The financial sector as engine for growth

There was no hope of applying the Chatham House rule at yesterday’s talk by HE Dr Jun Kwang-woo, chairman of Korea’s Financial Services Commission. With two TV cameras and numerous digital recorders on show, this meeting was firmly on the record. Reflecting the more formal nature of this meeting, Dr Jun spoke from a prepared […]

Recycled jeans raise $232,000

Records were tumbling at the Christie’s auction of contemporary Asian art in Hong Kong on 24 May. As was to be expected, most attention (and cash) was focused on Chinese artists, but auction records were also set for individual artists from Indonesia, India and South Korea. One of the Korean artists featured was Choi So-young […]

LKL seeks Cambridge correspondent

This Saturday (May 31) I’m faced with the choice between (a) a jaunt to Cambridge for a fascinating half-day conference on how history is portrayed in current Asian media; and (b) a second-rate monster movie in London. Guess where my priorities lie. So if anyone wants to volunteer to go along to the conference and […]

Im Sang Soo faces London grilling

Korean film director Im Sang Soo is participating in two Q&A sessions this week: Friday at the KCC and Saturday at the ICA, the latter in conjunction with the screening of The President’s Last Bang. It has been said that Im Sang Soo is practically the only director now making films that take a long […]

An evening with immigration lawyers Laura Devine

Another event from the Anglo Korean Society’s packed programme: ANGLO -KOREAN SOCIETY JOINT PRESIDENTS H.E. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Dr Cho Yoon-Je Dr Robert Hawley CBE CHAIRMAN Sir Stephen Brown LAURA DEVINE (Immigration Solicitor) Thursday 5 June 2008 6.30 pm Laura Devine Solicitors 11 OLD JEWRY LONDON EC2R 8DU (off Poultry, nearest […]

Dr Hyun-key Kim Hogarth: how to be an anthropologist of your own culture

Known to her neighbours in Kent as Kim Hogarth, Hyun-key left Korea in 1968 before she’d even learned to cook Korean food. Her CV says ‘Nationality: British’. But it’s her academic work on Korean shamanism that keeps her busy giving papers and publishing books. Jennifer Barclay met the social anthropologist in London to find out […]

Mad Cows: President Lee’s apology

The following is the full text of President Lee Myung-bak’s statement in a live TV broadcast at Cheong Wa Dae on 22 May to address the resumption of U.S. beef imports and ratification of the Korea-U.S. FTA. Courtesy of the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOIS). For those who haven’t been following the Mad Cow […]

Homeless Penguins come to town

The theme of this year’s New Malden Arts Festival is the quirky “Homeless Penguins Come to Town”. The homeless penguins parade through New Malden on 14 June is designed to raise awareness of their natural habitat being destroyed by global warming. The festival itself runs from 2 – 22 June. Despite its location, and despite […]

Tiger Festival comes to London and Brighton

Three Korean films are coming to London and Brighton as part of the Tiger Far East Film Festival (1) The controversial CGI monster pic D-War (Shim Hyung-rye, 심형래, 2007) Synopsis (from KOFIC): A thousand years ago, in a little village on the Korean peninsula, a child of destiny is born with a Youijoo (a magic […]

Sunset for the Sunshine Policy?

The inaugural Global Korea Lecture will be held on Wednesday 28 May at the KCC at 6:30pm The lecture will be on the subject: South and North Korea : Sunset for the Sunshine Policy? and will be given by ‘Britain’s leading Korea watcher’ Aidan Foster-Carter. Dr. Kwang Ho Chun will chair. Aidan Foster-Carter has followed […]

Korean Film Society launched

The twice-monthly film screenings at the KCC have got a strong body of supporters, and the films are very well attended. But, given the level of support, wouldn’t it be nice if we could build something around the screenings — a free and easy forum for enthusiasts and newcomers to talk about the varied world […]