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2019.08.05

 

From Poetry

1. Publication Details

Imprint | SANZINI
Title | From Poetry
Author | Choi Yeongcheol
Genre | Literature
Format | 140×205
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 224pages
ISBN | 9788965455974

 

2. Contact

Name | Kang Sugeul
Phone | +82-051-504-7070
Email | sanzini@sanzinibook.com
URL | https://sanzinibook.tistory.com/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Poetry; poet; writing; poetry theory; essay
Target Readership | Adult

 

4. About the Author

Kang made his literary debut in 1986 at the Hankook Ilbo Daily Spring Literary Competition. His published poetry anthologies include It’s drying up. It’s scattering, Rolled up, I sent a Gumjeongsan, Poke at, Whistle, Shadow Lake, and Sunbathing Furniture.
Kang has also published a handwritten poetry anthology titled Thistle, a coming-of-age story titledEojung’s Story, and the essay collection Camelia Red and Sour Tears.
Kang is the recipient of the Baek Seok Literary Award, the Lee Hyeonggi Literary Award, and the Choi Gyerak Literary Award.

 

5. About the Book

In a world where usefulness has become society’s top priority, poets are called to rise up and challenge utilitarianism as a way of life. Kang Sugeul reflects on his experiences in this ode to the art form that sustained him physically and emotionally for three decades.
Kang found inspiration in suffering, despair, and failure—through the hurts, betrayals, and cruelty of life. His role was to welcome pain like an honored guest and steward it with care. From Poetry is an exploration of the poetic medium, a reflection on poets’ responsibilities, and a testament to the hope that poetry offers to the weary and downtrodden.
Poets like Kang have long criticized civilization and capitalism by exposing society’s selfish underpinnings, at the same time extending a warm hand to those living on the margins.Kang, whose poetry anthologyI sent a Gumjeongsan was voted by Busan citizens as the book of the city, shares his thoughts in this series of essays about the honesty of poetry.

 

 

Potato Flowers

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Youlhwadang
Title | Potato Flowers
Subtitle | Photo Essays by Kim Jee Youn
Author | Kim Jee Youn
Genre | Arts & Culture
Format | 140×220
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 208pages
ISBN | 9788930105996

 

2. Contact

Name | Yi Soojung
Phone | +82-31-955-7000
Email | ysj0710@youlhwadang.co.kr
URL | http://youlhwadang.co.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | photography; travel; essay
Target Readership | teenagers, young adults, adults

 

4. About the Author

Born in 1948 in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province in South Korea, Kim Jee Youn is a photographer and an exhibition manager who is interested in archiving and shedding new light on the development of the modern history of Korea. She studied Drama at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and went on to receive a degree in English Literature from Korea National Open University. Kim currently serves as Director of Gyenam Jungmiso Community Museum in Jinan, North Jeolla Province and runs Seohak-dong Photography Lab in Jeonju. Previously, she held solo exhibitions under the titles Jungmiso (2002), Modernization Store (2010), and Ancient Room (2012), and organized numerous exhibitions including People of Gyenam Village (2006) and Bundle (2012). Her publications include photo collections Jungmiso’s Heritage (2013) and Standing in an Empty Room (2015).

 

5. About the Book

Kim Jee Youn’s previous solo exhibitions featured old every day images such asan elderly lady with her hair in a neat bun sitting alone in a decrepit room, a grave surrounded by basalt fences on Jeju Island with the sea in the background, a worn-out barbershop signboard with a few missing letters, and a rice mill with a deep green roof. What does the author try to convey through such scenes? As her nickname “archivist” implies, Kim holds an ardent wish to pass on fond and affectionate memories to future generations.
Potato Flowers is the first essay collection from Kim Jee Youn, whose unadorned yet unique style of writing was already made evident in the short statements included in her previous books of photographs. In this latest title, Kim explains the reason why she first took up photography, and shares her thoughts on the objects that she continuously strives to capture. Encompassing her personal history, this book delivers a full representation of Kim Jee Youn. In addition, the author coyly reveals the lingering affection for writing that she’s retained since her youth.
Part One includes Kim’s essays about her work as an archivist, organized in a chronological order and accompanied by photographs, some of which have never been seen before. Part Two focuses on her inner world and personal experiences. As seen in the works featured in Part One, Kim Jee Youn had initially been regarded as a conscientious documentarist more than anything else. However, the “Set and See” series launched in 2014 allowed her to delve into the realm of the subconscious and pay attention to her inner anxieties. The “Geonjisan” series, presented here for the first time, emphasizes whole movements or sensations by destroying shapes rather than focusing on people. And what unfolds next to these photographs in such a frank manner are the author’s deeply personal stories—such as the agony induced by insomnia, birthdays spent alone, and memories of childhood.

