November events 2012

Another action-packed month this month: Ko Un in Aldeburgh, London, Oxford and Cambridge, PSY at the Oxford Union, jazz-gugak fusion in Piccadilly, manhwa at the KCC, two all-day conferences and of course plenty of film. And if you’re quick there might just be a ticket or two left for December’s BigBang appearances. Film The Im […]

New publication: Hanji Unfurled

If you were inspired to find out more about hanji by Im Kwon-taek’s Scooping the Moonlight and Kim Hong-joon’s related making-of documentary, quite by chance Legacy Press published a book on it last week. It’s gone straight onto my Amazon wishlist Top Scholar and Artist Writes First American Book on Korean Papermaking (October 23, 2012, […]

LSE Korea Economic and Political Forum 2012

An all-day event coming up on 24 November at LSE. Registration is required via the LSE Students Union Korean Society website. Korea Economic and Political Forum 2012 Continuing from the last year’s success, on 24th November 2012, LSESU Korean Society is proud to present LSESU Korean Society Korean Economic and Political Forum : “Korea in […]

Which is bigger: Gangnam or Dokdo?

There’s been an awful lot of Korean stuff going on this year. In the UK, All Eyes on Korea, Korea putting up a good showing in the Olympics, Im Kwon Taek in town, Lee Byung hun and BIGBANG coming soon, a huge art show at the Saatchi… and everywhere you turn there’s a certain rapper […]

Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence. BAKS 2012 conference at SOAS

The annual BAKS conference is always a ridiculously cheap and thought-provoking day, and it never seems long enough. It is of course compulsory. See you there. British Association for Korean Studies Annual Symposium: Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence On 17 November 2012 Presenters will discuss fields of urbanisation, demography, and […]

The LKFF 2012 Programme

Here’s the schedule for the London Korean Film Festival 2012. And below the listing is the official press release to give you a flavour of the thinking behind the line-up. (All dates are November 2012). Thanks to Paul Quinn at Hangul Celluloid for doing a lot of the heavy lifting fishing out run times and […]

Book review: Yi Mun-yol — Our Twisted Hero

Yi Mun-yol: Our Twisted Hero Originally published 1987 Translated by Kevin O’Rourke Available on Kindle (Minumsa, 2012) or hard copy (Hyperion Books, 2001) Moving to the provinces from a school in Seoul in which the social hierarchy was one he had lived with all his life, our twelve-year-old hero Han Pyongt’ae is faced with a […]

Korea – the Amsterdam of Asia?

We’ve heard of the Koreans being the Irish of Asia. But in a recent video video interview in the Wall Street Journal World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says that “Koreans have expressly said they want to be the Amsterdam of Asia.” To many, that would mean Korea wants to legalise certain narcotic substances – […]