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

“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 […]

Joo Yeon Sir in broadcast premier and Albert Hall debut

Last November, violinist Joo Yeon Sir won the Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, held in association with the radio station Classic FM. The award was launched in 2013 to identify the most exciting young performers in Britain. According to Classic FM, the “candidates were judged based upon their technique, individualism, musicality, interpretation, communication […]

Royal Ballet dancer featured in Chosun Ilbo

There’s a nice feature on Choe Yu-hui, a soloist with the Royal Ballet, in the Chosun Ilbo. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a Korean family, Choe grew up in a pro-North Korean environment. Only 12 years ago did she change her nationality from North to South Korea. (Via Adam Cathcart) Links: From Korean Outsider in […]

Sylvia Park receives her MBE

Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud […]

The Korean Information Centre is launched

Theatre for All’s ambitious project, the Korean Information Centre (KIC), has been set up to help the Korean community by increasing access to information and to promote integration. Aim: To build a healthier and happier Korean community by transcending cultural barriers. Objectives: To integrate with the local community To increase access to information To empower […]

The experience of North Koreans in New Malden

A panel session about the experiences of North Korean defectors in New Malden is at first sight a strange event to promote as part of an arts festival. But the 7th New Malden Arts Festival overlaps with Malden Fortnight, a celebration of New Malden’s varied community, of which Koreans are of course a significant part. […]

The life of North Koreans in New Malden

As part of the 7th New Malden Arts Festival (19th July ~ 2 August 2014), Theatre4All are presenting an evening focusing on the lives of North Koreans in New Malden. Life of North Koreans in New Malden Malden Centre | Blagdon Road | New Malden | KT3 4TA Saturday 26 July 2014 7:30pm ~ 9:00pm […]

Central St Martins graduate featured in Joongang Ilbo

There’s a nice feature in today’s Joongang Ilbo on the London-based Korean fashion designer Lee Jung-sun of J. JS Lee, who has an MA from Central St Martins. Her collections are known for their clean and androgynous lines. Links: www.jsleelondon.com | @Jackiejslee Fashion’s rising star focuses designs on ‘cleanism’, Lee Do-eun, Joongang Ilbo, 6 August […]

Min-jin Kym gets her Strad back

Nearly three years after it was stolen, and a few months after a false alarm in which people thought it had turned up in the possession of a Bulgarian gypsy, Korean violinist Min-jin Kym is reunited with her Stradivarius. Great news. Links: Missing Stradivarius found, BBC, 30 July 2013 Famed Stradivarius violin owned by Min-Jin […]

Twinsters – what a compelling story

On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French fashion design student living in London. Anaïs’ friends viewed a YouTube video featuring Samantha. They were immediately blown away by the identical appearance of Samantha & […]

Choi Eudon featured in London Fashion Week

It’s nice to see Choi Eudon featured in London Fashion Week’s Daily newspaper (16 February issue), with his Doctor Zhivago inspired Autumn / Winter 2013 collection. Choi’s star has been rising since he showed some of his designs at the KCC’s Crossfields show in 2009, with Lady Gaga reported to be among his fans. There’s […]

Yonhap feature on living in New Malden

Very interesting feature on the Koreans of New Malden, by Niels Footman of Yonhap. Two contrasting quotes set the scene: Two years ago, at a meeting of the Kingston Racial Equality Council … the incumbent member of parliament Ed Davey said that because much of the Korean population is transitory, “they feel less of a […]