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[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

Ex-aid worker compiles speeches of world leaders

A former veteran aid worker has published a compilation of the greatest speeches in history that have inspired him during his overseas missions for 23 years, including a stint in the earthquake-hit Ha...

Updated : 2015.04.12 18:38

N. Korea, no longer confidential

Two journalists, after covering the two Koreas for a while, were frustrated with the narrow focus of media reports and books on North Korean leadership, its nuclear program and propaganda. “We wanted...

Updated : 2015.04.02 19:30

Voicing diversity through books

Growth is conspicuously absent in Korea’s book industry, as evidenced by the number of bookstores closing down in Seoul.Yet, a new type of publishing is on the rise, attracting readers, writers and s...

Updated : 2015.03.19 20:29

WWF-Korea publishes children’s book on environment

A children’s book that encompasses the theme of environmental awareness and sustainability was published Wednesday in English and Korean. “Our Beautiful Earth” was published by the Korea office of ...

Updated : 2015.03.18 18:49

Comprehensive Goryeo history translated into English

The “Koryosa choryo” (Essentials of Koryo History) is arguably one of the most substantial historical records of the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392).Written in 1452, few decades after the fall of the king...

Updated : 2015.03.18 17:31

Park Chung-hee biography published in Vietnamese

A book that chronicles former Korean president Park Chung-hee (1917-1979) and first lady Yuk Young-soo (1925-1974) has been published in Vietnamese.“Human Park Chung-hee, Human Yuk Young-soo,” writt...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:24

Superheroes and space travelers in ‘Get in Trouble’

It’s tempting to describe Kelly Link as a fantasist or a magical realist of a particularly homegrown sort. Her stories take place within recognizable landscapes ― suburban bedrooms, reality TV locat...

Updated : 2015.02.05 19:16

Amid 'Mockingbird' sequel buzz, worries about Lee's wishes

Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement -- that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released -- with the image of the reclusive writer at her sister's rec...

Updated : 2015.02.05 13:34

‘Fiction can tell larger truth’

Anchorwoman and author Baik Ji-yeon talks about her new work of fiction “Handstand” in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Tuesday. (Bookfolio)Baik Ji-yeon is the epitome of a successful modern woman. Having become...

Updated : 2015.02.04 19:07