May events 2021

Jongmyo
Participants in the Jongmyo rituals – one of the great Confucian ceremonies

Despite the gradual easing of the lockdown, things are still mostly online. Only Han Collection seems to be welcoming real-life visitors (do pay them a visit, and while you’re in the area pop into the contemporary ceramics showroom at 63 Great Russell Street – you’ll usually find work by at least one Korean potter in there. And of course browse the refrigerators in the Centre Point Food Store for some banchan.)

Maybe what we should all do, in England at least, is book our nearest Korean restaurant for a plate of samgyeopsal on 17th May; my mouth is watering at the prospect…

This month LKL adds to the glut of virtual events by organising our own talk on Korean Neo-Confucianism – the first event we’ve ever organised – because we couldn’t find what we wanted online; the universities don’t seem to have announced their seminar schedules for the new term yet.

Exhibitions

Talks and other online events

You might find Minari screening at a drive-through cinema somewhere. Congratulations to Youn Yuh-jung for the Oscar, Bafta and SAG awards. On the publications front, look out for Sonia Ryang’s Language and Truth in North Korea, from University of Hawai’i Press at the end of the month, as well as Honford Star’s Choi Jin-young novel noted above. More upcoming titles can be found here.

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