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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Being a Foreigner in Korea: Pros and Cons

Being a (half-white American, non-fluent-in-Korean) foreigner in Korea  has its pros and cons. Here are some observations from the past 6 months: CONS: – Getting stared at. When I walk down the street, I can’t tell if people are looking at me because they think I look cool in my sunglasses or because they notice […]

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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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