New Library Acquisitions

Each fortnight we will be featuring the latest acquisitions to the KCC Library!
While you can search the full catalogue online, this page will highlight a new book, cd, dvd or magazine that we have recently added to our collection. These will be readily available for you to read or view in our library as soon as they appear in this section, so make sure to see WHAT'S NEW each fortnight with the KCC E-news!

What's New

What's New - May 22th 2015

Publisher: Korean Film Archive 

Author: Yunhee Park, Hyojoung Song, Woo-Hyung Chon, Young-mee Lee, Ji-Mi Kim, Young Suk Oh, Jiseung Roh, Hye-Jin Hwang, Chae-won Lee 

The Korean Film Archive(KOFA) has been working on and issuing topical DVD box sets since 2012 in order to introduce diverse aspects of Korean society through Korean films that are representative works in Korean film history. The 'Film and Literature' offers a good opportunity for viewers to delve into Korean film history and literary history as well as developments in Korean society. It compiled eighy films. 


What's New - May 8th 2015

Publisher: Hollym

Author: Suzanne Crowder Han

Summary: This book offers an insightful look at the traditions and cultural heritage of the Korean people. A compilation of concise and informative notes on a wide range of topics, this book is for anyone interested in Korean lige, thought, and culture. The notes, some illustrated with sketches and drawings, are presented alphabetically under such headings as Beliefs and Customs, Arts and Crafts, Music and Dance, Languages and Letters, Historic Figures, Famous Places and Monuments, and Games and Sports. Also there are more than one hundred fifty entries which include, for example, descriptions of traditional arts, crafts, games, clothing, housing, and food, and explanations of customs. 


What's New - Apr 24th 2015

Hanbok: Timeless Fashion Tradition 

Publisher: Hyung-geum Kim from Seoul Selection 

Author: Samuel Songhoon Lee

Summary: Hanbok embodies many of the social and aesthetic values of the Korean people. In accordance with the emphasis on social harmony found in Confucian philosophy, the choice of Hanbok varied depending on one's position in society. Its beautifully flowing lines and harmonious colour schemes are important aesthetic values found in Korean art. Hanbok is increasingly emerging into the spotlight following the popularity of Korean television dramas, which are often set in the past, and also through efforts to promote Hanbok on the global stage. Renowned fashion designers around the world have taken note of Hanbok and have incorporated its elements into their own work. This book offers various insights about the characteristics, aesthetics, and histort of Hanbok, the traditional constume of Korea and its contemporary standing on the global fashion scene. 

What's New - Apr 10th 2015

The Beauty of Korean Food

Publisher: Hollym

Author: Sook-Ja Kim from Institute of Traditional Korean Food 

Summary: This book is introducing Korean food history, ingredients, and table manners so that foreighners or overseas Koreans could learn about traditional Korean food. As the Korean government has been making effort to promote Korean food as a world food, the result of this project is this book which standardises recipes so that any foreigner can easily cook Korean food. 


What's New - Mar 27th 2015

The Story of Samulnori

Publisher: Sakyejul

Author: Dong-Won Kim

Summary: The Story of Samulnori tells the story of Bright Land, a peaceful place that is sent into turmoil with the arrival of a dark cloud of pollution, bringing confusion and despair to the people. The Leader of Bright Land appeals to the gods who tell him to send his four children to the corners of the earth. Once there, they must convince the guardian of each corner to hand over a treasure they possess which is a rare and precious musical instrument. If these can be retrieved and played together, harmony and understanding will be resorted. Thus, “The story of Samulnori” is one way of explaining what this spirit is. This spirit, thanks in great part to the effort of Samulnori is very much alive and flourishing in Korea today.


What's New - Mar 13h 2015

Traditional Korean Gardens

Publisher: Joon Hwan Shin from Korean National Arboretum 

Authors: Hye-Young Jin, Jeong Hwa Song, Yeong-Han Kwon, Sung Sik Kim, Tai-Hyeon Ahn, and Hyun Tak Shin 


Summary: As Korean traditional gardens reflect the ancestral wisdom of harmonizing with nature, proper documentation is important to retaining thier original value. This book analyses the historical relationship and significance of different plants as parts of gardens and contains photographs and information on representative plants from 26 gardens of the Joseon period. It aims to provide information for better understanding of ancient thought and ideology reflected in the selection of various garden plants as well as illustrates how they appear now. 

What's New - Feb 27th 2011
Books of the Joseon Dynasty Returned from Japan
Publisher: National Palace Museum of Korea
Joseon Dynasty Returned

"In December 6th, the Japanese government officially returned 1,205 missing books from the Joseon Dynasty to the Korean government after more that 100 years. This book is a catalogue for the special exhibition held at the National Palace Museum in celebration of the return of the Joseon Dynasty books from Japan's Imperial House Agency. The books of the Joseon Dynasty returned from Japan this time include books of the royal collection and the royal protocols (also known as the uigwe records), and they number 1,205 volumes of 150 separate pieces. This catalogues introduces these books under the following three section titles: 'The Return of Uigwe, the Royal Protocols and Other Royal Books', 'Uigwe, the Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty' and 'Books of the Joseon Dynasty'."  

What's New - Feb 13th 2011
Spirit of Jang-in: Treasures of Korean Metal Craft
Edited by Min-jung Kim
Publisher: Powerhouse Publishing
Spirit of Jang-in 

"From the Bronze Age to the present day Korean artisans, traditionally known as jang-in, have used metals to create functional everyday objects, objects of great beauty and objects of powerful symbolism. The way metal has been used and regarded in Korean society tells a compelling story of its history, culture and most meaningful rituals and beliefs. Through three essays and more than 150 spectacular objects, this publication traces the development of metal craft from Korea’'s ancient craftsmen to the spectacular ‘'kingdoms of gold’' of the Silla royalty, the influence of Buddhism on craft skills and practice, the simplicity of the Confucian era, and the dark days of the early 20th century.

Contributing institutions are the National Museum of Korea, Gyeongju National Museum, National Folk Museum of Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Tongdosa Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Reflecting a contemporary spirit of jang-in, a selection of metal works from practicing Korean artists living in Korea and Australia is also featured. Spirit of jang-in celebrates the Year of Friendship between Australia and the Republic of Korea, marking 50 years of our bilateral relationship. 

This publication is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Museum of Korea."


What's New - Jan 30th 2011

K-DRAMA: A New TV Genre with Global Appeal, Volume 3
By Korean Culture and Information Service
"The third volume in the K-Culture series, to introduce Korean dramas, revealing how these “soppy soaps” have reached greater foreign audiences beyond Asia, spreading out across the world as far as Africa and Latin America. The book also examines the appeal of K-drama with a section dedicated to the top K-drama stars." 


What's New - Jan 16th 2011
Korea 2020: Global perspectives for the next decade
By Dominic Barton
"What's next for South Korea? A half-century ago it was among the world's poorest countries, now its a prosperous, industrialized democracy, with an economy that has proved resilient in the face of the global economic crisis. But South Korea's future remains unclear. This important volume brings together top international thinkers and asks them to look ahead to the new challenges Korea faces."