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The Korea File
64 minutes | 6 days ago
Alternative Education (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep5)
What is alternative education in Korea? To answer this question, Contemporary Rebellions welcomes Tae Wook Ha, an activist and professor of Alternative Education at Asia Life University in the city of Daejeon and Minyeong Kim, a graduate of one of the first wave of accredited Korean alternative high schools and a current staff member at the NGO World Without War.In these conversations they discuss the Law on Alternative Education Institutions that's currently in front of the National Assembly, the relationship between un-accredited alternative schools and the government, and the future of alternative education in South Korean society. The Contemporary Rebellions podcast is produced by a non-hierarchical volunteer collective based in Seoul with connections across the country. The collective is a group of long-term, bilingual English and Korean speaking international residents in Korea, with involvement in various progressive social movements. Contemporary Rebellions is open to all Korean and foreign members who share our core values, have a background in social activism and would like to join the project.This podcast is intended to be a tool for educators, activists and anyone interested in South Korean social movements. To get in touch or get involved reach out on Facebook, on Twitter @ContemporaryRe3 or via email at email@example.com.You can find the transcript for this episode at: docs.google.com/document/d/1nntumexOq-LUPHEtmzAHQVUzMGV0j1GmYMSQWysS5lA/edit?usp=sharingPeople’s Solidarity of Alternative Education: www.psae.or.krKorean Association of Alternative Education Institutions: kaaei.hompee.orgIndependent artists you heard in this episode:Kevin MacLeod (Intro): www.incompetech.comOreum Education Space student album: www.orumedu.org/notice/56790Seon Mun Bakk Hakyo: smbschool.krContemporary Rebellions is on:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/contemporaryrebellionsLook for episode 98 of The Korea File in late December.
51 minutes | a month ago
Ghost Stories, Hauntings and the Spooky Side of Seoul
On a very special Halloween episode of The Korea File hear a haunting and horrific conversation between guest Joe McPherson (The Wall Street Journal, The Korea Herald, National Geographic, Zen Kimchi) and host Andre Goulet as they explore his 'The Dark Side of Seoul' walking tour, podcast and comic book and share some seasonally terrifying tales of terror in the shadowy and wind-swept hallways of the abandoned Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital.Listen to the podcast at https://darksideofseoul.com/podcast/ And find out more about the tour and Joe's sprawling Zen Kimchi empire at https://darksideofseoul.com/ and https://zenkimchi.com/This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on October 20th, 2020.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Sexuality, Relationships and a History of Queer Korea
Since the end of the nineteenth century, Korea has faced waves of foreign domination, authoritarian regimes and divided development and, throughout these turbulent times, “queer” Koreans have been ignored, minimized and erased in historical narrative. But a new collection of academic writing is challenging this marginalization through critical analysis of non-normative sexuality and gender variance. On episode 96 of The Korea File academic Todd Henry, editor of ‘Queer Korea’ and an authority on Colonial Era Seoul, joins host Andre Goulet to explore a pathbreaking work of scholarship that brings Korean queerness fully into the mainstream of Korean and East Asian studies.Find out more about the book athttps://www.dukeupress.edu/queer-koreaRead 'Queer Korea', courtesy of Duke University Press at https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-0290-1_601.pdfOrder Todd's 2014 book 'Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945’ athttps://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520293151/assimilating-seoulThis episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/ You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on September 25th, 2020.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Banned Book Club: Youth Against Fascism (w/ co-author Ryan Estrada)
In the charged political climate of '80s South Korea, university freshman Kim Hyun-sook finds refuge in the comfort of literature as the youngest member of a Banned Book Club, the title of the acclaimed 2019 graphic novel from Kim, co-author Ryan Estrada and artist Ko Hyung-ju. On episode 95 of The Korea File, Estrada joins host Andre Goulet to discuss censorship, sequential art and what Kim's powerful story of repression and dissent has to tell us about contemporary Korean politics, illiberalism and the erosion of democratic norms around the world.Find Ryan’s work at http://www.ryanestrada.com/ and buy the book at https://ironcircus.com/?product=banned-book-club This conversation was recorded on August 14th, 2020.Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafile
