN LE MERECEN LOS KOREAN FANCLUBS DOMINICANOS? Me siento muy complacido de que canciones y bailes originarios de Corea sean también amados por la juventud dominicana. El hecho de que Corea tiene algo para compartir con otros países me llena de un inmenso placer. El K-Pop es el resultado de la Investigación y Desarrollo Cultural, como lo llamo yo “Cultural R&D”. Detrás de este mundo del K-Pop hay muchas personas envueltas que trabajan muy duro para crearlo. En la República Dominicana existen varios grupos de Fans del KPop, los mayoritarios son 5 (Mirotic World, Kidasu, Ireumi Eopseo, K-Lyop, Mineo). Me siento muy orgulloso de ellos, de que sean amantes de mi cultura. Ellos siempre están dispuestos en ayudarnos, darnos soporte y su apoyo en todas las actividades que mi Embajada realiza. Quedé muy complacido con sus actuaciones en la Feria del Libro 2012. ¿CUÁNTOS DOMINICANOS ESTUDIAN COREANO HOY EN EL PAÍS? Las clases de idioma coreano se imparten por voluntarios de la Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Corea (KOICA). En la actualidad tenemos dos profesoras, una en la UASD con 30 estudiantes y la otra en UNAPEC, la cual va a iniciar sus clases muy pronto. Pero también he escuchado que muchos dominicanos están aprendiendo el idioma coreano a través del internet y del K-Pop. Esto claramente demuestra que Corea está teniendo un impacto cultural muy positivo en la República Dominicana. ¿Qué opinión tiene del trabajo de la oficina de KOICA en República Dominicana? Me siento muy contento porque el trabajo de los voluntarios de la KOICA se está realizando con una cooperación muy cercana con sus colaboradores de las distintas instituciones públicas, pero lo más importante, están teniendo un contacto directo y cercano con el pueblo dominicano. Este contacto cercano permite conocernos más y entendernos mejor por medio de compartir nuestras experiencias. Estamos en un momento donde ya el idioma no es una barrera, donde las diferencias de culturas no es un obstáculo, es como si poco a poco nos estamos convirtiendo en uno sólo. Esto me llena de alegría.
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