The Gwangju Uprising as Remembered by The Vegetarian Author Han Kang and Other Korean Novelists

By Charles Montgomery Previously I discussed William Amos’ The Seed of Joy, which I described as a rare work of …

Watching Madame Freedom, the Movie that Scandalized Postwar Korea, Fifty Years Later

This is one in a series of essays on important pieces of Korean cinema freely available on the Korean Film …

The Gwangju Uprising from an American’s Perspective: a Q&A with The Seed of Joy Author William Amos

By Charles Montgomery When I first came to Korea, I was under the strong guiding hand of my best friend …

Isabella Bird Bishop: Pioneering Female Traveler and Prototypical Westerner in Korea

By Colin Marshall  Korea scholar Matt VanVolkenburg writes one of my favorite blogs on Korean society and culture, Gusts of …

Bright Lies, Big City: Korean Authors and Seoul

By Charles Montgomery The Korean relationship with big cities, particularly Seoul, mixes love with a strong undercurrent of hate. The …

Korea, Where Book Podcasts Draw Standing-Room-Only Crowds

By Colin Marshall  If you want a seat, you’ve got to get there early — really early. Even then, plenty …

“Hell Joseon” and Korean Literature

By Charles Montgomery On the surface, all is well with Korea: It is among the top economies in the world. Seoul …