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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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On the 99th episode of The Korea File podcast diplomatic studies scholar Jeffrey Robertson joins host Andre Goulet to argue that foreign policy options previously considered extreme – like abandoning the US alliance, acceding to China’s dominance and even of securing a nuclear weapons capacity – are entering strategic debate in South Korea. Follow Robertson on Twitter @Junotane and read his piece athttps://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/coming-soon-neutral-south-koreaFind out more about his work athttps://www.junotane.comFollow Andre at @andremarrgoulet and listen to his other broadcasting work on left politics and society at https://www.harbingermedianetwork.com and subscribe to The Harbinger Spotlight wherever you get your podcasts.Subscribe to the excellent Blue Roof Politics newsletter at https://www.blueroofpolitics.com/tag/newsletter/This conversation was recorded on January 30th, 2021.
Armed with theory set out in the "Korean Revolution Manifesto" and practical experience drawn from the March 1st Independence Movement, in 1925 worker and citizen organizations including the Daegu League of Truth and Fraternity, the Changwon Black Friend League and the Jeju Island Mutual Aid group began to organize on the peninsula. In the summer of 1929 Anarchists formed an administration representing more than 2 million Koreans in the Manchurian province of Shinmin, but by the summer of 1931 Stalinist pressure in the North, Japanese pressure in the South and a series of targeted political assassinations ended a distinctly Korean experiment with an extraordinary ideology. On episode 98 of The Korea File journalist, filmmaker and screenwriter Abdul Malik joins host Andre Goulet to explore the history of this fascinating and largely forgotten era. Plus: details about our work amplifying new Left discourse at the Harbinger Media Network and what to expect from Abdul's deeply researched new sports, society and politics podcast 'Offcourt', launching in early January as a network exclusive.Find out more and get access to premium supporter-only Harbinger podcasts for as little as $3/month at https://harbingermedianetwork.com/Historical information on this episode is sourced from Ha Ki-Rak's 'A History of the Korean Anarchist Movement', published in 1986 by the Korean Anarchist Federation.Read the entirety of Hwang Dong-yun's 'Anarchism in Korea: Independence, Transnationalism and the Question of National Development from 1919 to 1984' athttps://libcom.org/files/Anarchism%20in%20Korea_%20Independenc%20-%20Dongyoun%20Hwang.pdfRead a concise summary of Anarchism in Korea by the late Irish historian Alan MacSimoin at http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/ANARCHIST_ARCHIVES/worldwidemovements/koreahis.htmlTo read about Anarchism under the Park Chung-hee regime go to https://libcom.org/book/export/html/33946Subscribe to the excellent Blue Roof Politics newsletter at https://www.blueroofpolitics.com/tag/newsletter/This conversation was recorded on December 22nd, 2020.
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=sharingPeople’s Solidarity of Alternative Education: www.psae.or.krKorean Association of Alternative Education Institutions: kaaei.hompee.orgIndependent artists you heard in this episode:Kevin MacLeod (Intro): www.incompetech.comOreum Education Space student album: www.orumedu.org/notice/56790Seon Mun Bakk Hakyo: smbschool.krContemporary Rebellions is on:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/contemporaryrebellionsLook for episode 98 of The Korea File in late December.
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-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on October 20th, 2020.
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 athttps://www.dukeupress.edu/queer-koreaRead 'Queer Korea', courtesy of Duke University Press at https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-0290-1_601.pdfOrder Todd's 2014 book 'Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945’ athttps://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520293151/assimilating-seoulThis 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-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on September 25th, 2020.
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
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-IVM7TirrUThis conversation was recorded on July 25th, 2020.Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafile
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.
A powerful new memoir ‘Witnessing Gwangju’ was released this month to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The book’s author, former American Peace Corps volunteer Paul Courtright, was one of only a handful of foreign witnesses to this pivotal event in modern South Korean history. On episode 93 of The Korea File, he joins host Andre Goulet to explore how his simple rural life of living and treating patients in the South Jeolla leprosy village of Hohyewan in May, 1980 collided with the Korean people’s struggle against dictatorship. Find the book at https://www.hollym.com/product/witnessing-gwangju/Listen to ‘A March of the Beloved: The May 18 Democratization Revolution Song’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=droIt4Gam_4 Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on May 22nd, 2020.
On episode 92 sociologist Jacob Reidhead and host Andre Goulet discuss the origins of the Democratic Party’s unprecedented victory in April’s parliamentary elections and contrast South Korea’s patron-client political party system with Japan and Taiwan’s faction-based traditions.Plus: rumors, America’s failed media ecosystem and the life and 'death' of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. Find out more about the RASKB at www.raskb.comSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on April 27th, 2020.
