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UK Korean Events of the Week: 27th May – 2nd June

The big event this week  is definitely the Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture two-day conference taking place at SOAS (Schools of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) this weekend. It looks like it will be full of fascinating discussions about all aspects of Korean film from…

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The bigger, the better? Megachurches in South Korea

The Christian faith has a relatively short but very interesting history in Korea. As recently as the mid-1800s thousands of Catholics were persecuted and killed for practising their beliefs. However by the end of that century, the country was starting to open up to the outside and now around…

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Why Baby Hyuna makes me feel so uncomfortable

A few days ago, my evening was ruined just a little bit by a series of videos that appeared on allkpop. They featured a four year old girl on the popular TV show Star King dancing to a series of songs by Hyuna including her big hits Bubble Pop and…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 6th – 12th May

After an exciting a couple of weeks with the UK Korea Rocks tour everything is back to normality again. Thankfully there are still some great events happening this week including a couple of interesting film screenings, including the oldest Korean film in existence, a new exhibition from the KCC and…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 29th April – 5th May

It’s a good week for those of us outside London as the Korea Rocks tour continues up to Manchester and Liverpool after a successful London date on Sunday plus another film screening in Glasgow. Of course if you do live in London there are some great art exhibitions continuing…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 22nd – 28th April

The much-anticipated Korea Rocks tour starts this week in Kent before travelling on to Wales and then to London for the end of the week before visiting Liverpool and Manchester next week. It’s sure to be a great gig but if rock music isn’t your cup of…

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How to pronounce Korean names

Pronouncing Korean names is very easy… if you read Hangul. As I have written before, it’s an almost completely phonetic language that is very easy to pick up. However if you don’t and you want to pronounce a Korean name correctly, it can be a little more tricky…

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Just how worried are South Koreans about North Korea?

Last Friday, as international news reports were filled with the news of US missile tests off the coast of North Korea, warnings from Pyongyang to foreign diplomats in the country and the re-defection of a North Korean back from the South, the most discussed story on South Korean news…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 8th – 14th April

It’s good news for anyone who wanted to see the KCC’s cosmetics exhibition but didn’t get the chance as they have extended the run for another two weeks. Alongside this there is another exhibition opening at MOKSPACE this week showing a variety of prints as well as…

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Why do they do that? Korean culture and the K-pop industry

Why do K-pop entertainment companies work the way they do? Why are trainees given such long contracts? Why do they start so young? Usually when reading articles discussing these issues, I see writers focussing on the economic reasons why the K-pop industry is the way that it is…

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