Korea may be the most wired nation on earth (or is it the second-most?), but Koreans in London have yet to embrace new technology.
As noted in previous rants, there has been absolutely nothing official on the web which gives any decent information on the Korean concert in Croydon on 1 May. Well, yesterday I found some publicity and a few programme details. And the delivery mechanism was resolutely twentieth-century. Well actually a few centuries earlier than that. I saw a poster. Taped to the door of an oriental foodstore in the concrete wasteland underneath Centrepoint. You had to squat down to read it, and jump out of the way every time a customer wanted to get in or out, to avoid getting your face bashed in. The print was very small, so small you needed to press your face against the glass in order to read anything, thus increasing the risk of injury. I’m not very good at squatting. I think westerners aren’t, in general. Anyway, in the brief moments in between dodging the customers and before my knees gave way, I gained the impression from the pictures that the concert will have three themes. Firstly Lee Soo Young’s latest album; secondly (as I originally guessed from the title of the concert) Ahn Eaktae’s Korea Fantasy for choir & orchestra; thirdly some traditional Korean songs, though what genre I didn’t stay to find out — it was too dangerous. A curious mixture.
And who’s going to go to it? Koreans I guess, given that no-one else (apart from the one or two people who are good enough to visit to this site) is going to know about it. I suppose there will be charabancs going from New Malden to Croydon on the MayDay holiday, because the event is being organised by the New Malden Korean Residents Society. But wasn’t this an opportunity to have a bit of cultural exchange? Maybe try to get some Brits going along, in the spirit of ‘Think Korea 2006’? And how do you do this? Try publicising it on the web for a start.