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

Slaves to the System, a collaboration between EAHRNK and the Leiden Asia Centre, published their first major report on DPRK workers in Poland at a conference held at Leiden this week: On Wednesday afternoon (6 July) in Leiden, the Netherlands, a new in-depth report on the issue of North Korean forced labour in Poland was […]

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Visiting Korean students protest Comfort Woman issue

by 앤서방 29 June 2016
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Great to see so many young people from South Korea raising awareness of the ‘comfort women’ issue in London today, performing and protesting at the Japanese embassy and Trafalgar Square.

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Event news: Remembering Dictators – The Politics of Bronze Statues in South Korea and Taiwan

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2016
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Thanks to Colin Bartlett for forwarding me details of a seminar at SOAS’s main building this evening, hosted by their Centre of Taiwan Studies: Remembering Dictators: The Politics of Bronze Statues in South Korea and Taiwan Speaker: Prof Huang Chang-Ling Date: 22 June 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT […]

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Ryu Seonghie featured in the JoongAng Daily

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2016
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Readers may remember back to 2014 when the KCC had its Year of the Film Professionals. The final professional to be featured was production designer Ryu Seonghie, who has worked on many of the most distinctive Korean movies of the 21st century. Her most recent success is Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, for which she won the Vulcan Award […]

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Andrew Salmon awarded MBE

by Philip Gowman 12 June 2016
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Congratulations to Andy Salmon for being awarded an MBE in the Queens 90th birthday honours list. His citation, in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List reads as follows: Andrew Charles SALMON Journalist and writer, Seoul, Republic of Korea. For services to British Veterans of the Korean War. If you haven’t already, check out his two […]

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Event news: Sounds of Korea, at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2016
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The SOAS Korean Music Society presents a varied programme of Korean music this coming Friday (10 June) at 7pm in the main SOAS building. It is rumoured that they will be joined by guest performer Gamin (who will be playing with Notes Inégales at Wilton’s Music Hall on 14 and 15 June). Entry free but […]

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The new Ambassador presents his credentials

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2016
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The new RoK Ambassador, Hwang Joonkook, presented his credentials to the Queen on 1 June. Among the topics of conversation was Han Kang’s Vegetarian. More photos available on the RoK Embassy website.

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The Priests – another excellent LKFF16 teaser

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2016
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The second of the KCC’s “teaser screenings” for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, which screened last night at the Picturehouse Central, was another hit. Let’s hope they keep this up. Jang Jae-hyun’s The Priests was a hugely fun (and suspense-filled) exorcism movie, and an impressive full-length debut for the director. It will win new […]

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Event news: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens gives Ra Jong-il Annual Lecture

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2016
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This Friday’s annual Ra Jong-il lecture in Cambridge will be given by Kathleen Stephens, former US ambassador to the ROK. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Lessons from Korea Ra Jong-il Annual Lecture at Cambridge Friday, 3 June 2016, 5:00 pm (RSVP in advance to jhs22@cam.ac.uk) Darwin College, Old Library Ambassador Kathleen Stephens […]

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Pojang Korean Street Food opens up in Druid Street Market

by 앤서방 7 May 2016
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Another debut – today is the first day of the Pojang kimbab stall at Druid Street Market in Bermondsey. With so many Korean ‘street food’ ventures trying to reinvent the Korean street food wheel (bulgogi burittos, kimchi burgers, ramen burgers etc) it’s nice to see this enterprising English couple recreating the simple authentic food they […]

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The V+A’s official video of Kang Yiyun’s residency

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
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The V+A has put together a short video of Yiyun Kang’s residency, with footage from the two performances of her work in the Cast Courts. Much more informative than LKL’s botched effort. Links: Video’s page on V+A website Watch the video on Vimeo

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Event news: Joo Yeon Sir’s concert diary for May includes a Karl Jenkins premier

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
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Joo Yeon Sir makes her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Palladio Orchestra of London at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, performing his work Lament for the Valley on Friday 6 May 7.30PM. Sir Karl has also kindly composed a new work called Chatterbox! for the Young Artist Residency at St. Johns Smith Square, […]

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Event news: Jane Portal on art and archaeology in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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News of a lunchtime lecture at the British Museum this coming Friday: Tradition and socialism: art and archaeology in North Korea Jane Portal Friday 29 April 2016, 13.30–14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential | Book Online In this lecture, Jane Portal, British Museum, will discuss the dual influence of Korean tradition and the socialist […]

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Event news: B.A.P tour comes to London

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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Fans will have booked their tickets and pre-ordered their merchandise weeks ago, but for the record: B.A.P Live On Earth 2016 World Tour — London Awake!! Date: 13th May (FRI) 8:00 PM Venue: The Coronet Theatre | 28 New Kent Road | London SE1 6TJ | coronettheatre.co.uk Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk Ticket prices: £69 / 99 / […]

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Shine Artists open in Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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Shine Artists, who have hitherto been based in Albemarle Gallery off Piccadilly, have just opened up in the Sloane Square area. Their first exhibition features many of their house artists. From Korea: Hwang Seontae | Im Changwook | Jeong Woojae | Kim Chansong | Lee Jeonglok | Lee Jeongwoong | Mari Kim | Lee Jaehyo […]

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Younee releases second solo album

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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Those of you looking for interesting piano music should seek out Younee’s second solo release. She came to London back in 2009 with the launch of the album True to You (reviewed here) which showcased her talents as a singer-songwriter, and she entertained live and radio audiences with the many different facets of her musical […]

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Tony’s Reading List plugs Bae Suah

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2016
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There’s a great article in support of Bae Suah’s Nowhere to be Found (tr Sora Kim-Russell) on Three Percent, by Tony of Tony’s Reading List fame. A year ago he did a review of Nowhere to be Found along with Highway with Green Apples. And in his Three Percent article he passes on this bit of […]

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