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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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Event news: the UK ambassadors to the two Koreas talk at SOAS

by Events Editor 23 April 2017
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The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by our ambassadors to the two Koreas in collaboration with SOAS: An update on the UK-Korea relationship H.E Mr Charles Hay MVO (British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea) HE Mr Alastair Morgan (British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) 11 May 2017, 6:45 – […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Events Editor 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Event news: Poetry reading by Don Mee Choi

by Events Editor 21 March 2017
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After this evening’s poetry reading in the Coronet Theatre’s wonderful Print Room in Notting Hill Gate, Don Mee Choi will be giving another reading at SOAS, tomorrow evening. She promises she will be wearing a special costume for the occasion, at which she will be reading from her 2016 work, Hardly War. Poetry reading by […]

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Event news: Deborah Smith on translating Bae Suah

by Events Editor 22 February 2017
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Deborah Smith’s latest Bae Suah translation, Recitation, is now available in bookshops. This month you have the opportunity to hear some of the challenges of translating it, courtesy of SOAS’s Centre for Translation Studies: Close to a State of Linguistic Weightlessness: On Translating Bae Suah Dr Deborah Smith (Korean-English translator, Publisher/Editor at Tilted Axis Press) […]

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SOAS Seminars, Spring 2017

by Events Editor 19 January 2017
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A preliminary listing of seminars at SOAS this term. As more are announced this post will be updated. An up-to-date list can always be found on the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies web page. 19/1/17 Media and Creative Industries in Korea, UK and France: Transnational Approaches. 27/1/17 The First Hot War of the Cold War […]

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Seminar news: Ambassador Ra Jong-Yil on Jang Songtaek

by Events Editor 26 October 2016
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The London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science announces a keynote Guest Lecture. This is in addition to the Contemporary Korea Speaker Series that has already been announced. No registration is required. Son in Law of a Political Theocracy: The Rise and Fall of Jang Seongtaek Amb. Ra Jong-Yil Former Republic of Korea Ambassador to UK […]

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Autumn 2016 seminars at SOAS

by Events Editor 2 October 2016
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Here are the seminars announced for the Autumn 2016 season at SOAS. Check www.soas.ac.uk/koreanstudies/events/ for updates. 30/09/16 Typewriters vs. Coffee: How Did Korean Women Take over the Job of Secretaries? Dr. Eunju Bährisch (Warwick University) 07/10/16 Maths and Maps: Aggregate Variation in Korean Simon Barnes-Sadler (SOAS, University of London) 14/10/16 From Across the Genkai Sea: […]

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Conference news: the Joint East Asian Studies Conference

by Events Editor 29 August 2016
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This is a meaty conference, with something for all disciplines, co-organised by the British Associations for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies with the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. The book of abstracts of the conference papers alone extends to 157 pages. The list of panelists is 12 pages long. And spread over 3 days at SOAS, […]

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

by Events Editor 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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Event news: Sounds of Korea, at SOAS

by Events Editor 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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Event news: Sewol families visit UK

by Events Editor 8 May 2016
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This coming week brings a chance to meet family members of the Sewol victims: 10 May: A street campaign in front of the National Gallery, 12 noon A panel session at SOAS, 6pm 11 May: A documentary screening and discussion at the Fountain Pub, New Malden (6:30 for 7pm) Meeting with families and lawyers of […]

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Event news: an evening with 3 North Korean exiles

by Events Editor 3 March 2016
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A useful preparation for the all-day conference on the UN Commission of Inquiry’s report on human rights in the DPRK. Booking required via Eventbrite. Exposing North Korea’s Human Rights Abuse: An Evening with 3 Exiles 10 March 2016, 19:00–21:00 Location: MEET 116 | SOAS | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG Hosted […]

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Event news: Korean ‘Comfort Women’ — Listen to Their Voices, Hear Their Cries.

by Events Editor 26 January 2016
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A timely new book on the Comfort Woman issue is out about now from Palgrave McMillan. Its author, Dr Maki Kimura, will be giving a talk at SOAS on 12 February: Korean ‘Comfort Women’: Listen to Their Voices, Hear Their Cries presented by the SOAS Save Jeju Island Society 6:30pm, Friday 12th, 2016, SOAS main […]

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Centre of Korean Studies early 2016 seminars

by Events Editor 30 December 2015
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SOAS’s Centre of Korean Studies has announced its seminar programme for the first few months of 2016: Date Speaker Topic 22 Jan Professor Hazel Smith North Korea: Markets and Military Rule 29 Jan Dr. Janet Poole Picturing a Moment: The Photograph and the Newspaper in Early Colonial Korea 5 Feb Patrick Messerlin, Jimmyn Parc The […]

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Dami Eniola introduces Gugak Sounds, London’s traditional Korean music radio station

by Dami Eniola 21 December 2015
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My name is Dami, I currently study at SOAS university majoring in music performance. My area of study focus is mainly on Korean music. A passion which I have decided to share with people through my radio program called Gugak Sounds. As a foreigner to Korea, understanding the various genres of Korean traditional music was […]

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Event news: Prof Keith Howard lecture and book launch

by Events Editor 18 November 2015
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SOAS’s Professor Keith Howard is launching two books next week at one of the regular free Friday evening seminars. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to buy the books at half the normal price. Sounding Korea Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London) Friday 27 November, 17:15 – 19:00 B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University […]

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