Category Archives: Abroad

Things I Learned at #AAS 2017, part1 (Thursday, 16 March)

This year’s conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Toronto (March 16–19), the first one I ever attended, was enormous. Still overwhelmed by the experience, I publish some of my notes on the various panels I attended and … Continue reading

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Discussing New Pansori, Theatre, and Tradition in Berlin (Korea-Madang)

There was no empty chair at PGBerlin. I hadn’t expected that so many people – more than twenty – were interested in talking about “New Pansori Works from Korea”. Korea Verband (한독협회) had done great promotion and I got more … Continue reading

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The Conversations are (Not) Over

The Conversations are over, at least in Braunschweig, where Creative VaQi’s play The Conversations (크리에이티브 바키, 몇 가지 방식의 대화들), directed by Kyung Sung Lee (이경성) was shown last weekend at the Theaterformen-festival. And The Conversations just begun – in the … Continue reading

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Berlin Double Bill (Part 2)

The second concert of Chun-Hee Lee’s short Berlin tour took place at the Dahlem Museums, a location in the Southern part of the city that houses both the Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art. (At the time of … Continue reading

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Pansori and Yodeling: Two Ways of Singing “Over the Top”

Recently, the German newspaper tageszeitung featured an interview with Doreen Kutzke, founder of a yodeling school in Berlin Kreuzberg (there is an information-PDF in English, too). You can hear some of her neo-traditional yodeling songs on Soundcloud. She talks about … Continue reading

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In it for the Body: Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Hamlet at the Barbican

I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes-stories (and radio plays) since my childhood and have enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock Series, like it’s US counterpart Elementary. I’m not what you’d call a “Cumberbitch”, nor am I particularly fond of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, … Continue reading

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German Intangible Cultural Heritage in Germany: The Best and the Rest

So Germany now has its list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. Officially known as the “German Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage” (or, as Prof. Wulf, head of the selection committee, insists: “Cultural Heritage in Germany”, it contains twenty-seven arts, crafts, cultural concepts … Continue reading

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