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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jin-Yeob Cha, an Innovator in Contemporary Dance

Jin-Yeob Cha, an Innovator in Contemporary Dance

The essential character of modernism is a rejection of established tradition and a re-examination of the nature of different art forms. This is, in part, a response to industrialization, the rise of science, and the decline of organized religion. Not surprisingly, the concepts of modernism were a guiding force in the evolution of dance in […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club