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

The Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK group held a quiet protest outside Westminster Central Hall yesterday as people filed in to listen to a talk by Ban Ki-moon. The dignified campaign continued inside: as Ban got up to speak, a protestor held up a sign demanding that the intergovernmental “deal” be annulled. Ban’s speech was targeted […]

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“How Korea became fashion’s new fraternity”

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2016
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Tonight’s Evening Standard page 27. I know I’m going to sound my age here but anyway… Dara from 2NE1 (right) looks fine. But would any of you turn up to an event looking like G-Dragon (Big Bang) or CL (2NE1)? If anyone’s interested in reading it, it’s a brief puff piece on how Koreans are […]

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Event news: Dok2 + The Quiett to perform at The Laundry

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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Tickets have been sold out for months but, for the archives, Dok2 + The Quiett are performing at The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Rd, E8 3FN on 19 Feb from 8pm till late. If I remember right, this is Dok2’s second appearance in London. Links: Event’s Facebook page. Book tickets here.

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Event news: History 히스토리 to perform in Islington

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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K-pop fans will already have booked their tickets but, for the record, History’s (히스토리) UK debut is at the O2 Academy in Islington on 21 February. Tickets via Arpeggios Entertainment. More details on the event’s Facebook page. Here’s a taster: I can’t help feeling it’s rather like Stephen Colbert’s K-pop parody Talking in Korean…

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Event news: A Hard Day screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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The KCCUK’s second screening of the year is A Hard Day. You’ll come out feeling exhausted, but it’s a great ride. We loved it. A Hard Day (끝까지 간다) Dir Kim Seong-hun, 2013, 111 mins 11 February, 2016 at 7pm, KCCUK Registration required via the KCC website On the way back from his mother’s funeral, […]

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Event news: an opportunity to hear Ban Ki-moon in London

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2016
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An opportunity to hear Ban Ki-moon talk on a rare visit to London: The UN at 70: time to invest in our global system – A conversation with Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General 5 February 2016, 9am Central Hall Westminster | Storey’s Gate | London SW1H 9NH Tickets £15. Book here. (Discount for members of the […]

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Event news: BKS Go Evening to celebrate Lunar New Year

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2016
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Can’t believe the Lunar New Year is sneaking up on us so quickly. This year the New Year holiday in Korea is Monday – Wednesday 8-10 February, coinciding nicely with the start of Lent. The British Korean Society will be celebrating New Year on 9 Feb with a Baduk evening: Celebrate the Korean Lunar New […]

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Korean galleries at London Art Fair 2016

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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Three Korea specialists will be showing at London Art Fair this year (20-24 January): Hanmi Gallery, showing Guem MinJeong Skipwiths, showing Chun Kwang-young, Lee Kang-so, Toh Yun-hee and Park Hyo-jin Shine Artists, with ​Lee Jeong-lok, Lee Jeong-woong, Hwang Seontae and Mari Kim Union Gallery will be exhibiting as in previous years, but this year they are focusing on their British artists. But a new name on us, […]

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Event news: APPGNK on Sanctioning North Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2016
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Notice of a public event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea: APPG Event: Sanctioning North Korea A talk with Andrea Berger (RUSI) and Maya Lester (Brick Court Chambers) 5pm, Monday 18th January Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea invites you to attend an event titled, […]

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Supporters of Comfort Women to protest outside Korean Embassy

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2016
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When the BBC reported the “deal” between Japan and South Korea on the Comfort Women issue last week, saying that ‘South Korea says it will consider the matter resolved “finally and irreversibly” if Japan fulfills its promises,’ LKL marvelled that no mention was made of what the victims themselves thought about the deal. They don’t […]

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Event news: Social Change in North Korea – Current Trends and Future Prospects

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2015
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The Chatham House Asia programme seems to be beginning to turn its attention back to the Korean Peninsula after a gap of a couple of years: Social Change in North Korea: Current Trends and Future Prospects 8 Jan 2016 – 12:30 to 13:30 Registration required. Participants Sokeel Park, Director of Research & Strategy, Liberty in […]

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The growing interest in Dansaekhwa

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2015
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The Nation has an interesting piece by Barry Schwabsky on the recent growth in interest in Dansaekhwa in the States, pointing out that during November New York simultaneously hosted three solo shows by major artists: Chung Chang-sup at Gallerie Perrotin (3 Nov – 23 Dec) Yun Hyong-keun at Blum & Poe (30 Oct – 23 Dec) Ha Chong-hyun […]

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Film review: Perfect Proposal

by Philip Gowman 16 December 2015
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Ji-yeon, a penniless bar girl in Macao in debt to some loan sharks is given the opportunity of a new life if she manages to get a super-rich tycoon to marry her. In league with the tycoon’s estranged son, it seems that with her natural charms and honesty she will win the cantankerous and eccentric […]

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Event news: APPG meeting and book introduction

by Philip Gowman 9 December 2015
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Notice of an upcoming North Korea-related event: The All-Party Parliamentary Group will be hosting an open meeting on Monday 14th December. The event will serve two purposes. Firstly, to outline the Group’s recent business and its strategy for 2016. Secondly, to host Daniel Tudor (former Korea correspondent at the Economist) who will introduce his new […]

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Brother Anthony awarded honorary MBE

by Philip Gowman 8 December 2015
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Congratulations to Brother Anthony of Taizé for his honorary MBE, awarded by ambassador Charles Hay on 2 December at the ambassador’s residence in Seoul. The official citation reads as follows… Brother Seon Jae AN For services to the Royal Asiatic Society and to furthering the study of English Literature in Korea. …but equally we all […]

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Another Korean Chopin expert…

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2015
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All eyes are currently on Cho Seong-jin, winner of this year’s Chopin competition. But while we wait for the reviews of his debut Deutsche Grammophon release, let’s not forget other Korean pianists with an affinity for Chopin. In this months’s Grammophone one of the Editor’s Choices is a disk of Chopin preludes by Lim Dong-hyek: […]

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Festival Film Review: The Classified File

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2015
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As goodwill ambassador for Sancheong County, I was delighted when Sancheong’s most famous Buddhist monk, the late Seong Cheol sunim, got name checked in The Classified File as the Seon Master of the Buddhist-trained fortune teller who unofficially assisted the police in the real-life 1978 kidnap case that was the subject of the movie. One […]

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