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As part of a party celebrating the launch of the summer edition of Index on Censorship – the Russian Revolution edition – Adam Cathcart, founder of Sino-NK.com and lecturer in Chinese history at Leeds University will be giving a talk on the impact of Soviet art on North Korean art and culture. We are also […]

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Hurricane Kimchi appears on BBC World News

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2017
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Heezy Yang, the South Korean artist, performer and activist, is also known for his fabulous alter-ego, the drag queen Hurricane Kimchi. Currently in London for the Queer Asia conference at SOAS where he is performing alongside Chinese feminist and LGBTQ activist Whiskey Chow, he appeared on BBC World News yesterday: Yang has illustrated several LGBT […]

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In-sook Chappell’s This Isn’t Romance gets Korean performance

by Events Editor 1 June 2017
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Long-standing followers of Korea-related events in London will remember In-sook Chappell’s play This isn’t Romance. LKL’s review can be found here. Seoullites can now see the play performed in a new Korean language version entitled 이건 로맨스가 아니야 at the National Theatre of Korea, 2 – 18 June 2017. Details here. I think it’s fair to […]

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Lord Alton on North Korean human rights and more

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2017
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Those of you attending one of the DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble performances, or planning to go to the seminar at SOAS tomorrow, may want to read Lord Alton’s hard-hitting op ed in the Korea JoongAng Daily from two weeks ago (18 May). Much as we would be heartened to see genuine progress in the treatment of […]

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Event news: panel talk on poetry translation

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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In conjunction with the collaborative event between South Korean and British poets on 3 June, the KCCUK is hosting a discussion on the topic of literary translation. Panel Talk: A talk on literary translation and poetry in particular Date/Time: Friday 2nd June 2017 6:30pm Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK Free Admission. RSVP required to KCCUK […]

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A Korea focus in this week’s TLS

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2017
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This week’s Times Literary Supplement (26 May 2017) contains no fewer than four Korea-related article-reviews: Min Jin Lee on Bandi’s The Accusation (Serpent’s Tail) (LKL review here), JM Lee’s The Boy who Escaped Paradise (Norton), Yi Mun-yol’s Meeting with my Brother (Columbia) and Jieun Baek’s North Korea’s Hidden Revolution (Yale) Houman Barekat on Han Yujoo’s […]

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Kimchee opens new St Pancras restaurant

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2017
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When Kimchee Restaurant opened up in Holborn in 2011 it was one of the few Korean establishments in London to invest really heavily in the decor and fittings. Their second restaurant, recently opened behind St Pancras station, continues the trend. It also has table-top BBQs, and I hear they had some half-price deals to celebrate […]

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The world’s first newspaper?

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2017
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“Why did no one inform me that this was being made?” said King Seonjo (r. 1567–1608) on 28 November 1577. Concerned “that information about the court could potentially be circulated to wider circles in the elite” the king exiled the people responsible for the news-sheet. Jieun Choi of Korea Exposé has the fascinating story. Kim […]

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Event news: Concert for Alex – Yoon Chung (piano)

by Events Editor 8 April 2017
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Riverhouse Barn | Manor Road | Walton-on-Thames | Surrey KT12 2PF | riverhousebarn.co.uk Saturday 22 April 2017, 8pm Tickets £20 (£5 students) | Book here A concert in memory of Alex Matusiczky, given by the young South Korean pianist Yoon Chung. Yoon has performed throughout the UK, Japan, Korea and the USA. In 2016 he undertook […]

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Free screening: SEWOL documentary

by Events Editor 30 March 2017
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Three years ago on 16 April, the Sewol ferry sank and 304 passengers died. As one of the events to mark this sad anniversary, there’s another chance to watch the documentary by Ok-Hee Jeong, which was screened at Birkbeck in January. Details: 8 April 2017 at 14:00–16:00 Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck University of London main […]

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Event news: Escapee Kim Young-il talks at King’s London

by Events Editor 13 March 2017
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News of an upcoming talk by North Korean escapee Kim Young-il: My Escape from North Korea Hosted by King’s College Londond Amnesty International Society 24 March at 18:00–20:00 K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand campus, King’s College London Register via Eventbrite KCL Amnesty International will be hosting a panel discussion with Young-II Kim, a North Korean […]

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The advance of Korea’s longevity

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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According to a study by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation, “average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030 – and will exceed 90 years in South Korea.” The press release accompanying the report revealed: The five countries with the highest life expectancy at birth for men in 2030 were: […]

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So now you know

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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You couldn’t make this up. Or maybe you could. Even though I suspect it’s a fake cover posted online to make people go out and buy the paper itself (which I would do if it weren’t cold outside), it’s still too good not to share. Thanks to Paul Matthews for spotting this gem (also to […]

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Suh Do-ho: a popular local attraction

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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It was good to see people queuing to get into Suh Do-ho’s solo show at Victoria Miro yesterday, a pleasant stroll along the Grand Union Canal from the Angel. I was going to go to the exhibition myself, but it’s the sort of work where you’re better off with only one or two people in […]

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Choe Il presents his credentials as DPRK ambassador

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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Embed from Getty Images From the Court Circular page of the Buckingham Palace website: 9 February 2017: His Excellency Mr. Choe Il was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to […]

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Exhibition news: Korean show at Albemarle Gallery

by Events Editor 1 February 2017
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Albemarle Gallery is hosting a group show of some of their regular Korean artists (and those of their sister gallery, Pontone) from 2 February – 4 March Albemarle Gallery | 49 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4JR T: +44 (0)20 7499 1616 | E: info@albemarlegallery.com | www.albemarlegallery.com Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm | Saturday: […]

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Korean language classes in Raynes Park

by Events Editor 29 January 2017
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If you were unsuccessful in your application for the language classes at the KCC this year, don’t despair: there’s a similar set of classes down in Raynes Park, organised by another branch of the Korean embassy, the Korean Education Centre. More details here: lkl.ink/2kCa5CV Apply by 3 February for this term’s classes.

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