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[NEW BOOK] ‘IS Report’

“IS Report” By Samuel Laurent, Korean translation by Eun-Jung Felsner / (Hanul Publishing Group) Since it declared statehood about a year ago, the Islamic State, a jihadist militant group, has been...

Updated : 2015.07.23 17:16

Book delves into identity factor of Korea-Japan relations

In the field of political science, the issue of national identity has been marginalized due to its abstract, impractical and amorphous nature that makes it difficult for one to empirically back his or...

Updated : 2015.07.16 17:50

'Beautiful Bonds' a tribute to Koreaphiles

“Beautiful Bonds: Friends of Korea.net,” a new book that tells the stories of 35 “Koreaphiles,” is a tribute to those -- both Korean and foreigner -- who have taken an interest in Korea, discovere...

Updated : 2015.07.09 17:46

Shin Kyung-sook may face investigation for plagiarism

Novelist Shin Kyung-sook may face a prosecutorial investigation over suspicions of plagiarism. Sociologist Hyun Taik-soo filed a complaint with pubic prosecutors on Thursday, asking the authorities to determine if Shin deceived her publisher and readers with her two works suspected of plag...

Updated : 2015.06.19 19:21

Seven experts provide thorough look at dansaekhwa

“Dansaekhwa”/By various authors (The Grenfell Press) Amid the emerging interest in Korean monochrome paintings in the global art world, an in-depth examination on Korean abstract art has been publi...

Updated : 2015.06.18 19:45

A daughter buried in father’s heart and words

“A Goodnight Kiss for My Daughter”/By Lee O-young (Yollimwon) Lee O-young’s new book, “A Goodnight Kiss for My Daughter” (unofficial translation), is a collection of anecdotes, essays, letters a...

Updated : 2015.06.18 19:43

World of chef Corey Lee captured in debut book ‘Benu’

Korean-American chef Corey Lee, the mastermind behind the three Michelin-starred restaurant Benu in San Francisco, has packed his debut book, “Benu,” to the brim. “It’s ultimately a cookbook first...

Updated : 2015.06.04 19:53

A gay N.K. defector’s journey to find love

With almost 30,000 North Korean escapees calling South Korea home now, many of their stories have been printed in novels, essays or poems. In fact, there are so many that literary works by or about No...

Updated : 2015.05.28 19:30

Bae searches for meaning in life in 'Nowhere To Be Found'

Bae Suah’s fiction gives rise to the underrepresented voice of the young, female working class of South Korea. Her latest novella, “Nowhere to Be Found,” echoes her excellent short story “Highway ...

Updated : 2015.05.26 13:12

[Herald Interview] Exploring modern Korea in ancient trappings

Beneath its ultramodern facade, Korea is a country with all the trappings of shamanism and Confucianism, a new book says. In “Contemporary Korean Culture: the Persistence of Shamanistic and Confucian...

Updated : 2015.05.20 18:42

The Korean inside Lee Chang-rae

Two decades ago, Lee Chang-rae’s “Native Speaker” addressed issues of identity, assimilation and language that immigrants faced while settling in a foreign country.In the book, Lelia says to Henry ...

Updated : 2015.05.14 18:49

Children’s book guru on ‘chew up mom’ poem controversy

A poem by a 10-year-old girl has stirred up a controversy in Korea that touches upon an array of thorny issues from the literary freedom of expression to the country’s obsession with private educatio...

Updated : 2015.05.07 20:32

[Book Review] Asan delves into ‘Pax Americana 3.0’

Amid the rise of China in the economic and military domains, academic discourse has been focused on the waning U.S. power and a looming shift in the global order that America has led since the end of ...

Updated : 2015.05.07 20:28

Korea’s bare face captured in ‘Sketches’

Teenagers huddle in the subway, taking a selfie while raising two fingers in a peace sign. A man dunks a soju shot into his beer glass, then puts up a hand to cover his mouth as he laughs at his boss’...

Updated : 2015.05.06 18:35

[Weekender] The joy of coloring

The last time Lee Soo-jin carried her own coloring book inside her bag was more than 25 years ago, but it’s a hobby she’s recently picked up again. Lee is not alone ― coloring books are no longer j...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:24