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My Best Shot

June 16, 2002

Irvine reader Jay Hahm was driving through the South Korean countryside a year ago when he came upon this "shellabration" in Seosan, about 100 miles southwest of Seoul. A high school marching band in traditional costumes and equipped with old-fashioned instruments lent their colors to a local festival. It was an intriguing sight for Hahm, who was born in Korea during World War II, escaped to the south when communists came to power and moved to Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville. He returns to his homeland almost every year, noticing that as the country modernizes, reenactments of ancient traditions of Korean culture seem more prevalent. Says Hahm: "It's all very amazing to my eye."

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