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SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society hosts Stories from the Clean Room: a documentary about workers who are dying to make the electronics we cannot live without. Stories from the Clean Room is a documentary exposing the dirty truths about toxic chemicals and harm to workers in the electronics industry. The film, made by […]

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Looking back at 2015: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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In our third review of 2015, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. DPRK Human rights and defectors Shin Dong-hyuk, the most prominent campaigner among the defector community, admitted that some of his testimony (eg, in Escape from Camp 14) […]

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V&A invites applicants for digital residency

by Philip Gowman 19 May 2015
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An exciting time for the V&A as they prepare to host their first Korean artist in residence this October for a period of 6 months: V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency 1 October 2015 – 31 March 2016 Bursary: £10,000 for six months (subject to tax and national insurance) Plus one standard return flight to […]

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Looking back at 2014: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]

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Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung battle to build the biggest ships

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2015
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Only two years ago there was the naming ceremony for the world’s largest container ship, the Maersk Triple E built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. At 398m long and with a capacity of 18,270 twenty-foot equivalent containers, the ship had its own website, www.worldslargestship.com. Two days ago, the newest largest container ship, the CSCL […]

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A look at some of the Korean design on show at 100% Design London 2014

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2014
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There may not be a Korean Pavilion at 100% Design London this year, but you don’t have to walk far from the central bar area of Earls Court 2 to find Korean designers. Just take one pace the other side of the bar and you come across Kim Been’s stall, Beeeen Company, with her range […]

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A visit to the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

by Shouvik Datta 3 March 2014
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“There are few museums in the world who are doing work with young people on the scale we are doing:” Shouvik Datta discovers how Samsung is helping the British Museum to engage with a younger audience. I was recently checking the website of the British Museum, when I came across with interest and surprise the […]

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Samsung hires judge who accused Apple of “lack of integrity”

by Philip Gowman 3 March 2013
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Last November, judge Sir Robin Jacob forced Apple to redraft an apology it had been ordered to make on its website after losing its claim against Samsung for copying its designs. Samsung has hired the now-retired judge as an adviser in its patent fight against Ericsson in the US. Sources: Private Eye | Independent Keywords: […]

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Festival Film Review: The Thieves – an exhilarating start to LKFF 2012

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2012
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What can one say about one of the most popular Korean films ever? It’s slick, it’s got Jeon Ji-hyun and Kim Hye-su; it’s got Lee Jeong-jae, Kim Yun-seok and even Hong Kong megastar Simon Yam. Yes, it’s a real pleasure to combine in one film some of your favourite Korean eye-candy with a couple of […]

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Vince Cable visits Samsung

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2011
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Vince Cable visits the Samsung Electronics HQ in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul http://bit.ly/lupUYj # Keywords: Companies: Samsung

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Will Samsung Electronics innovate again?

by Peter Corbishley 14 March 2011
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Peter Corbishley analyses two recent books on the subject of the company that epitomises Korea Inc.   Two recent books on Samsung Samsung v Sony In 2010 Tony Michell published his long awaited work on Samsung Electronics.1 Sea-Jin Chang wrote Sony v Samsung2 in 2008. The opposition between the two companies seems to be stimulated […]

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A last look back at 2010

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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Samsung whistleblower’s new book

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2010
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Former Samsung insider takes on Korean conglomerate http://bit.ly/cdV30I. Andrew Salmon reports for CNN on the new book “Think Samsung” by Kim Yong-cheol. Only available in Korean so far. via @JamesTurnbull. Keywords: Companies: Samsung

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Breen under pressure from Samsung

by Philip Gowman 11 May 2010
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Which is more likely to make me stop buying Samsung products: an irreverent article by a British writer, or Samsung's heavy-handed response? http://bit.ly/cWnWfy # Update 13 May 2010: Samsung backs off from the civil suit, but Mike Breen still faces criminal charges Keywords: Companies: Samsung

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Will the Samsung NX10 become LKL’s official camera?

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2010
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In the all-too-distant days of my youth, I had a budget SLR camera with a couple of lenses and a collection of filters, and I like to think that I took a few good snaps with it. Life moves on, and priorities change, and after a while I found that instead of taking the SLR […]

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Samsung now the biggest technology company in the world

by Matthew Jackson 30 January 2010
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‘All hail Samsung Electronics’ says the Lex column in the Financial Times on the 28th of January. The news (reported fully here) that Samsung Electronics has overtaken Hewlett Packard as the world’s largest technology company may come as a surprise, especially to those who regard Samsung as a poor relation of the erstwhile dominant Japanese […]

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A belated look back at 2009

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2010
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For the past 3 years LKL has concocted a quiz of the year as a way of gathering together some of the news stories which have most caught our eye. This year, as I came to draw up the list in mid December I found it hard to think of anything amusing or diverting: most […]

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