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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

Description:

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 #103 – Brad Glosserman – ‘The New National Security Economy’

3/28/2021
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Brad Glosserman. They speak about Brad’s recent and ongoing work on the new national security economy, the changing global realities and how countries will need to adapt, the importance that governments such as South Korea and Japan recognise these new national security economy issues and integrate them into their broader defence policies, how this fits into the new superpower conflict between...

Duration:01:07:22

The Korea Now Podcast #102 – Thomas Duvernay – ‘Sinmiyangyo - The 1871 Conflict Between the United States and Korea’

1/31/2021
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Thomas Duvernay. They speak about Thomas’ new book Sinmiyangyo: The 1871 Conflict Between the United States and Korea, the historical background and context of the battle, the original misunderstandings that sparked the conflict, how the conflict progressed, the nature of the fighting and the military technology involved, how the important historical sites look today, and the long-term impact of the...

Duration:01:22:11

The Korea Now Podcast #101 (Literature Series) – Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton – ‘One Left - The Comfort Women Novel’

1/11/2021
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton. They speak about Bruce and Ju-Chan’s translation of Kim Soom’s novel One Left, the difficult subject matter of Korean comfort women and how the author deals with this, the lingering emotions of guilt and shame, the challenges of dealing with such intense trauma, the failures of Korean society to assist these women, the translation process for the novel and the complications...

Duration:01:23:14

The Korea Now Podcast #100 – Balázs Szalontai – ‘History of the North Korean Socio-Political System’

1/3/2021
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Balázs Szalontai. They speak about the origins and the evolution that occurred with in the North Korean socio-political system from 1945 to 1994 with the death of Kim Il-sung, the impact of Japanese colonial rule, the creation of this system under Soviet occupation, the impact of significant events such as the Korean War, the factionalism and in-fighting that happened, the purges and the eventual...

Duration:01:39:42

The Korea Now Podcast #99 – Michael Kim – ‘Industrial Warriors and Recognizing Religions - Everyday Life in Colonial Korea’

12/27/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Michael Kim. They speak about the arrival and place of Western missionaries in Korea before Japanese colonisation, the confrontations and accommodations that occurred between the missionaries and the colonial state, the system of ‘officially’ recognising religions within colonial Korea, and how the missionaries became institutionalised through social work; they also speak about the struggles that...

Duration:01:24:25

The Korea Now Podcast #98 – Albert Park – ‘The History and Politics of Agrarian Life in Korea’

12/20/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Albert Park. They speak about the history of agriculture in Korea, the important place that farmers traditionally held within the economy and the society, what agrarian life in Korea has looked like and how it has changed, the impact of colonial rule and modernisation, the introduction of cooperative models, the role of government and the strained power-dynamic between them and the farming sector,...

Duration:01:07:46

The Korea Now Podcast #97 – Tycho van der Hoog – ‘North Korea’s Presence in Africa’

11/22/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Tycho van der Hoog. They speak about the National Heroes’ Acre monuments in Namibia and Zimbabwe, how these North Korean-built monuments ended up there, the history and extent of such North Korean influence and presence in southern Africa, the public history and political culture that ties such countries to North Korea, and importantly how (and why) the history of the liberation movements – and how...

Duration:01:12:48

The Korea Now Podcast #96 – John Bocskay – ‘A Walking Tour of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea’

11/14/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with John Bocskay. They take a walking tour of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan while speaking about the construction and maintenance of the cemetery, the design and its purpose, the important landmarks, the unique history of the site as the only United Nations cemetery in the world, and the way in which it honours the history of the Korean War and the memories of the soldiers who fought and...

Duration:01:27:39

The Korea Now Podcast #95 – Leighanne Yuh – ‘The Opening of the Late-Choson Dynasty – Confucian Traditions, Kabo Reforms, and the Introduction of Western-Style Learning’

11/8/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Leighanne Yuh. They speak about the tumult and geopolitical pressures within the Late-Choson dynasty, the growing influence of foreign powers, the forced opening of the country to international trade, the tensions between the old Confucian order and the need to rapidly reform, the motivations and concerns that led to the introduction of Western-style education, the reach and impact of the Kabo...

Duration:01:04:52

The Korea Now Podcast #94 – Sean King – ‘German Lessons for Korean Reunification - 30 Year Anniversary’

10/3/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sean King. They speak about the long running analogy and lessons that are drawn between German reunification and the hopes of Korean reunification, the origins and causes of each division, the impact and placements of these countries within the Cold War order, the degrees to which information and outside influence managed to permeate each country, the important geographical and other differences...

