Ask Me Anything…Before Sunday!

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This Sunday, Sung Kim from the web magazine Vox Coreana will be coming down from Seoul to interview me about the blog, Korean feminism, K-pop, and so on. To help make it worth his while, please help me make it worth your while, by letting us know any questions you may have. Time permitting, I’ll do our best to answer them during the interview, and will make sure to answer them here if there’s any we can’t cover. Either way, I’ll post a link to the video once it’s available.

In the meantime, make sure to check out Sung Kim’s site also, which already has interviews of Chance Dorland and Travis Hull, of the KoreaFM podcast and the Only In Korea Facebook group respectively.

Please ask away! :)

REFRACTION: Performance and Discussion on Feminism and the Media. Changwon, Sat. April 2

Refraction poster finalI’ve been asked to pass on the following:

“Refraction” is a performance and discussion regarding feminism and media. All are welcome. Funds raised will be donated to Gyeongnam Women’s Association United. Tickets are ₩10,000 each and include a free beverage from Space Fun. Saturday April 2nd, 7-8:30pm #RFRCTNshow (Facebook event link.)

“굴절현상”은 한국과 전세계 페미니즘에 관한 토론과 예술적인 행사입니다.우리는 미디어에서의 여성에 대한 묘사를 더 깊게 살펴 볼 것이고 또한, 이가 개인과 사회에 어떻게 영향을 주는지 알아 볼 것 입니다. 누구든지 환영합니다.

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I’d love to go, but unfortunately my wife works until 6 on Saturdays, which doesn’t give me enough time to get there from Busan. If anyone would like to do some babysitting for me on Saturday afternoon though, please let me know! ;)

WikiPeaceWomen Celebrates Women’s Contribution to Peace

WikiPeaceWomenI’ve been asked to pass on the following:

WikiPeaceWomen, One Million PeaceWomen Project of PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Celebrates Women’s Contribution to Peace

HONGKONG, March 8, 2016 — For celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the project Thousand PeaceWomen for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, the PeaceWomen Across the Globe Association (PWAG) based in Bern, Switzerland, launched the WikiPeaceWomen project in October last year. Its goal is to collect one million stories of women who are working for peace from all walks of life, acknowledging their invisible contribution to peace.

The PeaceWomen are working in all fields of human security, conflict resolution, ecological security, environmental justice, health, education, legislation, and others. While their work will be made visible and recognized, their expertise will also be disseminated outside their current spheres of influence, so as to contribute to different levels ranging from the communities to the global. The process of inviting stories of Million PeaceWomen to be written and translated, and of fostering connections, will be a process of re-activation of the interest and commitment of old and new coordinators from different regions of the world, and of connection and reconnection to the 1000 PeaceWomen as well as the thousands of volunteers who have related in various ways to the PWAG project in the last decade.

Women’s groups, educators, youth groups and others are all welcome to be part of this project. You can send your nominations of peacewomen’s stories for uploading to the website which is in multiple languages. For more details, please visit the Swiss website of Peace Women Across the Globe at http://www.1000peacewomen.org/ and the WikiPeaceWomen Website at http://wikipeacewomen.org. If you have any question about the project, please contact us at wiki.peace@gmail.com, or the East Asia secretariat of PWAG: Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University.

Update

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Just a quick note to say sorry for the unplanned blogging break everyone, and to let you know that it’s almost over. Mainly, it was just because I had a journal article to complete, which turned out to be much more work than expected. Truthfully though, I’ve also been feeling surprisingly angsty about turning 40 next week, not helped by a good friend just leaving Korea, and by a close colleague of mine suddenly dying over the vacation (she sat next to me actually—it’s been painful thinking about her empty desk). So, it’s been difficult to get in the mood for blogging.

