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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 11:15
Joseon pop tantalizes US music fans
Korean folk fusion band Ak Dan Gwang Chil's 35-minute concert on the Seattle-based radio station, KEXP, which was released on Nov. 29, offers listeners a unique cultural experience. Created by several different traditional stringed instruments, flutes and percussion, the intense composite sound and the powerful yet restrained vocals of the female singers create a unique sound...
Joseon pop set to be Korea's next cultural export
Since the 1960s, there has been a group of concerned musicians who have been serious about finding a breakthrough for gugak, Korea's centuries-old traditional music styles, to make it more appealing to music fans.Their ceaseless efforts to modernize traditional music and to entice listeners in the local music scene, which has been dominated by contemporary music, finally mate...
'Escape from Sanaa': A Korean's clandestine photo project in Yemen brought to light
For Lim Ji-hoon, “Yemen” is reminiscent of the nerve-racking last day of his trip to the Middle Eastern country. He confessed that he had been uneasy all day when he went to Central Souq al-Mil, a bustling market area of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, for the photo project. “Back in 2009, Yemen was still chaotic and at civil war with intermittent armed conflicts between the North ...
Tears, laughs captured in portrait of London's theater district
In Britain, the 18-month-long shutdown of London's West End theater district has been a harsh but bittersweet experience for those involved in the creative industry. The pandemic ― despite being painful― has given them a rare chance to contemplate and discover their true selves.
Memoir delivers cries for help from N. Korean women trapped in sex slavery in China
Once arriving in China, their lives are no longer under their control. They may be raped by traffickers, who are Chinese or ethnic Koreans who were born and raised in China, before they are sold to poor, older Chinese farmers. Some are forced into prostitution or to perform online pornography. Scared by death threats or potential harm to their family members left behind in th...
Book addresses Koreans' underused 'gene' for success
The odd trio consisting of an economist, an expert on Confucianism and a tech startup entrepreneur shared concerns about the country in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: They were in doubt about the future of Korea.
Singer-artist Solbi wins top award at Spanish art festival
Singer and artist Kwon Ji-an, better known by her stage name Solbi, won the Grand Artist Award at The Premi International d'Art de Barcelona held in Spain, her agency MAP Crew said in a press release on Monday.
Activists find hope in technology to stop animal cruelty in fashion, scientific research
The new book about animal rights, titled “Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion” (hereafter “Animalkind”), written by Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone, critically reviews the human-centered worldview that has propagated the indiscriminate exploitation of animals to fulfill the various needs of humans, ranging from wha...
Cinema vs. streaming services: from complementary goods to substitutes
Will cinemas be crowded again, if and when the COVID-19 curve flattens? As people gather again for various social outings, encouraged by the rising number of vaccinated people, some have begun to contemplate whether or not eased social distancing rules will also benefit cinemas which have been hit hardest in the entertainment industry.
Book predicts AI-powered future based on SF movies, dramas
“The Portrait of Posthuman,” published in October by MIDAS BOOKS, offers a sneak peek into a dystopian future powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and questions whether ceaseless human endeavors to create highly-intelligent entities will turn out to be a blessing or a curse.