My Brother is Coming to Korea!!!

Can’t believe that this very Friday, my little brother is visiting me in Busan! To celebrate this momentous occasion, this blog post is dedicated to my brother. On the off chance he actually reads this, I’m only going to say nice things. Just kidding. (Not kidding.) What can I say about my brother? Well, first of […]

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One of Those Beautifully Overwhelming Moments

Sometimes I feel like an old woman. Especially when I try to get up after sitting in one position for too long. (My joints aren’t what they used to be.. sad but true.) I also felt like an old woman on Christmas Eve when I was watching my little siblings (ages 5-10) sing Christmas carols […]

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Home for Christmas

This is my first time being home for Christmas in three years. It’s rather nice. Listening to my little siblings read Advent excerpts, watching the packages from Amazon pile up by the front door, driving by houses sparkling with lights, feeling the anticipation in the air. I used to resist the Christmas hype fiercely and […]

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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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Homesickness

Waves of homesickness have been hitting pretty hard recently. To the point where I have even asked myself, Why am I here?   Why have I given up the place I have waiting for me back in the US as part of a family where I am loved, known, cherished, and valued? Why am I […]

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Taiwan Adventures: Ending up in Asia

The best surprise of my trip to Taiwan so far has been meeting up with an old friend from college who recently married a Taiwanese guy and has settled down here […]

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Divided Families

Last night, I watched a documentary former Fulbrighters made about Korean families divided by the Korean War. The focus was Korean Americans whose immediate family members are still in North Korea. I was thankful the room was dark, because tears were literally streaming down my face. It got me thinking. I am living far away […]

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