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  • Booklist: Human Rights and Social Justice (9 titles)
    • Free Chol Soo Lee: theatrical release

      In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. After spending years fighting to survive, investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement. Nearly five decades later, Free Chol Soo Lee excavates this largely unknown yet essential … [Read More]

      Book review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

      Cho Nam-joo: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Translated by Jamie Chang Scribner, 2020, 163pp Originally published as 82년생 김지영, Minumsa, 2016. Kim Jiyoung, as the blurb on the back cover of this translated novel tells us, is every woman. Her given name is unremarkable, familiar, and of course her family name is the most common in … [Read More]

      Korea beyond the headlines: the 2020 LSESU Korea Future Forum

      Claire Evans, a member of the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Association, introduces this Saturday’s conference. The LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Association takes pride in being the largest student-run organisation in the world dedicated to discussion of Korean peninsula issues. Its annual conference, the Korea Future Forum, brings together leading experts from around the … [Read More]

      Glittering Hands screens at SOAS

      SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society host a moving documentary that will appeal to those who loved Planet of Snail. You can watch an Arirang interview with the director here. Glittering Hands 반짝이는 박수소리 + director Bora Lee-Kil Q&A Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 18:30 SOAS | Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG Room … [Read More]

      Shusenjo: Screening with Q+A with Director Miki Dezaki

      A chance to see the film that whose screening was dropped recently from a Japanese film festival for fear of “incidents that could occur during the screening”. Shusenjo Friday 8 November 2019, 16:30 – 19:30 University College London | Robert Building 106 (TBC) | Gower Street | London WC1E 6BT Register via EventBrite The first … [Read More]

      RIP David Kilburn

      Many LKL readers will have been friends with, or had the great pleasure of meeting David Kilburn, who sadly passed away in Seoul on Monday, 7 October. David was a steadfast supporter of justice campaigns such as the Sewol ferry disaster and the ‘comfort women’ issue. He had his own personal experience of injustice in … [Read More]

      Remembering the Sewol – the campaign’s next phase

      This month Remembering Sewol UK is moving from their regular location at Trafalgar Square, where they have had a monthly presence for over five years, to New Malden – London’s ‘Koreatown’. They will be providing leaflets, yellow ribbons and badges to the public and engage in conversation with those who are interested in or affected … [Read More]

      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 … [Read More]

      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 … [Read More]

      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 … [Read More]

      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 … [Read More]