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

A pretty tune by Korean crossover composer Yiruma (이루마), arranged for flute and piano by Hugh Sung. It comes from Jasmine Choi’s album of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio: The whole CD is available on iTunes | Amazon.com

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J. JS Lee and Eudon Choi display their SS15 collections

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2014
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Jackie Lee and Eudon Choi presented their SS15 collections in the London Fashion Week catwalk shows on 12 September. As happened in the spring, J. JS Lee was first to display her collection – a cunning move as her catwalk show once again was the main photo in the evening press coverage. Here’s the Evening […]

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Judy Joo feature is now in Telegraph’s online version

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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The feature on Judy Joo in last weekend’s Telegraph is now online here. Fiona Sims’s article also mentions Kimchi Cult, Busan BBQ and Galbi Bros (“Some of the UK’s most coveted gourmet street food vendors”). But the best news is right up front: she’s opening a restaurant, Jinjuu, at 16 Kingly Street, in November. Certainly […]

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Shin Dong-hyuk comes to St Anne’s Church, Dean St

by Philip Gowman 9 September 2014
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Shin Dong-hyuk, whose story is told in Escape from Camp 14, will be talking at St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF on Tuesday 16 September, 7.15pm to 8.45pm, as the first of a “North Korean Memoirs” series, which will act as a focal point of the work of European Alliance for Human […]

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Now, what’s that book by Salman Rushdie called?

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2014
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North Korea’s rant about Channel 4’s planned TV series has now been translated into English on the KCNA Japanese website. Like most of their rants, it’s entertaining in small doses. I’ve often wondered why they invest in a translator that is only semi-competent. Here’s a select quote from the press release: The British authorities should […]

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Those Norks really are very sensitive…

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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21 August 2014: “Channel 4 green lights North Korean political thriller Opposite Number.” On a covert mission in North Korea, the world’s most secretive nation, a British nuclear scientist is taken prisoner, triggering an international crisis which itself must be kept secret. Realizing their man could be forced to help North Korea finally weaponize its […]

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Hong Seong-dam’s art in the news again

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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In 2012 his unflattering painting of President-elect Park got the ruling party annoyed; now Hong Seong-nam is in the news again for lampooning Park’s response to the Sewol disaster in an exhibition linked to the Gwangju Biennale. It’s difficult to know precisely what has been going on in Gwangju from the snippets that make it […]

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UKISS at the Kentish Town Forum

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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So the first, and maybe the only, big live K-pop event in London this year is UKISS, at the Forum, a 2,300 capacity venue in Kentish Town, on 24 September. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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Busan will be extinct before Seoul, apparently

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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The report doesn’t seem to have been translated into English yet, and I can’t find it in Korean on the website of the National Assembly Research Service, but it has certainly provided some eye-catching headlines, the general gist being that “South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s […]

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Jewyo Rhii: solo show at Wilkinson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2014
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For most of September and October you’ll be able to see the work of Korean artists at two galleries in Vyner Street: HADA Contemporary and Wilkinson Gallery: Jewyo Rhii 7 September – 26 October 2014 Wilkinson Gallery | 50-58 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DQ | 020 8980 2662 | www.wilkinsongallery.com Opening times: Wednesday […]

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Jee-Hyun Kwun: Cut Out Details, at Southfields Gallery

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2014
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News of an exhibition just north of the Toastrack in Southfields: Cut Out Details, by Jee-Hyun Kwun From Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August 2014 at Southfields Gallery 223 Wimbledon Park Road, London SW18 5RH (nearest Tube Station: Southfields – District line) Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11.00am-5.15pm | Sat 10.30am-1.30pm | Closed Wed and Sun www.southfieldsgallery.co.uk

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DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]

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A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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I just tripped over this lovely video on Facebook. It would be nice to have something a bit longer, showing a comprehensive range of all the various decorative techniques used in Korean ceramics. But this is a great sampler, from Icheon Ceramics: Post by Minkyu Jeon.

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A trio of Pyongyang time lapse videos

by Philip Gowman 9 August 2014
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A video sponsored by Koryo Tours has had the Guardian descending to the level of Buzzfeed with the following clickbait headline: Timelapse video offers unique insight into North Korea’s capital city. Needless to say, Buzzfeed calls it “mind-blowing”. As you can see from the above, it’s a very slick production, from “city-­branding pioneer JT Singh […]

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Shin Meekyoung’s Plinth Project, two years on

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Almost exactly two years ago – on 23 July 2012 – Shin Meekyoung’s equestrian statue of the Duke of Cumberland was hoisted into position in Cavendish Square. I happened to be in the area on 24 July 2014 so I paid a visit. The soap from which the statue is made has shown itself to […]

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The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

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Gangnam’s Sherlock-themed cafe

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Check out Giacomo Lee’s post about a Sherlock-themed coffee shop in Gangnam called 221B. You can even order an Eggs Benedict to go with your Sherlock Coffee. Great attention to detail. Link: Gangnam’s Sherlock Themed Cafe, Medium.com, 4 July

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