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Conversations about music, history and society in the Republic of Korea.

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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.com Music courtesy of Creative Commons. This conversation was recorded on August 25th, 2019.
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'.
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
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Started
Aug 22nd, 2012
Latest Episode
Aug 27th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
87
Avg. Episode Length
23 minutes
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