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Scottish CKS Spring Distinguished Lecture Series

The Scottish Centre for Korean Studies has announced the programme for its Spring Term Distinguished Lecture Series. Publicity still seems to be Facebook only, and you need to visit their Facebook page periodically to get zoom registration links and lecture abstracts. Here’s what we know so far: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Wednesday 26 Jan … [Read More]

Moon Jae-in’s 2022 New Year speech

Here is the unofficial translation of President Moon’s 2021 New Year’s Address, sourced from the Cheongwadae website: 2022 New Year’s Address by President Moon Jae-in 3 January 2022 Fellow Koreans, We stand again on the starting line of a New Year. At the center of a tumultuous period in world history, we ring in the … [Read More]

January events 2022

As far as I can see, it’s going to be a pretty dry January. Maybe some events will pop up and surprise us: perhaps, for example, SOAS or Edinburgh will come up with some seminars that haven’t been announced yet. Other than that, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of time to catch … [Read More]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2021

Each year when I come to write this review, I wonder whether Korean culture in the West has reached its high water mark. And every year so far I’ve come to the same conclusion. Korean music and film, TV and food continue to win admirers, and we can expect to see it continue to thrive … [Read More]

Report on 4th Plenary Meeting of 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

The end-of-year report from the Party plenary meeting, sourced from Rodong Sinmun and NKNews has alternative takes on the report: “North Korea vows military buildup due to ‘destabilizing’ situation on peninsula” and also “Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea” Let Us Strive for Our Great State’s Prosperity and Development and … [Read More]

A look back at our 2021 reading diary

Looking back at this year, it’s been one of the best for new translations of Korean literature that I can remember. There have been at least ten new fiction titles, and unusually for me I managed to get through all the titles I was intending to. All of them are recommendable in their different ways. … [Read More]

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

Another year of intermittent lockdown and social distancing measures, and once again The Drawing Hand has risen to the challenge of creating a suitable seasonal image for LKL’s readers. It’s difficult to see how things are going to change much over the coming months. But we have our enthusiasms and friendships to sustain us. So, … [Read More]

2022 IKSU Annual International Conference

Register for UCLan’s early January conference by the end of this year. Korean Politics and International Relations at Crossroads: Past, Present and the Future Friday 7 January -Saturday 8 January 2022 University of Central Lancashire | Flyde Road | Preston PR1 2HE || Online via Teams Register via EventBrite by 31 December This conference is … [Read More]

SpiritWalker gets limited release in London

For those who (like me) didn’t get to see this at LEAFF this year, SpiritWalker is screening at Odeon Kingston, Wimbledon and Haymarket from tomorrow for a few days. SpiritWalker (유체이탈자) Dir: Yoon Jae-keun (2020, 112 mins) Cast: Yoon Kye-sang, Park Yong-woo, Lim Ji-yeon, Park Ji-hwan Odeon Cinemas | From the makers of The … [Read More]

December events 2021

A quiet month to end the year, in which the highlight has got to be a performance by some talking Korean rice cookers just outside Coventry Exhibitions Bongsu Park’s In Dreams we Gather continues at Gallery Rosenfeld all month The KCC’s group show Nothing is – everything just has been or will be also continues … [Read More]