Korea in South-East Asia

Bored with shelling South Korean islands, North Korea looks to invest in Vietnamese silk. FT blogs: http://bit.ly/dQwPzB # North Korea’s contribution to any silk venture will be its “silkworm expertise and technology”, Vietnam would, in exchange, provide labour and investment in production facilities.

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A little corner of Korea in India

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2010
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In the tiny state of Manipur NE India, separatists have banned Bollywood films. Korean film is all the rage, as is TV drama, and even hairstyles. BBC video. http://bbc.in/atIjfJ #

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Economic growth the priority for Korea in Laos

by Darren Southcott 10 September 2010
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Even for those familiar with the world of development aid, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) – the Korean government overseas aid organisation – may be a bit of an unknown entity. Arguably lacking the stature of a USAID or the pedigree of a DfID, KOICA has had to build its reputation from scratch in recent […]

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Whose generation? The hallyu in South-East Asia

by Darren Southcott 19 July 2010
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Darren Southcott finds the Korean Wave alive and kicking in South-East Asia Had I heard of the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, while I was in the UK I would probably have assumed it was an Asian take on a Central American football terrace tradition. The closest I ever came to being subsumed by it was […]

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The attractions of North Korean restaurants

by Philip Gowman 14 July 2010
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If ever you're on holiday in Cambodia this looks like the restaurant to visit. A North Korean noodle restaurant known for its beautiful waitresses – including the “North Korean Kim Tae-hee:” http://bit.ly/bHmvzR # …but if you work in South Korea you haven't got long to get there: an average of only 4.1 days for your […]

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White Badge: Korea and the Vietnamese War

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2010
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In a year that we remember the 60th anniversary of the first post-WW2 US military involvement in Asia, it was a great idea to invite Director Jeong Ji-yeong (정지영) to the UK. Jeong is known for a number of well-received films, including Nambugun, a film which gives a nuanced view of the Korean War from […]

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A view of Korea from Bangladesh

by Peter Corbishley 22 November 2009
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Peter Corbishley has just returned from a trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where the Koreans are also active. In 2009 South Korea is putting some $320m investment into the Bangladeshi economy and nearly 160 companies are working there, including a third of all companies operating in the export processing zones. In addition in 2006, for example, […]

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“Asia! Asia!” – Stephen Epstein at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2009
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Stephen Epstein had a busy week last week giving lectures in Cambridge, Oxford and London. He is on a lecture tour of Europe, using the trip as an opportunity to test various chapters from his forthcoming book with a critical audience. Friday’s lecture at SOAS focused on the portrayal of some of Korea’s Asian neighbours […]

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