Review: Kim Yideum – Blood Sisters

Kim Yideum: Blood Sisters Translated by Jiyoon Lee Deep Vellum, 2019, 202pp Originally published as 블러드 시스터즈 by Munhakdongne, 2011 I seem to be on a roll with translated fiction this year. Two disappointments (Marilyn and Me and Kim Jiyoung), but now seven that are highly recommendable. I picked this novel off the reading pile […]

The Korean Film Archive Youtube Channel

Continuing some suggestions of what to do when you’re stuck at home… Many of you will already be aware that the Korean Film Archive has a wonderful YouTube Channel with loads of classic Korean movies, with English subtitles, available for free. Thing is, I’ve never found an index of the channel. So, over the years […]

Bora Kwon interviewed in the Guardian

Bora Kwon, Labour councillor for Hammersmith and Fulham, and one of only two councillors of Korean background in the UK, gets a nice interview in the Guardian this week. She talks about her life in the UK, politics and of course health. Read the interview in full here. You can follow Councillor Kwon on Twitter […]

KCCUK announces temporary closure to the public

Along with many other cultural venues, the KCCUK has announced its decision “to suspend or cancel our public programme, courses and events (music concerts, film screenings, literature and education programmes) effective immediately, until further notice”. They say that “[we] hope that we can resume our programme from Mid-April”. Let’s keep fingers crossed but I fear […]

LKFF Teaser Screening: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

The first LKFF Teaser screening of the year: Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 (82년생 김지영) + Introduction by Sarah Shin Dir: Kim Do-young (2019, 118 mins) Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Gong Yoo Tuesday 12 May 2020, 18:15 Barbican Cinema 2 | Beech Street | London EC2Y 8DS Tickets £12 | Buy tickets Based on Cho Nam-joo’s landmark […]

K-Dance 2020: Art Project BORA: Muak

After their superb performance last year, Art Project BORA return to The Place as the second performance in the 2020 festival of Korean Dance. Art Project BORA: Muak Tuesday 2 June 2020, 7:30pm The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | Euston | London WC1H 9PY UK Early Bird Discount: All tickets £13 until 13 Apr […]

K-Dance 2020: pre-performance conversation

Don’t miss this talk before the second performance in the Korean Dance Festival. There’s also a Q+A after the performance. Pre-show Conversation Part of A Festival of Korean Dance 2020 Tuesday 2 June 2020, 6:00pm The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | Euston | London WC1H 9PY £5 or £2.50 if bought with a ticket […]

K-Dance 2020: Jin Yeob Cha — MIIN: Body to Body

The 2020 Festival of Korean Dance opens with Jin Yeob Cha’s group Collective A. It’ll be great to have Cha back in town after her stunning performance in the 2018 festival and her Dream Ritual performance last year Jin Yeob Cha / Collective A — MIIN: Body to Body Friday 29 May 2020, 7:30pm The […]

A Festival of Korean Dance 2020

Here’s hoping that I’m not tempting fate by posting this press release. I really hope that the health emergency is over by the end of May. Keep your fingers crossed, because this festival gets better each year. As last year, there are three performances and one pre-performance discussion: Fri 29 May: Collective A | MIIN: […]

Book review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Cho Nam-joo: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Translated by Jamie Chang Scribner, 2020, 163pp Originally published as 82년생 김지영, Minumsa, 2016. Kim Jiyoung, as the blurb on the back cover of this translated novel tells us, is every woman. Her given name is unremarkable, familiar, and of course her family name is the most common in […]