As it is widely known, Go is called Weiqi in China while it is called Baduk in Korea. Myongji University in Korea is the first university that has opened the department of Go Studies. I am an amateur go player and have played go for more than 25 years. Since 1994 when I was graduated from teachers’ college, I have started business related with Go education in my home country, Rizhao in China. One day, I saw the Korean TV series named Misaeng. It helped me to have my final decision to fly to Korea for getting my Ph.D. of Go Studies.
When I was at the desk of Korea Embassy in Beijing for getting visa, I was asked why I chose to go to Korea not toAmerica. My answer to him was that it is because I want to earn my Ph.D. major of Go in Myongji University of Korea and it is the only place in the world where I can learn about Go as a major.
I know little about Korean language and I worried about my age. I kept asking myself, is 46 too late for me to starta new thing? When I was so worried about my age, I met Daniela Trinks who is from Germany. She had started her bachelor degree for Go studies in 2008 and finished her Ph.D. course for Go studies in August 2014 at Myongji University. Now she has become an associate professor at the Dept. of Buduk Studies in Myongji University for this year. Her eightyears of studying really encouraged me. Also, I found out that Go has gained more interests from both the Asian and the Western people.
Ms. Trinks showed me the new building, the newly built offices, and the new classrooms of Baduk studies wherestudents and faculty members have just moved in. Meanwhile, Prof. Jeong Soo-hyun, the founder of the Dept. of Baduk Studies and his graduate students focus on a project called the Baduk & Psychology. Three questions have aroused fromhis project. 1) Why do Go become attractive to many audience through TV shows or movies? 2) Compared with the rule of baduk which is so simple, why does the game be complicated and have charming characteristic? 3) Why do professional players cannot avoid such foolish mistakes on the game board? Is there any unknown reasons? Concerning these issues, his teaching method is experimental and practical for me. My classmates and any other professional people have becomevery interested in this study. My Baduk’s life have started from here and just like what Dean Prof. Nam described under her course named Player Criticism, life is full of challenges but it is pretty enjoyable and fruitful when I am with Baduk.
Sun Daechang, Ph.D. student