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Interviewing academics, professionals and other experts, Korea Now is a podcast where Jed Lea-Henry digs into historical and current issues relating to the two Koreas. Jed Lea-Henry's podcast, and other work, can be found at http://www.jedleahenry.org/

Interviewing academics, professionals and other experts, Korea Now is a podcast where Jed Lea-Henry digs into historical and current issues relating to the two Koreas. Jed Lea-Henry's podcast, and other work, can be found at http://www.jedleahenry.org/

Location:

Australia

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Interviewing academics, professionals and other experts, Korea Now is a podcast where Jed Lea-Henry digs into historical and current issues relating to the two Koreas. Jed Lea-Henry's podcast, and other work, can be found at http://www.jedleahenry.org/

Twitter:

@JedLeaHenry

Language:

English


Episodes

The Korea Now Podcast #84 (Literature Series) – Franklin Rausch – ‘Korean Cinderella - The Story of Changhwa and Hongnyon’

7/31/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Franklin Rausch. They speak about the Choson dynasty classic tale ‘The Story of Changhwa and Hongnyon’, the origins of this story in the 17th century, its popularity and the subject matter, how the story has changed over time, the earliest English translations, how during the Japanese colonial period the tale revives and becomes central to Korean national identity and a symbol of the daily suffering...

Duration:01:07:57

The Korea Now Podcast #83 (Literature Series) – Immanuel Kim – ‘Friend - A Novel from North Korea’

7/27/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Immanuel Kim. They speak about his translation and analysis of Nam-Nyong Paek’s Friend, the context in which the novel was first published in North Korea, the change that literature like this was trying to make away from the Socialist Realist tradition, the new subtleties and styles that this new wave of writing embodied, the important ways that the everyday was portrayed in the novel, the...

Duration:01:09:41

The Korea Now Podcast #82 (Literature Series) – Jerome de Wit – ‘Writing during the Korean War, North and South’

7/18/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jerome de Wit. They speak about literature during the Korean War period, the writers that worked on both sides of the battlelines, the formation of war ideology, the institutionalisation of the process, the motivations for writing during the war, the issues and challenges involved in trying to find the appropriate message, the ability of this literature to capture emotions and rouse the reader to...

Duration:01:13:33

The Korea Now Podcast #81 (Literature Series) – Janet Poole – ‘Literature in Late Colonial Korea’

7/12/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Janet Poole. They speak about Korean literature in the late-colonial period, the unique group of writers that emerged at this time, how they dealt with both censorship and the feeling of inevitability about Japanese rule, what the stories of this period looked like and the themes that tended to emerge, the depictions of the future and the everyday, the place of modernity and nostalgia, what Korean...

Duration:01:13:50

The Korea Now Podcast #80 (Literature Series) – Ross King – ‘Korean-to-English Literary Translation - A Critical Examination’

7/4/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ross King. They speak about the landscape of Korean-to-English literary translation, the rise in interest over the past few years and support for the practice, how such translation can be taught and the challenges that exist within the field, the organisations that support and fund this translation, the bureaucratic and underlying assumptions behind this funding and support, the misplaced resistance...

Duration:01:01:43

The Korea Now Podcast #79 (Literature Series) – Ayse Naz Bulamur – ‘Love as a Contact Zone - Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee’

6/28/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ayse Naz Bulamur. They speak about Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, the different analytical interpretations of the novel, the importance of the text and how people have come to understand it over time, the role that emotion plays in building the characters, the blend between prose, poetry, autobiography, historical text, and story-telling, the experimental nature of the novel, the way that time...

Duration:01:06:30

The Korea Now Podcast #78 (Literature Series) – Minsoo Kang – ‘The Story of Hong Gildong’

6/21/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Minsoo Kang. They speak about The Story of Hong Gildong, the importance of this story in both Korean history and continuing into the present day, the origins of the Hong Gildong character in the Joseon Dynasty, the understanding of this character as a ‘noble robber’ in the same archetype as Robin Hood, the historical myths and scholarly inaccuracies that have changed most peoples’ conceptions of the...

Duration:01:36:07

The Korea Now Podcast #77 – Ben Young – ‘The 1976 DMZ Axe Murder Incident - Emotion, Anger and Fear in American-North Korean Relations’

6/13/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ben Young. They speak about the 1976 Axe Murder Incident inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the geopolitical context in which this happened, the history of conflict between America and North Korea, the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo, how the cutting down of a tree inside the Joint Security Area (JSA) sparked the murders, the crisis that this created on both sides of the border, the very real risk...

Duration:01:13:11

The Korea Now Podcast #76 – Jay Song – ‘North Korean Defector Activists’

6/7/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jay Song. They speak about the North Korean defector community, the importance of their voices and activism in applying pressure to the regime in Pyongyang over the country’s human rights violations, how defector-activists form networks, the different niches that they create, the transnational dimensions of these networks, the co-evolution that happens between defectors and NGO’s etc., the North...

