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BCCK - Breaking the Silence on Korea’s Forgotten Children

Thursday: The British Chamber of Commerce in Korea has organized a lunch gathering with human rights activist Tim Peters, founder and managing director of Helping Hands Korea, who will speak about life in North Korea and the reality faced by North Korean children.

Peters is an expert on North Korea’s humanitarian and human rights’ crisis as well as the strategies employed by his NGO to deal with refugees and provide food aid. His written testimony for the April 28, 2004, hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee, entitled “Korean Pathetique: A Symphony of Refugee Tears Unheeded,” was condensed and reprinted as a chapter in the book, “Korea Confronts the Future,” (Marshall Cavendish, 2005), a volume jointly authored by a number of specialists on Korea.

The meeting will be held from noon for an hour and a half, and it costs 60,000 won ($55.67) for members and 70,000 won for nonmembers.

It will be held in the Namsan Room at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6.

RSVP by today by sending an e-mail to administrator@bcck.or.kr. Attendees without RSVP will be charged an additional 10,000 won. For more information, visit www.bcck.or.kr.

Free Palace Tours

Saturday and Sunday: The International Exchange and Cultural Promotion Institute offers a free palace tour program in English, guided by young Korean students who study the historical significance of various cultural sites. By joining a tour, participants can not only have a valuable chance to listen to explanations in English about the sites, but also offer help for Korean student guides getting a chance to meet foreigners and to give them an opportunity to introduce their culture and Korean history to others.

The tours are available at Amsa Prehistoric Settlement Site every Sunday, Seodaemun Prison History Hall every Saturday and Sunday and Deoksu and Changgyeong Palaces every second and forth Saturday.

To make reservations or for more information, send an e-mail to ici@icworld.co.kr, or visit www.icworld.or.kr.

Irish Embassy - Joycean Evening

Saturday: The Irish Embassy in Seoul and the Irish Association of Korea are inviting people to join “Joycean Evening” to celebrate the 107th anniversary of the famed novel “Ulysses” by Irish author James Joyce. The novel is considered one of the most important works of Modernist literature.

The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m., and from 7 p.m., participants can enjoy drinks and listen to Irish music and remarks by Irish Ambassador Eamonn McKee. A short play based on Joyce’s “Dubliners” will be held, followed by dinner and short dramatic readings from “Ulysses.”

RSVP by today by sending an e-mail to bloomsday@gmail.com.

It costs 55,000 won, including two glasses of wine, dinner and entertainment.

The venue is the Spazio Luce Restaurant and Art Music Hall in Itaewon.

Go to Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 2.

For more information, call (019) 802-2474.
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