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

Ever been interested in finding out what Go / Baduk is all about? If you’re around in London later this month, that’s your chance. If you play, you can register to participate. Or you can just go along to watch. 41st London Open Go Congress 2014 28th – 31st December 2014, International Students House 229 […]

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UK Foreign Office trains DPRK journalists

by Philip Gowman 14 December 2014
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According to today’s Sunday Express, A group of 46 North Korean “journalists” are on a UK study course in media skills funded by the Foreign Office… Lord Alton of Liverpool, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, accused the Foreign Office of “investing in people who are official mouthpieces of the regime”…The Foreign […]

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North Korea Freedom Week – programme of events

by Philip Gowman 6 December 2014
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Attached is a full programme of events for North Korea Freedom Week. Here is an introduction to the week, from Kim Joo-il: North Korea Freedom Week in Europe 2014 8-14 December On 18 November, the UN General Assembly Third Committee passed a resolution condemning North Korea for its systematic and widespread human rights violations. The […]

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Joo Yeon Sir wins Karl Jenkins music performance prize

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2014
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Congratulations to Joo Yeon Sir for winning The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM (and a cheque for £4,000). Joo Yeon will now record a piece of her choice and a short work composed especially by Karl Jenkins, both of which will be broadcast on Classic FM Read more […]

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Your at-a-glance guide to the LKFF 2014 schedule

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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Having trouble making decisions about which films to attend? Finding the LKL online calendar too cluttered? Here’s an easy-to-read downloadable chart showing the London screenings (plus, for good measure, the screening from the KCC’s Year of the Film Professionals programme, which competes for your attention on 13 November). The pdf download is best printed in […]

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The British Korean Society annual House of Lords event

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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A reminder to British Korean Society members of the upcoming House of Lords reception. And if you’re not a member yet, this is your excuse to join. British Korean Society Reception at the House of Lords Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, London SW1A 0AA Thursday 20th November 2014 Starting 7pm – Carriages 9pm Hosted by Baroness […]

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Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2014
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I love William Lee’s spectacular silver moon jars and other recreations of Korean ceramics; and I love Misun Won’s silver jewellery. Heeyoung Kim has caught the attention too at the Goldsmiths fair and elsewhere. I spotted some work by Youjin Nam at the RCA degree show this year, and work by Min Yoo at Mokspace. […]

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Jenna Sung piano recital at the Wigmore

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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A Sunday piano recital that commemorates the Sewol disaster: Jenna Sung, piano Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition Winner 16 November 2014 – 7:30pm Ticket Prices: £15 £13 £10 £8 Ticket bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per-ticket. Book tickets on the Wigmore Hall […]

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Hong Sang-soo season on Film 4

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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There are still some Korean film fans out there who haven’t seen any Hong Sang-soo yet. There’s a chance to catch his latest at this years London Korean Film Festival. But you can also see some of his recent back catalogue on TV before then. This must be the first occasion that Hong Sang-soo has […]

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North Korean Memoirs with Yeonmi Park and Jihyun Park

by Philip Gowman 31 October 2014
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If you missed out on the event in Parliament earlier this week (KBS report here), there’s a repeat in a slightly bigger venue on Monday. North Korean Memoirs with Yeonmi Park and Jihyun Park Monday 3rd November 2014, 2pm – 4pm St Anne’s Church London W1D 6AF. Due to the high demand, we are delighted […]

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Mother Green Tree Frog and Her Children, at Gresham College

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2014
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Gresham College hosts a free lunchtime talk, which they file under “Very Unusual”: Mother Green Tree Frog and Her Children Thursday, 13 November 2014 – 1:00pm Barnard’s Inn Hall | Holborn | London EC1N 2HH | www.gresham.ac.uk Overview Through an examination of selected Korean folktales, the lecture will illustrate how traditional society was influenced by […]

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Ambassador Lim on security challenges in NE Asia

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2014
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Notice of the upcoming Korean Studies evening seminar at SOAS: Security Challenges in Northeast Asia HE Ambassador Sungnam Lim 31 October 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Brunei Gallery Room B102 With an introduction by Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London, and chaired by Dr Tat Yan Kong (SOAS, University of London).

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Yoshi Sushi: “Glorious”

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2014
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The Telegraph this weekend has a nice write-up of my local Korean restaurant, Yoshi Sushi in King Street, Hammersmith. (Ravenscourt Park tube). My favourite K-food joint in a London postcode apart from the Old Justice (though I’m hoping to add a third to the list when Judy Joo’s place opens next month). Links: www.yoshisushi.co.uk (photo: […]

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Sulki Yu: Keys & Coffee at The Forge, Camden, 12 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Notice of a violin recital this coming Sunday morning in Camden: Keys & Coffee – Sulki Yu The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL | www.forgevenue.org Sunday, 12 October, 11am Tea and coffee will be served in the glazed courtyard from 10.30am. Book tickets A special performance at The Forge […]

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Two simultaneous talks on North Korea in Oxford and London, 14 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Rather last-minute notice of a talk on sources on contemporary North Korea. Note that the seminar is in SOAS’s Vernon Square campus. How do we know what we think we know about North Korea? The use of records from the archives of Pyongyang’s former communist allies to challenge the received wisdom. Date: 14 October 2014, […]

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Lee Bul curator talk – 20 October

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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A welcome opportunity to hear Lee Bul’s two current exhibitions discussed by the experts. Maybe it will help me write a review. Lee Bul: The Curators’ Talk October 20 (Mon), 7pm Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Museum, Tokyo) Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator, Tate Research Centre) Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK […]

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A workshop on Korean cuisine in central London

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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The Korea Cultural Centre will be hosting a Korean Cuisine workshop with Westminster Kingsway College for 8 days from 20th October to introduce Korean food to the UK. As part of this project, they will provide an opportunity to take part in two 2-days courses (27-28 and 29-30 October) to anyone interested in Korean foods. […]

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