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)….

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…

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…