Duration:01:14:11

The Korea Now Podcast #75 – Stephen Nagy – ‘Coronavirus and East Asia - Investigations, Coercion and Middle Power Alliances’

5/31/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Stephen Nagy. They speak about the impact of coronavirus on East Asia, how the crisis has affected relationships in the region, the opportunities that it originally presented for deeper cooperation, the failure of leadership from Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, how Japan are dealing with the crisis, the substantive links between China’s response to the current moment and that with recent challenges in...

Duration:01:24:39

The Korea Now Podcast #74 – Sandra Fahy – ‘Dying for Rights in North Korea, Part 2 - The Denials’

5/24/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the second half of Sandra’s new book ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’, the response from North Korea to significant human rights accusations such as with the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, how North Korean media reports and deals with accusations of this kind, the specific threat of defector testimony to the regime in...

Duration:00:58:51

The Korea Now Podcast #73 – Sandra Fahy – ‘Dying for Rights in North Korea, Part 1 - The Crimes’

5/20/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the first half of Sandra’s new book ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’, the nature and scope of the human rights abuses in North Korea, the history of these violations, the impact and responsibility for famine and hunger, religious persecution across the country, the control of information, the control of movement and labour, the...

Duration:01:09:36

The Korea Now Podcast #72 – Donald Baker – ‘The Religious Landscape in South Korea’

5/11/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Donald Baker. They speak about the history of religion on the Korean peninsula, the rise and place held by Shamanism, Buddhism and Confucianism, the arrival of first Catholicism and then Protestant Christianity, the ways in which Koreans tended to not associate themselves with specific religious identities during the Chosŏn Dynasty and into the Japanese colonial period, how religion emerged after...

Duration:01:24:57

The Korea Now Podcast #71 – Geoffrey Cain – ‘The Republic of Samsung’

4/19/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Geoffrey Cain. They speak about the origins and foundation of Samsung, its expansion into becoming an international conglomerate, the dynastic planning and building of the ruling family into Korean aristocracy, the explicit patriotic ideology of the company, the alliances and close knit relationships with successive authoritarian and democratic governments, Samsung’s move into semiconductors and...

Duration:01:22:55

The Korea Now Podcast #70 – Nianshen Song – ‘Between Choson and Qing - Mt Paektu, the Tumen River, and “No Man’s Land”’

4/12/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Nianshen Song. They speak about the history of the border region between Choson Korea and Qing China, how migrant flows into Manchuria began to raise concerns for these states, the issue of finding the Tumen river and accurately demarcating it, the challenges of cartography at this time, the importance that Imperial Japan saw in this issue, how questions of international law and historical territory...

Duration:01:18:11

The Korea Now Podcast #69 – Anders Riel Müller – ‘The Story of Korean Beef - Nationalism, Myth-Building and Anti-Americanism’

4/5/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Anders Riel Müller. They speak about the history of beef and cattle on the Korean peninsula, the historical movements and invasions that impacted this diet, the change and re-emergence of the industry during the Japanese colonial period, the role that beef played as a part of the developmental state under successive authoritarian Korean leaders, the central importance of ‘the farmer’ during the...

Duration:01:26:51

The Korea Now Podcast #68 – Erwin Tan – ‘Researching North Korea – Source Triangulation Methodology’

3/23/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Erwin Tan. They speak about how to conduct research in the social sciences, the difficulty of conducting research on North Korea, the sensitivity of data that comes from primary sources, the difficulty of separating facts from analysis, source triangulation as a research strategy, chronological triangulation, perspective-based triangulation, methodological triangulation, the limitations of source...

Duration:00:59:03

The Korea Now Podcast #67 – Kathryn Weathersby – ‘The 1988 Seoul Olympics - Terrorism, Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War’

2/26/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Kathryn Weathersby. They speak about the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, its origins and the bidding process, its value as an economic showcase, hopes that the Games would help build diplomatic bridges to communist and non-aligned nations, North Korea’s response to the Games, the nature of the Cold War divide, the challenge for legitimacy on the Korean peninsula, North Korea’s resort to terrorism with the...

Duration:01:03:00

The Korea Now Podcast #66 – Brad Glosserman – ‘Peak Japan’

2/13/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Brad Glosserman. They speak about Brad’s new book ‘Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions’, the history of Japan, the different rises and falls in Japanese ambitions and national trajectories, the unique moment that Japan found themselves in at the end of the Cold War, the economic stagnation that followed, the impact of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, the political landscape inside Japan, the...

Duration:01:33:04

The Korea Now Podcast #65 – Emma Campbell – ‘The New Nationalism of South Korea’

2/4/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Emma Campbell. They speak about frameworks and methodologies for understanding national identity, the history of Korean nationalism, how it has developed overtime, the traditional idea – and importance – of an ethnic centric form of national identity, how polling data is now showing a shift in attitudes away from this framework, the increasing hesitation toward the prospects of reunification within...

Duration:01:08:48