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Fans, Idols and the Evolution of K-pop
How has K-pop evolved and changed over the last decade? Is right-wing political paranoia about Tiktok teens and BTS Army activism exaggerated? And is the so-called 'dark side' of the industry just a reflection of broader South Korean society? On episode 94 of The Korea File K-pop authority Dr. CedarBough Saeji educates host Andre Goulet on the history, impact and world-wide popularity of the country's most influential cultural export. This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/ You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on July 25th, 2020.Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafile
56 minutes | 5 months ago
Redevelopment Resistance (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep4)
Introducing a special presentation of the March episode of Contemporary Rebellions: Yonsan. Never again everyone said. Yet in February, 2020 hired thugs attacked the Noryangjin Fish Market workers. The latest episode of the show explores how displacement and state sanctioned violence, as well as resistance to redevelopment and forced evictions, continue.The Contemporary Rebellions podcast is produced by a non-hierarchical volunteer collective based in Seoul with connections across the country. The collective is a group of long-term, bilingual English and Korean speaking international residents in Korea, with involvement in various progressive social movements. Contemporary Rebellions is open to all Korean and foreign members who share our core values, have a background in social activism and would like to join the project. This podcast is intended to be a tool for educators, activists and anyone interested in South Korean social movements. To get in touch or get involved reach out on Facebook, on Twitter @ContemporaryRe3 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Look for episode 94 of The Korea File in late July.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
Witnessing Gwangju: A Memoir (w/ author Paul Courtright)
A powerful new memoir ‘Witnessing Gwangju’ was released this month to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The book’s author, former American Peace Corps volunteer Paul Courtright, was one of only a handful of foreign witnesses to this pivotal event in modern South Korean history. On episode 93 of The Korea File, he joins host Andre Goulet to explore how his simple rural life of living and treating patients in the South Jeolla leprosy village of Hohyewan in May, 1980 collided with the Korean people’s struggle against dictatorship. Find the book at https://www.hollym.com/product/witnessing-gwangju/Listen to ‘A March of the Beloved: The May 18 Democratization Revolution Song’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=droIt4Gam_4 Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on May 22nd, 2020.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Parliamentary Populism and the Life and 'Death' of Kim Jong-un
On episode 92 sociologist Jacob Reidhead and host Andre Goulet discuss the origins of the Democratic Party’s unprecedented victory in April’s parliamentary elections and contrast South Korea’s patron-client political party system with Japan and Taiwan’s faction-based traditions.Plus: rumors, America’s failed media ecosystem and the life and 'death' of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. Find out more about the RASKB at www.raskb.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on April 27th, 2020.
46 minutes | 8 months ago
Radical Transparency and Virus Realpolitik
On episode 91 of The Korea File visual sociologist, street photographer and Korea National University of the Arts cultural theory lecturer Michael Hurt joins host Andre Goulet to explore what the Moon Jae-in administration's COVID-19 management strategy tells us about how different styles of government engage with crisis. Plus: critiquing Confucian blaming and reflections on Seoul's new normal in an age of pandemic.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. Find out more about the RASKB at www.raskb.comFor more on Michael's street photography check outhttps://medium.com/the-korean-style/the-korean-style-part-ii-hallyu-in-hanoi-or-style-in-the-time-of-corona-efaa94a2b59 Follow him on Instagram at @kuraeji and engage with the discourse at http://www.criticalkoreanstudies.com/ Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on March 26th, 2020.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Cults, Conspiracies and COVID-19 (w/ World Pirate Radio's Japhy Ryder)
On episode 90 of The Korea File it's a conversation on cults, conspiracies and the peninsula's very viral winter as host Andre Goulet welcomes freelance journalist, pirate, indie musician and media promoter Japhy Ryder.For more from World Pirate Radio go to https://www.wprpn.com/Check out Peter Daley's appearances on WPRPN athttps://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/space-pirate-radio/episodes/2016-06-18T10_27_43-07_00 and at https://archive.org/details/Episode102PeterDaleyReturnsSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on February 26th, 2020.