 

 

Atelier of the Riverside

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Youlhwadang
Title | Atelier of the Riverside
Subtitle | Pictorial essays by Chang Ucchin
Author | Chang Ucchin
Genre | Arts & Culture
Format | 150×228
Binding | Hard cover
Pages | 224pages
ISBN | 9788930105873

 

2. Contact

Name | Yi Soojung
Phone | +82-31-955-7000
Email | ysj0710@youlhwadang.co.kr
URL | http://youlhwadang.co.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | art; design; essay; contemporary Korean art
Target Readership | teenagers, young adults, adults

 

4. About the Author and Illustrator

Born in Yeon-gi, North Chungcheong Province in South Korea, Chang Ucchin graduated from Yangjeong High School and studied Western art at Teikoku Art School (now Musashino Art University) in Tokyo, Japan. After Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, Chang began working at the National Museum of Korea. During the Korean War, he served as a painter for the military. From 1954 to 1960, he taught in the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University. He was thrice appointed a judge for the National Art Exhibition of the Republic of Korea, and held numerous solo and group exhibitions.

 

5. About the Book

Contemporary artist Chang Ucchin presents on canvas images like trees, the sun, the moon, children, magpies, and villages with quintessentially Korean sentiments, creating his own unique artistic world in the midst of that simplicity—drawing oil paintings and using a wide range of materials such as marker pens, ink sticks, ceramics, silk screens, copper plates, and wood blocks. First published in 1976, the pictorial essay collection Atelier of the Riverside is the only collection of writings by this ingenious artist who has long enjoyed popularity among readers in Korea.
In celebration of the centenary of Chang’s birth, a brand-new edition of the book has been introduced, some 40 years after its first publication. This new edition includes additional essays by Chang, some of which were published in newspapers and magazines after the book’s initial release. The selection of paintings for the first edition was left entirely to the discretion of the editor; this time, appropriate illustrations have been selected to accompany the newly added pieces of writing. The first chapter, “My Confession,” contains essays that offer a glimpse into the artist’s daily life centered around places like Deokso, Myeongryun-dong, Suanbo, and Shingal. The second chapter, “I’m Simple,” is the artist’s reflection upon art and painting. The third and final chapter, “The Face of the Dawn,” contains short essays written throughout the four seasons of the year as well as some notes on new paintings.

 

 

Baekbeom Ilji

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Youlhwadang
Title | Baekbeom Ilji
Author | Kim Koo
Genre | Humanities
Format | 215×305
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 384pages
ISBN | 9788930106337

 

2. Contact

Name | Yi Soojung
Phone | +82-31-955-7000
Email | ysj0710@youlhwadang.co.kr
URL | http://youlhwadang.co.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | history; autobiography; education; literature; independence movement

 

4. About the Author and Illustrator

Kim Koo (1876–1949), also known by his pen name Baekbeom, was a Korean nationalist politician and a leader of the Korean independence movement against the Japanese Empire. He joined the Donghak Movement, a rebellion against the state and foreign oppressions in 1893. Later, he fled to Manchuria and established the Korean Liberation Army. After the March 1st Movement in 1919, he exiled himself to Shanghai, China, where he later became the president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in 1927. Following Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, Kim committed himself to establishing a unified and autonomous government in Korea. He was assassinated in 1949.

 

