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"Takka-takka-takka-tak! Takka-takka-takka-tak!"
After the performance of a Rock band Muimsungcha, a thunderous clapping of hands and loud acclamation follows. Wow, is it a concert? The answer is no, this is a Rock Musical, Line1. Due to the popularity of this musical, it will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in the coming 14th of May.
  Line1 shows Korean society through the character's eyes. The main character, Sunyeo is a woman from Yanbian wandering Seoul subway line number 1 to find her fiance, Jebi from South Korea. Through the episode Sunyeo undergoes in Seoul subway, it reveals frigidity of Korean. She tries to find Jebi with the address he left and asks passengers in the subway, "Where is 588?"   However, no one answers her question and show cynical and apathetic attitude. She meets many people, a beggar, a prostitute Gulre and her lover Ahngyung who is engaged to student movement. Gulre hopes to have true love with Ahngyung but all he wants from her is sexual intercourse. When Gulre finds out Ahngyung regards her as a sex partner like the other men, she throws herself in the subway.
  When Gulre dies, Sunyeo gets extremely disappointed towards Korean men and gives up finding Jebi and leaves Korea.
A few days ago, SBS broadcasted a documentary program regarding "Anti-Korean among Asians." These days a lot of Koreans got killed by Filipinos in Southeast Asia. Our government regarded the accidents as a simple murder. But the Philippines analyzed this in a different view. They say Koreans tend to ignore the people of Southeast and committed sexual harassments to the natives women. What is worse, they married the natives and flee into Korea. It gave a big shock to our society.
  In that reasons, Anti-Korea is arising in such country as Philippines and Laos. They called us "Ugly-Korea." Similar case as Sunyeo, the natives enter Korea to find their husband, however, they return to their countries with disappointment of experiencing indifference. And their thoughts about Korea get dirtier and dirtier.
  The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported, "If the situation continues, the natives and the government will accept the murders as rightness. We worry that Korean should recognize this and improve their behaviors. It's just the beginning."
  The setting of Line1 gives a chance to think about the irresponsible Korean men who have shameful behavior. The musical is scheduled to play until May 30 and for more information, please visit the website www.hakchon.co.kr.

Park Nu-ri  nuly1221@dongguk.edu

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