Relationship between Pro Sports and Sports Participation in the Case of South Korea and USA

(Lecture will be in Korean)

Relationship between Pro Sports and Sports Participation in the Case of South Korea and USA

Captured by Mr. Sik Kim; Wrigley Field, Chicago; August 2, 2013

Sik Kim, Sports Writer, The Joongang Ilbo, Republic of Korea


Tuesday, March 06, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA

About 100 years ago, Emperor Gojong of Korea saw American missionaries playing tennis and questioned, “Why are they sweating when they can let slaves do the hard work?” During this time, Americans were enjoying professional sports like the MLB while Koreans weren’t aware of what sport was. However, Korean sports developed rapidly in the past 40-50 years. From 1988 Seoul Olympic to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, there were huge events and the rise of many great players in Korea. In addition, the investment from the Korean government and many companies helped foster the growth of sports in Korea. Nevertheless, perspectives toward Korean sports should change as competition is not everything. It’s important that Koreans also learn to enjoy playing sports. In this presentation, sports writer Sik Kim will talk about how sports can function as part of education and welfare in Korea.


koreanstudies@international.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies