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Guest Post: Jason's Tips for Living in Colombia

Guest Post: Jason’s Tips for Living in Colombia

It’s hard to imagine that I’ll be leaving Korea on Monday, traveling through Mongolia for a couple weeks, traipsing around the States for a month and a half, and at the end of August, moving to Colombia and beginning my Peace Corps service. Time flies, or as I’ve recently learned, 세월이 참 빠른 것 같아요....
Radio interview with 1013 Main Street on tbs eFM

Radio interview with 1013 Main Street on tbs eFM

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by 1013 Main Street on tbs eFM, Korea’s leading English-only radio station, and invited to an interview on their program. They wanted to ask me questions about Mapping Words and my experiences living in Korea. Firstly, I was shocked that a radio program had shown interest in my blog,...
Gay in Korea: an interview with an American expat living in Seoul

Gay in Korea: an interview with an American expat living in Seoul

My Korean co-teacher once told me that she had never met a gay person. “You probably have without realizing it,” I responded. She didn’t seem convinced. The gay scene is still quite hidden in Korea, even though this year marked the 13th Queer Culture Festival in Seoul. I recall meeting one gay guy when I...
Promoting Korean Reunification through English Tutoring: an interview with a PSCORE volunteer

Promoting Korean Reunification through English Tutoring: an interview with a PSCORE volunteer

Despite living in Seoul, mere kilometers from the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea, it’s quite rare to meet North Korean defectors in everyday life. I may have sat next to a North Korean on the subway, or interacted with someone at a local shop, but I wouldn’t have realized it. In magazines...
Are you Russian? an interview about causasian female stereotypes and harassment in Korea

Are you Russian? an interview about causasian female stereotypes and harassment in Korea

IN KOREA, THE WORDS “RUSSIAN” AND “PROSTITUTE” GO HAND IN HAND, a stereotype that has evolved from a recent period of time where droves of Russian women apparently came to Korea on “entertainment” visas. Additionally, white women are often stereotyped as “easy” and “slutty.” Despite the fact that the majority of white women in Korea...
Interview with Eunsol Choi, designer and owner of Mustachos

Interview with Eunsol Choi, designer and owner of Mustachos

Eunsol Choi, a Korean graphic designer and business owner, started the company Mustachos after her recent college graduation in December 2011. A Mustacho is a quirky, whimsical character with a big mustache, inspired by stuffed toys and characters from Japan. They are all handmade, and the customer can choose the accessories and fabric. The colors...

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