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Online Seoul Drag Parade goes global
Seoul Drag Parade hosted its first free online drag show on Sunday, during this year's Seoul Queer Culture Festival, featuring drag performers from all over the world, including drag queens from “RuPaul's Drag Race.”
[Friends of Korea] What if I hadn't served in Peace Corps Korea?
I was a Peace Corps Tuberculosis Control Volunteer in 1980 and 1981, up until the Peace Corps closed its program in Korea after 15 years. Following 10 weeks of language, cultural and job training at the Sejong Hotel in Chuncheon, my wife and I were sent to Hongcheon, Gangwon Province. I was a tuberculosis control worker, and my wife worked in the maternal child health ward of...
Foreign Line
Dr. Han Sang-woo of Ajou University will give a webinar talk on June 30 titled, “Traces of the Japanese and Manchu Invasions through Household Registers of 17th-century Korea.” The talk is the ninth in the webinar series looking at the aftermath and legacy of the 1592-98 Imjin War. The project has received funding from the European Research Council. The event, held online from Barcelona, starts at 10 p.m. KST. Visit for more information or email to register.
Digital magazine shares stories of Songdo's blossoming, nascent community
Residents of Songdo have come together to create Songdo Stories, an online magazine sharing creative works inspired by Songdo. Issue 1, published at the start of June, is available online as a PDF, with possible plans to make print versions in the future.
'Embracing Black joy through struggle:' Korea's Black community celebrates Juneteenth
Juneteenth was a word not known to many outside of the U.S. ― as well as some inside it either ― before this last year. According to Google Trends, searches for the word “Juneteenth” reached their highest level in 2020 since 2004, the earliest data available. According to data, the word didn't only trend in the U.S., but worldwide too.
Canadian rural photographer captures Korea's 'other' side
While most photographers in Korea are drawn to big city tourist attractions or well-known temples and other heritage sites out in the country, William R. Pugsley goes in the other direction. He's a “rural explorer” which is like an urban explorer, except he scours Korea's countryside looking for photographic subjects that resonate with him.
[Cityscapes] Wrapping construction sites in art
Construction is encountered everywhere in Seoul, even if we aren't always aware of it. So it's no wonder that sometimes the temporary fences built around construction sites are decorated with various types of designs. They may show local government slogans, or list off heritage sites in the neighborhood, or contain information on the new construction to be built here. They ma...
Artist paints portraits of authentic Korea
Portrait painter Aaron Cossrow hopes to host an exhibition in the coming weeks featuring his more than 20 oil, acrylic and digitized artworks. Of those works that he wants his audiences to see, he has largely intended to display realism and Norman Rockwell-esque portraits of Korean men and women using their hands and physical might to earn a living.
[Holiday in North Korea] Using and buying consumer electronics in North Korea
Whenever I visit North Korea, I put all my belongings through a quarantine process. I inspect my pocket litter, the folds of my wallet and the bottom of my camera bag. During my 2018 visit, I almost brought a plastic sleeve for my passport that had the name of a travel agency written in Hangeul - not Joseongeul, and trust me, they'll know the difference.
Songdo's Cinder Bar witnesses birth of a city
Warren Kidd runs a bar in a city so new, it isn't even old enough to drink. Songdo International City is said to have officially “opened” in 2009, and The Cinder Bar opened there in early 2013. Kidd took it over from its first owner, a fellow New Zealander, in December 2014.