Each NAKASEC affiliate carries out cultural programs through its cultural or poongmul (traditional Korean percussion ensemble) troupe. These troupes were formed to promote an appreciation of Korean cultural traditions for Korean Americans young and old, instilling them with a sense of identity as immigrants and ethnic minorities in the United States.

Each year, the troupes bring together community members for two annual events. In the beginning of the New Year, Sae Hae Ma Ji (Ringing in the New Year) is held respective affiliate cities. NAKASEC affiliates also celebrate lunar new year with Jishin Balpgi (Stepping on the Spirit of the Earth), a street festival throughout local businesses. In addition, the troupes perform regularly at cultural and community events, thus fostering a rich cultural exchange with diverse communities and cultures. Finally, the troupes are dedicated to education in the arts and hold poongmul workshops where participants, from children to adults, can learn traditional Korean folk songs and percussion rhythms.

To learn more about the poongmul troupes and how to get involved, please contact:

Korean Resource Center
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 937-3718

Work and Play (Il Kwa Nori)
Korean American Resource & Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
(773) 506-9158

Philadelphia, PA