Jeju-do

Korea’s latest addition to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage register makes an appearance in Greenwich this month. Full-size portraits of Jeju’s famous diving women by Hyung S. Kim; another chance to experience Mikhail Karikis’s video and sound installation Sea Women (LKL reviews the 2012 Wapping installation of the work here); plus, if like me you […]

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Exhibition news: Baek Kyung-sook’s donated Haenyeo photographs, at Jeju Stone Park

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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What has an exhibition in Jeju Stone Park got to do with the normal remit of London Korean Links? Above everything else, friendship. On my first trip to Korea back in 2001 I met the future director of Jeju Stone Park, Baek Un-cheol, who at the time was in charge of his private museum of […]

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Free Screening of “Reiterations of Dissent”

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2015
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After the successful screening of the Sewol political documentary last month, there’s a screening this month on another contentious issue: the 4:3 Jeju Uprising: Reiterations of Dissent (거듭되는 항거) Dir Jane Jin Kaisen 2011 South Korea/Denmark, 59 minutes Language: Korean & English, Subtitles: English Free screening followed by a Skype discussion with the director 21 […]

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Ghosts of Jeju to get another London screening

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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Eighteen months ago there was a screening of this documentary about the 4:3 incident also known as the Jeju Massacre. There’s now an opportunity to see it again at a deli in Deptford on 27 April as part of the Free Film Festival. Free event. No ticket required, but capacity is only 40 so get […]

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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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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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Burberry – the favoured brand of Korean flashers

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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In the last decade, British fashion brand Burberry manage to rescue itself from the chav associations caused by too liberal licensing of its check design to companies it couldn’t control. But you can’t control the use to which a raincoat is put. And according to the Hankyoreh: Burberry coats have long been sought after in […]

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NLCS Jeju featured in the Telegraph

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2013
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This week the Daily Telegraph featured the Jeju campus of North London Collegiate School: a piece of Stanmore in Seogwipo. The boarding school has now been running for two years. You can’t help but be inspired by the enjoyment, enthusiasm and confidence of the students, even though they are being taught in what, to them, […]

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The Gangjeong campaign continues: the mayor speaks at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 7 October 2013
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Following on from the informative documentary screening and thoughtful discussion at SOAS last Friday, the campaign against the Jeju naval base is lucky to secure a visit from the mayor of Gangjeong, to talk about the struggle. If the event has nearly as much impact as last Friday, this will be well worth going to. […]

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The Ghosts of Jeju to screen at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2013
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Those who are eager to watch Jiseul (and here’s hoping it will be getting a London screening soon) will want to watch this documentary to fill in some of the background. It also provides context to the protests about the Gangjeong naval base. The Ghosts of Jeju Dir: Regis Tremblay, 2013, 80 mins Brunei Gallery, […]

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Edinburgh Fringe visit: Norian Maro — Pudasi

by Philip Gowman 13 September 2013
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Norian Maro is a performance group based in Jeju-do which was founded in 2005 as a samulnori group. It has since broadened its range, so that the piece presented at the Edinburgh Fringe this year was a mixture of shamanistic and folk music as well as the familiar village percussion sounds, together with some contemporary […]

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Opposing the War Base on ‘The Island of Peace’

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2013
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There’s a lively group of campaigners in London dedicated to publicising the issues surrounding the construction of a new naval base on Jeju-do. This Thursday evening there’s an opportunity to hear the arguments, and also to buy T-shirts, books and jewellery from Gangjeong Village where the base is being constructed. Jeju Island, South Korea: Opposing […]

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Jiseul – a film to watch out for in 2013

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2013
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It won awards at Busan where it premiered in the 2012 festival, and it will be showing at Sundance and Rotterdam: Jiseul (지슬) – a sombre film about the 1948 Jeju Uprising, written and directed by Jeju resident O Muel (오멸). It might not be an easy film to watch, but it’s an important part […]

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Gangjeong awareness campaign to come to Trafalgar Square

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2012
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The campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the building of the Gangjeong Naval Base in Jeju Island has had a number of events in London, including a demonstration outside the South Korean embassy and an event at the Old Justic pub. The campaign is coming to Trafalgar Square on 8 September, thus coinciding […]

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Michael Karikis captures the other-wordly sound of the haenyo

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2012
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Mikhail Karikis’s Sea Women project, installed in the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station for six weeks up to 7 July, comprised two separate but connected works. The less remarkable part was some video footage of the haenyo at work. In subject matter this was nothing that has not been seen before in other documentary films – […]

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Let’s hear the arguments against the Gangjeong Naval Base in Jeju-do

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2012
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There was a festive gathering last Tuesday at the Old Justice pub at which supporters of the campaign against the Jeju Island naval base held a public meeting. The London-based group has already held two demonstrations against the base this year, one outside the Korean embassy and one outside the Samsung electronics shop in Tottenham […]

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Mikhail Karikis: SeaWomen of Jejudo at The Wapping Project

by Philip Gowman 8 June 2012
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The story and harsh livelihood of Jeju-do’s famous diving women have always captivated artists and documentary-makers who have come across them. From Kyung-sook Schoenman’s photo spread in National Geographic a decade or so ago, via Barbara Hammer’s documentary film “Diving Women of Jeju-do” and Brenda Paik Sunwoo’s more recent photobook “Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies […]

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