Living as an Outsider

Today a white woman got on the bus, and I was struck by her confidence. I live in Korea, so she was the only fully white person on board, but she just calmly smacked her gum and found a seat. My first thought was that this was the attractiveness of the “older” (no longer in […]

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Back in the Land of Kimchi

It struck me upon this particular return to Korea that I’ve grown surprisingly comfortable here. I’ve gotten used to the decreased eye contact and increased physical contact. To the abrupt but convenient public transportation and the way everyone buries their faces in their smart phones. To getting a free pass on explaining myself in certain situations because […]

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Believing For The Impossible

Just about two weeks ago, I heard some incredible news: Top officials from North Korea had spontaneously decided to come down and meet with South Korean officials. As I read articles online and scrolled through reactions on Facebook, curiosity turned to eagerness and then downright excitement. As someone who has been praying for the reunification of Korea for a […]

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Progress, my friends, Progress!

Last night I texted my mom: Guess what, the most amazing thing just happened!! She responded right away: What. She probably thought something actually amazing had happened, as opposed to what really had. I was watching the latest episode of 연애의 발견 [a Korean drama] and the subtitles cut out in the middle, but I still understood almost everything!!!! […]

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What Brothers Are For

I just came across this TED talk video via facebook earlier tonight. At the beginning, I was only half-listening, but in the middle, I suddenly burst into tears. By the end, I was straight-up bawling. There were various reasons for my tears. (If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’re aware that North Korea is very […]

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Amidst the Threat of War

Tensions have been steadily rising between North and South Korea the past few weeks. I know because I see articles about it on NYtimes.com almost every day. But here in Seoul, there is no tension in the air. None. As someone living on the ground in Korea, I felt it my duty to write something […]

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Reunification

This week I went on my first tour of the DMZ (the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea). The tour only skimmed the surface of the complex issues surrounding this divided nation, but seeing the land of North Korea, one of the infiltration tunnels the North Koreans dug to attack Seoul, and the train […]

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The Ways I Fit in Korea

Re-acclimating to US culture hasn’t been too difficult during this first trip home. Driving for the first time was slightly scary (for about 5 minutes). Casually greeting my neighbors while jogging felt really awkward the first few times. (I’m used to giving people blank stares now.) But all in all, slipping back into daily life […]

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