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

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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Commentary on The Interview

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2015
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LKL has been an Interview-free zone, mainly for the reason that we always thought that the film was not a very good idea. But for the sake of pulling together in one place the links to the most interesting commentary on the film, the two best quotes, in the two most interesting articles, come from […]

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I suppose I’ve got to read this, but what a tacky cover!

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2015
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Oh dear. The story of Shin Sang-ok’s and Choi Eun-hee’s sojourn in North Korea is a compelling one, regardless of whether you think there was compulsion involved. And a book covering film in North Korea is welcome, though Johannes Schönherr has already covered the ground. But do you have to make the book look so […]

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Dulsori in Evelyn Glennie’s Songlines playlist

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2014
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I’ve just belatedly been going through my recent purchases of Songlines magazine, the world music publication which gave Hyelim Kim a 4-star review this time last year. I spotted that their October 2014 edition featured a playlist recommended by Evelyn Glennie – of which the first track was by the Korean percussion group Dulsori: Drum […]

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Chaebols muscle in on craft beer

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2014
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There’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal’s Korean blog about the improvement in South Korea’s beer scene since the relaxation of rules which prohibited you from selling beer unless you were one of the big boys. But the small brewers are now facing competition from a craft beer pub set up by one […]

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Meet the Met’s Korean Community Engagement Officer

by Philip Gowman 27 December 2014
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Theatre 4 All’s Radio Bang is a regular internet radio broadcast focusing on the Korean community in New Malden and Kingston. Shin Bona and Hwang Sumin do valuable work in building bridges between the Koreans and non-Koreans. In this broadcast, they chat with Glenna De Bosco, the Korean Engagement Officer for the Metropolitan Police. Radio […]

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Top 10 restaurants in Seocho and Gangnam

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2014
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I try to avoid Gangnam and Seocho if I possibly can, other than as the location of the Nambu bus terminal. But at least now if I do get stuck there The Culture Trip has provided a list of the top 10 restaurants in the area.

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The 41st London Open Baduk Congress

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2014
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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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