Recent highlights on LKL

trumpetI hope you don’t mind a bit of trumpet-blowing to thank some new contributors to London Korean Links. Some of them may be one-off, others more long-lasting; all are welcome. Elizabeth Grace covered Stephen Epstein’s recent talk in Cambridge, while Darren Southcott visits Jeju Stone Park and Colette Balmain compares Bong Joon-ho’s murder mysteries. Other new contributors this year have included Mark Morris on Buddhist film and Alud Davies on learning Korean. Thanks are also due, of course, to all the other regular and ad-hoc volunteers as well.

For the majority who do not have time to follow LKL’s jottings assiduously, here’s a round-up of some of the site’s coverage over the past few months:

Talks and historical articles

Arts

Book reviews

  • Reviews include Paik Sun-yup’s history of the Korean War; recent fiction: Tongue, plus Inspector O’s third outing, Bamboo and Blood, and fascinating memoirs of incarceration by Robert Jenkins (the Reluctant Communist) and Suh Sung (Unbroken Spirits – coming soon). Also awaiting suitable publication slots are reviews of Ricepaper Airplane (Gary Pak), The valley nearby (Kang Sok-kyong), Mike Breen’s The Koreans, Korea Chic, and Robert Koehler’s new Seoul guide.

Film

Music, drama, sport

  • Aashish has a rare feature on North Korean player Jong Tae-se and reports on S Korea v Serbia at Craven Cottage. Coming soon: video footage of his interviews with some of the team.
  • Kay has fun with Korean TV drama in general and Stairway to Heaven in particular.
  • Philip reviews Younee’s UK album, launched at Pizza Express Soho last month.
  • Coming soon: two or three contributors will be giving their views on the top album releases of the year.

Interviews

Travel and overseas

… and of course all the usual event reports and exhibition reviews.

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