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American critic creates award for Korean indie films
Mar 26, 2014
Independent directors and actors often produce films just for the sake of making films, because they love films. These movies are often ignored and go unnoticed by the general public. An American film critic who has been writing about Korean films for over ten years has now creat...


Gugak star Song So-hee: ‘Gugak is my destiny’
Mar 19, 2014
“Gugak is my destiny.” Young singer Song So-hee confidently stated that she is meant to sing gugak, a genre of traditional Korean music. Gugak, which she first started singing at the request of her parents, has now become the all consuming element in the life of the 18-year-old s...


Korean-Australian pop diva thrills Down Under
Mar 14, 2014
Dami Im’s new single “Jolene” was released on March 11. (courtesy of Sony Music)Dami Im, the Korean-Australian winner of “The X Factor,” a talent show concert program on Australia’s Channel 7, is actively building her musical career with concert tours set for Australia and elsewh...


Curved architecture merges with landscape
Mar 13, 2014
An atypical structure with a seamless design and endless curves sits near Dongdaemun Gate. Its outer appearance makes this building look as if a giant alien spaceship has landed in the middle of Seoul. The construction of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park (DDP) is nearly compl...


Volleyballer flies in Turkey
Mar 11, 2014
Turkey has a Korean player who is helping to turn one of its volleyball teams into a powerhouse.Kim Yeon-koung, affiliated with Fenerbahçe, has earned recognition on the international scene, leading her team to a series of wins. The 25-year-old volleyball player is noted for her ...


Ugandan teenagers perform melody of dreams
Mar 10, 2014
The passion of one Korean classical music lover has led to the birth of the first-ever youth orchestra in Uganda. Her name is Maria Park. Park established an orchestra for Ugandan teenagers, the Youth Orchestra Africa, in June 2007 and built a music school for high school student...


Paul Potts’ movie-like life hits the screen
Mar 05, 2014
Opera singer Paul Potts has lived a life more dramatic than that of many movie characters. The 43-year-old Potts recently came to Korea for the March 13 launch of “One Chance,” a new biographical film that depicts his life story. If there’s one piece of advice Potts wants to give...


Sixty years on Jejudo: Irish priest shares his memories
Mar 04, 2014
There is a man from foreign lands who has lived in Korea since the 1950s. He remembers the nation when it was in turmoil and he sees it now with its GDP per capita of over USD 25,000. Arriving in the nation as a Catholic priest, he is an exemplar of generous love and sacrifice. H...


World’s eyes on designer Choi Bum Suk
Feb 27, 2014
Earlier this February in New York, about 500 people took a close look at a fashion show put on by a Korean designer. Among the audience were fashion directors of popular fashion magazines like GQ, Esquire, Details, Vanity Fair, Bruce Pask and WWD, and buyers from well-known U.S. ...


Footballer Ji So-yun: “Even if I were born again, I’d s...
Feb 27, 2014
Ji So-yun has become the first-ever Korean to join the FA Women’s Premier league in England, as she penned a two-year contract with the Chelsea Ladies Football Club (Chelsea L.F.C.) on February 5. Being part of the Chelsea ladies’ team, the 22-year-old footballer will be pitted a...