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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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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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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

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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

Nanta: The Live Show you Must See if you Live in Korea.

If you’re a fan of dancing, food being chopped really quickly, and physical comedy then a Nanta show is the one for you. This is a uniquely Korean show, which has been running for almost twenty years all around the world. It’s already been seen by over 9 million people in over 50 countries so far, so it might be worth checking out for you, … Continue reading Nanta: The Live Show you Must See if you Live in Korea.

Hongdae … After The Party Is Over

Hallie Bradley poetically describes and photographs Seoul’s most notorious party destination, Hongdae, after the party is over.  Hallie might be one of the best bloggers in Korea you don’t know about.  Her story about coming to Korea is very endearing, and she even invites you to come and share in her experiences like having Korean in-laws.  Make sure to follow her at the Soul of … Continue reading Hongdae … After The Party Is Over