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

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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Concert notes: Sunwook Kim at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2015
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The Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the best known stars in the classical music world such as Maurizio Pollini and Mitsuko Uchida as well as those at an earlier stage in their musical careers. 2006 Leeds prizewinner Sunwook Kim made his first appearance in the series on 3 March 2015 in the […]

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Adultery law – why was it ever a criminal offence in the first place?

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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The recent news item that the adultery was to be decriminalised in South Korea, 62 years after it was written into the criminal code, got me wondering as to why, when a country is rebuilding itself after a devastating war, would it be considered a priority to add adultery to the list of criminal offences. […]

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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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LSE lecture: Is the multicultural state a doomed project in South Korea?

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2015
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The cynics will say that multiculturalism in South Korea consists of teaching foreigners how to make kimchi. The upcoming talk at SOAS will examine the matter in a bit more depth. Constructing the Multicultural States in South Korea & Japan: Chimera or Reality LSESU Korean Society Annual Lecture Series 31 January 2015, 14:00–16:00 Room 7.02, […]

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Korean artists at the 2015 London Art Fair

by Philip Gowman 18 January 2015
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We’ve already posted about the artists being shown by Hanmi Gallery (Projects space, stand 9: Kim Chang-kyum and Mioon) and by CAIS / Skipwiths (Main hall, stand 35: Choi So-young, Chun Kwang-young, Chung Doo-hwa, Kim Ha-young, Lah Sun-young and Park Hyo-jin). In addition to those galleries, Shine Artists (Main hall, stand G25) will be showing […]

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The Doctor Who World Tour in Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2015
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BBC3 have just put out a short programme (the sort of thing you get as an added extra in a DVD boxed set) featuring the World Tour that took place in August 2014 to launch Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. There’s about 4 minutes of footage of their stopover in Seoul, around 13 minutes […]

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Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etudes committed to disk

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2015
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The fiendishly difficult Etudes by Unsuk Chin have been recorded by British pianist Clare Hammond in a disc sponsored by the British Korean Society. It will be released by BIS Records on 2 February and there is a launch event (including a short recital of works from the CD) at the Guildhall School of Music […]

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Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung battle to build the biggest ships

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2015
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Only two years ago there was the naming ceremony for the world’s largest container ship, the Maersk Triple E built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. At 398m long and with a capacity of 18,270 twenty-foot equivalent containers, the ship had its own website, www.worldslargestship.com. Two days ago, the newest largest container ship, the CSCL […]

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