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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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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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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

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

How Good is Korean Food… In Ireland?

  Hey there folks, Oisin here. Yes, I know it’s a ridiculous name. It means ‘deer’ in Irish, but unfortunately no one can pronounce it outside of Ireland! So call me what you will. I’ve been called ‘Oh Shit’, ‘Ocean’, ‘Octopus’ and even ‘Washing Machine’ for some bizarre reason. I’ll be filling you in with regard to all things Korean this year! Right now I … Continue reading How Good is Korean Food… In Ireland?

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Farewell Korea: Now Someone Please Take Over Kimchibytes

After four years, which could be described as the opposite of arduous, my time in Korea has come to an end.  Kimchibytes is the heart and soul of my time in Korea and I’m looking for a blogger to take over the site.  This site should continue to be a sounding board for expats, preferably ones who lives in Korea. My only requirement is that you … Continue reading Farewell Korea: Now Someone Please Take Over Kimchibytes

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The Elderly: A Korean Horror Story

“I’m hungry, I don’t need respect, I don’t need honor, I just want three meals a day.” On a night of ghouls and goblins, instead of military police and a menagerie of drunken expats, a few brave souls donned the most frightening costumes in Itaewon: the ajeossi and ajumma costume. When translated, these words literally mean middle-aged man or woman who is married, but their common … Continue reading The Elderly: A Korean Horror Story

Korea in Full Spectrum: The Shadows of the Sewol Tragedy

By: Brent Sheffield Beautiful HDR Photography provided by Levi Basist of LeviBasist.com   ______   Life might be best described as an algorithm of chaos. We try hard to love and attribute meaning to events in our lives, but, without reason, the physical reality we live in mercilessly tears away the people we love and the meaning in life we work so hard to obtain.  … Continue reading Korea in Full Spectrum: The Shadows of the Sewol Tragedy

Fight Club and Cherry Blossoms

By Simon slater of The Secret Map “Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Nothing is static, as fictitious character Tyler Durden says in the novel Fight Club. Certainly not in Seoul, a city whose internal cogs move so fast it wouldn’t know how to slow down, continuously and rapidly evolving. So too for the country’s seasons, which are indeed … Continue reading Fight Club and Cherry Blossoms