A Veteran Remembers

A Veteran Remembers

27 July was the anniversary of the end of the Korean War in 1953 – a war in which millions died, and which only ended with a ceasefire, Korea remaining divided. Peter Poole served in the war as a member of the Royal Military Police, and agreed to share his recollections of that time. He […]

An Evening with the Former British Ambassador to South Korea

An Evening with the Former British Ambassador to South Korea

Warwick Morris retired from the British Diplomatic Service in February 2008 after 38 years, 13 of which he and his wife spent in South Korea in three very different postings. Members and guests of the Anglo-Korean Society had a real treat on Wednesday 7 May when we were invited to hear him speak at the […]

Dr Hyun-key Kim Hogarth: How to Be an Anthropologist of Your Own Culture

Dr Hyun-key Kim Hogarth: How to Be an Anthropologist of Your Own Culture

Known to her neighbours in Kent as Kim Hogarth, Hyun-key left Korea in 1968 and her CV says ‘Nationality: British’. But it’s her academic work on Korean shamanism that keeps her busy. Dr Hyun-key Kim Hogarth, fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, arrives to tell me her story in a bright pink dress and knee-high […]

Min-Jung Kym, an Exceptionally Talented Pianist

Min-Jung Kym, an Exceptionally Talented Pianist

Philosophers and sociologists interested in music (like Pierre Bourdieu) have questioned how people have access to various musical genres – through radios, music stores, advertising. For instance, Why do certain social classes tend to listen to classical music? Why does choice of music seem to be as predictable for marketing experts as our taste in […]

Restaurant Tour 2: Feng Shang Princess Floating Chiness Restaurant

Restaurant Tour 2: Feng Shang Princess Floating Chiness Restaurant

I haven’t been to London Zoo for many years yet I went with a couple of friend on 8th October 2008. We got there at about seven o’clock in the evening, needless to say, it was closed but we weren’t disappointed. It was only a landmark as the real objective was to have dinner. As […]

Byung-Yun Yu, a Founder of Thames Philharmonia

Byung-Yun Yu, a Founder of Thames Philharmonia

Thames Philharmonia was founded by Byung-Yun Yu in 1998 as Surrey Classic Players, with Alexander Postlethwaite as leader and Marsha Young as chairman. In the year 2000 the name was changed to Thames Philharmonia. The orchestra has weekly rehearsals in Kingston-upon-Thames, and performs three or four concerts a year, in St. John’s Smith Square and […]

Discover Korean Food #1: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s Sinseollo (THE EAST Campaign in Association with The Institute of Traditional Korean Food)

Discover Korean Food #1: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s Sinseollo (THE EAST Campaign in Association with The Institute of Traditional Korean Food)

Sinseollo is a casserole containing various meats, fish and vegetables in broth. The ingredients are placed around the pot according to colour. Nuts and other delicacies accompany the meat, fish and vegetables in one pot. It provides an array of flavours and nutrients. INGREDIENTS & QUANTITY * broth : 200 g beef (brisket, shank), 100 […]

T. Ben Tanaka, a Master of Communication

T. Ben Tanaka, a Master of Communication

According to the Cheng-Chu tradition, human nature can be discussed in terms of its two names, original nature and physical nature. Cheng I and Chu Hsi explained the former with respect to li and the latter as its physical endowment conditions by ki. Chang Tsai discussed the latter in terms of the transformation of ki […]

Thames Festival

Thames Festival

Chuseok is Korea’s harvest festival, celebrate for over 2,000 years, Families get together to visit ancestral graves and to hold a memorial service to thank ancestors for a plentiful harvest. Relatives share food such as Song-pyon. A crescent-shaped rice cake, and play folk games such as Gang-gang-sullae. The year 2008 followed the success of last […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club