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Music, Dictatorship and the Rise of 60s/70s Youth Culture
On episode 89 of The Korea File: 'Campus Music' and martial law, the K-Pop precedent of the USFK's factory band system and some of the best music of an era. Join academic Matt Van Volkenburg (Gusts of Popular Feeling) and host Andre Goulet for an in-depth conversation on the music, personalities and history of 60s/70s Korean counter-culture.....plus: the not-so-secret history of President Park Chung-hee, composer.Music on this episode:* 송창식 - 고래사냥* 어니언스 – 작은 새 * Key Boys - 뱃노리* 강근식 - 별들의 고향 Prologue * 산울림 - A Flower in the Mist* Shin Jung Hyun And The Men - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains* Park Chung-hee - 나의 조국* 김인순 - 여고졸업반 * 한대수 – 고무신 Read Matt's long-running blog, now in its 15th year, at http://populargusts.blogspot.com/This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comSupport the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on January 26th, 2020.
41 minutes | a year ago
Cuisine, Demographics and New Gendered Realities in South Korea
On episode 88 of The Korea File podcast, cultural and culinary anthropologist Jennifer Flinn joins host Andre Goulet to explain how factors like the decline in multi-generational family living, the increasing age when Koreans first get married and the globalization and urbanization of South Korea are altering traditional assumptions about gender and cooking in Korea. Plus: ghost tours, historical trauma and a menu for apocalyptic dining.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comSupport the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileMusic courtesy of Creative Commons. Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on November 28th, 2019.
40 minutes | a year ago
The Death and Life of Great Korean Cities
Why does Gangnam, and so much of Korea, feel artificial and improvised? How are urban apartment complexes like undemocratic military bases? And will Seoul end up another megacity playground for tourists and the super rich like London, New York or Tokyo? Independent linguist Robert Fouser, a former Seoul National University Department of Korean Language professor and the author of the new Korean-language book ‘Exploring Cities’ joins host Andre Goulet to explore all this and more on episode 87 of The Korea File podcast.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comMusic courtesy of Creative Commons. Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on October 25th, 2019.
36 minutes | a year ago
TKF host Andre Goulet on Singapore's 'The Podcast Show'
In a break month for content, The Korea File is proud to present Singapore-based Shida Osman in conversation with TKF's Andre Goulet on 'The Podcast Show'. TPS show notes describe the conversation as follows: “Consistency, would be the key to a successful podcast”,says Andre Goulet, podcast host of The Korea File. The conversation unveils why he chose Korea, what happened to the punk rock band that he played in, his love for Korea's architecture and why he chose Bulgogi, in the “This or That” game.Hear more of 'The Podcast Show' at https://soundcloud.com/thepodcastshowasiaThis conversation was recorded on September 12th, 2019.
35 minutes | a year ago
Gentrification and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Seoul
Traditional Korean homes have become a victim of recent waves of gentrification in Ikseon-dong and Bukchon. But as these old residential neighbourhoods become a haven for hipsters, the unique cultural footprint of an important aspect of Seoul’s history is being erased.On episode 86 of The Korea File, Ji-hoon Suk, a University of Michigan Ph.D. student in Asian History and a keen observer of cultural heritage in the metropolis, joins host Andre Goulet to explore the rich historic legacy of some prominent hanok affected by development.Plus: critiquing the city government's too-little-too-late policy on managing gentrification, debunking so-called "heritage garden" Seongnagwon, investigating the architectural secrets of Seoul's long-lost Cheongnyangni 588 red-light district and more.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comMusic courtesy of Creative Commons.This conversation was recorded on August 25th, 2019.
