Harvard Senior’s Disney-Inspired Korean Musical a Hit Online

Disney has done the frozen Nordic princess, the Chinese warrior princess and many others in between. But a Korean princess? Not so much.

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Julia Riew poses at Farkus Hall, on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Obsessed with strong female animated characters, Korean American college student Riew didn't see any who looked like her, so she's designed her own. Riew, a Harvard senior, wrote a full-length musical as her thesis, played the part of Princess Shimcheong, and has been performing her songs on TikTok, drawing a huge following and sparking interest from filmmakers and theater producers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Disney has done the frozen Nordic princess, the Chinese warrior princess and many others in between. But a Korean princess? Not so much. Harvard University student Julia Riew has set out to fix that. The 22-year-old Korean American senior wrote “Shimcheong: A Folktale” — a full-length musical inspired by a Korean folktale with a decidedly Disney movie vibe — as her senior thesis. She’s been releasing snippets of it on TikTok…

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