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“This is the story of violinist Min Kym and what happened when her instrument was taken from her. It’s a tale of giddy love, devastating loss and the healing power of music.” Listen to the podcast here, with a summary on the Classic FM website here. Keywords: Musicians: Kym Min-jin

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UK gets its first elected Korean councillors

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2018
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Congratulations to Ha Jaesung and Kwon Bora, who have become the first Koreans to be elected councillors in the UK following the local elections on 3 May. Ha was elected to the Kingston Council for the Lib Dems, while Kwon was elected to Hammersmith and Fulham for Labour. He stood for the first time in […]

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Connect: North Korea launches community centre crowdfunding campaign

by Philip Gowman 25 April 2018
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LKL is happy to pass on this press release from Connect: North Korea: In 2003, the first North Korean refugee arrived in the UK. Today, nearly 700 North Korean refugees live in New Malden, Surrey. Upon arriving in the UK, North Korean refugees are ill-equipped to integrate and settle into British society and few services […]

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Book Review: Ahn Jung-hyo – White Badge

by Philip Gowman 20 April 2018
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Ahn Jung-hyo: White Badge Soho Press, NY, 1989, 337pp Originally published as 하얀전쟁, 1983 Translated by the author If I saw Jeong Ji-young’s White Badge (1992) when it screened in London eight years ago, I do not remember it. I cannot imagine having a similar lapse of memory concerning Ahn Jung-hyo’s Vietnam war novel on […]

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Sad news

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Kim Hyewon, a 22 year-old student who was studying English here fell to her death after jumping in the air to pose for a photo at the edge of the Seven Sisters. According to the Telegraph: A statement by witness Young Choi, 24, said: “I went to the Seven Sisters for tourism. Another Korean girl, […]

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Jeju teachers in Kingston exchange

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2017
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I do like receiving these occasional press releases from Kingston Council as I wouldn’t normally get to hear about things like this: Kingston schools welcome teachers from Korea in cultural exchange programme Seven teachers from Jeju in South Korea, Kingston’s partner town, are working in local schools and staying with local families as part of […]

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Look forward, not back: how best to work with North Korean exiles

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2017
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If I had been given a fiver every time a journalist or PhD student asked to be put in touch with North Korean refugees in the London area I wouldn’t be exactly rich, but there would be a few more books overflowing from my already full bookcase. Whether it be for reaction to the latest […]

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Event news: Support for North Korean Exiles – a talk in New Malden

by Events Editor 18 March 2017
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EAHRNK will be hosting an event in New Malden on April 5th in conjunction with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). Come along to find out how you can get involved in North Korean human rights: Empowerment and Integration: Support for North Korean Exiles Wed 5 April 2017 | 19:00 – 21:00 New Malden Methodist Church […]

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Exhibition news: Korea Town, at Wimbledon Space – and a Korea Day

by Events Editor 19 January 2017
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It’s a bit difficult to tell from the below announcement what artists are participating in this Wimbledon College of Art show. The accompanying blog post assumes almost a similar amount of insider knowledge. But it may be of interest to this readership. There is a Korea Day at the college on 4 February in the […]

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The folding plug makes it on to the high street

by Philip Gowman 29 November 2016
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Seen in Maplins Canary Wharf branch yestserday: The electrical and gadget retailer is stocking the folding plug designed by Choi Min-kyu. Fantastic news that the product has made it onto the high street. We first noticed the idea back in 2009, and saw the next iteration in 2013. Looking at the elegant USB chargers I […]

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Event news: an introduction to the UK Exceptional Talent visa

by Events Editor 26 November 2016
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The KCC is hosting a talk aimed at a Korean-speaking audience on the UK’s Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on 29 November. Full details on the KCC website.

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Event news: the 1st Global North Korea Freedom Week

by Events Editor 10 November 2016
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News of next week’s Global North Korea Freedom Week, said to be the first, arrived in my inbox recently. Don’t ask me to interpret how the timetable below works. Perhaps a more accurate version can be found on the www.ifreenk.com website, but my mcaffee web filter won’t let me go there. 1st Global North Korea […]

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Event news: Korean Cultural Day(s) at New Malden Methodist Church

by Events Editor 22 October 2016
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It was nice of someone to post this in the LKL Facebook group yesterday. Too late to provide much advance notice, but I’m posting it now for the archives. I hadn’t heard of the Association of Korean Communities in the UK before. This sort of event used to be sponsored by an organisation called the […]

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Event news: Chuseok celebrations in Kingston

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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There will be some Chuseok festivities on Saturday 17 September in Kingston marketplace, 12-4pm, organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange and supported by Kingston Council. It is said to be the first Korean street/outdoor festival to be held in Kingston town centre, and is certainly to be welcomed as an alternative focus to celebrate Koreanness there now the summer festival in […]

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Award for Korean Information Centre Co-founder

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2016
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Congratulations to Bona Shin of the Korean Information Centre in New Malden for winning the Mayor’s Community Award for outstanding service to the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The award was presented on 31 March 2016. The Korean Information Centre opened on 2 February last year with the aim of building a healthier and happier Korean […]

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Koreans help create a garden for London’s Royal Free Hospital 

by Linda Grove 30 November 2015
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“What a strange thing,” you may think, “to do a spot of volountary service when you are on holiday.” But that’s exactly what four Korean travellers did this weekend in response to Kim Minho’s Korean online request for volunteers to help with the hospital garden. Kim Moon-sun came to learn English in London ten years […]

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Event report: the stories of our North Korean friends in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2015
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During last year’s New Malden Festival, the founders of the Korean Information Centre, Bona Shin and Glenna Debosco, hosted an evening looking at the experiences of North Korean refugees in New Malden. The event was a valuable opportunity for local residents and others to raise their awareness of this small community in their midst, and […]

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