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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Culture, Identity, and Blood

On the last leg of my journey from Korea to home, a flight from Dallas to Baltimore, I found myself seated next to an Asian woman––the only other Asian on the plane. As I sat down, I noticed she was reading a book in Korean. I was sitting next to a Korean! I slept throughout most of […]

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Back in the USA (just for a visit)

Just landed in Dulles airport this morning! Can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve stepped foot in the USㅡit didn’t really hit me until I told the immigration official that this morning. I can’t even describe the strangeness of exiting the airport today and realizing I was in the US of A. I felt […]

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My Korean-ness

You know how people always say they want to “find themselves”? I always thought that was a corny phrase, but I feel like that is exactly what is happening to me here. I am learning and becoming who I really am. A Korean native told me the other day that I inspire her to be more […]

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눈치 (Noonchi)

Last week my aunt asked me if I knew about noonchi and was surprised when I told her I’d never heard of it. She explained that it is anticipating and meeting people’s needs without being told to. She said this ability is very important in Korean culture and that I should start cultivating it. This clears up a misunderstanding I […]

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