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KPop’s Lessons for The Western Music Industry

The Rise of an unlikely Kpop Fan I am one of KPop’s more unlikely fans. In the past my musical preferences cycled through heavy metal and grunge as an angst-y teen, classic rock during the hazy college years, and eventually found a comfort zone with alternative/indie rock mostly originating from the US and Europe. I never disparaged the ubiquitous top-40 radio that dominates the West, … Continue reading KPop’s Lessons for The Western Music Industry

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10 Reasons Why Hiking in Korea Differs from the Rest of the World

  Why Everyone Should Hike at Least Once in Korea I spent the first 25 years of my life in midwestern American states that were expansive, flat, and virtually devoid of any scenic value. As I turned 25, I got the opportunity to move to the significantly more interesting state of California – specifically if you are into landform undulations or variety. It was on … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Hiking in Korea Differs from the Rest of the World

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A Beginner’s Guide to Korean Politics

What are the Political Issues in South Korea? When living in the US I tried to mostly stay out of political discussions. This avoidance was not because I am devoid of political views, but more because I have found these arguments to be an unproductive recounting of points and counterpoints that have been thrown out ad nauseam by others in the past. In my experience, … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Korean Politics

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The Foreigners are Melting: Why Koreans Sweat Less and Smell Better

It’s Summer in Korea:  Am I the Only One Withering? Over the past two summers, my brain bank has been accumulating what I believe is mounting evidence pointing towards the fact that Koreans do not perspire to any meaningful degree. Under scrutiny I would have to admit that virtually all of this evidence is purely anecdotal and would most likely wither under scientific review, but … Continue reading The Foreigners are Melting: Why Koreans Sweat Less and Smell Better

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What is an Average Day Like for an English Teacher in Korea?

A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea Have you ever wondered what life is like for someone who travels overseas and teaches English in Korea?  I compiled a few YouTube videos that help answer this question.  If you are already in Korea like most of our audience, it’s still fun to watch these videos and compare the vloggers’ lifestyles to your own. For … Continue reading What is an Average Day Like for an English Teacher in Korea?

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Guidelines for Non-Teaching Jobs in Korea

Advice and Lessons for Non-Teachers Coming to Korea Although it often seems that the only foreigners you meet in Korea are either teaching English or are in the military, it should be noted that there are a few alternative routes to the land of the morning calm. I find myself in Seoul as a result of a decision made between my wife and I to … Continue reading Guidelines for Non-Teaching Jobs in Korea

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These Beautiful Photographs of Korea Will Make You Gasp

An Honest Photo Collection of Korea The following are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful photographs of Korea captured in the last five years.  Scott Rotzoll, a former expat, spent a few years in South Korea honing his technique and composition.  He left us with his under-appreciated yet stunning vision of South Korea.  His collection portrays South Korea perfectly in its modest beauty and neutral tones.  Please click … Continue reading These Beautiful Photographs of Korea Will Make You Gasp

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10 American Misconceptions about South Korea

The American Misconceptions from Back Home After returning home from teaching in Korea for four years, I’ve fielded a few questions from friends and family.  I appreciate the honest questions and curiosity.  Unfortunately, this has not been my common experience when out mingling or in the workplace.  Once people learned I lived overseas, they were typically more interested in informing me of their “correct” misconceptions about Korea despite never owning a passport. … Continue reading 10 American Misconceptions about South Korea

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A Foreigner Meets Korean Healthcare For the First Time

A Foreigner’s Introduction to Korean Healthcare In the span of my thirteen months in Korea, the two most unsettling times I have been through were my two medical “events”. While picking up and moving to a foreign land is full of adventures – both intended and unintended – it is clearly understood that a nontrivial fraction of those adventures will involve some level of miscommunication. … Continue reading A Foreigner Meets Korean Healthcare For the First Time

Racism in Korean Gyms? Hongik University Gym Bans Foreign Students

  Ok, so most of us literally have to drag our asses to the gym. I know during the extremely brief times in my life when I decided to go it was an absolute chore. But, the international students of the International Language Institute of Hongik University no longer have to worry about getting that motivation. They are all outright banned!  That’s right!  No foreigners … Continue reading Racism in Korean Gyms? Hongik University Gym Bans Foreign Students