Discrimination in Korea as a Black/dark-skinned Individual

On a recent television broadcast on the Korean TV show called Talking Street(말하는대로) on JTBC a popular foreigner named Sam Okyere, a former participant in Korea’s well-known Non-Summit( 비정상회담) show spoke openly to an audience of Koreans about his experience with discrimination in Korea as a black/dark-skinned individual. While listening to Sam Okyere’s confession I started to…

Being a (Young) Woman in Korea (영) 한국의여성 생활

Back in May, last year, I wrote a female perspective piece about a shocking event that happened in Seoul in mid-spring. To summarize that piece I shed some light on how women or females within Korean society are treated and often not respected because of their gender. Wanting to speak more about women in Korea…

Dating Abroad (국제 데이팅): Native vs Foreign-Born BF/GF – Part 4

The other day I had a conversation with a fellow co-worker about the difference in dating and marrying men from the same country vs  foreign men. Being women of diverse backgrounds we each talked about our family lineage, and relatives who chose to marry men with similar background lineage, but non-American.  Our conversation brought to…

New/Old Environments(새로 / 이전 환경): Accepting Change

If you’re considering living in another country, here’s what people will say before you leave: You’ll have experiences that you’ll carry with you. You’ll learn to see differences in cultures. You’ll benefit in ways that you won’t expect. And they’re right. It will change you.– Excerpt ‘I lived in Korea for 5 years…‘ taken from…

Make-Up(화장품): Casual Days vs Special Days

As the summer days spike and fall I always feel like less is better when it comes to how much make-up I decide to wear on a daily basis. But compared to Korea summers in the U.S., especially in the upper northeast region, are very different. Instead of heat, intense showers, and dense humidity summers…

Love Myself (내가 나를 사랑해)

(I love me) Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else (Hey) Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else (I love me) Can’t help myself, no, I don’t need anybody else Anytime, day or night (I love me) These are the chorus lyrics to American singer Hailee Steinfeld’s debut album hit song. …

Buying clothes in-stores again (매장에서 옷 쇼핑)

Since I have been back on the island and just a short drive away from visiting all of my favorite clothing stores at my local mall or even NYC I have been ecstatic. Living in Korea for three years was not always easy when it comes to shopping. Outside of food, drinks, and basic essentials,…

Gel Nail Art Fashion in South Korea (한국 젤 네일 아트)

A few months ago during my winter vacation in Seoul I wanted to enjoy my vacay period not only catching up with close friends and traveling around Korea, but experiencing some popular fashion trends. Having not been to a nail salon in a while I decided to look into well-known or trending nail salons in…

Beauty is Skin Deep: Beauty Image in Korea (한국의 뷰티 임미지)

For many women maintaining a beauty image is considered an essential part of portraying one’s beautiful side.  I do believe there is some truth to this, but I do not believe that beauty is only visible from the outside. For centuries, however, (if I am not  mistaken) women have been viewed as beautiful for their…