Duration:01:11:39

The Korea Now Podcast #93 (Literature Series) – Minsoo Kang – ‘Record of the Virtue of Queen Inhyeon, Lady Min’

9/26/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Minsoo Kang. They speak about the Record of the Virtue of Queen Inhyeon, Lady Min, the importance of this story in both Korean history and continuing into the present day, the historical context of the story and the central characters during this period in the Joseon Dynasty, the representation of womanhood and womanly virtues, who the likely author was and why the story was written, the historical...

Duration:01:33:30

The Korea Now Podcast #92 (Literature Series) – Meredith Shaw – ‘Messages in North Korean Literature’

9/20/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Meredith Shaw. They speak about how the North Korean regime deals with and re-interprets “messages” from other countries and international institutions, what the state-produced literature that deals with this messaging looks like, the three main types of these foreign messaging interactions: 1. Economic sanctions. 2. Summit diplomacy. 3. Military exercises/fleet movements, how the Korean Writer’s...

Duration:01:23:55

The Korea Now Podcast #91 (Literature Series) – Ellie Choi – ‘Yi Kwangsu - From Independence Writer to National Traitor’

9/12/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ellie Choi. They speak about the author Yi Kwangsu, his place as an independence writer and his influence on the March First anti-Japanese demonstrations, the style of writing he employed and the themes that ran through his work, his views on the modernisation of Korea, how he saw and influenced the development of Korean nationalism, the important place that he held within the colonial literary...

Duration:01:14:11

The Korea Now Podcast #90 (Literature Series) – Daniel Pieper– ‘Hangul - The History, Evolution and Nationalism of the Korean Language’

9/6/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Daniel Pieper. They speak about the Korean script ‘Hangul’, its history and development, the terminology and influences from Japan and China, the way in which language became a symbol of national pride and civilizational enlightenment, the structure of Hangul, the power inherent within the use of language and its impact on thought, the way that the Japanese colonial period and the repression of the...

Duration:01:14:00

The Korea Now Podcast #89 (Literature Series) – Kim Sunghee – ‘The Narrative of Martyrdom - North Korean Literature in the Early Military-First Age’

8/30/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Kim Sunghee. They speak about North Korea’s ‘military-first’ ideology, the historical period from which it emerged, what the ideology entails, the transformation that took place in the minds of everyday North Koreans, the way that workers and soldiers became indistinguishable, how this ideology was developed through literature, what this literature looked like and the affect that it had, and...

Duration:01:09:49

The Korea Now Podcast #88 (Literature Series) – Bruce Fulton – ‘What Is Korean Literature? Part 2’

8/23/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Bruce Fulton. They speak about the history of Korean literature, its origins as performative and oral works, the lyrical songs of the Koryo period, an overview of classical Korean literature, how the shift into verse happened and what it looked like, the rise of narrative fiction, the centrality of classical Chinese writing in this early literature, the development of modern literature and how this...

Duration:00:55:58

The Korea Now Podcast #87 (Literature Series) – Bruce Fulton – ‘What Is Korean Literature? Part 1’

8/21/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Bruce Fulton. They speak about the history of Korean literature, its origins as performative and oral works, the lyrical songs of the Koryo period, an overview of classical Korean literature, how the shift into verse happened and what it looked like, the rise of narrative fiction, the centrality of classical Chinese writing in this early literature, the development of modern literature and how this...

Duration:00:58:04

The Korea Now Podcast #86 (Literature Series) – Janet Lee – ‘The Tale of Chunhyang - Translated by Western Missionaries’

8/16/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Janet Yoon-sun Lee. They speak about the Chosŏn-era's ‘Tale of Chunhyang,’ why this story was so popular at the time and why it remains so today, the portrayal of social stratification within this novel, the rebellious message embedded in the text, the various different source texts that exist for this story, the two key English translations that were done by the now-famous Western Missionaries,...

Duration:01:04:37

The Korea Now Podcast #85 (Literature Series) – Brother Anthony of Taizé – ‘Korean Poetry’

8/8/2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Brother Anthony of Taizé. They speak about the history and origins of Korean poetry, the imagery that is often used by Korean poets, the structure and form that Korean poetry follows, the difficulties and challenges of translating from Korean to English, how Korean poetry has changed over time, the lives and works of selected Korean poets, and importantly Brother Anthony’s experience within this...

Duration:01:17:19

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