International Flights: Some Tips

Having suffered through a painful trans-Pacific flight two weeks ago and then successfully making it through a significantly less painful trans-Pacific flight today, I feel qualified to share some tips: 1. Don’t sit in the middle. This seems obvious, but it has to be said. Especially if you’re like me and get stressed out by […]

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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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Culture, Identity, and Blood

Journey Home On the last leg of my journey from Korea 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 the 3-hour flight (eye […]

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