Tag Archives: Korean culture

Korea: Breaking the barriers

Collection of translated stories to provide boost to Korean literature: The Korea Times

In an international environment in which Korean culture is increasingly making inroads into English-language speaking countries, Korean literature has been something of a “little brother’’ to K-pop, K-movies, K-dramas, and the increasing popularity of Korean food.

But make no mistake, Korean literature is arriving.   This development is underscored by a comprehensive new collection of stories from Asia Publishers that promise to help Korean literature take a big step up onto the world stage.  Over the past year Asia Publishers have released three collections of 15 stories each, collections that promise to redefine Korean literature in English while also making the literature much easier to understand.

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Korea: 44th Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards

Brother Anthony, Jung Ha-yun, Min Eun-kyung write on the awards in The Korea Times

In recent years, many people across the world have shown an increasing interest in Korean culture, literature included; more translations are being published and read as a result.

We know that many more people are learning Korean and many now study translation/interpretation at advanced levels. It was therefore something of a disappointment to find that only 23 entries had been received for the 2013 Korea Times Translation Awards competition, which has traditionally been one of the main ways by which individuals have been recognized as accomplished translators of Korean literature.

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