It’s been a long time since The Hongik Tidings has been published. From the first issue to the 200th, there were lots of incidents and changes that happened in Hongik University, Korea, and elsewhere. To celebrate HT’s 200th issue, let’s see the history of Hongik University, Korea, and the rest of the world through HT.
(교내) The Foundation of the Hongik Tidings!
August 31. 1985, No_1 / Greetings to Hong-Ik Family! Univ. Starts Tidings as English News Tool
The university has started to publish an English newspaper.
A cover picture describes that, “The Tidings will ever press onward, forward, and upward like the Eternal Smiling Symbol.”
(교내) The Construction for the Students,
but Some of Them Are Banned?
March 1986, No_5 / Mammoth Multi-Purpose Culture & Sports Center Dedicated
The center was finally dedicated on March 28. It would function as a training place for encouraging and developing a healthy body and positive mind through sports in campus life.
May 1986, No_7/ Junior Collegians Rampage
About 400 Hongik juniors in college, in a fury over limited admission to the swimming pool in the gym, demonstrated on campus. They started throwing stones at the gym and other buildings, breaking hundreds of the glass windows.
(사회) As One of the Hongik-in,
Fight for Democracy
March 15 A Rigged Election in 1960
April 19 Revolution in 1960
(Background) December 12 Chun Doo-hwan’s Coup d'état in 1979
May 18 Gwang-ju Democratization Movement in 1980
After Constitutional Amend, Chun’s military regime has established in 1981
*A rigged election- an illegal interference with the process of an election
Park Jong-chul of Seoul National University is tortured, resulting in his death on January 14, 1987
March 1987, No_13/ Real Democracy Needs No More Torture, More Human Rights
Detained during a student demonstration, Park Jong-chul was tortured by the police, and then died. We, the Hongik Tidings, proclaimed our fury against his death and appealed to gain human rights.
Prohibit a revision of the constitution from an indirect election to a direct one on April 13,
May 1987, No_15 / GSC Leads Rally, showdown; Actions feared to become a tougher.
GSC held a commemoration ceremony for the May 18 Gwang-ju Democratization Movement from May 13 to 18. Although they started to protest, the riot polices suppressed their demonstration, too.
Protesting the dictatorship, Lee Han-yeol in Yonsei University is killed by the police with tear gas on June 9, 1987
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June 1987, No_16 / Students Boycott Classes Over Political Matters
Opposing an action to protect the constitution with the fury against the innocent death, Hongik University students had boycotted their class from May 28 to May 30. Over 800 students gathered in Minju-ground in front of Wow-gwan. Then, they tried to promote a demonstration to remedy the abuses of the dictatorship but faced the riot police who waited for them at the gate. They started to throw rocks, firebombs and tear gas.
*Tear gas- a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them (called Choi-ru boom)
(사회) The International Event represents Korea! But…
88’ Seoul Summer Olympics, from September 17 to October 2 in 1988
88’ Seoul Summer Paralympics, from October 15 to October 24 in 1988
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October 1988, No_26 / Time to Watch for Ourselves
The public attention of the whole world focused on Korea for a month in September during the 88’ Seoul Olympics held in Korea. However, it doesn’t mean that these spotlights brightened the dark side of our society, which was concealed by the dictatorship. We could see a clear constant of black and white. The HT criticized the dictatorship which violently oppressed the student movement.
We cannot be indifferent to the handicapped
The HT also tried to cover a story regarding the social minorities, and not only the mainstream. The representative story is the 8th Seoul Paralympics. In contrast to the Olympics, the Paralympics didn’t receive public attention. Therefore, the HT encouraged people to pay more attention to the disabled, by getting rid of the discriminative prejudice.
November 1988, No_27 / March 1989, No_29
2ND Campus Established 2,370 to be admitted/ Jochiwon Campus Opens
Hongik University announced that the Jochiwon campus, including the College of Industrial Arts which had 11 departments, would be founded in 1989 and would recruit 2,370 freshmen. The Jochiwon Campus had many departments that the Seoul campus didn’t have.
April 1992, No_ 54 / May 1993, No_63
Deng Pulls China Out from Feudalism—Getting much support in reformist in NPC (National People’s Congress/ Recent China’s Reform to improve New Socialism Model
In these articles, we learned that Deng Xiaoping in China reformed the economy. For example, China opened the market to capitalism. It caused a change in the political situation of Asia, and China’s economy really grew fast while maintaining its communist political system.
September 1992, No_57/ National Reunification rely on Democratic Government
A Pan Korean rally, involving South Koreans, North Koreans, and overseas Koreans was held in 1992. It was a huge event at which people hoped for reunification. Moreover, it was meaningful since people had spent all their efforts to make this Pan Korean rally happen.
*Pan Korean- for all civil of Korea
October 1993, No_66/ Consideration on Teacher Recruitment Exam
In that year, the teacher recruitment exam was implemented. With this, everyone could have an equal chance of taking the examination. This article made a comparison between the advantages and disadvantages of the teacher certification exam.
The style of The Hongik Tidings was changed into a magazine form in the 85th issue.
August 1996, No_87/ HIU (Hongik University)’s Progress and Future
This piece of writing celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hongik University.
October 1997, No_92/ A Beginning for One Nation of China with Handover of Hongkong
Britain returned Hong Kong to China. Hereafter, China has had two systems (capitalism and communism) under one nation.
November 1998, No_97/ New Academic Departments at HIU (Hongik University)
In 1998, the School of Advertising & Public Relations and the major of Animation were newly established and a ‘faculty’ system was adopted.
October 2006, No_144/ New face in Hongik University
Hong-Mun Hall (Building R) was newly built at that time. Three designers who graduated from Hongik University gathered together and designed it. Hongik University needed a building that could accommodate a large amount of space. But if they did so, the building would look too big. So, what they had to do was making it look smaller than it really was. Also, the three designers said the concept of the Hong-Mun Hall was a cottage.
October 2007, No_150/ Go For it, Through the Cyber-Class
In that year, a Cyber-Class was newly launched. The editors of the HT worried there might be problems. The first problem that they guessed would occur would be discontinued communication between students and their professors. The second problem was that the Cyber-Class would decrease the number of offline classes.
March 2008, No_152/ Leasing the Campus for Students?
Hongik University made plans for leased facilities inside Hongmungwan and a large stationery store ‘Hangaram’ opened.
September 2009, No_161 / Everything about ₩50,000 banknotes
In June, the Bank of Korea issued a new ₩50,000 banknote, which is now the highest currency in Korea.
September 2012, No_179/ 1 Second for Semester
The changed subject application system put the Subject-Drafting period before application date, so students could put subjects on a list.
March 2017, No_197/ Who is the owner of Korea?
The 18th president, Park Geun-hye and her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil abused their power. The citizens got angry, as they ran out into the street to fight injustice. Finally, the matter moved to an impeachment motion in the National Assembly, which accused President Park of extensive and serious violations of the Constitution and the law.
*Impeachment- a process by which a legislative body formally charges against a high official of government.
By reading thoroughly from the first Hongik Tidings to the most recent, we can learn various things from them. We can gather a lot of information about our University, as well as social news in those days. We can hear personal stories of the students, some of which were very impressive. Also, we can notice the deep contemplation of reporters when they wrote their articles. It is like time travel. We can imagine young passionate students at the same of our age, interviewing people and covering news at that time. As their hard efforts accumulated, the whole series of Hongik Tidings could be made, which is the record of Hongik University and the students. Finally, it is valuable in itself.
이름: Park Jiwon
이름: Choi Yugyeong
이름: Heo Junyoung
이름: Cho Suyeon
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