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Micro posts, bite sized articles and links to stories on other sites that we find of interest.

Photographer Kim Hong-Ji has put together a moving portfolio of pictures in memory of the Sewol victims. He has been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster. Available on the BBC and Reuters websites.

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A timely arrival for the 2015 London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2015
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Last year there were a couple of translations of Korean novels whose publication was timed to coincide with the London Book Fair. This year, despite Korea no longer being the focus country, the habit seems to be continuing. Bae Suah’s Nowhere to be Found, translated by Sora Kim-Russell, arrived on my doormat today, day 2 […]

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Shin Yoon-seok lunchtime recital at St George-the-Martyr

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2015
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An upcoming piano recital in Southwark: Free lunchtime recital with Yoon-Seok Shin (piano) Church of St George the Martyr | Borough High Street | London SE1 1JA [Map] Thursday 16th April, 1pm Sonata for Keyboard No 38 in F Hob XVI/23 – (Franz) Joseph Haydn Nocturne No 9 in B Op 32 No 1 – […]

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Hanmi Gallery to exhibit Leonard Johannson in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2015
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Hanmi Gallery’s Sinsadong space opened last year, with the objective of bringing western artists to Seoul. The next exhibition should be an interesting one, with Swedish/Korean artist Leonard Johannson, whose London exhibition a year ago we rather liked. Leonard Johansson: ‘Under the influence’ Hanmi Gallery | Seoul 한미갤러리 | 서울시 강남구 신사동 608-12 | +82 […]

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Great news: 94 “lost” films rediscovered

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2015
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I’m prepared to trust Im Kwon-taek’s judgement about the quality of his 14th film that is in the batch of lost films just donated to the Korean Film Archive – Battlefield and Mistress as a title doesn’t sound promising. He made similar comments about his early output when he spoke during his London retrospective back […]

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Ghosts of Jeju to get another London screening

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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Eighteen months ago there was a screening of this documentary about the 4:3 incident also known as the Jeju Massacre. There’s now an opportunity to see it again at a deli in Deptford on 27 April as part of the Free Film Festival. Free event. No ticket required, but capacity is only 40 so get […]

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National Youth Orchestra premieres new Unsuk Chin commission

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2015
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The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has commissioned a new work by Unsuk Chin which will be premiered at a concert at Sage Gateshead on 9 April. The programme, which also includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Percy Grainger’s eccentric and elaborately-scored The Warriors, will be broadcast live on Radio 3 at 7:30pm, and […]

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Google Korea remembers Hwang Sun-won

by Philip Gowman 27 March 2015
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Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Hwang Sun-won’s birth on 26 March, 1915. Google Korea celebrated with one of their doodles, illustrating Hwang’s most well-known story, The Shower (소나기, 1959). The story was adapted as a movie by Lee Jin-mo in 1978; and Studio Meditation with Pencil is currently working on an animated version, which […]

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Why Jeju Islanders don’t want Chinese to be allowed to drive?

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2015
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A while ago we noticed an article in the Korean press which suggested people in Jeju-do were unhappy about Chinese being allowed to drive rental cars on the island when on vacation. I wondered what it was that concerned them. Then, the other day, I came across this article in H’s Week in China publication, […]

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Winds of Change – a programme of music for piano & wind in Notting Hill

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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A great programme of music for piano and winds coming up this month, the Korean connection being that the ensemble includes flautist Jasmine Choi, whose Wigmore debut in 2009 impressed us a lot. An interesting venue too. Winds of Change: Vienna, St Petersburg, Paris Aspect Foundation For Music and Arts Thursday, 26 March 2015 at […]

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Global Oriental title on Joseon dynasty wins American Library Association award

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2015
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Congratulations to Brill / Global Oriental books, whose Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea was in Choice Magazine’s list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. The book, edited by Cambridge University’s Michael Shin, is a collection of features on various aspects of life in the Joseon Dynasty: Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea shows how the momentous […]

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A comprehensive list of DPRK slogans

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In case you ever feel short of inspiring slogans, the WPK Central Committee and Central Military Commission has just published a list of 349 of them. Here’s an example (#344): The revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu and the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners’ call to keep the revolutionary faith even if […]

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North Korean Policy on Disabled People – a talk with DPRK govt officials

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2015
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As part of the tour by the DPRK Youth Para-ensemble there is an opportunity to discuss disability issues in North Korea with some government officials: A Talk with North Korea’s Government Officials North Korean Policy on Disabled People Place: Nuffield College, Large Lecture Room Time: 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM, 21 February, 2015 Due to […]

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Hyelim Kim on actualising musical tradition – this week’s SOAS seminar

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2015
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The first of four public seminars at SOAS this month features taegŭm player Hyelim Kim: Actualising Musical Tradition: Performance-as-Research on the Korean flute, taegŭm Dr Hyelim Kim (SOAS, University of London) Date: 6 February 2015, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102 The taegŭm, a horizontal bamboo flute, is considered one of the […]

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Namul – a nice bibimbap place in Brighton

by Andrew 대왕 1 February 2015
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A nice Korean place to know about if you’re ever in Brighton. ‘Namul’, which opened six weeks ago, is right in the thick of the trendy North Lanes, serving bibimbap and sushi in a small no frills little cafe style place. The bibimbap comes with white, brown or black rice and a great selection of […]

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The Korean Information Centre is launched

by Philip Gowman 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 BKS Diners celebrate Seollal

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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The first 2015 get-together of the British Korean Society diners is on 18 February to celebrate the lunar new year: Celebrating Seollal: The Korean Lunar New Year Wednesday 18 February 2015, 7.00pm Kalbi Korean Restaurant, 36, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 5HP (Nearest Underground stations are Chancery Lane & Farringdon; Bus Routes, 19, 38 & 341) […]

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