NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

Book review: Entertainers who cheered up common people in Joseon Dynasty

2015/11/22 | Permalink | Source

One television singing audition program produces a slew of potential stars every year despite public concern that the pool of aspiring singers could dry up because of a series of similar programs that are mushrooming across TV channels. Many other talented people can frequently be found on social media sites. Despite the small landmass, Korea has many talented people.

What about in the Joseon Dynasty period? Couldn`t there be people who were extraordinarily talented in spite of the strict social class system? This book quickly answers such questions. The five-chapter book tells the stories of 32 women of Joseon who lived extraordinary lives.

The book features all sorts of people, including a comedian who took advantage of his ugly face to make people laugh and a private tutor who pinpointed questions expected to appear on state-administered exams for recruiting new bureaucrats. Some of them were identified only by their surnames or nicknames. It is only after hundreds of years later they passed away that new lights are shed on their lives as "entertainers". The author, has had interest in stories of the back alleys of history, writing books on stories of common people`s lives and detectives in Joseon.

The author, who took inspirations from poems by Jo Su-sam, a late Joseon poet, completed his book based on various academic theses and papers. The book also deals with the story of Shin Jae-hyo, a Joseon musician who trained the dynasty`s first woman singer, Jin Chae-seon. "The Sound of a Flower", a Korean film set to be released next week, evolves around the two Joseon musicians.

The book is very interesting but, at the same time, is tragicomedic because it tells the stories of people who would have enjoyed huge popularity today but were born in the wrong times. Perhaps, today`s global popularity of Korean pop culture owes its success to those who lived their lives as entertainers despite social disregard in their times.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



More videos

 Previous news
  • Korea Clinches Dramatic Win Over Japan in Premier 12 Semifinal
    2015/11/22 (Source)
    Korea's Lee Dae-ho reacts after scoring a hit in the ninth inning of the Premier 12 semifinal agai,...More

  • Korea Scores Poorly in Gender Equality
    2015/11/22 (Source)
    Korea ranks a poor 115th in the world for gender equality, according to a report by the World Economic Forum which compares opportunities for men and women in 145 countries.Korea's score stands at 0.651 on a scale where 1 means complete gender equality. Countries that rank even lower than Korea are ,...More

  • Lotte loses duty free store license for World Tower Store
    2015/11/22 (Source)
    Having lost its duty free store license, Lotte Duty Free is now agonizing over its countermeasures. Lotte Group is even more embarrassed since its loss of the license came after its chairman Shin Dong-bin has wooed the public, vowing that he would make Lotte Duty Free the global No. 1. The imminent ,...More

Happy Seollal

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations

About | Privacy policy | Contact | Partners

Mobile version