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

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Tao Expeditions: Kill What You Eat

Between El Nido and Coron:  Tao Expeditions Chapter Six:  Killing Pigs   The method for killing what you eat, at least on this island, was to pierce the throat with a long spike and thrust it downwards to the heart. I wanted to do it. They brought the pig to the outdoor kitchen at the Tao Center. Two islanders held down the pig and another … Continue reading Tao Expeditions: Kill What You Eat

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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

Is the Korean Banking Scandal a Form of Institutional Racism?

By George White     A few days ago, Korea experienced the biggest security breach of identity theft in its history.  Almost 15 million customers and 110 million credit cards became vulnerable when a technician working for company designed to protect customers from fraudulent credit card purchases, loaded the data onto portable hard drives then sold it.  The Financial Supervisory Service launched a full investigation … Continue reading Is the Korean Banking Scandal a Form of Institutional Racism?

Taken in August 2012, after I'd lost 3 kilos. Here I was told I looked good but that I had been sooooo fat before.  (Side note- actually this was not a healthy weight for me at all. I was underweight in this picture and was having health problems because of it).

Why Are Koreans Skinny? : Korean Women Weigh In

Why Are Koreans Skinny?  Korean Women Weigh In.   Well here it is — the last installment of my series on Korean diets. I’m all packed up and ready to go back to the land of the lumberjacks and hopefully back to feeling normal around bodies! But I did promise one more article, so here it is. At the beginning of this series, I asked some of … Continue reading Why Are Koreans Skinny? : Korean Women Weigh In

When English Bloggers in Korea Get an Ego Check

You Have A Blog in South Korea – No One Cares   English bloggers in Korea can be special creatures. Let me rephrase, English bloggers who take themselves too seriously about blogging in Korea are ****. Now, before we all jump to conclusions, let me preface this by pointing out that I’m obviously not talking about all bloggers in Korea – only a select few. … Continue reading When English Bloggers in Korea Get an Ego Check

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How to Eat Out, Eat Healthy, and Stay Trim in Korea

Kayla McColl, a fitness model and teacher in South Korea, continues her series on how to stay fit in Korea. In the first part of her health series, she shared some of her negative “fat” experiences in Korea along with some healthy social eating habits she learned while living in Korea. Click here if you missed part 1. This week, she shares her advice on … Continue reading How to Eat Out, Eat Healthy, and Stay Trim in Korea

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The Skinny on Koreans

By KAYLA MCCOLL from KABOCHAS AND COCONUT BUTTER.wordpress.com Koreans are skinny. Have you noticed? I mean, if you live in Korea, it’s pretty hard not to.  I know that people say you can’t stereotype. But, it’s actually the truth. Koreans are skinny – really, really, skinny.  My Disclaimer I know I’m asking for all the haters to start commenting about how obesity is rising in Korea and raise … Continue reading The Skinny on Koreans

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Baby, you are just too ugly to survive

By Tyanne Conner As I sit on the subway, gazing happily at the beautiful little child across from me, I see the love in her mother’s eyes.  Mom glances over at me, sees my White face and begins to speak English to her daughter, which the child mimics perfectly.  “One, two, three, four…” They play together as if there are few cares in the world.  … Continue reading Baby, you are just too ugly to survive

Plastic Surgery in Korea: A Necessity to Survive?

By Tyanne Conner Baby, You Are Too Ugly to Survive As I sit on the subway, gazing happily at the beautiful little child across from me, I see the love in her mother’s eyes.  Mom glances over at me, sees my White face and begins to speak English to her daughter, which the child mimics perfectly.  “One, two, three, four…” They play together as if … Continue reading Plastic Surgery in Korea: A Necessity to Survive?