Baek Hyun-jhin’s Time of Reflection and other recent music links

Some recent music links: The Guardian continues its series on the North Korean music scene: Pyongyang goes pop # RT @indiefulrok: Don’t know who all of those Korean Music Awards 2011 winners were? Find out here: #kindie # via @refresh_daemon: So glad that Baik Hyunjhin took some time to reflect. init_music: 백현진 – […]

Korean-Japanese duo 10 performs in Stoke Newington

Tomorrow, Sunday, is your last chance to catch experimental Korean-Japanese duo 10 before they head back to Seoul. 10 FINAL CONCERT IN LONDON WITH THE RUNS F$?&ED 4 WAYS IDLERICH Time 27 February · 20:00 – 23:00 Location Ryan’s bar 181 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UL [Map] London, United Kingdom Featuring: 10(itta x […]

Book review: Pearl Buck’s Living Reed

Pearl S Buck: Living Reed – A Novel of Korea Moyer Bell, 1963 Pearl Buck spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in China in an American missionary family and, mixing with local children, grew up with an unrivaled understanding of the country. Her experiences were distilled into an unexpectedly bestselling trilogy of novels […]

The Korean War in Film

Late notice I know, but this must surely be worth a trip to Cambridge this Saturday: An afternoon of film screenings and talks on the Korean War and Korean cinema Saturday, 26 February 2011, 2pm Robinson College Grange Road, CB3 9AN Timetable Film showing: 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm (Umney Theatre) Screening of the classic […]

Korean Fighting Kites – part 1

Dominick Jenkins explains his passion for Korean kites. Suddenly, he was there. Peter Nam. His icon, a Black, White, Panda. It dances, manically, on the screen. Thirty years earlier. Late 1970s England. The Cotswolds. A full gale. The wind bends great beech and oak trees. Rain imminent. I am alone in a car parking lot. […]

K-pop special at the KCC

For those who’ve never made it down to one of the Vauxhall clubs for one of the K-pop team’s all-nighters, there’s something a bit more sedate at the KCC this Friday – but get there early: it’s sure to be very busy. Kpop Special @ Korean Culture Centre Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 […]

Korean shorts win at Berlinale 2011

Korea is first and second in Berlinale short film section. The Park brothers’ iPhone-filmed Night Fishing wins, with Yang Hyo-joo winning the Silver Bear for The Unbroken, which is a short film about two swindlers who are involved in a real accident one evening after contriving a fake car accident to claim insurance payments. […]

Forbidden Quest screens at the KCC

The KCC’s period drama season comes to a close this Thursday with Forbidden Quest starring Shiri star Han Suk-gyu. If you turn up early, you can also try on some hanbok and have your picture taken. FORBIDDEN QUEST (2006) 7pm, Thursday 24th February Director: KIM Dae-woo Cast: KIM Min-jeong, HAN Seok-kyu Genre: Period Drama/ Melodrama/ […]

Anglo-Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary 2011/12

BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR KOREAN STUDIES BURSARY COMMITTEE Anglo-Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary Academic Session 2011-2012 The Anglo-Korean Society through the Bursary Committee of the British Association for Korean Studies is offering one or more £500 bursaries on a competitive basis to post-graduate students. Details of the Anglo-Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary Programme are as follows: the bursary […] is looking for bloggers, the Korean government’s online gateway, launched a blog earlier this year at They currently have five experienced contributors, but they’re looking to expand their range of content providers by opening up their blog to new applicants. The aim of The Korea Blog is to show the contemporary side of Korea and its culture […]

The Korean Film Blogathon, 7-13 March

What’s a blogathon? It’s an event when bloggers across the globe converge (if they so wish) on a single subject. A couple of years ago there was the Hong Sang-soo Oh Soojung! blogathon, when anyone who had anything to say about A Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors said it, either on his/her blog, or […]

4482 2011: Rhizosphere – Directions in Motion comes to the Bargehouse

The annual blockbuster group show of young Korean artists in London runs 24-27 February at the Bargehouse, bigger than ever: this year there are 60 artists exhibiting: The 4th 4482 Sasapari exhibition represents the largest ever showcase for Korean contemporary artists living and working in London. This year, entitled ‘Rhizosphere: Directions in Motion’, it presents […]