Appeared in print and online for the Ryersonian, Sept. 19, 2012
Korean pop singer Park Jae-Sang, better known as Psy, is YouTube’s latest international sensation, and on campus, Ryerson University’s Korean Students Association is enjoying its own Gangnam-style popularity.
This year RUKSA members showcased their club at the orientation week campus groups fair to the tune of Psy’s Gangnam Style.
Students of all backgrounds danced the chart-topper’s signature horse-riding move as it played from a club executive’s cellphone at the RUKSA table. Soon the club was scrambling for more sign-up sheets.
“This is our first year having this kind of response, so we weren’t ready for it,” said RUKSA president Julie Moon-ok Hong.
Each year the club welcomes some non-Korean members who are interested in learning more about Korea. Hong estimates that, in the past, RUKSA had roughly 20 non-Korean members per year – but this year, the club is split in half, with 69 Korean and 69 non-Korean members.