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Refugee in Purgatory
Aug 17, 2016
Like Dante’s Purgatorio, Kang Young-sook’s Rina describes a harrowing journey through a land that’s neither here nor there—an in-between realm of transient suffering, viewed, in this case, through the eyes of a teenage refugee, fleeing the hell of one country toward the eventual ...

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The 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
Aug 17, 2016
The 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs), which is to open on Sept. 22, announced today the opening film and festival program in a news conference at Business Division of KEB Hana Bank in Eulji-ro, Seoul. It also named actor Kang Ha-neul and actress Gong Seu...

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Malbok, Samgyetang and Bokdarim
Aug 16, 2016
Today is Malbok (말복, 末伏), Aug. 16, 2016, marking the beginning of the final ten "hot days" of summer. On Malbok, traditionally one of the last hot days of the year, people generally eat ginseng chicken soup or other similar dishes to find "balance" between the "elements" in their...

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This summer's blockbusters: zombies, disasters, history...
Aug 12, 2016
Korea's first zombie apocalypse blockbuster 'Train to Busan,' starring actor Gong Yoo in the leading role, attracts 10 million viewers to theaters in 19 days since it opened on July 20.Korean blockbusters are drawing massive crowds to theaters across the country amidst the intens...

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Korean cooking institute opens in LA
Aug 12, 2016
The LA Korean Food Academy opens on Aug. 10. Attendees at the opening ceremony include ITKF Director Yoon Sook-ja, South Korean Consul General in Los Angeles Lee Ki Chul and Kim Nakjung, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Anyone interested in Korean cuisine ...

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To Observe, Observe, and Observe
Aug 10, 2016
Kim Junghyuk, who is in the vanguard of contemporary Korean literature along with writers like Kim Ae-ran, Pyun Hye Young, and Yoon Sunghee, made his debut sixteen years ago. The jacket of his latest book, Embracing with Fake Arms, which won the Dongin Literary Award last year, s...

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Seoul-Beijing bonds bear first fruit: 'Travel Korean'
Aug 10, 2016
A new Korean language educational TV show, 'Travel Korean: Learn Quickly, Adopt Quickly,' that will be aired across mainland China has now begun production. The program cast, together with Korean Culture and Information Service Director Kim Kabsoo (third from left), People's Dail...

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Korean Wave sweeps over Rio
Aug 10, 2016
An audience of cariocas, residents of Rio de Janeiro, enjoys an energetic performance by Coolta, a non-verbal percussion ensemble, at the Muito Bom K-cultura concert held alongside the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the heated atmosphere of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Korean perfor...

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'The Square,' by Choi In-hun: a book review...
Aug 09, 2016
Picture a novel like Camus' "The Stranger" (1942). It would touch on the absurdity of life and existentialism, as man wanders through life, through relationships, through funerals, through murders, through deaths.Picture a novel like Kafka's "The Trial" (1925). It would touch on ...

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Korean Short Pieces
Aug 08, 2016
The Literature Translation Institute of Korea introduces short pieces written by Korean poets. As the Spring Wind Blows As the spring wind blowsripples smile and as the spring wind blowsfrom a cave a snake emerges and as the spring wind blowsthe base-stone is lo...