Name: Anu Manilal

Age: 20

POSt: Major in Architectural Design and Anthropology, 4th year

Social Media: You can follow me everywhere @anuimnida!

What are you interested in and what got you interested in Korean culture?

I love Kpop! I got into Kpop in 2013 when a friend of mine showed me Super Junior’s Mr. Simple and Girl’s Generation’s The Boys. I was like wow. These people are good looking. ^^; From such superficial beginnings, I got drawn into the world by the music, and then the fanfiction (now that’s what I spend most of my time on…) I loved Super Junior for a year, then I discovered B1A4, and then finally, BTS, whom I have been an avid fan of since 2015. (ARMY REPRESENT) Each of these groups is special to me in their own way, and being a part of a community that felt safe and protected from my “real life” was so integral to me at the time. Now, sharing that community with people who need a safe space centred on this common interest is my top priority. Which leads me to…

What made you apply to be an exec?

I really wanted to share this community I’d found with as many people as I could. I joined UTKC in 2017-2018 as the Director of Promotions for this purpose. Eventually, my passion for the club led me to become President. I hope to encourage all the members to speak themselves, to be proud of who they are, and to welcome them to a safe, positive space where they are accepted.

Fave TV Show: Ah, can I still say Weekly Idol? Given the changes on the show, I suppose my answer is now Idol Room. Then again, there’s Run Bts, BTSGayo, Bon Voyage, Burn the Stage..

Fave Group: I hope this has been blatantly obvious, but it’s BTS.

Fave Karaoke Tune: BTS – hah, no it’s actually GFriend, Time for the Moon Night or Love Whisper. Belting those high notes melts my stress away~

Vice President

Name: Louise Allyn Palma

Age: 21

POSt: Specialist in Journalism, Minor in Media Studies, 4th year

What are you interested in and what got you interested in Korean culture?

I got interested in Korean culture when I first discovered K-Pop during the time of SHINee’s debut. But I easily got out of that, and it resurged through variety shows like Hello Counsellor, Running Man and Return of Superman! And of course, I absolutely love the food. Watching reruns of the Song triplets, William or watching poor Lee Kwang-soo fall on his face (again) while eating tteokbokki, haemul pajeon or mandu is definitely the best to unwind and makes me the happiest. (So much love for the food~)

What made you apply to be an exec?

As an exec, I knew I would be placed in a position that would heavily contribute to creating a safe, positive and open environment for everyone and anyone interested in Korean culture to interact with others with the same interest. I want to continue this culture that UTKC proudly represents. I also wanted to support my colleagues and executives as much as I could, in their passion and vision for our club.

Fave TV Show : *cries* I love love love Return of Superman and Running Man, basically equally. Hello Counsellor is wonderful, but sometimes it gives me stress because of certain problems, haha. ^^;


Name: Lucky Thangarajah

POSt: Major in Criminology, 2nd year

What are you interested in and what got you interested in Korean culture?

I absolutely love dancing! I learned about Korean culture through K-Pop. And because I love dancing, I was drawn to the dope choreographies. Specifically for boy groups. And because of that, I got into Korean culture. Our VP made me try Korean food, and oh my God. Kimchi is the literal best. It is the bomb.

What made you apply to be an exec?

During my previous year of study, I actually had a chance to participate in the Korean-English Language Exchange. I didn’t get to go a lot, but when I went I had fun. I met a lot of fun people. The Korean people I met during the exchange were so interested in learning about our culture, which made me interested in learning about their culture. That experience made me want to join the club, so I could use my knowledge of Korean culture to have an opportunity to get more Koreans involved in Toronto.

Fave group(s): BTS, MONSTAX, NCT2018