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Interviews with participants in Exploring Korean Humani...
Aug 12, 2014 interviewed participants in the "Exploring Korean Humanities Together," a cross-cultural conversation project, whose finals were held on August 9 at Ewha Womans University. Click here for details. Werner Sasse, former Korean studies professor at Hamburg University ...

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Sharing a passion for Korea
Aug 08, 2014
It's almost one week ago since I got back from another exciting trip to Korea with some of my hapkido students. After my first trip to Korea, in 1994, I couldn’t imagine that this country would have this great of an impact on me. Since 2000, I really fell in love with the coun...


A journey into steam
Aug 06, 2014
It’s late Friday night, almost Saturday, and the sauna my friends and I’ve come to in Apgujeong-dong is quiet and peaceful, a sharp contrast to the frenetic dance clubs and bars on nearby Rodeo Drive or down the street in Garosugil’s chic wine bars and sake houses. Those are wond...


Interview with Author Krys Lee at the London Book Fair ...
Aug 01, 2014
It was quite exciting to be attending this year’s London book fair at the London Olympia, where Korea was the "market focus," under the collaboration of the British Council and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. As well as attending themed discussions and other e...


Midnight madness redefined
Jul 30, 2014
In my corner of small-town Canada, shopaholics and fashionistas define shopping as a hobby, a pastime and, in some cases, a lifestyle. Inarguably, no season is more sacred than the weeks preceding Christmas, during which bargain event slogans brandish local newspaper headlines. A...


Yoon Jin-sung: ‘Acting poses ceaseless questions about ...
Jul 23, 2014
For stage actress Yoon Jin-sung, nothing can be either better or easier than to act on stage for an audience. The first time the 43-year-old was under the lights was when she was in college. One of her friends talked her into joining the college theater group. At the time, Yoon w...


Impressed by Koreans' open attitude: Liesbet Ruben
Jul 22, 2014
Every year, the National Museum of Korea (NMK) invites a certain number of international curators and museum experts to visit Korea, in an attempt to experience diversity and to share information about their exhibitions. This year's first guest has been Liesbet Ruben from the...


Singin’ in the room noraebang nights
Jul 16, 2014
Ask a Korean the biggest cultural oddities facing a Westerner in his country, and you will likely hear a commentary on terrifyingly spicy food, unfailing reverence for the elderly or the perils of trying to master chopsticks. Ask a Westerner, however, and the list transforms. Wha...


Mahler Syndrome reenacted in Korea
Jul 08, 2014
Conductor Lim Hun-Joung challenges himself to a new interpretation of the Mahler Production. Gustav Mahler was perhaps one of the many entrapped in the Curse of Symphony No. 9. Indeed, there have been a number of composers who died after or in the midst of composing Symphony No...


Expanding his reach in music: guitarist Kim Se-hwang
Jul 03, 2014
Long, white fingers start to play the electric guitar. A sophisticated violin solo in the first movement of “Spring,” a part of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is reinterpreted in electric guitar. The charismatic guitar play creates a wonderful yet romantic melo...