Extra! Korea

June 30, 2010

What do an intangible cultural asset and girl group 2NE1 have in common?

Filed under: music, rapid cultural change — extrakorea @ 2:52 am

Can you guess?










Here’s a hint.

Renowned Korean dancer and intangible cultural asset Kong Ok-jin, 79, known for her “Beggar” dance, came back on stage for the first time in five years.

[ snip ]

Kong is a talented pansori singer and learned dancing from a former great, Choi Seung-hee. Her “Salpuri” dance is particularly perceived as the best.

Kong became an intangible cultural asset of South Jeolla Province last May.




Give up?


(from here)

Madam Kong Ok-jin is the grandmother of 2NE1’s Minzy (공민지). She has clearly passed her dancing talent genes onto her granddaughter.

According to the description, this video was filmed when Minzy was 12 years old, and based upon the information in her biography, I’m inclined to believe it. Look at that little kid go!

1 Comment »

  1. […] Kong Ok-jin, who was deemed an intangible cultural asset for her contributions to Korean dance.[7] Ironically, despite being the “maknae” (youngest member), she has the huskiest, most […]

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