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SAT 10th June 2017, 12:30pm

The Palace Korean Restaurant

183-185 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BH 

Kwon, June Hee (2015) THE WORK OF WAITING: Love and Money in Korean Chinese Transnational Migration

Lee, Byoungha, Jun Young Choi and Jungmin Seo (2014) Korean–Chinese Migrant Workers and the Politics of Korean Nationalism

With a help of upcoming exhibition members, I ran a reading group with two papers above to give people a broad idea of Joseonjok people and their socio-political status around New Malden, UK.

This event was open to all UAL students, UAL staff, alumni, artists and researchers who are interested in this exhibition.  Boram, who is a curator of this exhibition invited people from various institutions, such as Goldsmiths University of London, Slade UCL, and also people from non-academic field. Moreover,  it was interesting to have Chinese students, where it became an opportunity to know what Chinese people think of Joseonjok.

It was meaningful in that the reading group was held in the Korean restaurant in New Malden owned by Joseonjok people. After looking through the texts, we experienced foods that was cooked by Joseonjok. Even though the foods were very altered in South Korean style, (believing Joseonjok foods have something unique, none the else sharing lot  in common with South Korean foods), the foods opened up interesting memories that they have on Korean foods. 

Collaborative Proposal: Taste of Joseonjok

I suggest to trace Joseonjok’s hidden marks (especially their food) in New Malden. As some might know, realistically, it would be hard to meet and interview Joseonjok people in short time. Yet, it doesn’t mean we can’t investigate them. Through third people, including South Koreans, Chinese, even British and Joseonjok (if there is chance) who live in New Malden, we could get indirect yet more objective facts about Joseonjok people living in UK. Gathering information through interviews and written researches, each of artists could make creative work or make a collaborative project together.


‘Tracing Joseonjok’s food in UK’

Through interviews with Joseonjok interviewees, I realised that when Joseonjok people first came to UK, they had to spend many hours to ‘cook like South Koreans’, to have a job at Korean restaurants. Treated as if Joseonjok foods are cooked in a ‘wrong’ way, and regarded as ‘unsavory’ from their South Korean employers.

Using ‘local (near New Malden London) ingredients’, I would like to make a Joseonjok food that tastes most likely as home-food. They vividly do have food that is not Korean, but not Chinese. However, mostly working for Koreans in the UK, they don’t get a chance to cook their own food but in Korean style. However, once again, it is not about which is better or not, but the preference of tastes due to majority of people. The whole process such as the process of finding similar ingredients in UK (we might have to gather herbs from the parks), the actual cooking activity, reflection on Joseonjok for similarity, etc., could all become an artwork as whole, achieving and documenting through artists’ own way.



May Interview: Gather information from Joseonjok 

ex) What was/is their daily food in China?

What would be the major difference between Chinese/ Korean/ Joseonjok food?

Any suggestions for us to make using local ingredients?


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June Cooking and reflection

With gathered information, I suggest to select one or two dishes. (from my research so far, Mandu ‘dimpling’  can be a good option)

Experiment actual cookings.

Receive feedbacks from Joseonjok.

July Selling our foods at Korean Restaurants in New Malden

August Opening Reception 

As a ‘performance’, we could serve the foods we made at the opening reception.


Through the process, each of artists could also make their individual works, such as, drawings, video works, sound works, paintings, photographies etc.


The Third Meeting (23,04/2017)

The third meeting was the most productive to check all the artists’ work proposals and share further artistic activities with Josenjok community.

  1. Acutal starting activity for learning Joseonjok’s food recipe (May and June)
  2. Maintaing Academic Reading Group series in New Malden (May and June)
  3. Confirmed the final exhibition dates: 3th for the opening and 4th and 5th 2017
  4. Radio Broadcasting to advertisement in Korean to New Malden residence (27th 04/2017 at 8pm)
  5. Scheduling in detail for the publication deadline (Exhibition Poster deadline- 30th 06/2017) Catalogue deadline- 8th 07/2017)
  6. Further Things to do: confirmation with Korean restaurants to exhibit artworks/ Adverstisement in Reading Group and selecting academic paper about Joseonjok community/ Meeting and learning Joseonjok’s food recipe.

Third meeting photo

The First Meeting Updates (11,03/2017)

Beyond the Borders Exhibition Space (all methodologies can be proceeded simultaneously)

  • 1. Joseonjok food distribution by a food truck or Korean restaurants
  • 2. Using Korean Restaurants’ a bathroom, wall, table etc. to exhibit works
  • 3. Reserving Public Parks in London
  • 4. Reserving an Exhibition Space (White Cube): waiting for the responses from CassArt Kingston(free), Candid Trust (Euston) and Crypt Gallery (Euston)
  • 5. A guerrilla Pub Meeting
  • 6. Tottenham court road in London was the former Korean town in which site-specific works can be explored
  • Contacting with Drawing Room
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