April 27, 2017

AIDS, Xenophobia and Multiculturalism in South Korea

This is the cover of a famous English magazine in South Korea called Groove

You heard it, all foreigners have AIDS and the Korean people are determined to stop the flow of foreigners who carry this deadly disease from entering their country! This is a very, very common idea within Korean society, and the government creates laws to reduce the capacity for foreigners to work legally in South Korea. […]

Danyang: The Korean Jurassic Park

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I fucking hate waking up early, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to feel alive! My latest excursion was to Danyang, South Korea and I had to leave at 5 am to get there from Seoul. The bus ride was two and a half hours of tossing and turning but tolerable, because I […]

Cultural Awareness: Fan death in South Korea

To match feature KOREA-FANS/

All countries have unique and idiosyncratic superstitions that arise and, sometimes thrive, because of past historical or culture circumstances, and South Korea is no different. It is a widely held believe in South Korea that if you go to sleep with an electric fan running overnight, while in a closed room that you will die. […]

The Subway-Sardine Experiment

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열차가 들어오고 있습니다! The train is now approaching!As I have been living in Seoul for roughly 10 months now I know this quick announcement to mean that in less than 30 seconds I will be hurdled into a subway train and become a veritable sardine. This experience can be remarkably unpleasant and awkward during rush hour because […]

Jeju Island: The Hawaii of South Korea

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Working life in South Korea can be a tiresome venture, so when you get a few vacation days you appreciate every waking and slumbering second of them. I just recently had a few days off from teaching and decided to take a trip to Jeju Island, which is a hop, skip and jump away from […]

Korean food: Sannakji (산낙지)

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Food to die for! Sannakji, small live octopus, is one of the most unique foods I have ever munched on. Sannakji is one of the rare foods that actually fights back when getting eaten, so you can’t take this food lightly. Sannakji is a small octopus prepared alive, and generally the tentacles are the meal. […]

Korean Food: Sundae (순대)

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 Sundae is heaven in a pig’s intestine! I have strong, heart-warming feelings for food that is put and cooked inside other food, and sundae is one of those food! Sundae is a Korean dish made from steaming or boiling either cow’s or pig’s intestine that is stuffed with blood, noodles and various seasonings. You can […]