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The Korea File is a monthly podcast exploring Korean society, culture and politics and highlighting critical, independent voices you won’t find anywhere else.

Hosted by Andre Goulet. Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafile 📻

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The Korea File is a monthly podcast exploring Korean society, culture and politics and highlighting critical, independent voices you won’t find anywhere else.

Hosted by Andre Goulet. Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafile 📻

    Alternative Education (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep5)

    Alternative Education (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep5)

    What is alternative education in Korea? To answer this question, Contemporary Rebellions welcomes Tae Wook Ha, an activist and professor of Alternative Education at Asia Life University in the city of Daejeon and Minyeong Kim, a graduate of one of the first wave of accredited Korean alternative high schools and a current staff member at the NGO World Without War.

    In these conversations they discuss the Law on Alternative Education Institutions that's currently in front of the National Assembly, the relationship between un-accredited alternative schools and the government, and the future of alternative education in South Korean society.

    The Contemporary Rebellions podcast is produced by a non-hierarchical volunteer collective based in Seoul with connections across the country. The collective is a group of long-term, bilingual English and Korean speaking international residents in Korea, with involvement in various progressive social movements. Contemporary Rebellions is open to all Korean and foreign members who share our core values, have a background in social activism and would like to join the project.

    This podcast is intended to be a tool for educators, activists and anyone interested in South Korean social movements. To get in touch or get involved reach out on Facebook, on Twitter @ContemporaryRe3 or via email at contemporaryrebellions@gmail.com.

    You can find the transcript for this episode at: docs.google.com/document/d/1nntumexOq-LUPHEtmzAHQVUzMGV0j1GmYMSQWysS5lA/edit?usp=sharing

    People’s Solidarity of Alternative Education: www.psae.or.kr

    Korean Association of Alternative Education Institutions: kaaei.hompee.org

    Independent artists you heard in this episode:
    Kevin MacLeod (Intro): www.incompetech.com

    Oreum Education Space student album: www.orumedu.org/notice/56790

    Seon Mun Bakk Hakyo: smbschool.kr

    Contemporary Rebellions is on:
    Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/contemporaryrebellions

    Look for episode 98 of The Korea File in late December.

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    Ghost Stories, Hauntings and the Spooky Side of Seoul

    Ghost Stories, Hauntings and the Spooky Side of Seoul

    On a very special Halloween episode of The Korea File hear a haunting and horrific conversation between guest Joe McPherson (The Wall Street Journal, The Korea Herald, National Geographic, Zen Kimchi) and host Andre Goulet as they explore his 'The Dark Side of Seoul' walking tour, podcast and comic book and share some seasonally terrifying tales of terror in the shadowy and wind-swept hallways of the abandoned Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital.

    Listen to the podcast at https://darksideofseoul.com/podcast/
    And find out more about the tour and Joe's sprawling Zen Kimchi empire at https://darksideofseoul.com/ and https://zenkimchi.com/

    This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/

    You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrU

    This conversation was recorded on October 20th, 2020.

    • 51 min
    Sexuality, Relationships and a History of Queer Korea

    Sexuality, Relationships and a History of Queer Korea

    Since the end of the nineteenth century, Korea has faced waves of foreign domination, authoritarian regimes and divided development and, throughout these turbulent times, “queer” Koreans have been ignored, minimized and erased in historical narrative. But a new collection of academic writing is challenging this marginalization through critical analysis of non-normative sexuality and gender variance. On episode 96 of The Korea File academic Todd Henry, editor of ‘Queer Korea’ and an authority on Colonial Era Seoul, joins host Andre Goulet to explore a pathbreaking work of scholarship that brings Korean queerness fully into the mainstream of Korean and East Asian studies.

    Find out more about the book at
    https://www.dukeupress.edu/queer-korea

    Read 'Queer Korea', courtesy of Duke University Press at https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-0290-1_601.pdf

    Order Todd's 2014 book 'Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945’ at
    https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520293151/assimilating-seoul

    This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/

    You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrU

    This conversation was recorded on September 25th, 2020.

    • 44 min
    Banned Book Club: Youth Against Fascism (w/ co-author Ryan Estrada)

    Banned Book Club: Youth Against Fascism (w/ co-author Ryan Estrada)

    In the charged political climate of '80s South Korea, university freshman Kim Hyun-sook finds refuge in the comfort of literature as the youngest member of a Banned Book Club, the title of the acclaimed 2019 graphic novel from Kim, co-author Ryan Estrada and artist Ko Hyung-ju.

    On episode 95 of The Korea File, Estrada joins host Andre Goulet to discuss censorship, sequential art and what Kim's powerful story of repression and dissent has to tell us about contemporary Korean politics, illiberalism and the erosion of democratic norms around the world.

    Find Ryan’s work at http://www.ryanestrada.com/ and buy the book at https://ironcircus.com/?product=banned-book-club

    This conversation was recorded on August 14th, 2020.

    Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafile

    • 38 min
    Fans, Idols and the Evolution of K-pop

    Fans, Idols and the Evolution of K-pop

    How has K-pop evolved and changed over the last decade? Is right-wing political paranoia about Tiktok teens and BTS Army activism exaggerated? And is the so-called 'dark side' of the industry just a reflection of broader South Korean society?

    On episode 94 of The Korea File K-pop authority Dr. CedarBough Saeji educates host Andre Goulet on the history, impact and world-wide popularity of the country's most influential cultural export.

    This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. To find out more about the RASKB, and to see a schedule of upcoming lectures and events, follow them on Facebook or go to http://raskb.com/

    You can watch previous RASKB lectures at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwQTNTB7yHlZwW0VchAJ5Y-IVM7TirrU

    This conversation was recorded on July 25th, 2020.

    Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafile

    • 53 min
    Redevelopment Resistance (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep4)

    Redevelopment Resistance (Contemporary Rebellions: South Korean Social Movements Today Ep4)

    Introducing a special presentation of the March episode of Contemporary Rebellions:
    Yonsan. Never again everyone said. Yet in February, 2020 hired thugs attacked the Noryangjin Fish Market workers. The latest episode of the show explores how displacement and state sanctioned violence, as well as resistance to redevelopment and forced evictions, continue.

    The Contemporary Rebellions podcast is produced by a non-hierarchical volunteer collective based in Seoul with connections across the country. The collective is a group of long-term, bilingual English and Korean speaking international residents in Korea, with involvement in various progressive social movements. Contemporary Rebellions is open to all Korean and foreign members who share our core values, have a background in social activism and would like to join the project.

    This podcast is intended to be a tool for educators, activists and anyone interested in South Korean social movements. To get in touch or get involved reach out on Facebook, on Twitter @ContemporaryRe3 or via email at contemporaryrebellions@gmail.com.

    Look for episode 94 of The Korea File in late July.

    • 56 min

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