James B. Lewis: Frontier Contact Between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan Routledge, 2003, 340pp What a relief to return to some non-fiction. And although at LKL we are wholly unqualified to review academic works, we don’t mind saying why we it is that we like a particular book. Frontier Contact paints a fascinating picture of […]

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On reading Han Kang’s White Book by the pool

by Philip Gowman 17 November 2017
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In general, I tend not to read much literary fiction. If I’m reading stuff which is unrelated to Korea, it’s likely to be either non-fiction or easy reading – a detective story or something reasonably lightweight. When it comes to korea-related reading, until relatively recently the balance has again been in favour of non-fiction. But […]

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Review: Eun Me Ahn’s Let Me Change Your Name

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2017
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Often when I go along to an event which I suspect will be good, I try to manage my expectations downwards. If I succeed in persuading myself that the thing may be quite mediocre then at worst I won’t be disappointed and at best I will be delighted when the event surpasses expectation. With Eun […]

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Babbling Comedy comes to Soho Theatre for the festive season

by Events Editor 15 November 2017
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Team Ongals comes to the West End to keep us entertained throughout the festive season. Ongals: Babbling Comedy Mon 4 Dec 2017 – Sat 6 Jan 2018, 6.30pm. Matinees Saturdays 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec, and 6 Jan & Thu 21, Fri 22, Wed 27, Thu 28 and Fri 29 Dec, 2pm Soho Theatre | […]

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Asian Sounds Project inside Thames Tunnel

by Events Editor 14 November 2017
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Jihye Kim, Beibei Wang and Belle Chen perform in a pretty unusual location: Asian Sound Project: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 7:30pm £10 full price / £5 student or concession Brunel Museum | Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe | London SE16 4LF More information: http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/events/asian-sound-project-metal-wood-water-fire-earth/ Alcoholic drinks and light […]

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A few links relating to Trump’s visit

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2017
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A few links relating to President Trump’s visit to Seoul before they are too out of date: His hosts used an official dinner to score two foreign policy points over the Japanese: One of the guests was former comfort woman Lee Yong-soo and the Japanese were said not to have appreciated it when Trump embraced […]

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Book review: Han Yujoo – The Impossible Fairy Tale

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2017
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Han Yujoo: The Impossible Fairy Tale translated by Janet Hong Graywolf Press, MN, USA 192pp / Tilted Axis Press, UK 352pp / 2017 Originally published as 불가능한 동화 (pub 문학과지성사, 2013) Sometimes, I like having my brain stretched when reading a book: something to get stuck into, to make me think. But there are limits. I […]

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Pachinko featured in New York Times

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2017
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There’s a nice feature on Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko in last weekend’s New York Times. I enjoyed the book myself though never got around to writing a review. It’s a very different work from her first novel, Free Food for Millionaires, which I described as a combination of Sex and the City and Wall Street, and […]

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Sunju Lee: Enfolded Surface, at The Muse gallery

by Events Editor 11 November 2017
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The Muse Gallery presents: Sun Ju Lee: Enfolded Surface The Muse Gallery | 269 Portobello Rd | London W11 1LR | www.themuseat269.com 30 Nov – 24 Dec 2017 Opening Night 30.11, 6.30-9.00pm Sun Ju Lee’s works compel us to move. Hundreds of monofilament wires wound around a frame glisten with shapes that emerge and disappear, […]

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KCC’s November House Concert features Jinah Shim (piano)

by Events Editor 10 November 2017
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News of this month’s House Concert at the Korean Cultural Centre KCC House Concert with Jinah Shim (Piano) Tuesday 28 November, 7pm | Reception Hall, KCCUK Admission is free, but booking is required RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 Beethoven: Sonata No. 15 in […]

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Festival film review: Becoming who I was

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2017
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Nine years ago Moon Chang-yong and Jeon Jin were in Ladakh, Kashmir – a mountainous region 100 miles or so northeast of where the Dalai Lama lives, and less than 50 miles from Tibet’s westernmost extremity. They were filming a documentary about practitioners of traditional medicine in the various regions of Asia. Their subject was […]

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Screening: Plantarians / Did You Eat Rice?

by Events Editor 7 November 2017
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News of an upcoming screening of works by Ellie Kyungran Heo at Lux, the venue for the artist films in the London Korean Film Festival. Plantarians Sun 26 Nov 2017 / 2pm – 4pm LUX | Waterlow Park Centre | Dartmouth Park Hill | London N19 5JF | https://lux.org.uk/ Free, but booking required. | Book […]

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Kim Munho: Buncheong Story, at Han Collection

by Events Editor 5 November 2017
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News of Han Collection’s next exhibition: Kim Munho: Buncheong Story Exhibition: 15 – 28 November 2017 Opening night: 14th November 18:00-21:00 ​Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk Han Collection is pleased to present this new solo exhibition of Korean pottery artist, Kim Mun Ho. This exhibition is a […]

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K-Arts Dance Company returns to Trinity Laban

by Events Editor 5 November 2017
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The K-Arts Dance Company last came to Trinity Laban in early 2015, and return this month with a double bill. Don’t miss it. They are also performing in Leeds on 16 November. Korea National University Of The Arts K-Arts Dance Company Mixed Bill Tuesday 21 November, 7:30pm | £12 (£10) | Book tickets Laban Theatre […]

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Juree Kim + Neil Brownsword open studio at V+A

by Events Editor 4 November 2017
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Neil Brownsword and Juree Kim began their ceramics residency at the V&A in October; they will be in residence until end of March 2018. V&A Korea UK Ceramics Residency: Juree Kim & Neil Brownsword Open Studio Sat 11 Nov | Fri 17 Nov | Wed 6 Dec | Sat 9 Dec 2017 13.00 – 16.00 […]

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Exhibition news: Young In Hong — The Moon’s Trick

by Events Editor 4 November 2017
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The KCC announces its final exhibition of 2017: Young In Hong — The Moon’s Trick Korean Cultural Centre UK, 21 November  – 30 December 2017 The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the UK of Young In Hong (b.1972), on view from November 21 through December 30, […]

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Gig review: Park Jiha at King’s Place

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2017
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Park Jiha brought the 2017 K-music festival to a close at King’s Place on 25 October with a mellow set of pieces taken from her album Communion which was deservedly shortlisted for the 2016 Korea Music Awards in both the Best Crossover Album and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance categories. Park is a versatile player, […]

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