5. About the Book

The first edition of Baekbeom Ilji was published in 1947, two years before Kim Koo’s death. Unfortunately, the book had an unfortunate beginning as the original text had been significantly tampered with, consequently erasing much of the author’s voice and diminishing the vividness of his descriptions of some of the most intense moments during the independence movement that took place in Shanghai and Chongqing, China. Not only was Baekbeom’s idiosyncratic, rugged style of writing embellished, but also some of the names of people and places were mistaken and extensive passages omitted. As a result, the first edition is still judged to be the most unfaithful text to the original.
With that in mind, Youlhwadang planned for many years to publish a new, authentic version of Baekbeom Ilji. The compilation project, when it finally came to light, took three years to complete. The new edition of Baekbeom Iljiis comprised of Chinese and Korean versions both based on the author’s original handwritten manuscripts. Another three years were spent on further revising the text and correcting any errors before making it available to the public.
The two volumes both employ the vertical writing system found in the original handwritten manuscript, not to mention the same format and size. In East Asia, the vertical writing system is regarded as the fundamental principle of transcription and publication. Therefore, we believe that restoring this for contemporary readers is the best way to convey not only the format of the original but also Baekbeom’s voice and spirit. We take pride in presenting a truly authentic version of the historical text.
We’ve aimed for originality not just in form but also in content—by way of thorough proofreading and editing. Before compiling all the relevant content, we drew up an extensive plan to scrupulously examine each and every edition or translation based on the original handwritten manuscript, and then corrected the numerous errors that we found. For the sake of historical usage, both volumes contain detailed indexes, and the Korean version has some 760 annotations by the editor to enhance readers’ understanding.

 

 

Fullness of Love

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Youlhwadang
Title | Fullness of Love
Author | Kim Nam Jo
Genre | Literature
Format | 135×220
Binding | Hardcover
Pages | 174pages
ISBN | 9788930105958

 

2. Contact

Name | Yi Soojung
Phone | +82-31-955-7000
Email | ysj0710@youlhwadang.co.kr
URL | http://youlhwadang.co.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Literature; poetry; education
Target Readership | Youth, young adult, adult

 

4. About the Author and Illustrator

Born 1927 in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, Kim Nam Jo graduated from the Department of Korean Literature at the College of Education in Seoul National University. He made his literary debut in 1950 on the Yeonghap Newspaper with a collection of poems including “Constellations” and “Afterimage,” and published his first anthology Life in 1953—the first of eighteen poetry anthologies in his career. Kim has also been published in multiple award anthologies. In 1997, he released a collection of vignettes titled Beautiful People. Kim is the recipient of the Korean Poets’ Association Prize, the Seoul City Cultural Prize, the Korea Arts and Culture Prize, and the Manhae Prize. Currently, he is a professor emeritus at Sookmyung Women’s University and a member of the National Academy of Arts.

 

5. About the Book

“You have lived ninety years / The clock says / I reply, I know // The clock asks, / What is your wish? / I reply, / An ego born of my heart / And effort to do my best / But a moment passes / And I change my reply / Love, wealth / And longevity // Bursting into laughter, the clock says: / From the most worldly of men / I expected no less... / Without rest, the clock / goes and waits”(“Clock” by Kim Nam Jo)
Youlhwadang is proud to present the 18th poetry anthology by the poet Kim Nam Jo, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. This anthology includes “Clock,” winner of the Jeong Jiyong Literature Prize, and 63 new compositions.
Kim’s first anthology Life was published in 1953, kicking off a 64-year career as a poet. As the oldest member of the world of Korean poetry, Kim confesses, “For the past decade, I’d wanted to lay down my pen and spend my time reading poetry and books by other people. But every time I saw something or thought about something, the poetry would overflow inside me, and the words wouldn’t let me go until I’d put them to paper.” In the preface to this anthology, Kim writes, “Even now, in the twilight of my years, the fact that I still see, feel, learn, and resonate with the world remains the same.” In spite of the unspoken rigors of the artistic process, it is clear that poetry is Kim’s calling in life.
In the preface, Kim also remarks, “The significance of life, the awe of responding to that revelation, and the slow but reverent growth of our outlook on it—all these things are a curious blessing, a source of gratitude, and the wellspring of our most fervent desires. These notions occupied my mind all throughout the writing process.” He adds, “I would like to publish another anthology after this one.” Kim’s powerful validation of a life filled with love and hope rings loud and clear in this anthology.

 

 

An Introduction to Korean Traditional Music

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Youlhwadang
Title | An Introduction to Korean Traditional Music
Author | Song Hye-jin
Genre | Arts & culture
Format | 182×257
Binding | Hard cover
Pages | 128pages
ISBN | 9788930105859

 

2. Contact

Name | Yi Soojung
Phone | +82-31-955-7000
Email | ysj0710@youlhwadang.co.kr
URL | http://youlhwadang.co.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | music; performing arts; education; traditional culture
Target Readership | teenagers, young adults, adults

 

4. About the Author

Song Hye-jin majored in gugak at the College of Music at Seoul National University and received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Durham University, UK and an academic researcher at the National Gugak Center and served as the Artistic Director of Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra. Currently, Song teaches in the Graduate School of Cultural Heritage Arts at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.
Song made her debut as a music critic by winning the Annual Spring Writing Contest hosted by the daily newspaper The Dong-A Ilbo; she then went on to receive a number of prestigious awards including the KBS Gugak Media Publication Award and the Nangye Music Award Grand Prix. Her publications include Korean Musical Instruments, One Hundred Years of Korean Traditional Music, Let’s Listen to Korean Traditional Music, Dreaming Geomungo, and Confucian Ritual Music of Korea.

