Youth Culture Forum encourages 2030 generation
Youth Culture Forum encourages 2030 generation
  • Jung Hey-jie
  • 승인 2009.05.18 08:52
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   X generation or N generation? Giving new names to new generations have been a tradition for people. Nowadays, the term “2030 generation,” has emerged to indicate people in their 20s and 30s speaking out on social issues. In order to harness the energy of the 2030 generation, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) has established a Youth Culture Forum with the help of the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute.
    The Youth Culture Forum is a series of meetings where many of the 2030 generations discuss the challenges facing Korean culture. The topics discussed include ideas for cultural policies, ways to create jobs in cultural field, and value of online cultural exchanges. Forums have been held every Wednesday on 3 p.m. since April 15 at places well known to young people such as book cafes and little theaters near Hongik University and Daehak-ro.
    “We hope the forum to work as a mediator to vitalize cultural policies with new and striking imagination from the young. Through the Youth Culture Forum, alienation between government and youth will be minimized,” said Lee Kyong-jik, a staff member of Cultural Policy Division at the MCST.
    University students interested in cultural issues and professionals including professors and actors are expected to participate in the heated discussions which last for three hours. The topics of the forums are divided into four big categories: life and culture, meaning and culture, reality and culture, and future and culture. There are 10 specific topics under these longer categories and the forum will lower its curtain on July 1 with symposium addressing all those topics together. So far, discussions have focused on the characteristics of 2030 generation and their cultural needs, social mission of youth participating in cultural activities.
    At the Youth Culture Forum, there is no designated presenter. To avoid classical lecture pattern, a master of ceremonies of each section and seven selected panelists freely exchange ideas and decide on a conclusion in the end. Panelists are selected on the basis of recommendations from the masters, who are professors or artists.
    “I got a chance to become one of panelists thanks to my past experience as a staff member at the Second World DJ Festival last year,” said Suh Ah-hyun (International Studies, 4)
    Citizens interested in culture can freely participate in the forums. People wishing to share their thoughts in the forums should apply via e-mail (
    The contents discussed at each forum will be published as a source book and referred to in making cultural policies. Some outstanding recommendations and plan will be reflected in real policies.
    Details of the forum can be found in its official website ( after every meeting.

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