Young Korean Writers Discuss Their Work & South Korean Society

The Seoul Book and Culture Club & ASIA Publishers recently invited three young, award-winning Korean writers to discuss their work for the public. The event was hosted by Colin Marshall, an American essayist, interviewer & public speaker, & featured Chang Kangmyoung, author of Fired (알바생 자르기); Kim Min-jung, author of The World’s Most Expensive Novel (세상에서 가장 비싼 소설); and Kim Ae-ran, author of Where Would You Like to Go? (어디로 가고 싶으신가요).

Interview answers, both in audio & written form, have been edited for length & clarity.

Korea Blog Podcast: Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian” & Increased Interest In Korean Authors

Chance Dorland & Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, & Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog writer Colin Marshall discuss the attention Han Kang’s English translation of “The Vegetarian” is getting & the spotlight that has slowly begun to shine on South Korean authors.

Independence in Colonial Asia

To look at a map of colonial Asia is to see many colours. It is one with lines, shaded areas, dots on maps. These signify territories, treaty ports, zones of influence, railways, and other new introductions to a previously monarchical, rudimentary culture which had, in many respects developed of its own accord for thousands of […]

Reading the Korean War


I don’t profess to be an expert on much, such is my modesty. Even though I’ve lived in Korea for over nine years now and am invested in the country through family, I can’t really attest an authority on much of the country’s history. This is certainly an embarrassment as I’m supposed to be a history graduate.

Book Number 3


I guess I can announce this now: I’m just starting work on my third book (this time as a co-writer) with legendary MMA fighter Jeff “The Snowman” Monson. I know Jeff from back in high school, and he’s a total badass with a really unique story. I’m going to have to learn a lot while working on this project, but obviously it’s a pretty big deal and I’m truly stoked. 

I’ll let you know more as things develop.

Published! (Heosimcheong Hot Spring)

I've been amiss in posting recently, though I have visited a couple new saunas for review.  The reason for the lack of posts is that I submitted one, along with another piece, to a local magazine based in Daegu, South Korea for publication.  The article is entitled "2 Days and 1 Night in Busan" and you can find it on the 13th page of the January 2010 Daegu Pockets Magazine.

The spa article includes a review of Heosimcheong Hot Spring in Busan.  You can find more info about this spa in my next most recent post - thanks!

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