On episode 91 of The Korea File visual sociologist, street photographer and Korea National University of the Arts cultural theory lecturer Michael Hurt joins host Andre Goulet to explore what the Moon Jae-in administration's COVID-19 management strategy tells us about how different styles of government engage with crisis. Plus: critiquing Confucian blaming and reflections on Seoul's new normal in an age of pandemic.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch. Find out more about the RASKB at www.raskb.comFor more on Michael's street photography check outhttps://medium.com/the-korean-style/the-korean-style-part-ii-hallyu-in-hanoi-or-style-in-the-time-of-corona-efaa94a2b59 Follow him on Instagram at @kuraeji and engage with the discourse at http://www.criticalkoreanstudies.com/ Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on March 26th, 2020.
On episode 90 of The Korea File it's a conversation on cults, conspiracies and the peninsula's very viral winter as host Andre Goulet welcomes freelance journalist, pirate, indie musician and media promoter Japhy Ryder.For more from World Pirate Radio go to https://www.wprpn.com/Check out Peter Daley's appearances on WPRPN athttps://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/space-pirate-radio/episodes/2016-06-18T10_27_43-07_00 and at https://archive.org/details/Episode102PeterDaleyReturnsSupport the show at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on February 26th, 2020.
On episode 89 of The Korea File: 'Campus Music' and martial law, the K-Pop precedent of the USFK's factory band system and some of the best music of an era. Join academic Matt Van Volkenburg (Gusts of Popular Feeling) and host Andre Goulet for an in-depth conversation on the music, personalities and history of 60s/70s Korean counter-culture.....plus: the not-so-secret history of President Park Chung-hee, composer.Music on this episode:* 송창식 - 고래사냥* 어니언스 – 작은 새 * Key Boys - 뱃노리* 강근식 - 별들의 고향 Prologue * 산울림 - A Flower in the Mist* Shin Jung Hyun And The Men - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains* Park Chung-hee - 나의 조국* 김인순 - 여고졸업반 * 한대수 – 고무신 Read Matt's long-running blog, now in its 15th year, at http://populargusts.blogspot.com/This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comSupport the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on January 26th, 2020.
On episode 88 of The Korea File podcast, cultural and culinary anthropologist Jennifer Flinn joins host Andre Goulet to explain how factors like the decline in multi-generational family living, the increasing age when Koreans first get married and the globalization and urbanization of South Korea are altering traditional assumptions about gender and cooking in Korea. Plus: ghost tours, historical trauma and a menu for apocalyptic dining.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comSupport the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileMusic courtesy of Creative Commons. Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on November 28th, 2019.
Why does Gangnam, and so much of Korea, feel artificial and improvised? How are urban apartment complexes like undemocratic military bases? And will Seoul end up another megacity playground for tourists and the super rich like London, New York or Tokyo? Independent linguist Robert Fouser, a former Seoul National University Department of Korean Language professor and the author of the new Korean-language book ‘Exploring Cities’ joins host Andre Goulet to explore all this and more on episode 87 of The Korea File podcast.This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.comMusic courtesy of Creative Commons. Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafileThis conversation was recorded on October 25th, 2019.
In a break month for content, The Korea File is proud to present Singapore-based Shida Osman in conversation with TKF's Andre Goulet on 'The Podcast Show'. TPS show notes describe the conversation as follows: “Consistency, would be the key to a successful podcast”,says Andre Goulet, podcast host of The Korea File. The conversation unveils why he chose Korea, what happened to the punk rock band that he played in, his love for Korea's architecture and why he chose Bulgogi, in the “This or That” game.Hear more of 'The Podcast Show' at https://soundcloud.com/thepodcastshowasiaThis conversation was recorded on September 12th, 2019.
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.comMusic courtesy of Creative Commons.This conversation was recorded on August 25th, 2019.
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'.
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
.....how engagement with radical anti-imperialist politics create the intellectual space to better understand the personal struggle of defining Korean identity as Korean-Americans in the United States….......how a trio of teenagers convinced an 89 year-old former Alaska Senator to make a presidential run…. ....and how an insurgent, largely social media-driven campaign is bringing a radically anti-colonial and anti-war message to the 2020 American election discourse.... On this episode, senior campaign staff Jonathan Suhr and Alex Chang join host Andre Goulet on a dual-cast of Korean history and current affairs show ‘The Korea File’ and Canadian left politics podcast ‘Unpacking the News’ to discuss the extraordinary anti-imperialist campaign of Gravel 2020. Subscribe to Unpacking the News on iTunes and Spotify. Associate Production from Savanna Craig. This conversation was recorded on May 16th, 2019.
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