It’s been ages since we last had an essay contest. If I remember right, we’ve had two that have been specifically targeted at UK-based readers: back in 2009 we had one based on Ch’oe Yun’s There a Petal Silently Falls, and then the following year we were asked to digest Park Wan-suh’s Who ate all […]

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Event news: Jay Park plays the Troxy

by Events Editor 10 December 2017
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Jay Park returns to London for another gig on 4 February 2018. Tickets go on sale on 12 December. I’d be tempted to go along to this, but why are so many of these events on a Sunday evening? Jay Park (with SIK-K, Hoody, DJ Wegun) Sunday, 4 February 2018 | Doors: 7:00 pm | […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – Dance, the final concert of the series

by Events Editor 6 December 2017
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The final Korean Sounds concert of the season: Korean Sounds: East Meets West – Dance Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm Hall One | Kings Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG Tickets from £9.50 – Book tickets here The final concert of the series is based around the theme of Dance. Dance and music […]

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MinJung Baek piano recital at Guildhall School

by Events Editor 5 December 2017
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News of an upcoming recital by MinJung Baek. Looking forward to this one. MinJung Baek Friday 15 December at 7:30pm Milton Court | Silk St | London EC2Y 9BH Part of the Guildhall School Alumni Recital Series Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) available from the Barbican Box Office. Highly-acclaimed pianist MinJung Baek returns to the Guildhall […]

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A visit to the British Ceramics Biennial

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2017
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The first work to greet you as you entered the Spode China Works – the primary venue of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent – is the monumental work created in situ by Lee Kang-hyo. At the opening of the exhibition Lee did one of the performances for which he has become known: the decoration […]

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December events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 December 2017
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This must be the first month in the history of this website when there are no known Korean movie screenings in the next 30 days. Time to catch up on your DVD collections or online watchlist. Talks At SOAS: Kim Seung-hee talks on the subject of Melancholia and Mourning in Modern Korean Poetry on 1 […]

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Festival film review: Bae Chang-ho’s The Dream

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2017
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Bae Chang-ho’s The Dream is based on a story from the Samguk Yusa, a story that Yi Kwang-su worked up into a short novel. Although the tale is set in the late Silla dynasty, its message is timeless. The story starts with a weary and impoverished traveller (played by Ahn Sung-ki) trudging through the snow […]

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Jewyo Rhii and Jihyun Jung: Dawn Breaks

by Events Editor 26 November 2017
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News of the next exhibition in the Korea/UK Season 2017-2018: Jewyo Rhii and Jihyun Jung: Dawn Breaks Friday 8 December 2017 – Saturday 27 January 2018 Preview: Thursday 7 December 2017 The Showroom | 63 Penfold Street | London NW8 8PQ | www.theshowroom.org The Showroom presents the first UK iteration of Dawn Breaks, an ongoing […]

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American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh at Typhoon 2017

by Events Editor 25 November 2017
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A staged play reading presented by Yellow Earth Theatre: American Hwangap – by Lloyd Suh Sun 26th Nov 3:00pm Typhoon EAST Rich Mix | 35 Bethnal Green Rd | London E1 6LA Tickets from Rich Mix website Directed by Louise Mai Newberry Hwangap /huːæŋɡæp/ noun – a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac […]

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Jewyo Rhii: The Day 3, Walls and Barbed – at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery

by Events Editor 25 November 2017
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News of a solo show by Jewyo Rhii for Amanda Wilkinson Gallery: Jewyo Rhii: The Day 3, Walls and Barbed Opening: 18 November 2017, 6 – 8 pm 21 November 2017 – 21 January 2018 Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm Amanda Wilkinson Gallery | 1st Floor, 18 Brewer Street | Soho | London W1F 0SH | amandawilkinsongallery.com […]

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Festival film review: Bae Chang-ho’s Whale Hunting

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2017
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Based on a story by long-standing collaborator Choe In-ho, Whale Hunting is one of Korea’s seminal road movies. Hunting the whale, in the dark days of the dictatorship, was symbolic for yearning for things beyond the day-to-day. In Bae Chang-ho’s 1984 movie it represented the search for the things that give life meaning; in a […]

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Festival film review double bill: Two Doors / The Remnants

by Philip Gowman 22 November 2017
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As part of the Documentary strand of the 2017 London Korean Film Festival Lee Hyuk-sang of the activist documentary makers PINKS presented a pair of films on the Yongsan tragedy. The context of the tragedy was the plan to redevelop the Yongsan area as the US army prepared to move to their new base in […]

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Seminar: Queer Korean Trans & Diaspora Dissident Identity

by Events Editor 22 November 2017
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News of a student-organised seminar at SOAS: Seminar: Queer Korean Trans & Diaspora Dissident Identity 1 December at 17:00–19:00 SOAS, S113 of the Senate House (Paul Webley Wing) building Hosted by Queer Asia and SOAS North Korea Society Registration required via Eventbrite Check the event’s Facebook page for updates How do bodies, borders, queer, and […]

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Festival film review: Bae Chang-ho’s People of the Slum

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2017
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Bae Chang-ho’s debut feature, People of the Slum (1982), is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Lee Dong-chul. The film tells the story of a complicated love triangle. Myeong-sook, played by Kim Bo-yeon, lives with her second husband, the idle and dissolute Tae-seop (played by Kim Hui-ra). Living in the same house in the run-down […]

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BAKS / SOAS conference: North Korea and North-East Asian security

by Events Editor 20 November 2017
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Notice of a conference on North East Asian security in the Paul Webley Wing of the Senate House, which will be followed by the BAKS AGM in Room 4426 of the SOAS main building. North Korea and North-East Asian security: Reconciling conflicting national interests Saturday, 2 December 2017, 2:00 – 5:00 PM SOAS, Paul Webley […]

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Book review: Frontier Contact Between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2017
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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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