Artist Talk: Heezy Yang meets Hurricane Kimchi

Heezy Yang will be giving a talk at the British Museum tomorrow: Heezy Yang meets Hurricane Kimchi Moser Room, British Museum, WC1B 3DG Sat, 13 July 2019 | 11:30 – 12:30 BST Free | Registration required Join us for a talk by Heezy Yang as part of ‘The Liminal’, the ‘Queer’ Asia Art Exhibition 2019. […]

Nine Confucian academies listed at UNESCO

For visitors to Korea (such as myself) who like to try to get round all the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, the list just got longer. On Saturday 6 July, the World Heritage Committee included nine Seowon, or Neo-Confucian Academies, in the list. The nine seowon are dotted around the central and southern parts of the […]

Love without Boundaries: Wanee & Junah

This film has been on my to-watch list for around 15 years. Finally I might get to see it. Wanee & Junah Director: Kim Yong Gyun (2001, 114 mins) Cast: Kim Hee-sun, Joo Jin-mo, Cho Seung-woo, Choi Gang-hee, Kim Soo-jin Thursday 1 August 2019 7:00 pm @KCCUK | Book here Wanee is a disenchanted animator […]

Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night

Another chance to see Oh Suyeon’s Blind Alley, along with Leesong Hee-il’s first short and more: this evening should be good. Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night Birkbeck Cinema, Thursday 25 July 2019 6:30 pm | Book here First Love (깊고 오랜 사랑) Director: Kang Ji-Sook (2016, 28 mins) Cast: Seo Woo-Rim, Jeong Haeng-Sim Written and […]

Love without Boundaries: No Regret

Leesong Hee-il’s White Night trilogy was the highlight of the 2013 London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Here’s an opportunity to see an earlier film: No Regret (후회하지 않아) Director: Leesong Hee-il (2006, 114mins) Cast: Kim Nam-gil, Lee Yeong-hoon, Kim Jung-hwa, Cho Hyun-chul Thursday 11 July 2019 7:00 pm | Book here At 18, Su-min […]

Discussion: Digital Sexual Violence in South Korea

Another interesting event organised by the SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society: Digital Sexual Violence in South Korea Monday 24 June 2019, 18:30-20:30 Room S312, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, United Kingdom (enter via north door on SOAS campus) Spy cams in hotel rooms and public toilets, revenge porn, date rape […]

Screening: Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence

On UN International Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict Day, SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society will have a special film event celebrating Jan Ruff O’Herne, a survivor of Japanese military sexual slavery, and human rights campaigner. Jan was inspired in 1991 by the Korean grandmothers to tell her story – and to tell her […]

Former UK Home Secretary to unveil statue commemorating Vietnamese victims

In an article on Politics Home, former UK Home Secretary Jack Straw writes about South Korea’s need to investigate rape and other atrocities inflicted by South Korean soldiers upon women during the Vietnam War. Despite Korea’s history of Japanese military sexual slavery, successive South Korean governments have refused to investigate their own military’s crimes against […]

SOAS seminar: North Korea and Socialist Czechoslovakia

The second SOAS seminar of June: North Korea and Socialist Czechoslovakia from the World War II to Sino-Soviet Split Amb. Jaroslav Olša, jr. Friday 14 June 2019, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: SOAS Brunei Gallery Room: B204 | Register on the SOAS website Abstract The seminar focuses on the decade of the most intensive cooperation […]

The Duke of York’s visit to Korea

HRH Prince Andrew paid a visit to Korea last week, and as part of his visit retraced the footsteps of his mother’s state visit twenty years ago. He arrived on 12 May and his first engagement was a reception hosted by the ambassador HE Simon Smith: https://twitter.com/TheDukeOfYork/status/1127907416526458885 The next day, after giving a welcome speech […]

Francis Daehoon Lee meets Jeremy Corbyn

On Monday, before his London talk on Denuclearising The Korean Peninsula, Prof Francis Daehoon Lee of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy was invited to lunch with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, in a restaurant in his Islington constituency. He said he was impressed by Corbyn’s understanding of the situation in the Korean peninsular. Prof. Lee is […]

Screening: Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence

Two films on the subject of a Dutch “Comfort Woman”. Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence Arapina | 8 Little Thames Walk | London SE8 3FB 6pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019 Daily Bread Director: Ruby Challenger (Australia 2018, 15 mins, Dutch & Japanese with English subtitles. Historical drama) 50 Years of Silence Director: Ned […]

Ex-periphery: South Korea in the Post-miracle Era

A talk at St Antony’s College Oxford this month: Ex-periphery: South Korea in the Post-miracle Era Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:30pm Venue: Fellows’ Dining Room, St Antony’s College Speaker: Irina Lyan (Oxford) Convenor: Rosemary Foot In this talk I propose to draw attention to the often neglected category of ex-peripheries—former developing economies which are still […]