Dae Jang Geum

As we all know, Jewel in the Palace is a hit in many countries. It’s watched all around the world. Including in Indian jails. A convict in India has sent a letter of gratitude to a top Korean network for airing the historical drama “Jewel in the Palace,” or “Daejanggeum” in Korean. Narendra Kumar Sharma, […]


Some Lee Young-ae videos

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2007
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I’ve been feeling guilty about not meeting the needs of all those people who come to this site looking for articles about the lovely Lee Young-ae and not finding very much. Having done a few searches on YouTube I’m amazed at the dedication of fans who create tributes to their favourite star. Here’s a small […]

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Chuseok at the BM — part sprint, part marathon

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2007
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It is a commonplace observation that Korea is caught between two larger neighbours. Similarly, in marketing terms, the Korean events at the British Museum last Saturday were dwarfed by the blitzkrieg advertising for the Chinese “First Emperor” and the Japanese modern design exhibitions, both also at the British Museum at the same time. But although […]

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British Museum and AKS celebrate Chuseok

by Philip Gowman 5 September 2007

Two events to celebrate Chuseok, Korea’s harvest festival. Firstly, the Anglo-Korean Society will be having a buffet dinner at Young Bean Kwan on the Barbican highwalks in the City on 20 September. Guest of honour will be Ambassador Cho. There will be a short pre-dinner talk on Korean customs and food, and guests will be […]

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The Grand Culture Project

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2007
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At the SOAS / AKS conference on 26 June, the talk by Kim Hyeon, Associate Professor of Cultural Informatics at the Academy of Korean Studies, had the title “the Korean Wave, Cultural Content and Cultural Informatics”. “What on earth is Cultural Informatics?” I hear you ask. You would not be alone. But read on. The […]

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Dae Jang Geum musical needs translator

by Philip Gowman 8 August 2007

From this week’s Seoul Selection newsletter Seoul Selection is looking for translators to translate the libretto of the musical “Dae Jang Geum” produced by PMC Production. The translation — approximately 30 pages (A4) — needs to be done rather quickly, with the deadline for the translation being Aug 18. You should have plenty of time […]

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Your help requested. And, some people have all the luck

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2007

A reader at ukfan’s DJG Comic Relief forum is doing a research project on Dae Jang Geum. He’s a PhD researcher at Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University. As part of this he needs your help to perfect a cultural survey. The survey can be found here. Please email it to […]

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Jumong a bright spot in media industry gloom

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2007

The Chosun recently reported a gloomy picture of the earnings of the Korean film industry. As Jon Pais speculated over at Twitch in November last year, Even if production costs stabilized, as the number of films increases, decreased profitability is inevitable. But production costs are soaring and don’t show any signs of slowing down. In […]

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Dae Jang Geum survey

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2007

A request for assistance from a PhD researcher. Hello, I’m a Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. I am interested in studying popular cultural phenomena in or related to East Asia. I’m currently working on a research project about viewer’s perceptions and opinions of Korean TV dramas. I would […]

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Visit the Dae Jang Geum campaign sites

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2006

Pay a visit to ukfan’s DJG comic relief discussion board. There’s a sample of his work below. And if you haven’t done so already, sign Alice’s petition to get DJG shown on the BBC, and visit her blog. Keywords: Titles: Dae Jang Geum

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Korea’s cute and funky cultural exports

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2006
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Chatham House Korea Discussion Group China’s ‘Korea Wave’: National Branding, Piracy, Idols and Fans Speaker: Dr Rowan Pease, 6 December 2006, 1:15pm If ever you get the chance to hear Rowan Pease talk on her chosen subject of the hallyu in China, drop everything and go to it. Even if you’ve heard some of her […]

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Dae Jang Geum campaign gathers momentum …

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2006

…but still needs your support. A couple of months ago I put up a notice on my old site encouraging you to visit Alice Bennell’s blog and join her campaign to get the BBC to buy Dae Jang Geum — Jewel in the Palace — for showing on British TV. Since then Alice has been […]

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