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“The Spectacle of Female Aggression” via Korea Research Cafe

Evelyn Shih of Korea Research Cafe and PHOTOPOS wrote a great piece about kick-ass women in Korean film in the 60s. Seems My Wife is a Gangster (조폭 마누라, 2001) has a much more interesting genealogy than I thought. Evelyn points out  the film’s place in Korean… (READ MORE)

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Untranslatable Unmentionables

This morning I found out the hard way that there’s a limit to what you can discuss on the radio in Korea. I was invited to give an interview on EBS’s Morning Special (EBS Radio 104.5 MHz), which is set… (READ MORE)

Winner of the Translation Challenge

“You Came Too Deeply Inside Me” by Joel! It stays true to the original without losing the glaring innuendo. I did enjoy Stephen’s “Ow,” too, but it’d never make it past the editors. Sorry, Stephen.   Congrats, Joel! (Give me your… (READ MORE)

Aimless Bullet (오발탄)

boingboing ❤️ Korea this week: Kim Youngha and the Korean Film Archive get boinged

Two great profiles of K-stuff by Colin Marshall on boingboing this week: Watch 50 Years of Korean Film Online The Korean Film Archive’s YouTube channel has been around for a while, to the delight of film buffs and Koreanists (free… (READ MORE)

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Kim Han-min’s Tell Me Where to Go (tr. Jamie & Sora) on WWB

The February issue of Words Without Borders is out now, and it includes Jamie and Sora’s latest super team translation, an excerpt from Kim Han-min’s Tell Me Where To Go.  From WWB: February brings our annual showcase of the international graphic novel. In… (READ MORE)


How To Cry For 86 Minutes

It’s actually more like 87+ minutes because you’ll likely watch the trailer before you see the movie, and the trailer will make you cry. So will the trailer for Ode to my Father (국제시장), but you’ll choose My Love, Don’t Cross… (READ MORE)


Your Spine Smells Like Adultery, Baby

Hi, everyone. I recently took a short trip to the grandfatherland and found some interesting things at the bookstore. “Remember the book!” read the banner. “A special fragrance containing its own story that will permeate through the time and space… (READ MORE)

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Child Labor of Love: Or, Growing Up in the Store

Greetings on MLK Day from SOV… Child Labor of Love: Or, Growing Up in the Store (Part II of Good Hair People) To continue: the prominence of Koreans and Korean-Americans in the Hair and Ethnic Beauty Supply industry is a hugely complicated… (READ MORE)

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Hwang Sok-yong’s Princess Bari (tr. Sora) Available for Pre-order

      UPDATE: Please note that Amazon UK has a different release date for the book: April 27, 2015.  The English translation of Hwang Sok-yong’s Princess Bari (바리데기, 창비 2007) tr. by Sora Kim-Russell), is now available for pre-order on… (READ MORE)

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