SEOUL Weekly: ‘Letters from Joseon’ on Amazon

Feb 13, 2013 / Issue No. 567
Translators Needed
Seoul Selection is looking for Korean-to-English and English-to-Korean translators. Experienced translators preferred. If interested, send a resume to Eugene at planner@seoulselection.com.
‘Letters from Joseon’ on Amazon
Fascinating history sheds light on dramatic times
We are pleased to announce that Robert Neff’s Letters from Joseon is now available through Amazon.com. Based on the personal correspondences between the family of the US ambassador in Korea and their family in the United States, Letters from Joseon provides a candid view of life in not only the American community in Seoul, but also in the Russian legation, where King Gojong and the crown prince sought refuge following the murder of Queen Min. It also gives evidence of the rumors and speculation that plagued the daily lives of not only the Western community in Seoul but the Korean community as well.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
The Korean Air Force parodies “Les Misérables.”
A Korean deli owner in the United States doubles as a calligrapher.
Your’s Truly explored the Ikseon-dong district. More about this fascinating neighborhood in Robert Fouser’s upcoming column in the March issue of SEOUL.
Events
W Singles Party (with DJ Bueno Clinic)
You will never feel alone on Valentine’s Day again! Mingle with hot singles while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the sounds of DJ BUENO CLINIC from Poland, rocking with all eyes on you.
VENUE: W Seoul
DATE: Feb 16, 10pm–4am
ADMISSION: 40,000 won (35,000 won in advance)
MORE INFO: T. 02-2022-0333, www.facebook.com/events/328392283929036
GETTING THERE: Take shuttle bus at Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 4
Seoul Players: ‘Stop Kiss’
Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured and falls into a coma. (Call for Crew: seoulplayers@gmail.com)
VENUE: Whitebox Theatre
DATES: Feb 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24
ADMISSION: 15,000 won, ticketing@seoulplayers.com
MORE INFO: www.seoulplayers.com
GETTING THERE: Hyochang Park Station 효창공원역 (Line 6), Exit 2
Seoul Foreign School Open House
Seoul Foreign School is holding an Open House for prospective parents interested in placements in our Pre-K to Grade 12 levels.
VENUE: Seoul Foreign School, Yeonhui-dong
DATE: Feb 21, 9:45am–noon
MORE INFO: Please register via email sfsoffice@seoulforeign.org or call 02-330-3121.
www.seoulforeign.org
Japandroids—Live in Seoul
Japandroids is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC, consisting of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to skip the extra members and do all the work themselves. As a result, the Japandroids are a set of drums, a guitar, and a vocal duo optimized to sounds like a five-piece band that you’ve never heard before.
Japandroids released their critically acclaimed debut album Post-Nothing via Polyvinyl in 2009. Then, King and Prowse toured extensively throughout 2009–2010, playing over 200 shows in more than 20 countries and quickly gained notoriety for their extremely energetic live performances.
VENUE: V-Hall
DATE: Feb 14, 8pm
ADMISSION: 40,000 won (35,000 won in advance)
scstickets@gmail.com
MORE INFO: http://supercolorsuper.com
GETTING THERE: Hongik Univ. Station 홍대입구역 (Line 2, A’REX Line), Exit 9
Dirty Beaches
Lo-fi’s favorite nomad, Dirty Beaches, is on the road again—and this time, he’s coming to Korea! Alex Hungtai, the 32 year-old Taiwanese-Canadian behind Dirty Beaches, took the blogosphere by storm with his first full-length release Badlands in 2011. Dirty Beaches gets to the heart—or rather, the dark, grimy underbelly—of themes like longing and loneliness. Hungtai’s voice sounds like he’s channeling the ghost of a 1950’s rockabilly. Dirty Beaches’ decaying, reverb-haunted beauty evokes the celluloid hallucinations of films by David Lynch, Wong Kar-Wai, and Terrence Mallick.
VENUE: Moon Night
DATE: Feb 16
ADMISSION: 25,000 won (20,000 won in advance)
scstickets@gmail.com
MORE INFO: http://supercolorsuper.com
GETTING THERE: Itaewon Station 이태원역 (Line 6), Exit 3
Canada Ball Hockey Korea:Season Kick-Off
CBHK will kick off a new season on the weekend of Feb 23–24. A 170,000 won fee covers a 14-week regular season and up to three weeks of play-offs; free beer at the draft party; a season-ending banquet with food and drinks; and a team shirt. New players are welcome.
Promo video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDJBJf2IWUc
VENUE: Jamsil Sports Complex
DATES: Feb 23, 24
MORE INFO: To sign up, visit www.cbhk.org
GETTING THERE: Sports Complex Station 잠실운동장역 (Line 2), Exit 6 or 7

RAS-KB Tour: Kiln Tour–Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area
We will visit some famous kilns to see some time-honored traditions at work. Traditionally, the important ingredients in making porcelain were good quality kaolin and large quantities of firewood. Kaolin was only found in some areas of the country, and the best kaolin close to the capital was found around Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. There were also heavily wooded areas nearby, and the Han River provided a transportation route for moving raw materials to the kilns and finished products to the capital and beyond, so the nearby town of Icheon became the production center for much of Korea’s most famous porcelain.
DATE: Feb 23
COST: 39,000 won for members and 46,800 won for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans
Tteuran Teahouse
 
Photographer’s wife pours tea at Tteuran, a cozy hanok teahouse in Ikseon-dong, near Insa-dong. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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