Chinese professor honored for book on Korean culture
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    Lai Jidan, professor at the South China University of Technology, became the first person to win an award presented……
BEIJING, Jan. 28 -- Lai Jidan, professor at the South China University of Technology, became the first person to win an award presented by the South Korean government for her outstanding achievement in promoting cultural exchange between the two countries.

For her book "Korean Wave," Lai was presented with a medal and prize by Kim Jang-hwan, South Korean consul in Guangzhou, on behalf of South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-phwan last week in Guangzhou.

Published last April, "Korea Wave" examines and analyzes the South Korean popular culture phenomenon. The book was based on Lai’s two investigative visits to South Korea in 2008. During the visits, she interviewed Lee Byung-hoon, the producer of the hit TV drama "Jewel in the Palace," fashion designer Andre Kim, showbiz celebrities and cultural luminaries. Through her research and interviews, Lai traced the origins of the Korean Wave, or the popular South Korean cultural phenomenon, and provided detailed information on Korea’s "B-Boy" breakdancers, kimchi and Korean fashion.

"This is actually a book written for Chinese (people) to get an idea of South Korean culture. It’s really a pleasant surprise to win acceptance by the South Korean government," said Lai.

This is the first time a Chinese academic has published a book on the Korean cultural phenomenon based on first-hand research. It won the top prize last year at the Chinese Literature Awards hosted by China’s economic publication association.

"Instead of belonging only to Korea, the Korean wave should be something that all Asians can share. A deeper awareness of the cultural phenomenon could contribute to the development of Asian culture," said Lai Jidan.