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Korean literature in English - Poems of the Korean War

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

'Brother Enemy - Poems of the Korean War' Edited and translated by Suh Ji-Moon (White Pine Press)

A collection of poetry, "Brother Enemy - Poems of the Korean War", with entries spanning professional writers enlisted into the army through to common soldiers yet all writing about the Korean War, was translated and published in English in 2002.

Sometimes somber, morale-boosting or even showing compassion for the enemy, the poetry tells of the moments just before the war, its start and then its conclusion, all with different perspectives and writing styles...More

Tenor Lim Hyung-joo hosts celebratory concert

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Tenor Lim Hyung-joo will host the "Finally & New Start" concert on November 26, the government's officially-declared "culture day" for the month, at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul.

His fifth album, "Finally", was launched in December 2013, his first in eight years. It drew huge amounts of attention, topping both the classical album sales charts and the total sales charts, proving the singer's 17-year long popularity...More

Korean poetry translated into English

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Until the early 20th century, many Korean aristocrats often wrote poetry in classical Chinese characters, including many sijo, a standardized form of poetry.

Chinese versification was regarded as an important discipline for Confucian scholars and it was a channel of communication for academic information and opinions...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 7

2014/11/22 | | Permalink

It took me a moment to realize what the purpose of the writing on the wall was given that Tae-hee and Geum-ran aren't actually aware of the main significant cause of the rift between Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. "Birth of a Beauty" manages to close most of the important information gaps by the end of the episode, so this isn't that big a deal, and for the most part, the plan remains intact. But fractures do appear, which means that the general humiliation of the villains probably isn't going to go on indefinitely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 11

2014/11/22 | | Permalink

By this point "Modern Farmer" has picked up about a dozen subplots that I can see, and this episode helpfully adds even more. I'm not complaining, exactly, since none of these stories are all that bad. It just gets kind of awkward having the drama so crammed full of plots that some of them get at most one short scene of exposition. We never do find out how Gi-joon got out of the closet. Seemed like a wasted opportunity for a joke, personally...More

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