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Think Korea 2006 was an ambitious programme of cultural and other events organised by the Korean Embassy as part of the “Korea-UK Mutual Visit Year”. There was, I believe, a reciprocal series of UK-related events organised in Korea, but I never saw any publicity about it. One event I do know of: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra […]

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London Korean Festival 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2017
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The London Korean Festival 2006 was the last of the festivals organised by Oh Tae-min and his team, which included Stephanie Seung-min Kim who would go on to be the first curator at the Korean Cultural Centre before moving into the art curatorial world on her own. Previously working from within the Korean Anglican Community […]

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Conference news: the 4th World Congress for Hallyu

by Events Editor 29 August 2016
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The 2016 World Hallyu Congress will take place at Oriel College, Oxford, 26-28 September. You can register to attend here. Students free, others $50 (plus accommodation). Draft timetable is below. Keep an eye on the conference website for updates. Time Harris Lecture Theatre Harris Room Sanders Room Monday Sep 26 14:00-18:00 Registration 18:00-20:00 Reception Dinner […]

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Event news: Korean Culture Day in Battersea

by Events Editor 29 August 2016
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A day of Korean cultural and networking at the Royal College of Art Battersea Campus. Find out more on the event’s Facebook Page. K-Culture Day Hosted by AskCulture and Inspire Me Korea Saturday 3 September 12:30–17:00 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN If you’d love to know more about Korea, we invite you to our Korean […]

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“How Korea became fashion’s new fraternity”

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2016
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Tonight’s Evening Standard page 27. I know I’m going to sound my age here but anyway… Dara from 2NE1 (right) looks fine. But would any of you turn up to an event looking like G-Dragon (Big Bang) or CL (2NE1)? If anyone’s interested in reading it, it’s a brief puff piece on how Koreans are […]

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The Confused Westerner’s Response to K-Pop

by Matthew Jackson 5 September 2015
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Have you read the Wikipedia article on K-pop? It’s really, really long. Seriously, I did not know most of that stuff. When you next have a sufficiently large mug of tea, I highly recommend giving it a read. Changing tack, did you see the article on Yahoo about K-pop? It’s shorter, and chimes with a […]

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Event news: Conference on Asian Cultural Flows

by Events Editor 28 August 2015
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News of an upcoming conference at Birkbeck. Those who qualify can book via Eventbrite. Conference on Asian Cultural Flows Dr Lorraine Lim Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST) London, United Kingdom The popularity of J-Pop and K-Pop in East and Southeast Asia (and beyond) is now well-known, but less is known about […]

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K-Culture lecture #1: Where did K-Pop come from?

by Events Editor 7 March 2015
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Professor Keith Howard has been following the Korean popular music industry for a while: he was in the SBS studio when Fin K.L. made their debut no.1 in 1999. His book Korean Pop Music – riding the wave (now sadly out of print) is highly enjoyable. So his upcoming talk should be a great way […]

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Looking back at 2014: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2014. Good year for: Popular TV drama My Love from the Star had an impact beyond its 21 episode span. The lead female character, played by Jeon Ji-hyun, managed to boost sales of trenchcoats in Korea, […]

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Book review: The Birth of Korean Cool

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2014
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Euny Hong: The Birth of Korean Cool How one nation is conquering the world through pop culture Simon & Schuster UK, 2014, 267pp Euny Hong’s first non-fiction book (we loved her novel) is in turn infuriating, entertaining and informative. Let’s get the infuriating bits done with first. In her approach to Romanization she is cavalier, […]

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K-Drama week: Yang Yun-ho, IRIS, and the current state of Korean drama

by Philip Gowman 6 October 2014
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The KCCUK’s K-Drama week included the opportunity to meet the director of one of Korea’s most successful TV dramas of recent years, IRIS, which has been screened in 26 countries and brings film-like tension to the small screen. Director Yang Yun-ho gave a talk on the current state of Hallyu at SOAS, and participated in […]

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Korean Drama week: seminars, screenings and more

by Events Editor 10 September 2014
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An exciting few days are coming up focusing on one of Korea’s most popular cultural exports. I’m particularly looking forward to the screening of the film version of IRIS. As for most KCC-sponsored events, pre-registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Tuesday 23 September SOAS London University 17:30-19:30 Global Korean Wave Seminar Seminar about Korean Dramas by […]

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Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave

by Events Editor 24 February 2014
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An addition to the Spring term series of seminars at SOAS, given by the director of Winter Sonata and other famous TV drama series. Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave Director Yun Seokho (Winter Sonata & SOAS Visiting Scholar) Date: 7 March 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings Room […]

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K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell – coming soon from Tuttle Publishing

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2014
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At LKL, we loved Mark James Russell’s first book on the Korean entertainment industry, Pop Goes Korea. So we’re looking forward to his follow-up, focusing more narrowly on K-pop, which is due to be launched in April from Tuttle Publishing. It’s already available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Below is the official press release, or you […]

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CFP for South Korean Screen Culture Conference 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 December 2013
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In 2014 the “Years of Radical Change” Korean Screen Culture Conference moves to Sheffield, after two successful years at SOAS. The Call for Papers has just been issued. CFP for South Korean Screen Culture Conference 2014 Friday 13 – Saturday 14 June 2014 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom Call for presentations: The Korean Screen […]

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LSESU Korea Political and Economic Forum 2013

by Events Editor 24 November 2013
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Coming up this Saturday at LSE’s Hong Kong theatre: the LSE’s third Korean Political and Economic forum, focusing on the hallyu and mobile contents. Of special interest will be the talk by Yun Sukho, director of the famous TV drama Winter Sonata, one of the first big hallyu hits in Japan. The first, political, session […]

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2013 Travel Diary #25: The Hallyu 4.0 Experience

by Philip Gowman 12 September 2013
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Donguibogam Village, Sancheong-gun, Thursday 12 September, 9am. At the main entrance to the Expo there is a long parade of information booths and gift stalls. One of the booths was there to promote Hallyu 4.0. Hallyu 1.0 and Hallyu 2.0 are the first and second waves of Korean pop culture spreading through Asia. First came […]

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