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White Is Not Always Fair
Aug 29, 2016
White things—things that are pure and clean—which sterilize the parts of life that have been dirtied. That cure wounds. “Something like white ointment applied to a swelling, like gauze laid over a wound.” (p. 10) This book, by reading and writing such white things, will smooth ov...


Korea, China, Japan unite in harmony
Aug 29, 2016
Soloists from Korea, China and Japan perform 'Arirang' on traditional instruments, accompanied by the Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra, during the 2016 Korea-China-Japan Cultural Festival held at the Jeju International Convention Center on Aug. 27. "We are different, but together ...


K-drama masterpieces (2): ‘Autumn in My Heart’
Aug 29, 2016
In the autumn of 2000, a fairy tale story toughed many hearts. The KBS soap opera “Autumn in My Heart" (가을동화), running from Sept. 18 through to Nov. 7, brought many TV fans to tears. The 16-episode drama tells a tale of love and loss between a man and a woman. When it aired ...

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Walking Towards the Vanishing Point Cradling a Love of ...
Aug 26, 2016
In the courtyard of an old, humble hanok in northern Seoul that has been lovingly restored, folding chairs are set out in tight rows with loud construction noises coming from the building site next door, where a beautiful building like this one has already been demolished. At the...


Korean recipes: Jeungpyeon rice wine cake
Aug 26, 2016
Jeungpyeon is one of the rice cake varieties and is known for its bubbly texture inside, like bread. It is a round-shaped rice cake made from non-glutinous rice powder, rice wine garnished with jujubes, chestnuts or pine nuts. It is commonly known as sultteook (술떡) which ...


Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian' favorably reviewed in Germa...
Aug 25, 2016
Han Kang's novel 'The Vegetarian' is being favorably received by the German press. An article about the book is published on the website of the German daily newsmagazine Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Han Kang's "The Vegetarian," which won the Man Booker International Prize...


Media art shows the future
Aug 24, 2016
Media art, a genre that encompasses works of art created using visual images, installations and sound, will soon be put under the spotlight in Seoul. The Seoul Museum of Art will host a special media art exhibition, Mediacity Seoul 2016, opening on Sept. 1, inviting 61 artist...


'Poor Man's Wife,' 'Our Toes Are Alike': a double book ...
Aug 23, 2016
The year 1920 saw Korea explode. Not in war, not in violence, but in terms of media, reading and social discussion. Korea's experience of colonization, roughly February 1876 until V-J Day on Aug. 15, 1945, was oppressive and heavy, but not brutal or sadistic. A young Korean man -...


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...


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 ...