Multiculturalism in Korea (한국의 다문화주의)

One of many reasons behind recent measures made in Korea’s immigration policies relates to confronting modern-day state issues. Some of these issues include increasing the population growth and preserving Korean nationalism in light of globalization. Presently, the Republic of Korea (South Korea herein) possesses one of the world’s lowest birthrates and highest aging populations internationally….

Speaking Korean in America (미국에서 한국어를 말하기)

How many of you speak a second language not native to your home or present country of residence? This is a snippet of my daily life.  Since I’ve been back state-side I’ve been trying to upkeep my Korean language skills not only in convos and vid-chats with my BF and Korean friends, but also in…

Angkor & Siem Reap

For Part 1: Please refer to Arriving in Cambodia (…continued) Being an early riser I was up before the rest of my classmates. Deciding to use the time to sight see around our hotel neighborhood during sunlight hours I ventured out again. I was greeted by our hired tut-tut driver along with a few other…

Arriving in Cambodia

  As an avid lover of traveling I am lucky to have been able to visit the famed Khmer temple of Angkor in Cambodia just a few years ago. I never had the time until now to mention this brief, but worthwhile trip when I discussed my adventures in Thailand.  However, both trips actually took…

Hiking Spirit (하이킹 정신)

In an old post written in Korean 한국에 살때: 제 소개있습니다 I wrote about 5 things I loved most about Korea, ranging from food, culture, to landscapes. I briefly mentioned these 5 things in my post and hope to write about each one individually to share with you all my 5 loves of Korea. One of…

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…

Living in Sillim-dong: Seoul (신림동: 서울)

Looking through my last year summer album I came across some old photos of my last residential area in Seoul. As mentioned in another post I moved around a few times while living in Korea. Each residence I lived in was unique, however, my last residence remains one of my favorites. Signing just a 6-month lease,…

A Female Perspective: 2016 Murder in Gangnam

Two weeks ago while exploring other blog pages I came across Katie in Korea’s blog post called #강남살인 (Gangnam Murder). If some of you do not read or watch Korean news I would like to brief you on a recent and very tragic murder, which happened in the heart of Seoul, Korea this past May….

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…

My Taegukgi (태극기)

During my freshman year in college I knew that I wanted to learn more about International Affairs, so it was my first choice when I selected a major. For anyone unfamiliar with IR degrees before the end of your completed coursework you must obtain an intermediate-advanced level of fluency in a second language.  Coming from…

한국에 살때: 제 소개있습니다

안녕하세요. 저는 사빈입니다. 제가 스물일곱 살 입니다. 2013년 부터 2015 가을년까지 한국에 살았는데 그럼 아직 또 자주 갔습니다. 첫 번째 왔을때 큰 나라 것같은데 산을 많이 있니까. 아름다운 곳이는 생각했어요. 그래서 한국에 잘 살고싶었어요. 1년 후 서울에 살고 한국 아름다우고 유명한 장소에는 가고싶었어요. 그래서 매달에는 한번 여행을 했어요. 부산, 과천, 전주, 보령, 대전, 경주,인천, 춘천,…

Changing and Adapting Experiences (변경과적응 경험)

Sometimes in life we learn how to make new experiences for ourselves.  Learning how to make something happen takes courage, timing, and a little bit of luck.  In my case I guess I could say that I have made many new experiences since I moved away for college. I can not fully take credit for…