BTS uses International Sign

On September 13th there was an article published on Weverse Magazine(a magazine for all the K-pop fans) titled “From International Sign in “Permission to Dance” to a barrier-free world” which actually actually caught my eye to read more about. Permission to Dance was released on the 9th of July which is also known as “Army Day” (Army is the fan-name of BTS) . It’s the third English song by BTS .

 According to Kim, BTS thought they “need to give people good vibes, like positive energy and hope” while preparing for the new song. This is exactly how the members of BTS have felt during the pandemic. “It’s a hard time for us, but there must be far more people having a much harder time than us, and we want to give people hope in our own way,” they said. “We hope we can give them strength somehow.” As for SUGA, while he was working on the song during the pandemic, “he said, ‘things aren’t looking good right now, but let’s do what we can.’ According to Kim, BTS liked the track but the original lyrics sounded more like a marriage proposal so the group asked to modify the lyrics.

I felt like the distance between BTS and me has narrowed,” said YouTuber hamonthly, explaining what the use of International Sign (IS) in the choreography for BTS’s “Permission to Dance” means to her. hamonthly, who identifies as deaf and uploads content to her eponymous YouTube channel related to her life and hearing loss, posted a reaction video to “Permission to Dance” in July, the reason being that the choreography for the music video, as is widely known, features three signs from IS: those for fun, dance and peace. From the standpoint of a sign language user, sign language is their first language,” hamonthly said, According to the Korean Sign Language Act, passed in 2016, KSL is an official language with equal standing to Korean. The two languages have their own unique grammar systems and use different word orders. IS, meanwhile, presents a means for deaf people who use sign languages from different countries to communicate with one another and, because there’s no firmly established system like there is with KSL or American Sign Language, it’s subject to change depending on the region and its users; as such, its exact definition remains up for debate. 

 According to Jung Heechan, executive director of the Korea Association of the Deaf, “International Sign is created through signs that have a compatible meaning with each other.” He called the communication that its users generate between themselves the core of IS, adding, “Deaf culture possesses its own unique identity and thoughts.” hamonthly feels likewise: “Korean Sign Language gave me an answer to the question, ‘Who am I?’ ” She pointed out how it’s a positive development that sign language was incorporated into the “da na na na” part of “Permission to Dance” since KSL is its own language and not a substitute for Korean.Jung said he came to “know that people became interested in sign language” after IS made an appearance in “Permission to Dance.” For hamonthly, she’s “happy for the interest in International Sign,” but at the same time she stressed the importance for it to be an opportunity to “extend” that interest “to deaf people’s lives.” In other words, the wider public also needs to think about how deaf and other disabled people can enjoy things like concerts, meetings with fans, live streams and more without barriers to accessibility.

The first person we see in the “Permission to Dance” music video is a woman working at a restaurant. The video shows a number of other people—mail carriers, cleaners, children, students—who live and work all around us, but who belong to a class of people whose struggles since the pandemic hit aren’t visible enough. It’s surely no coincidence that BTS chose to shine the spotlight on such individuals in their music video while also using IS. BTS also had signers at some of their performances two years ago. What’s more important than what BTS did, however, is the ongoing discussion around the issues being raised and whether they can result in something that improves the lives of the deaf people and, moreover, all the disabled people. This, hamonthly said, needs “continuous attention, not curiosity.” And she added one more thing.

“There are more deaf people around you than you think.”

Source : Weverse Magazine

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