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If I had been given a fiver every time a journalist or PhD student asked to be put in touch with North Korean refugees in the London area I wouldn’t be exactly rich, but there would be a few more books overflowing from my already full bookcase. Whether it be for reaction to the latest […]

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Event news: Support for North Korean Exiles – a talk in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2017
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EAHRNK will be hosting an event in New Malden on April 5th in conjunction with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). Come along to find out how you can get involved in North Korean human rights: Empowerment and Integration: Support for North Korean Exiles Wed 5 April 2017 | 19:00 – 21:00 New Malden Methodist Church […]

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Exhibition news: Korea Town, at Wimbledon Space – and a Korea Day

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2017
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It’s a bit difficult to tell from the below announcement what artists are participating in this Wimbledon College of Art show. The accompanying blog post assumes almost a similar amount of insider knowledge. But it may be of interest to this readership. There is a Korea Day at the college on 4 February in the […]

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The folding plug makes it on to the high street

by Philip Gowman 29 November 2016
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Seen in Maplins Canary Wharf branch yestserday: The electrical and gadget retailer is stocking the folding plug designed by Choi Min-kyu. Fantastic news that the product has made it onto the high street. We first noticed the idea back in 2009, and saw the next iteration in 2013. Looking at the elegant USB chargers I […]

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Event news: an introduction to the UK Exceptional Talent visa

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2016
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The KCC is hosting a talk aimed at a Korean-speaking audience on the UK’s Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on 29 November. Full details on the KCC website.

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Event news: the 1st Global North Korea Freedom Week

by Philip Gowman 10 November 2016
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News of next week’s Global North Korea Freedom Week, said to be the first, arrived in my inbox recently. Don’t ask me to interpret how the timetable below works. Perhaps a more accurate version can be found on the www.ifreenk.com website, but my mcaffee web filter won’t let me go there. 1st Global North Korea […]

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Event news: Korean Cultural Day(s) at New Malden Methodist Church

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2016
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It was nice of someone to post this in the LKL Facebook group yesterday. Too late to provide much advance notice, but I’m posting it now for the archives. I hadn’t heard of the Association of Korean Communities in the UK before. This sort of event used to be sponsored by an organisation called the […]

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Event news: Chuseok celebrations in Kingston

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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There will be some Chuseok festivities on Saturday 17 September in Kingston marketplace, 12-4pm, organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange and supported by Kingston Council. It is said to be the first Korean street/outdoor festival to be held in Kingston town centre, and is certainly to be welcomed as an alternative focus to celebrate Koreanness there now the summer festival in […]

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Award for Korean Information Centre Co-founder

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2016
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Congratulations to Bona Shin of the Korean Information Centre in New Malden for winning the Mayor’s Community Award for outstanding service to the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The award was presented on 31 March 2016. The Korean Information Centre opened on 2 February last year with the aim of building a healthier and happier Korean […]

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Koreans help create a garden for London’s Royal Free Hospital 

by Linda Grove 30 November 2015
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“What a strange thing,” you may think, “to do a spot of volountary service when you are on holiday.” But that’s exactly what four Korean travellers did this weekend in response to Kim Minho’s Korean online request for volunteers to help with the hospital garden. Kim Moon-sun came to learn English in London ten years […]

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Event report: the stories of our North Korean friends in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2015
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During last year’s New Malden Festival, the founders of the Korean Information Centre, Bona Shin and Glenna Debosco, hosted an evening looking at the experiences of North Korean refugees in New Malden. The event was a valuable opportunity for local residents and others to raise their awareness of this small community in their midst, and […]

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Joo Yeon Sir in broadcast premier and Albert Hall debut

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2015
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Last November, violinist Joo Yeon Sir won the Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, held in association with the radio station Classic FM. The award was launched in 2013 to identify the most exciting young performers in Britain. According to Classic FM, the “candidates were judged based upon their technique, individualism, musicality, interpretation, communication […]

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Event news: Highlights of the 8th New Malden Arts Festival

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2015
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The 8th New Malden Arts Festival runs from 7th to 20th September. For full details, visit the Theatre for All website and view the official brochure. A summary of the timetable is laid out below, and a details of a couple of highlighted events which may be of interest to LKL readers. But there’s something […]

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2015 Travel Diary day 2: The Drawing hand | Seooreung | Tea Museum | Makgeolli at Kim Sakkat

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2015
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Myeongdong, Seoul, 30 May. Two hours sleep on the plane, and only another two on my first night in Seoul, means that I’m groggy on Saturday morning. A quick session in the hotel gym doesn’t do much to remedy that. Coffee with The Drawing Hand My brain is gently kick-started by a coffee in the hotel lobby, […]

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Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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An upcoming event sponsored by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea: Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK Date: June 18, 2015 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Venue: Manor Park Hall, 316b Malden Road, KT3 6AU [Map] Tickets: Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Join us on Thursday, June 18 for […]

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Royal Ballet dancer featured in Chosun Ilbo

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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There’s a nice feature on Choe Yu-hui, a soloist with the Royal Ballet, in the Chosun Ilbo. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a Korean family, Choe grew up in a pro-North Korean environment. Only 12 years ago did she change her nationality from North to South Korea. (Via Adam Cathcart) Links: From Korean Outsider in […]

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Sylvia Park receives her MBE

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2015
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Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud […]

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