But it felt good to make a fresh start with the new semester today. And the combination of splurging on a trip to Seoul to get drunk with said friend last weekend, and seeing my daughters being just plain adorable enjoying the unexpected blizzard, was already more than enough to break me out of my melancholy. Plus, OMG DID I MENTION ALL THE BOOKS I BOUGHT? SQUEEE~ #BOOKGASM #BESTSEOULTRIPEVER

Books, 27.02.16But seriously: I’m back, it feels great, and I’ll have some posts for you next week! :)

Talk: Sympathetically, Gravely? North Korean Spies in Recent South Korean Cinema (SungKongHoe University, Monday 4pm)

North Korean Spies in Recent South Korean Cinema -- Stephen EpsteinSorry for the short notice. Please check out the posters for the details (click to enlarge).

Talk: Daejanggeum and “the Impossible Country,” Seoul, Thursday December 3rd

SOOHEE KIM INVITATIONI’ve been asked to pass on the following:

WOMENLABKOREA (여성 연구)

Daejanggeum and “the Impossible Country,” Thursday December 3rd

Description:

A #WMLABTALKS event—inspirational thought-provoking lectures.

SOOHEE KIM SCHEDULE PROGRAMAt womenlabkorea, we are inspired by remarkable women and women’s organizations, and so we set out to tell stories that highlight women’s lives and their role in South Korea.

We believe that one voice or one story can make a difference and that is why we are rallying female entrepreneurs, expat women, nonprofit founders, bloggers, and more to share their voice and insight.

This time our speaker will be Soohee Kim, a Korean entrepreneur and Korean Language teacher. Inspired by the true story of Jang-Geum, an apprentice cook that became the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty, Ms Kim will tell us her own story of perseverance and her own vision of this fascinating country’s impressive achievements.

All proceeds will be donated to programs supporting North Korean refugees and participants´ support will make an enormous and powerful impact.

Schedule: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Venue: Hillside Residence

Registration: Ana Dols, 010 4119 7790 (womenlabkorea@gmail.com/blog)

Screening Tomorrow: Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community (2002) and Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-pop World (2014)

us and them korean indie rock in a k-pop worldVia the event’s Facebook page:

Please join our screening on Saturday 17th October. We will be showing two short documentaries about the Korean indie and punk rock music scene. Producer Stephen Epstein will be there to introduce the documentaries and take part in a Question and Answer session after the screening. This is your chance to hear all about the vibrant Korean indie rock and punk scene. FREE ENTRY & ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

서울필름소사이어티의 10월 17일 토요일 영화상영회에 초대합니다. 이날 상영드릴 영화는 한국의 인디 음악과 펑크락 음악을 주제로 한 두 편의 다큐멘터리입니다. 상영을 마친 후에는 본 다큐멘터리를 감독하신 스테판 엡스타인 감독을 직접 모셔 다큐멘터리에 대한 설명을 듣고 관중들과 함께 질의응답을 하는 시간을 가질 것입니다. 한국의 다채로운 인디 음악과 펑크 음악의 현주소를 알아볼 수 있는 좋은 기회입니다. 입장은 무료이며 영화는 영어자막과 함께 상영됩니다.

Stephen Epstein, you may recall, wrote most of was my coauthor for our chapter in The Korean Popular Culture Reader, and I’ve linked to many of his articles over the years; suffice to say, I’ve no hesitation in recommending literally anything he’s produced. See the link for more information about his and Timothy Tangherlini’s documentaries screening tomorrow, and for further details about the event schedule and location.

Meanwhile, apologies for the late notice, and for the lack of blog posts. Both are because, sadly, my wife’s grandmother had a stroke over Chuseok, and while she’s recovering (relatively) well from that, she’s also been diagnosed with cervical cancer, which little can be done about at her advanced age of 86. Specifically, Korean patient-care being what it is, my wife has been spending much of her time in her hometown taking care of her, leaving me to look after our daughters. That can’t be helped of course, and I’m managing, but it does mean it’ll be a few more weeks before I’m able to start writing again sorry.

Until then though, sorry for the downer, and you still keep up with the news via my Twitter and/or the blog’s Facebook page :)