Has there ever been a better time for Korean food in London?

The last few years have been an exciting time for Korean food in London, seeing a real expansion in the depth and choice of dining and shopping experiences available. Despite the lockdown, the opportunities to try traditional and experimental Korean flavours in London have never been better. Lockdown has encouraged the main food retailers such […]

Two recent resources on Korean literature in translation

First, very hot off the press — uploaded to the Taylor & Francis website yesterday — is the Translation Review Korea special. As with most academic publications, this title is phenomenally expensive, so best to consult it via your university library online resources. Here’s the table of contents: Introduction: They Like to Sing and Dance […]

July events 2021

Lockdown is beginning to ease, but we are now beginning to enter into the traditional summer lull in events. But it’s nice that there’s a special Korean day in York this month. Hope that is a huge success. Exhibitions The KCC exhibition featuring the Royal Palaces of Joseon continues all month Haegyu Yang’s solo show […]

June events 2021

Gradually more real-life events are appearing in the calendar, but while we wait for things to catch up with the improved Covid situation, let’s get out and enjoy the weather after such a dismal May. Special Events The British Korean Society is arranging an event to honour British veterans of the Korean War on Thursday […]

May events 2021

Despite the gradual easing of the lockdown, things are still mostly online. Only Han Collection seems to be welcoming real-life visitors (do pay them a visit, and while you’re in the area pop into the contemporary ceramics showroom at 63 Great Russell Street – you’ll usually find work by at least one Korean potter in […]

Book review: Kim Soom – One Left

When the issue of comfort women has been with us since the Pacific War, to re-emerge in 1991 when Kim Haksun came forward as the first to announce herself as victim, it is astonishing that we had to wait until 2016 for what is, according to Bonnie Oh’s introduction (p ix), “the first Korean novel […]

April events 2021

Exhibitions Han Collection will be exhibiting the ceramics from Icheon that it featured online for Collect earlier this year, from 12 April The KCC is hosting a season of artist videos, with a limited online viewing window, starting 6 April Pontone Gallery is hosting an online exhibition featuring the work of Lee Jeonglok Screenings Minari […]

Mari Kim’s new projects

Here’s a nice introduction to the multi-faceted work of Seoul Based artist Mari Kim, with English subtitles, just released on her YouTube channel. In the video she announces her plan to post a series of tutorials to help those learning to paint at home. Her work is always accessible, but in 2011 reached a wider […]

Son Heung-min reaches another milestone

The 2020/21 season isn’t over yet, but Tottenham’s Son Heung Min and Harry Kane have just become the top goal-scoring partnership in the history of the English Premiere League. The milestone was reached in Spurs’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday, when Son assisted the final goal from Kane. Son scored his 100th goal for […]