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Category Archives: Notebook on Cities and Culture

Presenting the Notebook on Cities and Culture Guide to Japan

The Notebook on Cities and Culture Guide to Japan indexes all the show’s Japan-recorded and Japan-related interviews. Stay tuned for much more and about the Land of the Rising Sun.   Osaka: Brian Ashcraft, Senior Contributing Editor for video game site Kotaku, contributor at Wired, and author of Arcade Mania! and Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Josh Parkin, luthier and proprietor of Josh […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s complete Korea Tour

You can download every individual interview by following the links below: Hyunwoo Sun, founder of the Talk to Me in Korean language-learning podcast empire Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective, a creative agency that provides digital media, marketing, and distribution services to Korean pop music artists Laurence Pritchard, writer, teacher, enthusiast of Korean literature, and […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Opting for Korea with Brother Anthony

In an officetel in Seoul, Colin talks with Brother Anthony of Taizé, one of the most renowned translators of Korean poetry, president of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch, and naturalized citizen of South Korea. They discuss the frequency with which he’s heard “Why Korea?” in the 35 years since he first arrived as a member of Taizé; […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: The Style of the Time with Matt VanVolkenburg

In Seoul’s Sinchon district, Colin talks with Matt VanVolkenburg, author of Gusts of Popular Feeling, a blog on “Korean society, history, urban space, cyberspace, film, and current events, among other things.” They discuss what it feels like to live in Seoul, of all places, without a smartphone; why navigating the city poses so much of a […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Concrete Utopia with Minsuk Cho

In Seoul’s Itaewon district, Colin talks with architect Minsuk Cho, principal at Mass Studies, designer of the Golden Lion-winning Korean pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. They discuss whether he talks about the use of space differently in English than in Korean; how copying, and especially while misinterpreting across cultural boundaries, counts as a way […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: It Takes a Lifetime with Michael Elliott

In Seoul’s Sinchon district, Colin talks with Michael Elliott, creator of the English-learning site for Koreans English in Korean and the Korean-learning site for English-speakers Korean Champ. They discuss why Koreans insist on the difficulty of their own language; whether and why he considers Korean difficult; what it means that “there are so many different ways […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Ruled by the Heart with Andrew Salmon

In Seoul’s Susong-dong, Colin talks with Andrew Salmon, author of To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951; Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Britain and Australia in the Korean War, 1950; and All That Matters: Modern Korea. They discuss how Korean culture has influenced the names of his cats; the dullness of […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Gangbuk Style with Daniel Tudor

In Seoul’s Hongdae district, Colin Marshall talks with Daniel Tudor, former Economist correspondent in Korea, co-founder of craft beer pizza pub chain The Booth, author of the books Korea: The Impossible Country, A Geek in Korea, and (with James Pearson) North Korea Confidential. They discuss the difference between Gangnam and Gangbuk style; the recently emerging trend toward Korean nostalgia, and […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: One Long Bike Party with Coby Zeifman

In Changwon, “Environmental Capital of South Korea,” Colin Marshall talks with Coby Zeifman, former outreach coordinator for Nubija, the city’s bike share system. They discuss what makes Changwon a cool town; why a feature like Nubija, despite its impressiveness, needed the kind of outreach he has tried his utmost to provide; Changwon’s history as a manufacturing […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: ¿Por Qué Corea? with Sofía Ferrero Cárrega

At a coffee house somewhere in Busan, Colin talks with Sofía Ferrero Cárrega, film critic and enthusiast of Korean cinema. They discuss whether she’d recommend other movie-lovers move to Busan; how the Busan International Film Festival attracted her to the city (and the importance of its parties); why, in Busan, “everybody says yes”; the state […]