 

5. About the Book

This book is an abbreviated introduction to the traditional music of Korea, offering brief explanations of the history and branches of gugak, as well as an overview of the path that modern gugak has taken since the early twentieth century.
The traditional music of Korea has several names—gugak, hanguk (Korean) music, or minjok (national or folk) music. Although the concept and significance of each can be interpreted in several different ways, the term “gugak” is most widely used to refer to the artistic phenomenon that has advocated and transformed the musical traditions of the Joseon dynasty. Gugak came into universal use to mean the country’s traditional music, encompassing the musical practices of both the court and the common people, when the national institute overseeing the traditional music of Korea renamed itself “The National Gugak Center” in 1950.
This introductory book on gugak consists of three parts. The first part divides the traditional music of Korea into three branches—court music, seonbi (the elite class) music, and seomin (the common people) music—and explains the varying characteristics of each. The second part looks at the path that modern gugak has taken since the early twentieth century with a focus on the history of transmission. The third and final part describes the scope, classification, types, and materials of Korean traditional musical instruments, and explains the characteristics of each using photographs. This book contains ancient illustrations and photographs from modern times related to traditional Korean music as well as images of various musical instruments. All in all, it is a useful introduction to gugak that can be widely used among scholars and general readers wishing to delve into the world of traditional Korean music.

 

 

King Sejong's Knowledge Management Techniques

1. Publication Details

Imprint | THE ACADEMY OF KOREAN STUDIES PRESS
Title | King Sejong's Knowledge Management Techniques
Author | Chung Yoonjae, Lee Ikjoo, Park Hyunmo, Jun SeongH, Lee Eunhee, Song Hyejin
Genre | Humanities
Format | 152×225
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 204pages
ISBN | 9791158661441

 

2. Contact

Name | Kim Wonki
Phone | +82-31-709-8774
Email | akspress@aks.ac.kr
URL | http://book.aks.ac.kr/

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Management; Sejong; nation; knowledge; policy
Target Readership | Young adult, adult

 

4. About the Author

Chung Yoonjae
Majored in political leadership; social sciences professor at the Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies

Lee Ikjoo
Majored in Korean History (Goryeo dynasty); Korean history professor at the University of Seoul

Park Hyunmo
Majored in Korean political ideology; chief of the Sejong Leadership ResearchCenter at Yeoju University

Jun SeongHo
Majored in economics; social sciences professor at the Academy of Korean Studies

Lee Eunhee
Majored in astronomy; senior researcher at Yonsei University Observatory

Song Hyejin
Majored in Korean music studies; professor at the Graduate School of Traditional Culture and Arts at Sookmyung Women’s University

 

5. About the Book

King Sejong of Korea’s Joseon dynasty was known for his love of learning. With his insight and drive, he actively facilitated policy discussions with his advisors. This book uses written records from Sejong’s time to analyze the kind of knowledge the king applied in different contexts to govern the country.
This book uses the term “knowledge management” to define Sejong’s method of governance. Knowledge management includes the ability to acquire accurate information in a given situation, respond optimally, and convince collaborators to accept leadership methods as authoritative. Sejong’s great capacity for knowledge management ensured trust and support from his advisors, allowing him to enact solid governance and realize unified policies. In this aspect, King Sejong was a brilliant knowledge manager.
This book is based on a combination of knowledge management research and six written records from Sejong’s era: the Goryeosa (History of Goryeo), the Chipyeongyoram (Exemplar for Efficient Government), the Hunminjeongeum Haerye (Explanations and Examples of the correct Sounds for the Instruction of the People), the Nongsa jikseol (Straight Talk on Farming), the Chiljongsan Naepeyon and Chiljeongsan Oepyeon (Calculations of the Seven Luminaries, Chinese/Arabic Edition), and the Sejong Sillok akbo (Sheet Music from the Annals of King Sejong).

 

 


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