`Hip Hop Skool' Fosters Vitality of Youngsters

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), September 30, 1999 | Go to article overview

`Hip Hop Skool' Fosters Vitality of Youngsters


As you carefully step down the shaky spiral staircase, a spacious wall is covered in metallic graffiti, spelling out the skool logo. Adjacent to the flashy art is a glass door, and through it, you see a large dancing area with three mirrored walls and a line of turntables. Gangster rap is blasting out of speakers constantly, while persons decked out in baggies and helmets are spinning on their heads.

As soon as you walk in, the atmosphere is already different from most``Hakwon,'' or private learning institutions. Everyone seems to be having a good time, and most importantly, everybody is there by choice. People not even signed up for any program are free to come in any time to practice.

Sometimes you can't tell when a class is going on, as there is always dancing, music, and some kind of guidance going on and chiefly because all the persons present during the lessons are not exactly members of the skool.

While the actual ``students'' are having their lesson, the spectators sit on the provided benches at the edge of the dance floor and watch carefully to absorb everything, and at the end of class, shyly approach instructors who of course cannot refuse.

The liberal policy is refreshing and symbolic of the skool's general atmosphere. ``Hip hop is everything and anything,'' this is Hip Hop Skool's philosophy.

``The Hip Hop Skool is not a school, and it's not a hak-won," Kim Dong-won states firmly. "It is a gathering place for those interested in about learning the true art of hip hop, and being able to enjoy it."

Kim, 32, is the founder and representative of Hip Hop Skool, located in Taehangno, the first of its kind in Korea. Many similar institutions exist in the the United States and Japan, where hip hop culture flourishes.

According to Kim, hip hop is much misunderstood in Korea. This is because the style and fashion of hip hop, such as baggy pants and big shirts, was imported before hip hop itself. Break dancing, graffiti art, rapping, DJ-ing, should have all come before the clothes so that it could be properly understood, but instead, hip hop is thought of by the older generation as'vulgar' and harmful to the younger generation.

It is not surprising that a 40-year-old businessman will snicker and tsk tsk at a teen decked out in baggy pants and hair streaked yellow. This same teen will be even more harshly judged as a ``Nallari''or "Yangachi,'' meaning ruffians, by adults if he also happens to break dance and DJ in clubs. And because he has no place to display his graffiti art, he will most likely vandalize a public subway station or office building. So thus, the notorious reputation of hip hop has taken root in Korea.

Against this backdrop, Hip Hop Skool is deemed as a safe haven for hip hop fanatics to practice their dancing, art, and DJ-ing in a place where they are understood and most importantly, allowed to express themselves.

Kim conceived the skool as he came to realize that illegal vandalizing and dancing existed in public streets because there was no other place for hip hop lovers to do so. So he thought, why not put together a positive outlet, a place for the younger generation to dance, rap, graffiti, and DJ on their own without being subjected to the illicit actions and reprimand of adults. This way, the hip hoppers are happy because they can hip hop all they want, and the adults are happy because their children stay out of trouble.

With this radical idea in mind, he launched his plan and was surprisingly met with a lot of support. Kim recalled that people reacted very well to the idea of the skool and were most supportive.

However, despite all this there were a few problems. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

`Hip Hop Skool' Fosters Vitality of Youngsters
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.