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Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian' favorably reviewed in Germa...
Aug 25, 2016
Han Kang's novel 'The Vegetarian' is being favorably received by the German press. An article about the book is published on the website of the German daily newsmagazine Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Han Kang's "The Vegetarian," which won the Man Booker International Prize...

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Media art shows the future
Aug 24, 2016
Media art, a genre that encompasses works of art created using visual images, installations and sound, will soon be put under the spotlight in Seoul. The Seoul Museum of Art will host a special media art exhibition, Mediacity Seoul 2016, opening on Sept. 1, inviting 61 artist...

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'Poor Man's Wife,' 'Our Toes Are Alike': a double book ...
Aug 23, 2016
The year 1920 saw Korea explode. Not in war, not in violence, but in terms of media, reading and social discussion. Korea's experience of colonization, roughly February 1876 until V-J Day on Aug. 15, 1945, was oppressive and heavy, but not brutal or sadistic. A young Korean man -...

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The Place Behind: Contemplating Hwang Jungeun
Aug 19, 2016
I once had to call up Hwang Jungeun about doing a book reading. I was on my way back home after finishing a part-time job, so I was distracted during the call. In the middle of my spiel, she interrupted me, “I’m surprised you’re being so formal.” Was she right? Was I being too fo...

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Ramadan iftar hosted by Korean Cultural Center in Cairo
Aug 19, 2016
Cairo's 'K-Culture Supporters' and other fans of all things Korean pose for a photo.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and it ran from June 6 to July 5, 2016. Every day during the month, devout Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete ...

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Korean recipes: Gujeolpan, a platter of nine delicacies
Aug 19, 2016
Gujeolpan is one of the preeminent dishes of Joseon court cuisine. It's made with eight ingredients, including vegetables and meat. All the ingredients are designed to be wrapped with a thinly fried pancake made from flour and with a dipping sauce made from either mustard or soy ...

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Navigating Korea’s Modern Mazes
Aug 18, 2016
Characters in many works of contemporary Korean fiction bear a resemblance to those of Southern Gothic literature in that they are complex, ambivalent, insecure, and flawed individuals struggling to navigate a social landscape that is indecipherable and sometimes hostile toward t...

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Nolja—Celebrating Korea Day at the University of the Ph...
Aug 18, 2016
As part of the official support team for media events and festivals at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines -- called the Krew -- I have attended various fun, exciting and interesting events and exhibitions organized at the center. Nolja: Korea Day 2016, held at the Univ...

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World martial arts come to Cheongju
Aug 18, 2016
What do William Tell, Robin Hood, Jumong, the founder of Goguryeo Kingdom, and Yi Seong-gye, the founder of Joseon Dynasty, have in common? They were all unchallengeable prominent archers. The Korean people have been skilled at not only standard archery but also horseback archery...

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Refugee in Purgatory
Aug 17, 2016
Like Dante’s Purgatorio, Kang Young-sook’s Rina describes a harrowing journey through a land that’s neither here nor there—an in-between realm of transient suffering, viewed, in this case, through the eyes of a teenage refugee, fleeing the hell of one country toward the eventual ...