Koreatowns

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

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

by Events Editor 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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The Korean Information Centre is launched

by Events Editor 31 January 2015
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Theatre for All’s ambitious project, the Korean Information Centre (KIC), has been set up to help the Korean community by increasing access to information and to promote integration. Aim: To build a healthier and happier Korean community by transcending cultural barriers. Objectives: To integrate with the local community To increase access to information To empower […]

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The experience of North Koreans in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2014
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A panel session about the experiences of North Korean defectors in New Malden is at first sight a strange event to promote as part of an arts festival. But the 7th New Malden Arts Festival overlaps with Malden Fortnight, a celebration of New Malden’s varied community, of which Koreans are of course a significant part. […]

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The life of North Koreans in New Malden

by Events Editor 1 July 2014
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As part of the 7th New Malden Arts Festival (19th July ~ 2 August 2014), Theatre4All are presenting an evening focusing on the lives of North Koreans in New Malden. Life of North Koreans in New Malden Malden Centre | Blagdon Road | New Malden | KT3 4TA Saturday 26 July 2014 7:30pm ~ 9:00pm […]

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Koreans in America: the Slate map of the most popular language in your State

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2014
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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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Yonhap feature on living in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2013
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Very interesting feature on the Koreans of New Malden, by Niels Footman of Yonhap. Two contrasting quotes set the scene: Two years ago, at a meeting of the Kingston Racial Equality Council … the incumbent member of parliament Ed Davey said that because much of the Korean population is transitory, “they feel less of a […]

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The new Manhattan Restaurant Jung Sik Dang

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2011
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Yonhap Feature: A first look at a Seoul chef’s Manhattan offshoot bit.ly/rbyN2D. The new Manhattan Restaurant Jung Sik Dang. “A much better profile than the New York Times” via @subjectobjectverb

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OK, you CAN get good food in 32nd Street

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2011
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When I travel abroad, if I have the opportunity I’ll usually try out the quality of the local Korean restaurants. Often, as when I was in Germany in May, the Korean menus are easier to understand than those in the local restaurants, and I’m always on the look-out for opportunities to initiate colleagues into the […]

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BBC feature on London’s Little Korea

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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Great article at BBC News – Doing business in London’s Little Korea (New Malden) http://bbc.in/edhe9y #. Hairdressers, shops, restaurant, property lettings – it’s a really close look.

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A meeting with Maangchi in Manhattan

by Philip Gowman 2 October 2009
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It was LKL’s first transatlantic trip for about two years, and I was keen to see what had changed in Manhattan’s Koreatown. In addition, I was keen to meet up with Maangchi, one of the winners of the first prize in the KTO’s Blog Korea, Visit Korea competition. I had been aware of Maangchi’s work […]

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Surprise sushi restaurant in New Malden mini-market

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2009
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There’s a good sushi restaurant at the back of the Seoul Plaza shop very near the Fountain Pub in New Malden. Turbot Set with maeuntang especially recommended! #

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FT hails New Malden parakeets, and other recent London Korean stories

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2009
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A round-up of recent London Korea-related stories: SOAS’s Keith Howard featured in the Korean Press, and the FT looks at the Korean community in New Malden

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Korean bookshop in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2008
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Thanks to David Gomez for writing in with an answer to a question which lots of people have asked: where to buy Korean books in London. Not books about Korea, not books about how to learn Korean, but books written in Korean. My standard answer is that I haven’t the foggiest idea, but that if […]

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