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Korean comic play: A First Class

A father sacrifices his organs to fund his wife’ s crazed brain-altering attempt to create A FIRST CLASS DAUGHTER. Is this truly the route to perfection? The mother’s desperate efforts to make her daughter a first-class person are a pitiful sight. She has had her daughter’ s brain changed into that of a confirmed genius … [Read More]

Wanted: K-Pop banners for V&A Hallyu exhibition

Help the Victoria and Albert Museum showcase K-Pop banners in their upcoming exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave – and your creation could end up in their permanent collection! The V&A are launching a public call-out for K-Pop banners, to help highlight the vital role that fandoms play in the phenomenon of K-Pop. The chosen banners … [Read More]

May events 2022

I’m beginning to feel that the volume of events is returning to pre-pandemic norms. Nevertheless, I’m sure there are things I’ve managed inadvertently to omit. Exhibitions The KCC’s group show Drifting Terrain continues until 21 May There’s a group show – 엄마, Mother – by UK-based Korean artsts, at Han Collection 20 – 28 May … [Read More]

Congratulations to Bora Chung, Anton Hur and Honford Star

Congratulations to author Bora Chung, translator Anton Hur and publisher Honford Star for Cursed Bunny’s inclusion in the International Booker Prize shortlist. Anton Hur had the distinction of having two of his translations longlisted, the other one being Sang Young Park’s Love in the Big City. It was also nice to see one title from … [Read More]

April events 2022

It’s looking like a relatively quiet month this month… Film The KCC is screening a documentary double bill on 7 April. Hopefully a second double bill will follow later in the month. You might find Umma featuring Sandra Oh in a cinema somewhere, though screening times in the West and Southwest London area at least … [Read More]

And in other Apple news…

With all the excitement about the launch of the adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko on Apple TV, and Apple’s Oscar win, something that might once have been big news – the appearance of a free-to-view Park Chan-wook short film on YouTube – has not really had much airtime. Back in 2011, brothers Park Chan-wook … [Read More]

A Festival of Korean Dance 2022

The Festival of Korean Dance is back. The programme is pretty much what we were going to see in the 2020 festival, which of course got cancelled. I’m glad we haven’t missed out, and I’m really looking forward to this. So, here’s the official press release. A Festival of Korean Dance returns to The Place … [Read More]

Gallery visit: Jukhee Kwon in Expanding Horizons

October Gallery has represented Korean artist Jukhee Kwon for almost ten years now, and it was natural that when planning an exhibition in memory of their trustee Pamela Kember they should include work by the Korean artist as she exhibited in Asia House when Kember was director of Arts and Learning there. Somehow, during the … [Read More]

Soon Yul Kang’s recent and upcoming exhibitions

Congratulations to London-based artist Soon Yul Kang, who has had a nice write-up for her Washington duo show from the Washington Post: Striking a canny balance between the simple and the complex, Kang’s artworks can be grasped in a second yet reward minutes of close inspection. Kang’s exhibition at the Washington KCC closes on 23 … [Read More]

Book review: Kim Won-il – The Scorpion

Kim Won-il looks at 80 years of Korean modern history, presenting us with the less glamorous side of the story in a novel that spans three generations of a Milyang-based family who are swept along in the political and economic tides of the colonial period and Korea’s subsequent reconstruction. [Read More]

March events 2022

This month’s highlight in London is undoubtedly Park Jiha’s residency at Cafe OTO, timed to coincide with the release of her new album, The Gleam. Outside of the capital there’s a play at Bristol Old Vic focusing on Korean divided families; and in Sheffield look out for the return of the annual Korea Day. The … [Read More]