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The Guardian gets rewarded for its K-pop coverage with a free trip to Seoul – though they feel obliged to spend most of their time in Gangnam covering the K-pop businsess in the resulting travel article. But there are a couple of interesting quotes which sum up the way many people get into Korean culture: […]

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Ko Un featured in the Guardian

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2012
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Korean poetry in translation isn’t much featured on the web anywhere, so when a major UK broadsheet features Ko Un, Korea’s most famous poet, together with his Cornish translator Brother Anthony, it is a cause for celebration. The Guardian has a nice piece on his appearance at the Aldeburgh poetry festival (3-4 November), which is […]

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The Orphan Master’s Son: best left in the orphanage

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2012
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Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son Doubleday, 2012 The publication of The Orphan Master’s Son, the second novel by Adam Johnson, had lucky timing, surfing the wave of interest in the North caused by the death of Kim Jong-il. The newspapers duly lined up to review it to general acclaim, but an early battleground formed: […]

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Shin Meekyoung is Guardian’s Artist of the Week

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2011
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Meekyoung Shin is artist of the week in the Guardian http://bit.ly/gRS2Ce # Why we like her: Translation: Ghost Series is gorgeous. It’s full of fragile-looking vases with stout bellies or elegant swan-like necks in see-through shades, ranging from pale opal to brilliant pinks and yellows. Keywords: Artists: Shin Meekyoung (신미경) Other tags: Guardian

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Pyongyang goes Pop

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2011
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Pyongyang goes pop: @Alex Hoban starts a series of reports on North Korea’s music scene for the Grauniad: http://bit.ly/gScjB1 # The full series can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/series/pyongyang-goes-pop Keywords: General post tags: Guardian

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What’s the point of kimchi? asks the Guardian

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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What’s the point of kimchi? What’s the point of ignorance? @Roboseyo trashes the Grauniad, and quite right too. http://bit.ly/eoN4Fv # The offending Observer / Grauniad article by Rachel Cooke is here. Keywords: General post tags: Guardian

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Wikileaks on North Korea: hardly controversial

by Philip Gowman 30 November 2010
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So the Dear Leader is a “Flabby Old Chap“? Who doesn’t put on a bit of weight when getting older, particularly if you don’t get much exercise? # Wikileaks cables reveal China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’. Former UK ambassador Chun Yung-woo quoted. Guardian. http://bit.ly/grAjhw # RT @fcaidan: China is NOT ‘abandoning N Korea.’ WikiLeaks […]

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