24 minutes | a year ago
NEW SHOW: 'Jeju Views' S1, E1 - Vajeju Nights
Introducing Jeju Views, a biweekly snapshot of the global microcosm that is Jeju Island. Join host Ann Bush and guests in conversation as they discuss how to navigate the ever-evolving multicultural landscape of the South Korean island.On episode 1, performer Gaelan Whitney opens up about a recent production of the spoken word and comedy show 'Vajeju Nights' and how some Yemeni refugees in attendance may not have been expecting what they were in for. CONTENT ADVISORY: This conversation explores sex and female genitalia and may not be suitable for all audiences.Special thanks to Pitx for Jeju Views' theme music 'Caipirinha'.
35 minutes | a year ago
The Future of the Royal Asiatic Society in Korea
On episode 85 of The Korea File,‘Transactions’ journal General Editor Jon Dunbar joins host Andre Goulet to discuss Urban Exploration and Bong Joon-ho’s ‘The Host’, the Seoul Queer Culture Festival and the American Embassy’s rainbow Pride flag and the legacy and future of the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch. Plus: highlights from this year’s edition of the journal including the North Korea/Guyana Friendship Association, Patrilineage and the Chaebols and the predictive power of Taemon Dreams.Subscribe to The Korea File on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts and support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafile
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Gravel 2020: Korean Identity and the Anti-Imperialist American Left
.....how engagement with radical anti-imperialist politics create the intellectual space to better understand the personal struggle of defining Korean identity as Korean-Americans in the United States….......how a trio of teenagers convinced an 89 year-old former Alaska Senator to make a presidential run…. ....and how an insurgent, largely social media-driven campaign is bringing a radically anti-colonial and anti-war message to the 2020 American election discourse.... On this episode, senior campaign staff Jonathan Suhr and Alex Chang join host Andre Goulet on a dual-cast of Korean history and current affairs show ‘The Korea File’ and Canadian left politics podcast ‘Unpacking the News’ to discuss the extraordinary anti-imperialist campaign of Gravel 2020. Subscribe to Unpacking the News on iTunes and Spotify. Associate Production from Savanna Craig. This conversation was recorded on May 16th, 2019.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Missionaries and Diplomats: A History of the Royal Asiatic Society in Korea
The Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch has been enhancing an understanding of Korean arts, customs, history and social trends through lectures, cultural excursions and special publications since it's founding more than a century ago. In that time, the RASKB and it's unusual cohort of members (including missionaries, diplomats and other expatriates) have witnessed every aspect of Korea's contemporary history, from occupation, colonization and fratricidal war to a modern era of democracy, development and international cultural influence. On this episode of The Korea File RASKB vice-president Steven Shields joins host Andre Goulet to explore the fascinating history of one of the country's oldest institutions.Subscribe to The Korea File on iTunes and support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileFind out more about upcoming RASKB lectures and events at raskb.comThis conversation was recorded on April 21st, 2019.
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Who Killed the Hanoi Summit?
Despite the high hopes many were feeling in the lead up to second Trump-Kim meeting, the Summit was probably dead before it even began late last month at the colonial-era Metropole Hotel in downtown Hanoi. But who pulled the trigger? What was the poison pill? And where do the United States and North Korea need to go from here to guarantee a lasting peace? On this episode host Andre Goulet is joined by speechwriter and former U.S. State Department diplomat Mintaro Oba, who last appeared on the show early last summer in the run-up to the Trump/Kim Singapore summit, to explore all this and more on episode 82 of The Korea File. This conversation was recorded on March 26th, 2019.Find Mintaro's recent piece 'Why, If Diplomacy is to Succeed With North Korea, John Bolton Must Go’ at https://www.nknews.org/2019/03/why-if-diplomacy-with-north-korea-is-to-succeed-john-bolton-must-go/Become a monthly patron of the podcast at patreon.com/thekoreafile
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