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

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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BBC Korea Service expected to start as early as 2017

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2016
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It was confirmed today that Korean would be one of the 11 additional languages in which the BBC World Service will broadcast. An accompanying interview with a BBC official on this morning’s Today programme said that the Korean content is likely to be a half-hour daily news programme focused on regional current affairs, though world […]

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Gangnam Style remembered on Strictly

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Thanks to would-be Labour finance minister Ed Balls for brightening up our dull Autumn on the BBC’s celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Consistently at the bottom of the scoreboard, he is saved by the popular vote. In the most recent episode he had the guts to do a Gangnam Style inspired Salsa, choreographed (with […]

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An interview with Jung Yewon

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2016
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There’s a good interview ithe Jung Yewon, translator of Hwang Jung-eun’s One Hundred Shadows, in The London Magazine. [T]he image of misty rain, “slender as spider’s silk,” is something that … stayed with me as I read, translated, and reread the book, with the ambience of a dream it spun. Authors: Hwang Jungeun

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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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Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective — at New Malden Library

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2016
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LKL friend and sometime contributor Colette Balmain will be presenting on the subject of K-horror next week. Ties in nicely with the female directors strand in the London Korean Film Festival. Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective New Malden Library, Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3LY 10th November 2016, 19:00 – 20:00 Free (Book in […]

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BECTU: “Film festival sets disgraceful example in Living Wage Week”

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2016
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Many of us enjoyed the London East Asia Film Festival recently, myself included. But let’s not forget the hard work of the staff who make it happen. BECTU, the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union, is supporting the temporary and part time workers who according to a news item on their website were paid below […]

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Jinjuu Mayfair opens

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2016
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Marking the opening of Jinjuu Mayfair at 39 Albemarle Street W1S 4JQ there’s an interview with Judy Joo in Food Republic. There’s a nice quote about how she came to open her first restaurant at the beginning of last year: I got a random phone call. My business partner just cold-called me. He said “I’ve […]

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Ambassador Hay talks to Korea Times

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2016
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There’s a nice interview with Ambassador Hay in the Korea Times this week. In it, he gives us news about the UK participation in military exercises on the peninsula that had the North Koreans so riled (four Eurofighters will join in an aerial drill with Korean and US planes at Osan air base in Gyeonggi-do), […]

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Seminar news: Ambassador Ra Jong-Yil on Jang Songtaek

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2016
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The London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science announces a keynote Guest Lecture. This is in addition to the Contemporary Korea Speaker Series that has already been announced. No registration is required. Son in Law of a Political Theocracy: The Rise and Fall of Jang Seongtaek Amb. Ra Jong-Yil Former Republic of Korea Ambassador to UK […]

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Train to Busan gets UK theatrical release

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2016
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If you haven’t yet managed to see the zombie thrill fest Train to Busan (LKL review here) you can catch it in UK cinemas from 28 October 2016, courtesy of Studiocanal. More details on their PR’s website.

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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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Another take on Shin Sang-ok

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2016
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The Korea Times has a nicely-timed memoir of Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee covering their time in America immediately after their redefection in 1986. At over 4,000 words it’s a meaty article, and well worth the read, in particular touching on Shin’s impossible dream of a film about Ganghis Khan. Thanks to Michael Duffy for […]

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Korean theatres celebrate Shakespeare

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2016
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“South Korean theaters have launched a series of reinterpreted Shakespearean plays for the fall-winter season of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the globally revered British poet and playwright.” Full story on Yonhap

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Event news: Art & Disaster-3D printing — artist talk

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2016
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News of an artist talk later this week at the KCC: Art & Disaster – 3D Printing Artist Talk at Korean Cultural Centre UK 2pm, 20th October 2016 Curated by Art&Disaster Co-organised by Space_BA421(Korea), 10AAA(UK) This is artist Talk with 4 artist Kang Jeauk (강제욱), Ha Seok Jun (하석준), Im Do One (임도원), Shin Kiwoun […]

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Exhibition news: Kitty Jun-Im — Connected Moment, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2016
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Notice of an upcoming exhibition at Han Collection (in the gallery space formerly occupied by Mokspace): Kitty Jun-Im: Connected Moment Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | 020 7637 8880 | www.hancollection.co.uk 21-29 October 2016 We are very much looking forward to our eagerly anticipated exhibtion of new paintings […]

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DPRK attacks UK’s participation in military exercises

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2016
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I’m not sure that many people knew we were participating. But here’s what the official DPRK news agency has to say about it. Britain’s Decision to Dispatch Its Fighters to U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Drill against DPRK Blasted Pyongyang, October 14 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following […]

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