Are You a Runaway Or Just Brave?

It pains me to admit that it still surprises me just how many foreigners I come across in South Korea who are exposed to one of three stereotypes about why we’re here. The pigeonholing usually comes from well-meaning friends and family still in their home country. They are either asked what they are running away from, put on a pedestal of bravery that they could never muster up, or that they’ve consumed too much K-pop and K-dramas and have culturally lost their mind. Why does this happen?

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“I want to go to Seoul.”

When I first learned about South Korea roughly 6 years ago, it was certainly through its entertainment industry. All I could recall about the peninsula was what I’d learned through many years ago in high school (North Korea is the Hermit Kingdom and there was a longstanding war between the two Koreas), so the entertainment…

Get Ready For More Kimchibytes!

Hello, Kimchibytes (KB) readers! KB has grown from an awesome blog into a following of people interested in South Korea around the world. Comment sections and Facebook pages have influenced awesome conversations and a lot of learning. It’s exciting to know that KB has impacted you in a positive way. Transitioning to/from living abroad is…

The Twelve Best Blogs in South Korea

What Makes a Great Blog? My criteria for the best blogs in Korea revolve around a few concepts.  The most important aspect is the blog’s ability to overcome ADHD.  When people surf the net, their attention span is shorter than my Korean elementary students learning English when they are high on peppero and finger-deep in a…