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Manitoba Korean Canadian Heritage Language School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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The Manitoba Korean Canadian Heritage Language School recently marked its 50th Anniversary with a spectacular K-Culture Festival, bringing together communities to celebrate Korean heritage and multiculturalism. Despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, the festival persevered, a testament to the resilience and the power of cultural unity. 

Hosted by the school, the festival showcased a dazzling array of traditional and modern Korean performances, activities, and cuisine. Attendees from various backgrounds joined in the festivities, fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity and mutual appreciation. 

Hyon Jung Lyu, chairperson of the board of directors at the Manitoba Korean Canadian Heritage Language School, expressed profound gratitude for the opportunity to host such a significant event. “We haven’t done this in so long due to COVID lockdowns, and even within the Korean community, many events were postponed or cancelled. Having this event with students, parents, and members of other communities means a lot. It brings everyone together and instills a sense of pride and belonging.”

The festival featured diverse programs, immersing attendees in Korean culture. From captivating K-pop dance performances to engaging traditional games and crafts, the event offered something for everyone to enjoy. 

“I am serving the Korean school as the chairperson of the board of directors because I want my kids to know Korean culture and have a deeper understanding of their heritage. This event commemorating our 50th Anniversary signifies the success of the Korean school for half a century,” added Lyu. 

Volunteers like Edward Soong and Meaghan McNeill played pivotal roles in making the festival successful. Soong, reflecting on his experience as a volunteer, stated, “This is my second year participating in Korean Culture Day, and today, I’m volunteering. In my booth, we’re doing origami with traditional Korean cloth. It’s been really fun.” 

McNeill, who assisted attendees in dressing in traditional Hanbok attire, highlighted the significance of the experience. “No one really had a chance to wear a Hanbok here in Winnipeg since there isn’t a store. Getting feedback from attendees who tried it on was rewarding,” said McNeill. 

The Manitoba Korean Canadian Heritage Language School’s 50th Anniversary K-Culture Festival served as a joyous celebration of cultural heritage, unity, and the enduring legacy of the Korean community in Canada. As attendees departed with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for Korean culture, the event left an indelible mark on the multicultural fabric of Manitoba. 

– Yuliia Kovalenko, U Multicultural

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