Two rare Korean Buddhist films at the Barbican

International Buddhist Film Festival World Cinema with a Buddhist Edge Thu 7–Sun 17 May 2009 The world’s leading resource for Buddhist cinema, the US based IBFF comes to the UK, and the Barbican, for the first time. Part of The Many Faces of Buddhism series, the lineup of programmes here at IBFF 2009 LONDON includes […]

Happy music, Happy people

We want to make people in this world listen our music and feel happy 😉 Nina Lee from Happy Robot Records talks to Anna Lindgren. Over the past few years, Happy Robot has become one of the finest indie labels in Korea. Several of their artists made it to the finals of AVIMA 2009 – […]

London Koreans in demand in Italy

Two separate exhibitions at opposite ends of Italy have featured the work of London-based Koreans. In the Milan Furniture Fair last week, Jackie Choi London was exhibiting in the Salone Satellite, 22-27 April. The Salone Satellite is designed to showcase the work of young designers under the age of 35. The Choi sisters, Jackie and […]

Gateways to Korea

Peter Corbishley digests some recent Korean history lectures at SOAS and the KCC, and a recent book by Alexis Dudden My introduction to the nasty side of Korean history over March and April of this year began with a heartwarming UK personal interest story from 1908. At the Korean Cultural Centre 10th March, Patrick Cockburn […]

Warrior at the Imjin

‘We lived on what you feed pigs, sorghum, and it was full of weevils. You had to cook it first and then take the weevils out, ’cause you couldn’t catch them when they were alive.’ On 25 April 1951 after the desperate three-day battle of the Imjin River, Hampshire man Bob Warrior was captured and […]

Book Review: Reginald Thompson — Cry Korea

As British war veterans gather in Korea to mark the anniversary of the battle of the Imjin River, Jennifer Barclay reviews a recently republished eye-witness account of the early months of the war. CRY KOREA: The Korean War: A Reporter’s Notebook by Reginald Thompson Reportage Press, 2009, 352pp Cry Korea is the most unusual book […]

Making History Part 3 – Uigwe

By Matthew Jackson It occasioned the UNESCO inspectors no little surprise when they came to inspect the restoration of the Hwaseong fortress, in order to verify its resemblance to the original complex. They were shown an exhaustive eight volume report documenting its original construction, prepared at the time it was built around two hundred years […]

Jin Kim solo show at I-MYU

Notice of I-MYU’s latest show: N_either 23 April – 16 May Jin Kim’s solo exhibition ‘N_either’ explores the infinite notions of disparity and not belonging. In his series of oil paintings we see the artist illustrating the issue of marginality as an effect of cultural adjustment with a strong painterly skill. Kim, a young Korean […]

Confucius from the Heart – Asia House

Yu Dan in conversation with Rosie Blau Thursday 23 Apr, 2009 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM Location: Asia House Doors 6.30pm Yu Dan, Professor of Media Studies at Beijing Normal University, is celebrated in China for a series of lectures on Confucius broadcast on China Central Television. Her highly personal interpretation of Confucian thought was […]

Tale of Two Sisters / Forever the Moment

Two screenings coming up this week. First, as a warm-up for the Terracotta Far East Film Festival to be held in May, Kim Ji-woon’s stylish ghost story Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련) will be screening at the Prince Charles Cinema on Tuesday 21 April at 8:30. Further details on the film itself can be […]

UK Korean Festivals 2009

For those wanting to plan ahead, here is a list of all potential Korean events in the UK in 2009 which have “Festival” in their title. I’ll update this obviously work-in-progress post as I get more information. Clearly, everything’s provisional until the organisers send out their official press release or put details up on their […]

Recent music award winners

March was a month in which a couple of music awards were announced. The awards which appeared from nowhere were AVIMA, the Asian Voice Independent Music Awards. And recognising the impact of Indieful ROK, its mastermind Anna Lindgren was one of the international judges of the awards. Anna was nice enough to mention her LKL […]