How I Hired Someone to Break the Law in Korea

I signed a form and was handed a brown envelope with the details enclosed. I would soon return to complete the undertaking that I had been mulling over for months. It takes time to craft the perfect crime, however.

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Korea is for Extroverts. Japan is for Introverts.

A COMPARISON BETWEEN TEACHING IN KOREA VS JAPAN: PROS AND CONS This review contains sweeping generalizations and swearing up the wazoo. If you’re the sensitive type, best to pass on this one. Also if you don’t give a shit about living and teaching in Korea and Japan than I doubt this will be of interest…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to Teach Korean Students: Advice and Student Samples

The Teaching Gap between EFL/ESL Teachers and Korean Students The great divide between teacher and student is difficult to cross.  Add different languages, cultures, and inefficient administrators and the divide appears infinite. This is the journey of an EFL teacher in Korea. I should know; I taught EFL in Korea for four years. I constantly…