Book Review: Brokers Of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism In Korea, 1876–1945 by Jun Uchida

Jun Uchida, Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism In Korea, 1876–1945. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011. 500 pp. ISBN: 978-0674492028. £22.95. Book review by Steven Denney, PhD Candidate at University of Toronto. Jun Uchida’s Brokers of Empire opens the discourse on a long forgotten or purposefully ignored group of individuals: Japanese colonial settlers. Uchida’s focus on Japanese colonial settlers shines light on a world… Read more →

Book Review: The Korean War: An International History by Wada Haruki

Wada Haruki. The Korean War: An International History. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013. 410 pp. ISBN: 978-1442223295. £26.95. Reviewed by Steven Denney, PhD. candidate at University of Toronto. There is much to be said about the potential an interdisciplinary approach holds for helping Koreanists go beyond the “origins” debate: a debate on the origins of the Korean War—a question of… Read more →

Book Review: Marching Through Suffering: Loss And Survival In North Korea by Sandra Fahy

Sandra Fahy, Marching Through Suffering: Loss And Survival In North Korea. New York: Columbia University Press (2015). 240pps. ISBN: 978-0231171342. £27.50. Reviewed by Darcie Draudt, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.). Of late, there has been an upsurge in popular monographs that detail North Korean defector narratives. The proliferation of these accounts, biographical and… Read more →

Funding opportunity: SOAS-HEFCE Fellowships for two-year area studies MA

The following funding opportunity will be of interest to students wishing to pursue the new MA *Subject* and Intensive Korean degree at SOAS. More information on that degree here: http://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-korean/   SOAS HEFCE Scholarships for 2-Year MA Programmes in Language-based Area Studies We are delighted to announce that SOAS has a scholarship fund of £250,000 to award in 2015-16 for students in Language-based… Read more →

Book Review: Korean Musical Drama: P’ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity by Haekyung Um

Haekyung Um: Korean Musical Drama: P’ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity. SOAS Musicological Series. Farnham: Ashgate 2013. 254pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6276-1.   This volume explores how a variety of facets of modernity have produced today’s p’ansori, an art genre classified as ‘traditional’. Through considering its development, Um aims to illuminate the presence of tradition, overcoming the old dichotomy between… Read more →

Book Review: Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea by Andrew Killick

Andrew Killick: Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea. xi + 237pp. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4094-2030-9.   Aiming for a confluence between East and West, as Chou Wen-chung (Chang 2006; Lai 2009) argues, Andrew Killick’s book on Hwang Byungki attempts to show how the two regions could be merged while at the… Read more →

Book Review: Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History by Yeonok Jang

Yeonok Jang: Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History. Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8108-8461-8 (cloth), 978-0-8108-8462-5 (ebook).   Not so long ago, Korean music was the preserve of a few little known scholars, with the non-Koreans by some curious twist of fate concentrated in Britain (Jonathan Condit, Keith Pratt, Robert C. Provine); today, the concentration in Britain continues, with our… Read more →

BAKS Bursaries 2014–2015 announced

The British Association for Korean Studies administers two bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is April 8th, 2014. 1) British Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary Download details and form here. The British Korean Society, through the Bursary Committee of the British Association for Korean Studies, is offering four £1000 bursaries on a competitive basis to post-graduate… Read more →