Ryersonian: Ryerson feels the power of K-Pop

RUKSA sign up / Ishani Nath

RUKSA sign up / Ishani Nath

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.

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