SOAS conference: Senses and the Meanings of Modernity in East Asia, 1890–1945

A conference at SOAS with some Korean interest, including sessions on the Local Colour Movement and on Korean film and food diplomacy: The Senses and the Meanings of Modernity in East Asia, 1890–1945 An exploratory workshop 18 June 2018, room S116 (Senate House), SOAS, University of London Reflecting recent shifts towards the study of embodied […]

Has anyone spotted any Korean ingredients at Waitrose, ever?

I really don’t know where this story has come from, because among frequenters of LKL’s Facebook group no-one will admit to having seen any Korean food products in any branch of Waitrose. And personally, neither have I, in Canary Wharf, King’s Road Chelsea, East Sheen, Marylebone High Street, or any other Waitrose store I frequent. […]

Lee Young-ae returns in NYT ad

Yes, it’s nice to see Lee Young-ae back. But why do the people who put full page Dokdo ads in the American press feel the need also to promote Korean food in similar fashion? Aren’t Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow doing that for free? Still, I can’t think of a better spokesmodel for hansik than […]

Discover the Taste of Korea at Harrods

As part of the big Premium Korea event at Harrods, this week there are some lunchtime cooking demonstrations: 19th-23rd September 2011 12 Noon – 2pm The Gourmet Cookshop, 2nd floor, Harrods 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL The Korean cooking demonstration will be held by Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korea Agro-fisheries Trade […]

Photos from the Thames Festival

It was a perfect day in More London, by Tower Bridge, and the crowds were out in large numbers to enjoy the Thames Festival. The Korean contingent had taken possession of The Scoop for the weekend, and over 70 performers had come over from Korea to entertain the festival-goers. Reflecting the current marketing push to […]

A celebration of food, fashion and music

Outside the Banqueting House, two Choson dynasty guards in colourful robes stood to attention to welcome the hundreds of guests. Inside, Han Style and Korean hospitality was waiting. It was in this prestigious venue that the Embassy and Cultural Centre had chosen to launch the Korean food offensive in the UK, in an evening entitled […]