March 26, 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

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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. […]

Cultural Awareness: Korean Reunification

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 “We are one people” The reunification of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, and the Republic of Korea, better known as South Korea, is a sensitive and touchy subject among North and South Korea. Over 60 years ago much more than just the country split into 2 parts. The dividing […]

Korean food: Jokbal (족발)

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Feet of the gods! It is truly hard to explain my deep love for any country that has an affinity for pig’s feet. South Korea is one such country and…boy do they make them delicious! Jokbal, is sliced pig’s feet served with garlic, chili peppers, lettuce, kimchi, gochujang (red chili paste) and soy sauce. Jokbal is quite greasy and […]

Top 10 Must-Sees in Seoul, South Korea

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  Seoul is not exactly a city that never sleeps but it is definitely full of life and personality. Seoul has a long, exciting history full of beauty and tragedy. Seoul’s diversities range from ancient Joseon Dynasty palaces to extremely modern skyscrapers. Seoul is a city with beauty around ever corner. I have complied a list of […]

Cultural Awareness: The Korean emotion of han (한)

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But still there is hope… I have always been fascinated by East Asian cultural traits but none so much as the Korean emotion of  han. Like with many concepts from different cultures, han has no direct translation to Western languages or culture but can be felt none the less. Han permeates through Korean society and […]

Korean food: Banchan (반찬)

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  More side dishes?!? Seriously, eating in Korea is an awesome adventure full of flavor, bright colors, a little heat to kick ya in the ass, and QUANTITY. Growing up in an Italian-American household, I can safely say that I have eaten larger quantities and better quality food than most people eat their whole lives, […]

Korean food: Beondegi (번데기)

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Just eat the bug! Beondegi (Korean: 번데기) is a real Korean treat if nothing else. When walking through small and large markets alike I always smell the juices of the silk worm larvae boiling in their cauldron. The smell of beondaegi is pungent, distinguished and memorable but surprisingly appealing. I know when I smell those brown […]

Korean Food: Tteokbokki (떡볶이)

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Food with a KICK! Tteokbokki, deokbokki or 떡볶이(Korean), is truly the quintessential Korean street food. I, myself, have it at least once a week on my break from work and always enjoy the spicy goodness. Tteokbokki is made with spicy red chili paste (gochujang), rice cake (duk), fish cake (eomok) and a group of typical seasonings […]