Koreans elsewhere

AAPI Voices say that the Slate got it wrong, but at least the Slate article on the most popular language in your State got the Korean states right. So why is it that, after Spanish and English, Korean is the most-spoken language in Virginia and Georgia? One suggestion from an LKL reader is that Virginia […]

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Twinsters featured in Metro

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2014
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The heartwarming story of two identical twins from Busan being adopted and brought up in separate continents made it into London freesheet the Metro yesterday. Samantha and Anais, having successfully raised $30,000 for phase 1 of an autobiographical documentary project on Kickstarter, are now looking to raise $80,000 for post-production. They are over a quarter […]

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Twinsters book deal announced

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2013
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That sure is fast work: Twinsters Sam Futurman and Anais Bordier have signed a deal for the book of the film – and the film isn’t even made yet. According to AP, Penguin’s US affiliate G.P Putnam’s Sons will be publishing the memoir, which will be coming out in late 2014 – in time for […]

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Twinsters – what a compelling story

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2013
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On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French fashion design student living in London. Anaïs’ friends viewed a YouTube video featuring Samantha. They were immediately blown away by the identical appearance of Samantha & […]

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Kim Young-ha: Black Flower – an imaginative re-telling of a fascinating byway of Korean history

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2013
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Kim Young-ha: Black Flower Originally published in Korean in 2003 This edition Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012, 305pp, Translated by Charles La Shure Black Flower tells the fascinating story of a thousand or so Korean emigrants who sailed from Jemulpo (now Incheon) in 1905 in search of jobs in Mexico, and ended up founding a short-lived […]

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Korean adoptee elected to French senate

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2011
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A Korean adoptee has been elected to the French senate for the Green Party. There are around 12,000 Korean adoptees in France. http://t.co/hZ9TIijx

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Asian American Portraits of Encounter at the Smithsonian

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2011
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Artists explore the Asian-American experience at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Looks like an interesting show: Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter http://t.co/BVVLxhi #

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A Korean restaurant in Dusseldorf

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2011
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A fine Korean restaurant I just discovered in Dusseldorf. And I just converted another work colleague to Korean food. http://twitpic.com/52hgcp #. The Korean family running the restaurant had been in Germany for about 20 years.

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Bulgogi Taco Truck features in California’s London ad campaign

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2011
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I saw this ad at Hammersmith tube station last week: LA-based Korean American Roy Choi invented the bulgogi taco fusion dish, and scored a huge success with the formula. It’s even caught on back in Seoul, where you can also get bulgogi burritos in cafes in the Hongdae area. According to the Wall Street Journal: […]

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Life as a banana – Korean adoptees speak at Cambridge

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2010
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LKL reports from last Saturday’s half-day conference at Cambridge: “60 years of overseas Korean adoption and the Korean adoption issue”. What is it like to be yellow on the outside but white on the inside? Adoptees freely joke about the banana analogy. But simply being a white person in a yellow skin is only part […]

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The Korean connection in “Up”

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2010
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You know that tubby kid in Pixar’s animation “Up”? He’s a Korean, modeled after Peter Sohn, a 32-year-old ethnic Korean production artist who has been working with Pixar since 2000. Source: Chosun Ilbo

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Suicides soar among NY Koreans

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2009
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Suicides soar among New York Koreans – more depressing stories for 2009: Money troubles have been the leading force behind the sharp rise, say Korean civic leaders and officials, who are alarmed by the trend. Failure to get into top colleges, perform well at school or climb the economic ladder can cause deep shame and […]

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Song Il-gon, Los Coreanos and the Dance of Time

by Philip Gowman 16 December 2009
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Song Il-gon, always poetic, documents Los Coreanos – the Korean diaspora in Cuba – in his first feature documentary, Dance of Time. Let’s hope it makes it to subtitled DVD soon. http://bit.ly/85zV2A. 10:08 PM Dec 16th from bit.ly

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Korea’s got talent

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2009
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While Britons were focused on their own domestic talent competition last week, Korea was demonstrating the depth of its classical music talent at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. The venue was the Palais des Beaux Arts, where earlier this year the Smile of Buddha exhibition was held. The Queen Elisabeth competition traces […]

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Unfortunate headline of the week…

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2007

…goes to the Chosun for Korean Hurt in Virginia College Massacre (timed at 8:39 KST, 17 April) I guess it’s the pitfalls of reporting news as it happens. The next Chosun article on the topic reads: Virginia Tech Shooter Was Korean (timed at 7:48 KST, 18 April). In due course I’ll update this post with […]

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Brief book review: Suki Kim — The Interpreter

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2006
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Suki Kim: The Interpreter Picador, 2003, 294pp A detective story centring on a young Korean girl in New York who earns a living interpreting for the court system. By chance she comes across information which leads her to question the circumstances of her parents’ death. The novel is an interesting glimpse into the Korean underclass […]

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