1945-1960

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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1956 – The birth of the hallyu?

by Philip Gowman 16 June 2013
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Not really. But there’s a nice story in the Korea Herald about what is believed to be the first ever single released by a Korean artist in the U S of A: Ok Doo-ok’s East of Make Believe – a 1956 English-language remake of Korean singer Hyeon In’s Gohyangmanri, which roughly translates as “Miles Away […]

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SOAS Seminar: The Korean Police Prepare for War, 1946-1950

by Philip Gowman 21 January 2013
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The second SOAS seminar of the spring term: Martyrs and Murderers: The Korean Police Prepare for War, 1946-1950 Konrad Lawson (Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute) Date: 25 January 2013 Time: 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings, Room G50 Speaker Biography Konrad Lawson is a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the […]

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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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Jerome De Wit at SOAS: Motivations for Writing during the Korean War

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2012
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The final free seminar before the Christmas break is as follows: The War Within: Motivations for Writing during the Korean War Jerome De Wit (Leiden University) Date: 7 December 2012 Time: 5:15 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50 Abstract The first few months of the Korean War (1950-1953) saw dramatic shifts in the […]

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Adam Cathcart at SOAS: Sino-North Korean relations in 1940s and 1950s

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2012
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The fourth of this season’s free seminars at SOAS: Sino-North Korean relations in the borderland regions in the 1940s and early 1950s Adam Cathcart (Queen’s University, Belfast) Date: 23 November 2012 Time: 5:15 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50 Abstract Sino-North Korean relations in the borderland regions in the 1940s and early 1950s […]

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Andre Schmid at SOAS: moral didactic literature and North Korean history

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2012
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The third of this season’s free seminars at SOAS: How does the rise of moral didactic literature fit into narratives of North Korean history? Andre Schmid (University of Toronto) Date: 16 November 2012 Time: 5:15 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50 Abstract How to be a good socialist subject? After the Korean War […]

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2012 Travel Diary 9: Yun Isang — Victim of the Cold War

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2012
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26 March 2012. For most big Korean cultural events there’s a glossy brochure with a welcome message from various officials and dignitaries. And for the most important events you might expect a welcome message from the Minister of Culture. It is a measure of the sensitivity of the Tongyeong International Music Festival’s association with Yun […]

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Book review: The Martyred (Richard E Kim)

by Philip Gowman 29 November 2011
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Richard E. Kim: The Martyred First published by George Braziller, 1964 Published in Penguin Classics 2011, with introduction by Heinz Insu Fenzl and Preface by Susan Choi. 199 pp Fourteen North Korean priests are rounded up by the communists just before North Korea invades the South in June 1950. Twelve of the priests are shot, […]

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Guilt, Nostalgia, and Victimhood: Korea in the Japanese Theatrical Imagination

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2011
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Looks like a very interesting talk at the Japan Foundation on 1 December. Of course, it has to clash with something equally as compelling: a rare screening of Kim Ki-young’s Insect Woman at the KCC. The Japan Foundation hosts: Guilt, Nostalgia, and Victimhood: Korea in the Japanese Theatrical Imagination Speaker: Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei (UCLA) How […]

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Journey to Korea—working for the common good: at Greencoat Place

by Philip Gowman 19 November 2011
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Matthew Jackson will be well-known to many LKL readers for his many articles on Korea’s heritage. Please support his talk at Greencoat Place near Victoria on 22 November: Journey to Korea — working for the common good Through screening short films, Matthew Jackson will highlight remarkable changes in South Korea since the Korean War (1950 […]

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Recalling Korea Past: An Oral History of the 1950s to the 1980s

by Philip Gowman 19 November 2011
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At the BAKS Korean War study day at Asia House in November last year one of the valuable sessions was provided by veterans from the war providing contemporary eye-witness recollections. So this year, BAKS have extended this idea to cover personal experiences from the post-war period. Highly recommended. Open to all. British Association for Korean […]

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When “going to the valleys” is not a good idea

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2011
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Many languages have all sorts of euphemisms for death. “He’s gone to meet his maker”, “He’s pushing up the daisies” are a couple of the expressions in English. In Korean, there’s the picturesque phrase “He’s gone to the valleys.” The valleys in question are in the Jirisan region of South Gyeongsang province. Jirisan has always […]

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Student soldiers finally get official recognition

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2011
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Real life student veterans from “71 Into the Fire” battle get recognition, and military serial numbers, 61 years on. http://t.co/jyHtrOfQ Links: LKL review of 71 Into the Fire, 포화 속으로, dir John H Lee (이재한, 2010) Titles: 71 Into the Fire

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Bridge of National Defense collapses into Nakdong River

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2011
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‘Bridge of National Defense’ Collapses into Nakdong River – reportedly due the Four Rivers project. The Marmot has a timely feature on some of these historic bridges: http://bit.ly/kHg19s. Photo above from Joongang Ilbo #

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Is this the only modern Korea-related novel published by Penguin Classics?

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2011
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The number of Korea-related publications in the Penguin Classics list can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand, and most are by ancient Confucian sages. The publisher’s blurb below says that if you like Lee Changrae’s The Surrendered you’ll like this: Richard E Kim’s The Martyred. Lee didn’t do a good sales job […]

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Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Andrew Salmon presents his new book at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2011
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Last year Andrew Salmon presented his book To the Last Round at the KCC, in a fascinating evening. Another year, another book. To the Last Round is a great book, and it was sad that it really took the mainstream press a while to notice and appreciate it. This time round, the blogs and the […]

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