Opinion

A week or so ago Time Out, London’s leading event listings magazine, asked its readers to recommend their favourite Korean places in London and New Malden. I passed it on to the LKL Facebook Group without giving it much further thought, vaguely interested that the survey was in progress, interested also in the knowledgeable responses […]

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The Confused Westerner’s Response to K-Pop

by Matthew Jackson 5 September 2015
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Have you read the Wikipedia article on K-pop? It’s really, really long. Seriously, I did not know most of that stuff. When you next have a sufficiently large mug of tea, I highly recommend giving it a read. Changing tack, did you see the article on Yahoo about K-pop? It’s shorter, and chimes with a […]

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Interview with the new KTO President in Korea Herald

by Philip Gowman 19 June 2014
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Hmmm. Gone is the 기, 흥 and 정 of Lee Charm. Instead, are we to get an emphasis on K-pop at the expense of the more traditional things? Two quotes from an interview with Byun Choo-suk, the new KTO president, in the Korea Herald: “The royal guard changing ceremony at palaces in Seoul, traditional mask […]

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LKFF 2013 – Choices, Choices

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2013
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The schedule for this year’s London Korean Film Festival seems to be bigger than ever. So many varied themes to satisfy all cinematic tastes; several directors and actors brought to London for interviews and Q&A sessions with the audience; galas, animations, shorts, comedies and much more. With such a feast laid out in front of […]

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Which is bigger: Gangnam or Dokdo?

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2012
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There’s been an awful lot of Korean stuff going on this year. In the UK, All Eyes on Korea, Korea putting up a good showing in the Olympics, Im Kwon Taek in town, Lee Byung hun and BIGBANG coming soon, a huge art show at the Saatchi… and everywhere you turn there’s a certain rapper […]

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An open letter to the KCCUK: Please can we have some live K-Pop in London?

by Maashallah Tayo 8 June 2011
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Dear Korean Cultural Centre, As France prepares for its first ever K-POP concert with one of South Korea’s leading entertainment companies, the general feeling around the blogosphere is that this will truly be a historical moment. As many have said, “The Hallyu is finally here” but for me as a British supporter of Korean culture […]

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Liberte, egalite, Super Junior..France rally for K-Pop concert extension

by Matthew Jackson 13 May 2011
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There seems to be a close cultural link between France and Korea, which I have always suspected is partly to do the fact that both countries take food very seriously indeed. The popularity of K-pop is a phenomenon very much in train in Asia, but up to now not so obvious in Europe. The upcoming […]

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Presenting Korean Culture 2: Why bother with the artist VIPs?

by Philip Gowman 31 October 2009
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Having being forced to think about issues concerning the presentation of Korean culture in London for the recent seminar at I-MYU, here are some additional thoughts, with maybe some more to come. The current exhibition at the Cultural Centre provides a stimulating and thought-provoking panorama of environmental issues. Present at the opening reception were two […]

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The presentation of Korean Contemporary Art in London – a punter’s perspective

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2009
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Having fumbled my incoherent, jet-lagged way through a half prepared presentation at I-MYU a couple of days ago, here, Thucydidean style, is what I would have said if I had been better prepared. Since LKL went online three and a half years ago, we’ve tracked over 90 exhibitions of Korean art and artefacts, most of […]

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What the KCC is for

by Philip Gowman 27 December 2008
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An analysis of the Korean Cultural Centre’s achievements in its first year of operation.

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