I’m In Love With My Foreign Teacher and You Should Be Too.




Many foreigners come to Korea inspired to teach English.  All try to be hip.  All try to connect with their students.  Nevertheless,  whoever recently sat on the “coolest foreign teacher throne” has been deposed.


Meet Henry Bloomfield.  He’s in love with his homeroom teacher, but I think some of his students and the rest of Korea will fall in love with him soon.  While Korea, the K-pop nation, constantly produces Korean songs with English hooks, Henry hits us with an English song and a Korean hook.  Perhaps the best part, however, is that his hagwon principal let him film the music video in his own classroom.   See for yourself. Check out his music video, “Ms. Mary.”

The fashion, the sound, and men acting cute instantly struck a familiar chord with me.  Not only did I find the song catchy, but I think Henry might have captured some essence of Korean culture.  I’m a foreigner so I can’t really make that claim, but I would be surprised if people disagreed.

Henry Bloomfield hails from Boston, Massachusetts.  He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, and his first exposure to Korean culture occurred when he studied at the Berklee College of Music.  By luck, his first friends at Berklee happened to be Korean and he instantly found himself immersed in a tight-knit Korean community of around five hundred students.  From what Henry told me, he ate kimchi every day and he loved everything the students shared with him about Korea.  He also met one of his lifelong music mentors,  Hoon Choi,  who happens to be a professor and a well-known musician in Korea.  Henry knew what he had to do. 


Henry said, “If I didn’t try to further immerse myself in a culture that I accidentally discovered and loved so much, I would regret it.”  He landed in Korea in September and he is making good use of his time.  The Henry Bloomfield Band has been together for four months and I think they have started something wonderful. 

If you would like to catch the band, Henry says they often perform in Sinsa and Hapjeong. You can find more information about the band at henrybloomfield.com.

Please share the video and help an incredible teacher spread his passion of music and love for Korea.  


12 Comments Add yours

  1. DJ_Gallow says:

    Does this count as kpop?
    Regardless, it’s a great song.


    1. kimchibytes says:

      Great question! It’s just awesome. I’ll leave it at that.


  2. Douglas Kim says:

    This music video is a breath of fresh air! I think that this kind of song – and music video – is testimony to just how global a city Seoul has become. Do you know who, or which company, made the video?


  3. Thank you for sharing the music video! It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Henry and produce his music video. He is one talented individual!


  4. Chu Kim says:

    Foreigners do not come to Korea inspired to teach English, rather if they are male and white, they are mainly focused on scoring with Korean women. Instead of addressing and correcting this serious problem and waste of resources, the Korean public continues to send their kids to these Hagwons to “learn” from these sexual predators and parasites. Hence the abysmal level of English spoken in Korea today. I do admire Mr. Bloomfield’s creativity though, at least this one particular American guy contributes something interesting and artistic while he is over there.


    1. hrprogn says:

      Got to love the xenophobia. See where it gets you in life.


    2. Phil Flack says:

      Wow. How incredibly racist and misguided.

      I taught English for 3 years, and I taught it well. I even was given free reign of the only government funded after-school program. I can assure you that I taught seriously and truly wanted to make an impact on my students. In fact, you can see that my students have learned quite a bit if you talk to them. You might even dare to try that chat in English.

      Does it sound like I am a predator? Does it sound like I was sucking resources? I’m sure, as with any job, there are underwhelming teachers. That’s the same with a lot of the Korean national English teachers. In fact, there was a co-teacher that I could not communicate with. She spoke worse than our 5th grade students! This is one of Korea’s biggest problems with English education. Many of your teachers are underqualified and teaching a “right and wrong” written style of education. English teachers need to chexk listening comprehension and speaking skills. These are the things that I focused on when given free reign of my students. The kids need a voice, not a Korean translation and a pencil.

      As far as being a predator, there are those. Just as many Korean men go afar to locations like Thailand or the Phillipines and abuse the women there. This is what people do. However, a majority of people aren’t there for your precious women. Are they really that special that men change their whole lifestyle (go to Korea and begin teaching) just to prey on them? Are they in fact prey? I can only speak for my experience, but Korean women were very interested in me and my background. A lot of young women are tired of the strong patriarchal culture that is pushed upon them. It’s really a time for a change. This is why more open-minded Koreans are pushing to meet foreigners (note: what % of Koreans have left Korea?). Now, about my case, yes I am married to a Korean girl. Did I prey on her or any other women that I dated? No. In fact, most approached me. I treated them all with respect and happily enjoyed their culture as they enjoyed mine. Today I am part of a Korean family. A more progressive and respectful kind of people than you appear to be.


      1. kimchibytes says:

        I deeply care about my students and I am working on my master’s in education while living here. My job and my students are very important to me – it’s part of my career. So, thank you for your response. I think it’s fair to say that most men come over here to teach (for money, escape, or lack of opportunity back home) and not to devour Korean women. If they are tall and handsome or sing like this guy, they will probably be successful with Korean women just like they were probably successful with women back home.


    3. OkKate says:

      How does wanting to date ADULT women make foreign men “sexual predators”? If they were raping, sexually assaulting, lusting after children, or engaging in some kind of ILLEGAL behavior than it would make them a sexual predator. But dating/having sex with/marrying Korean women does not. It makes them adult human beings interested in other adult human beings. And how are they parasites? They aren’t living off anyone in Korea. They are doing a job that they were asked to do and being paid for them time and services. That makes them employed responsible adults that are simply supplying a demand in a market that wants them there. And I loved how you blamed “Koreans lack of English skills” on foreign teachers. How about giving self responsiblity? I know Korean people who care a lot about their English and spend a good amount of time studying and are very good at it. I know some that could care less and aren’t good with English. People are responsible for themselves.


  5. Ulick Magee says:



  6. Ulick Magee says:

    ARSEHOLE!!! Hey, you guys – what I want to know is: is this guy eating out her kimichi, or not???? fnarr, fnarr~~~


  7. OkKate says:

    His cuteness is what makes this video good. He’s very adorable and plays the part really well. I think his singing is so so, I think the song is average, but he is the one that made it fun to watch cause of his cuteness.


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