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Home within home, Do-ho Suh
May 26, 2012
Do Ho Suh is widely considered Korea’s most representative contemporary artist after Nam June Paik (1932-2006) and U-Fan Lee (1936-present). He leads a nomadic existence, living in different parts of the world including Seoul, New York, Paris, and London. Over a decade ago, he st...

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Kim Yeon-su, a novelist who aspires to do something new
May 03, 2012
“Would you introduce yourself for the readers of KOREA?” Your reporter immediately poses a blunt question to the novelist, Kim Yeon-su. He looks fazed for a moment, but soon starts relating his story with composure, saying, “I want to be a novelist who continues to write what he ...

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Expat homebrewers introduce craft beer to Korea
May 02, 2012
For decades, beer drinkers in Korea have had limited options. But as Korea becomes increasingly interconnected with the outside world, more and more alternatives are becoming available to its residents. More and more imported beers can be found in grocery stores, and microbreweri...

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Korean-American Jim Yong Kim new World Bank chief
Apr 27, 2012
Korean-American Jim Yong Kim will begin his five-year term as president of the World Bank in July 2012 (photo: Weekly Gonggam) Korean-born physician and president of Dartmouth College Jim Yong Kim has been selected as the next president of the World Bank. Kim, who was nominated b...

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Korean and Irish film festivals team up
Apr 27, 2012
Korea was not quite like Grainne Humphreys first expected, and that’s a good thing. Grainne Humphreys (image provided by Humphreys)Humphreys, the program director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in Ireland, was introduced to Korea through cinema, parti...

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My disability is God's ability
Apr 26, 2012
 Dr. Young-woo Kang was the first Korean-American policy advisor to the U.S. White House. He was blind for most of his life, but before finally succumbing to pancreatic cancer this past Febrary, he recalled on his deathbed that he had lived a blessed life.“I hope you won’t f...

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Seoul Players make you think, laugh, and cry
Apr 23, 2012
Art director of Seoul Players Barri TsavarisAlmost eleven years ago, a small group of expats in Seoul gathered to talk about forming a theater company. Built with only a passion for plays and theater, the theater company Seoul Players is already celebrating its eleventh year in 2...

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Royal Asiatic Society explores Korea’s hidden depths
Apr 19, 2012
For over a century, the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch has gathered various foreign residents of Korea -- missionaries, diplomats, Peace Corps volunteers, and various other adventurers. Today, the RASKB offers a variety of activities to its members and the general public, inc...

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Australian doctor received posthumous honor in Korea
Apr 16, 2012
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MW) recently started a campaign to award national meritorious contributors in Korea and share their unknown stories with the world. Among more than 200 award-winners is the late Dr. Helen Pearl Mackenzie who received the Order of Civil Mer...

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World Bank head candidate visits Korea
Apr 03, 2012
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College and the US nominee for presidency of the World Bank arrived in Seoul last Sunday. During his visit, the Korean-born candidate discussed the policy direction of the World Bank with President Lee Myung-bak and Minister of Strategy an...