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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

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

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Dear CNN, This is the Real Jeju Island

Not long ago, CNN wrote an article on Jeju Island which left me slightly iffed and disappointed.  Not only does it show a lack of knowledge of Jeju’s deeper culture by comparing it to places like Hawaii, but it seems as though the lack-lustre article was put together after extensive hours of research via Google.  I’m not sure about you, but travel is more than just staying in luxury hotels … Continue reading Dear CNN, This is the Real Jeju Island

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Colors of Korea: The Beauty and Balance of Blue

Even the most naive individuals understand there is a philosophy of dual forces in the eastern world. For westerners, the most recognizable symbol of this philosophy is the yin-yang or tai chi symbol. The simplicity of the black and white shape demonstrates a harmonic balance between the forces of yin and yang. Superficially, the forces may appear contrary to one another, but they are interconnected … Continue reading Colors of Korea: The Beauty and Balance of Blue

Hey There Mr. Expat, You have Cancer in Korea

When Mortality Breaks Your Routine When will this class end? Don’t people realize I have more important things to do this weekend? I need to photograph a band, organize an event, take a trip, plan a vacation, work on my blog, write an article, drink with friends, get laid, go shopping, explore, or apply for a master’s program. Oh hell, maybe I won’t do any of … Continue reading Hey There Mr. Expat, You have Cancer in Korea