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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 ...

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The 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
Aug 17, 2016
The 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs), which is to open on Sept. 22, announced today the opening film and festival program in a news conference at Business Division of KEB Hana Bank in Eulji-ro, Seoul. It also named actor Kang Ha-neul and actress Gong Seu...

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This summer's blockbusters: zombies, disasters, history...
Aug 12, 2016
Korea's first zombie apocalypse blockbuster 'Train to Busan,' starring actor Gong Yoo in the leading role, attracts 10 million viewers to theaters in 19 days since it opened on July 20.Korean blockbusters are drawing massive crowds to theaters across the country amidst the intens...

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Korean cooking institute opens in LA
Aug 12, 2016
The LA Korean Food Academy opens on Aug. 10. Attendees at the opening ceremony include ITKF Director Yoon Sook-ja, South Korean Consul General in Los Angeles Lee Ki Chul and Kim Nakjung, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Anyone interested in Korean cuisine ...