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Ahn Jung-hyo: White Badge Soho Press, NY, 1989, 337pp Originally published as 하얀전쟁, 1983 Translated by the author If I saw Jeong Ji-young’s White Badge (1992) when it screened in London eight years ago, I do not remember it. I cannot imagine having a similar lapse of memory concerning Ahn Jung-hyo’s Vietnam war novel on […]

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Screening: White Badge + Ahn Jung-hyo Q+A

by Events Editor 18 March 2018
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Jeong Ji-yeong’s adaptation of Ahn Jung-hyo’s Vietnam War novel is the third in the KCCUK’s Korean Novels on Screen season of screenings. Director Jeong came to London back in 2010 to talk about this movie. LKL’s write-up can be found here. White Badge (하얀전쟁) Director: Chung Ji-young (1992, 124 mins) Cast: Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Gyoung-young, […]

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North Korea’s silkworm technology

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2010
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Bored with shelling South Korean islands, North Korea looks to invest in Vietnamese silk. FT blogs: http://bit.ly/dQwPzB # North Korea’s contribution to any silk venture will be its “silkworm expertise and technology”, Vietnam would, in exchange, provide labour and investment in production facilities. Keywords: General post tags: DPRK revenue-raising | Vietnam

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Strains in a mixed marriage

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2010
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Did you know resting your chin in your hands is considered rude in Korea? But not quite grounds for divorce. http://bit.ly/d6qHuY. Korean man tries to divorce his Vietnamese wife who stared at him while he ate. # Keywords: General post tags: Vietnam

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White Badge: Korea and the Vietnamese War

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2010
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In a year that we remember the 60th anniversary of the first post-WW2 US military involvement in Asia, it was a great idea to invite Director Jeong Ji-yeong (정지영) to the UK. Jeong is known for a number of well-received films, including Nambugun, a film which gives a nuanced view of the Korean War from […]

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A surprise screening of ‘White Badge’ with Director Chung Ji-young

by Events Editor 26 April 2010
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As previously announced, Chung Ji-young had a retrospective last weekend at Cambridge. Director Chung has been persuaded to stay in the UK a bit longer. Accordingly, a surprise screening of ‘White Badge’ is taking place in the multi-purpose hall of the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with […]

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Koreans are not the only nationality to have been adopted en masse

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2010
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A touching profile of a Vietnamese UK adoptee (adopted during the Vietnam War) returning to her native country: BBC. http://bit.ly/bZrFzl #. 99 Vietnamese babies were brought to the UK in 1975 in a plane chartered by the Daily Mail. Keywords: General post tags: Adoptees | Vietnam

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A meeting with Biuret

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2010
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LKL meets the energetic Korean rock band Biuret, the overall winners of Sutasi 2009, during their brief visit to London. I’ve come to the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens to meet Biuret, one of the latest Korean bands to win international recognition. The foyer is packed with music industry types, because this is the […]

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The Chaebolization of the Korean music industry

by Philip Gowman 7 December 2009
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The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Mark Russell on how Vietnam is following Korea's example in how to produce pop stars http://bit.ly/68KLpD #, while in a related series of articles Richard Stansfield talks about The Chaebolization of the Korean Music Industry http://bit.ly/8W37mD #. Keywords: General post tags: Entertainment industry | Vietnam

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“Asia! Asia!” – Stephen Epstein at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 15 November 2009
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Stephen Epstein had a busy week last week giving lectures in Cambridge, Oxford and London. He is on a lecture tour of Europe, using the trip as an opportunity to test various chapters from his forthcoming book with a critical audience. Friday’s lecture at SOAS focused on the portrayal of some of Korea’s Asian neighbours […]

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