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…

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…

Hweshik (회식) – Korean Office After-Work Dinners

In my latest K-drama language learning binge I came across a Korean drama called Drinking Solo(혼술남녀). Not highly rated and already a few episodes in I doubted whether or not I would find the drama itself interesting as it seemed to focus on Korean drinking culture, as well as, office after-work dinners known as hweshik (회식)….

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…

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….

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…