South Korean Task Force to Teach K Pop Dances to Disenfranchised Children in Indonesia
Michael Song, Jan. 11, 2016, 11:08 a.m.
A South Korean task force said Monday it will teach K-pop dance routines to disenfranchised children in Indonesia this week as part of its social responsibility program. Some 120 adolescents in the district of Tigaraksa in Indonesia's Banten Province will learn how to dance to K-pop music from Monday to Sunday, said the body comprised of officials from South Korean ministries, TV networks and entertainment agencies.
About a dozen South Korean college students underwent an eight-week-long training course at YG Entertainment to serve as qualified instructors for this program. South Korean singer Sean will personally deliver a fund created by the Chinese fans of BigBang member T.O.P. to the children, the task force said.
On Saturday, more than 500 residents in the area will be invited to watch the children's performance and experience various "hallyu" content. Hallyu refers to the Asia-wide popularity of Korean culture. This is the first Official Development Assistance program started by the hallyu planning body.
"Indonesia has one of the largest K-pop fan populations in Southeast Asia," a South Korean culture ministry official said. "This project, albeit small, will help expand the hallyu base there. We also plan to bring this program to other countries."
The task force was launched last year and is comprised of officials from six relevant government agencies, three major TV networks -- KBS, MBC and SBS -- and four major entertainment firms -- S.M., YG, JYP and CJ E&M.