* Date : 2017-01-02
Communicating with the world by promoting Korean cultural heritage!
Bak Sang-mee of the cultural properties committee at the Cultural Heritage Administration.
We start The INNERview in 2017 with some good news that the Jeju Haenyeo (women divers) culture was inscribed onto UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the end of 2016. We shed light on Bak Sang-mee, who has worked hard for the past 13 years to promote Korean cultural heritage to the world. In addition, learn about how she feels about the cultural heritage as a cultural anthropologist.
On December 1st, 2016, Bak Sang-mee attended the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee Conference for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was ecstatic and cried tears of happiness when she heard that the Jeju Haenyeo culture was inscribed onto the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
She is in love with her occupation, but when she was a freshman in college, she wasn't interested in culture, anthropology and cultural traditions. She had never dreamed she would study cultural anthropology, a not-so-popular major, and had never thought she'd become a cultural anthropologist. But, she decided to study in-depth after taking a course on cultural anthropology. In 1994, she achieved her Ph.D in Social Anthropology at Harvard University, United States, and has been working in this field ever since.
Since 2000, she worked with the Cultural Heritage Administration as an expert, and was the youngest member to join the cultural properties committee. She played an important role in inscribing various Korean culture, such as the Jeju Haenyeo culture, as well as the Gimjang culture, Nongak, the tugging rituals and games and others onto the UNESCO list.
Professor Bak Sang-mee is the first guest of 2017 on The INNERview. We will learn more about the true value of the Jeju Haenyeo culture as well as her future dreams on the program.