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Ewha exhibition explores art from dark era of Korea

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

A depiction of a royal procession featuring Emperor Gojong (left) differs clearly from the drawing of Empress Myeongseong's (1851-1895) funeral procession (right). Provided by the museum

Korea's Empress Myeongseong (1851-1895) was killed by the Japanese on Oct. 9, 1895, but her official funeral took place two years and two months after her death.

Her burial procession - drawn by an unknown artist some time in the late 19th century - displays how the Korean government attempted to give her the honor that she deserved, despite the delay and the dire political circumstances at the time...More

'Gone With the Wind' undergoes casting issues

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

Joo Jin-mo (left) and Kim Pub-lae (right) will alternate the role of Rhett Butler and Seohyun (second from left) and Bada (second from right), will alternate the role of Scarlet O'Hara. Provided by the organizer

It's been nearly five years since producer Park Young-seok decided to stage the musical "Gone with the Wind" in Korea after seeing the original in France, mostly because of issues over casting.

It doesn't usually take that long for a musical to be adapted into a Korean production, but it was difficult to reach a consensus with the French team that owns the copyright, according to the Korean producers...More

U.S. director puts innovative spin on 'Chunhyang'

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

Pansori singer Min Eun-kyung is one of three performers cast as Chunhyang, the lead female character in "Different Chunhyang". Provided by the National Changgeuk Company

There are so many performances based on "Chunhyang", one of the best-known Korean folk tales, that audiences are beginning to grow tired of it.

Nevertheless, when Kim Seong-nyeo, the artistic director of the National Changgeuk Company, asked Romanian-born U.S. director Andrei Serban to recreate "Heungbuga", one of Korea's five surviving pansori (traditional narrative singing) tales, Serban picked "Chunhyangga" instead, insisting that he could create an alternative version...More

Dramas and cartoons that deal with office politics

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

The most successful office drama in Korea was "Sun Tzu's Tactics on TV", which aired for six years from 1987. Set at trading company Jinsan Group, workers' daily routines and the challenges they faced are depicted in a lighthearted, humorous way. In the 1980s, Korea experienced rapid economic growth, so the drama appealed to many people back then.

In the 1990s, the cartoon "Incredible Daeri Hong" and another called "Dexterous Daeri Mu" portrayed the mundane lives of workers in a warm and comical way. Many related to the Average Joes in the cartoons and how they got by one day after another in an office setting...More

Insects are 'food for the future', expert says

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

Two creatures authorized as edible insects in Korea are mealworms (top) from the mealworm beetle and the larvae of white-spotted flower chafers.Provided by the Korea Agency of Education

Looking to stimulate your palate with something different while also getting a good dose of protein? Try stir-fried insects or a bug-filled pie.

You might be thinking that there are already so many edible foods out there that we don't need any more. But with many commonly eaten plants and animals under threat of extinction nowadays, we may need to reconsider...More

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