We have gathered the greatest speakers from all over the world for you. You will hear from knowledgeable top authors about Asia and the Hallyu effect on the world around us. We're here to provide you with as much information as possible about your interests while still having fun!
- Teresa Santoski
Teresa Santoski is the author of Prayers for Oppa, a devotional book for performers and their fans with a focus on the East Asian entertainment industry. She is also the creator of the Prayers for Oppa Performer Prayer Challenge, an associated prayer ministry that helps fans to pray for and encourage performers through social media, and has held several presentations and author events to educate the public about the importance of prayer to the entertainment industry, East Asian and otherwise.
Ms. Santoski is a ten-year veteran of the newspaper industry. Her achievements include a special project in which she blogged throughout her travels in China and Tibet (before the advent of easy access to Wi-Fi), and she has won awards for her work as a humor columnist and an arts and entertainment reporter. She continues to freelance and is also currently an editor and feature writer for Living Life and Sena English, two monthly Christian devotional magazines based in Seoul, South Korea.
Ms. Santoski holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College and a graduate certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She resides in New Hampshire in the northeast United States. For more information about Prayers for Oppa and her other writings, visit www.teresasantoski.com and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaSantoski and @PrayersForOppa.
Won-gil Park graduated from Pusan Foreign Language High School, Japanese Dept in 1995. Graduated from Hankuk University Of Foreign Studies, English Dept. in 2003. Taught English in a variety of Institutions such as Kyoung Seong Uni., English Language Schools, and so on from 1995 to 2011. He has written with others about the TOEIC grammar after researching the ten-year's TOEIC materials containing more than 30,000 Business English Sentences in 2003-2005. He has operated his own blogs and cafe from 2003 to now, more than a decade. It started from his concern and care to help a student through emails who cried after seeing him leave an institution. He opened and operated 2 Facebook groups about 2 years. One private has 9K, and the other open 4K.
Mr. Park has written 141 ebooks about the English language such as grammar books, Composition & Correction books, English Love Letters, etc., not to mention K-Pop Singing in English on various Smart eBook Apps in Korea. Now having about 20 SNS channels such as Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, VK, Linkedin, Kakao Story of Korea, Nave post of Korea, Youtube, Tistory of Korea, & Blogger. The names are 라울선생님의영어혁명제국 (meaning Raoul Teacher's English Empire) or Won-gil Park. He is thought to be one of the power speakers on SNS, because he can reach almost 30K people at a time, so even many officials and various journalists are following him on Twitter. Soon-to-be on a TESOL Master's course in Cyber Hankuk Uni. Of Foreign Studies TESOL Graduate.
Find his recent book listed on Amazon, titled: "Raoul Teacher's K-Pop Singing In English.
- Marinescu Valentina
Marinescu Valentina is a Professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work – Bucharest University (Bucharest, Romania). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media and society, and methods of researching mass communication. Her interests lie in media and communication studies, with a specific focus on East Asia. She has also published articles and book chapters on those subject matters. She was a fellow at the Academy of Korean Studies (Republic of Korea). In 2014 she was a recipiet of a research grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (Republic of Korea) on a project about Hallyu in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Roald Maliangkay is Senior Lecturer in Korean studies and Head of the Center of Korean Studies at the Australian National University. He specialises in Korean pop and folk music, as well as popular culture across East Asia. Recent journal articles include “Koreans Performing for Foreign Troops: The Occidentalism of the C.M.C. and K.P.K.,” East Asian History 37 (2011) and “There is No Amen in Shaman: Traditional Music Preservation and Christianity in South Korea,” Asian Music 45:1 (2014). This year he has brought out a co-edited volume on K-pop fandom, K-pop – The International Rise of the Korean Music Industry (Routledge, UK, 2014); he is now finalising a monograph on the preservation of Korean folksongs with the working title, Broken Voices: Preserving Korean Folksongs from Seoul’s Periphery.